Beyond alcohol: 22 non-alcoholic ready-to-drinks that will depopulate in 2021
Beyond alcohol: 22 non-alcoholic ready-to-drinks that will depopulate in 2021
Non-alcoholic drinks are interesting products, with captivating packaging and always new flavors: this is the trend of 2021.
The soft drinks trend has been going on for years now and this 2021 will be no exception. By choice or by necessity, looking for a new dimension of well-being or for health needs.there are several reasons that lead to focus on non-alcoholic drinksThere are several reasons that push consumers increasingly to focus on drinks with low or no alcohol content. One reason however is the basis of another trend of recent times: the beverage ready to drink , ready-to-drink (RTD) as they are called in the Anglo-Saxon world. A rapidly growing sector which, in addition to pushing on bottles of cocktails simply to be uncorked, is increasingly focusing on the fashion of the moment: non-alcoholic. Yes, that’s right, lemonade, iced tea, chinotto weren’t invented yesterday. Yet, notice how, in recent years, even their packaging has become more refined and captivating . And new flavors are coming to the shelves and becoming the must-have, the unmissable object of this season. Which ones are they? Let’s discover the trendy soft drinks .
- Selvatiq : the project by Valeria Mosca who created a series of alcoholic and above all non-alcoholic drinks attentive to the concepts of environmental and food sustainability. In particular, we find two sodas. One scented with spruce branches that have fallen spontaneously or gathered by forestry bodies. The other with the leaves of the wild fig trees.
- Curious Elixirs : mocktails , bottled non-alcoholic cocktails made in the Hudson River Valley, New York state. All prepared with organic and natural ingredients, such as spices, fruit juices or roots, selected and combined by a group of bartenders, herbalists and nutrition experts. There are currently four references and a fifth is under development. They are all suitable in pregnancy apart from number 3 which contains ashwagandha or Indian ginseng, a plant with tonic and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Athletic Brewing : From Connecticut comes a line of attractively designed non-alcoholic canned beers, perfectly capable of rivaling their alcoholic sisters . Bill Shufelt worked with brewer John Walker to finally get satisfying, flavorful products. Mission accomplished as three of the four beers, the Ipa, the Stout and the Golden Ale have also won several awards.
- Rasāsvāda : in Sanskrit it means perception of well-being and, in Indian philosophy, it is that state of pleasure that is reached when the mind is completely emptied. But it is also the name of a young and dynamic company, founded by Connor W. Godfrey in New York with the idea of restoring the body, but also the spirit, of imagining rituals, such as that of the aperitif, according to a sensitivity modern. Here the three Rasāsvāda products can become staples for alcohol-free cocktails. This is the case, for example, of Ruby Artemisia which, with the addition of sparkling water and a slice of orange, can become a perfect non-alcoholic spritz.
- Monday Gin : an alcohol-free gin. He’s the one who created the Monday Artisan Distillery in Southern California. All guaranteed without carbohydrates, without calories, without sugar, without gluten and vegan. After all, you know, in California they care about health. And so this bottle drink was created by mixing juniper, citrus, spices and plant extracts.
- Ritual Zero Proof : in Chicago Marcus and David created alternatives to liqueurs to create really interesting cocktails, even without alcohol. Just mix fruit juices! The two young men learned to work with selected, 100% natural ingredients to obtain the alternative to tequila, whiskey and gin. All non-alcoholic products, GMO-free, gluten-free, low in calories and low in carbohydrates. On the site they offer different recipes, both to offer new cocktails and to bring the great classics to the table but suitable for everyone, from Gin Fizz to Margarita up to Christmas Egg Nog .
- Proteau : an idea of John deBary, aka JdB, who worked, among other experiences, as Bar Director of the Momofuku group. As a mixologist, he did not reinterpret great spirits but studied the various natural ingredients to obtain delicious mocktails, ready in the bottle. There are two recipes available at the moment. Ludlow Red is a well-balanced drink, with fruity and floral notes and a hint of bitterness that makes it interesting both throughout the meal and as an after-dinner drink. And then there is Rivington Spritz, fresh and thirst-quenching at any time of the day or night. Note that neither proposal contains added sugar.
- Kin Euphorics : a line of drinks designed to “ lift the spirit and relax the body ” as the presentation says. The goal is to bring joy, euphoria, ennobling the oldest social tradition in the world, drinking. All this by working on plant ingredients, on adaptogenic substances, which strengthen the endocrine system and relieve stress such as saffron, and nootropics, elements that improve cognitive abilities. The range includes three references, including the popular Kin Spritz based on citrus, spices, hibiscus and ginger.
- Ghia : the founder of the project, Melanie, spent the summer holidays of her childhood on the Mediterranean coast with her grandmother and mother chatting while drinking limoncello. Inspired by those moments when the important thing was not to get drunk but to be together, he created Ghia, a non-alcoholic aperitif, ready in the bottle, based on natural ingredients, such as gentian extract or yuzu citrus juice. No added sugars, artificial flavors or caffeine. It can be drunk alone, plain, or mixed with other raw materials to create alcohol-free cocktails such as Mojitoaster with lime juice, sparkling water and agave syrup.
