Aplós, July 13th, 2023
A glimmering sphere of sparkling champagne, a cascade of robust red wine, a frosty mug of golden-hued ale — these are the classics of celebration and solitude, of gatherings and introspections. They carry a certain allure, one that paints the picture of a sophisticated soiree or a comforting quietude.
Yet, increasingly, we're finding ourselves drawn to a new narrative, one that allows us to engage, to immerse, to savor without the tethering shadow of the morning after. This is the realm of mindful drinking, where alternatives to alcohol become not just substitutes, but stars in their own right.
In the depths of our desire to recalibrate, we've started seeking more than just intoxication from our drinks. The essence of this shift lies in the intrigue for the new, the enjoyment in exploration, and the subtleties in sensorial experiences.
For those who appreciate the subtleties of complex flavors and seek sensory experiences not muddled by the fuzziness of alcohol, these alternatives to alcohol present a fascinating landscape to explore. Here, drinks aren't just about quenching thirst or social rituals but are designed to offer deeper, more enriched experiences.
The surge in popularity of non-alcoholic beverages isn't merely a fleeting trend but a testament to the growing awareness around mindful drinking. What fuels this shift is the mounting appeal of the benefits these drinks offer, promising a luxurious drinking experience that uplifts without the downsides of traditional alcohol.
Promotes Overall Wellbeing
Non-alcoholic beverages often come enriched with functional ingredients that promote a holistic approach to physical and mental health. These ingredients range from natural botanicals to adaptogens, components that support the body's stress responses, as well as CBD-rich hemp extract, known for its calming properties. Each sip becomes an act of self-care, a nurturing experience that enhances rather than hinders our well-being.
A Hangover-Free Drinking Experience
One of the most appealing benefits of non-alcoholic drinks is the absence of hangovers. No more morning-after regret, no more days wasted in recovery. This means clearer mornings, sharper focus, and more productivity. After all, isn’t it delightful to wake up feeling refreshed rather than nursing a pounding headache?
Allows for Mindful Drinking
Non-alcoholic beverages cater to the increasing demand for mindful drinking. They provide an option for those who enjoy the social and sensory aspects of drinking but wish to avoid the negative effects of alcohol. This allows for deeper engagement with the moment, be it a celebration or a quiet evening of introspection.
Broadens the Flavor Horizon
Far from being bland substitutes, non-alcoholic beverages offer a plethora of flavors and aromas. They are thoughtfully crafted to engage the senses in a complex dance of taste, opening up a new world of drinking experiences. From earthy and spicy to fruity and floral, the flavor profiles are as diverse as they are intriguing.
The world of non-alcoholic beverages is both fascinating and rewarding, offering an enriched, mindful experience that aligns with a lifestyle prioritizing wellness and enjoyment. It's a recalibration, a chance to slow down, savor the experience, and ultimately add more substance to life.
Here, let’s venture deeper into the world of eight enticing alcohol alternatives that offer more than mere refreshment — they elevate the drinking experience.
A fermented drink with roots in ancient China, kombucha offers a unique fusion of tangy and sweet flavors. Bursting with probiotics, it's a delightful addition to your gut health regimen. Its fizzy personality makes it a fun companion for casual social gatherings or as a pick-me-up during a busy afternoon.
However, with its vinegar-like undertone, kombucha may be an acquired taste for some.
2. Coconut Water
This tropical delight is not just naturally sweet and refreshing — it's also rich in electrolytes, making it a go-to for hydration. Coconut water is perfect for hot summer afternoons, post-workout hydration, or as a mixer for more complex drinks.
3. Sparkling Water With Berries, Herbs, or Citrus
Elevate your usual sparkling water with a twist of citrus or a handful of fresh berries. Add aromatic herbs like mint or basil for an extra layer of complexity. This drink is a great alcohol-free option for dinner parties or moments of solitude.
4. Ginger Beer
With its vibrant, spicy kick, ginger beer stands as a favorite among non-alcoholic options. Excellent for digestive health, it can be enjoyed on its own or used as a base for more creative mixtures. Be wary, though, as its high sugar content may not align with everyone's health goals.
5. Herbal Teas
Herbal teas offer a calming, aromatic alternative. With a myriad of flavors from chamomile's subtle sweetness to peppermint's invigorating freshness, these can be enjoyed hot or iced, making them versatile for any