- Three Spirit : a project carried out by three London professionals, Tatiana Mercer, Dash Lilley and Meeta Gournay who wanted to create natural alternatives to alcohol without having to resort to the usual drinks. And three seems to be the recurring number of this reality that offers three recipes, in fact: the energetic Livener with leaves of the Amazonian guayusa, ginseng, schisandra fruits (an oriental shrub) and watermelon, Social Elixir , designed to promote a good mood with yerba mate, damiana leaves (natural tonic), cocoa and the Hericium erinaceus mushroom , and finally the relaxing Nightcap based on valerian, lemon balm and hops. All in an attractive and 100% recyclable packaging.
- Seedlip : we read on the site that non-alcoholic cocktails already existed in the 17th century. At the time, John French had collected the preparations in his Art of distillation which Ben, founder of this German project, studied to re-propose and update those ancient recipes. After the success of the first 1000 bottles of Spice 94 in 2015, two other products were born, Grove 42 and Garden 108, all obtained from the distillation of natural raw materials, such as rosemary, cardamom and citrus fruits.
- Hoplark Hop Tea : In Colorado, United States, two friends, Dean Eberhardt and Andrew Markley, brew a kind of tea-based beer. Various types of hops and various types of tea, combined together (but without fermentation because they are always soft drinks), have given way to a nice range of scented canned drinks. There are also three theine-free products, two of which are limited editions, one based on chamomile and citrus hops and the other with blue pea flowers ( Clitoria ternatea ) and a blend of fruity hops such as mosaic.
- Hella Cocktail Co. has been involved in mixology and food & beverage for some time. It is the story of the Americans Tobin Ludwig, Jomaree Pinkard and Eddie Simeon who have created a company that offers good but also healthy cocktails. There is the line of bitters & soda, including the Spritz Aromatic perfect for a non-alcoholic aperitif. There are great bottled drinks, but always without alcohol, from Moscow Mule to Margarita, and eight different types of bitters to create excellent complex and aromatic mocktails, capable of not making us feel the nostalgia of classic cocktails.
- Health Ade Kombucha : Since 2012, they have been producing kombucha in California , a fermented drink of oriental origin. They only use organic ingredients and try to have the lowest possible environmental impact. Today they have 16 different flavors, plus they have created a new range called Booch Pop based on kombucha, minerals (calcium and magnesium) and fruit juices. A decidedly healthy aperitif or toast, but not sad for this.
- Sunwink Sparkling Herbal Tonic : another drink created thinking first of all of health, without sacrificing taste. The project was born thanks to the meeting of Eliza Ganesh with Jordan Schenck. Only natural ingredients such as ginger, lemon balm, mint, turmeric, etc. are used. Each of the five references is inspired and dedicated to one person, and 2% of the proceeds from the sales of that product go to a different cause. Detox Ginger, for example, takes its cue from the tastes of the founders’ friend Sinem and, by purchasing it, supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (Bcrf).
- Humm Kombucha : founded by two dynamic women, Jamie Danek and Michelle Mitchell, the company offers 20 different types of kombucha, including four sugar-free flavors. They are all made with organic raw materials, suitable for those who follow a vegan diet and enriched with vitamin B12. Being fermentation, on the site they are keen to point out that the drinks are guaranteed without alcohol. Particularly recommended is the grapefruit flavor.
- Spindrift : This company from Massachusetts, USA, in 2010 managed to make sparkling water more interesting by adding freshly squeezed fruit. All packaged in colorful cans that recall and blend easily with those of many other trendy drinks, such as craft beers. Today it offers 11 flavors including Spindrift Lime with which to prepare a refreshing Margarita mocktail .
- Drink Simple : here is another water that you will hardly forget. It was created by two nutrition-conscious triathlons, Kate Weiler and Jeff Rose. At the base of their product, however, we do not find natural water but maple water, the sap extracted from the maple tree, particularly rich in minerals. Drink Simple added the fizz and created four different flavors by adding unsweetened, organic concentrated juices.
- TÖST : “When you are looking for something other than sparkling water that is not alcoholic”. This is how the US company Toast Beverages presents itself, which produces TÖST , a sparkling tea made from white tea, unripe cranberry and ginger. It is sweetened with agave syrup, characterized by a low glycemic index. As with many similar products, it is packaged in transparent glass bottles that recall some oenological references.
- Copenhagen Sparkling Tea : in Europe they are among the most famous producers of sparkling tea. It all started in Denmark in 2017 thanks to the collaboration with the sommelier Jacob Kocemba. Today they have five proposals, three with a light alcohol content (5%) and two non-alcoholic. It is BLÅ, a blend of different white and green teas with notes of jasmine and chamomile, and, the latest addition LYSERØD, a blend of oolong and white teas with hibiscus flowers. Both are recommended as an aperitif or in combination with delicate fish-based dishes.
- Saicho Drinks : another sparkling tea proposal created by the couple Charlie and Natalie Winkworth-Smith. Natalie, originally from Hong Kong, couldn’t drink any alcoholic beverages and was sorry to miss the experience of pairing various foods with wine. Here is the idea: three cold-infused teas chosen precisely for their qualities to accompany our meals. We are talking about Indian Darjeeling, which some call the champagne of teas, hojicha, a toasted Japanese green tea, and Chinese jasmine tea.
- Minna Tea : on the other hand, this sparkling tea in a can is Made in the USA . Unlike those already mentioned which recall elegant bottles of bubbles, Minna Tea packaging is more inspired by the world of beers. A memory of style, but not of flavor. Yes, because on the palate they are presented as cold teas, with captivating tastes, but without added sugar. There are currently four variants available: cherry, cocoa and green tea, black tea with orange and mango, tropical green tea and an infusion (therefore without theine) of hibiscus and lime.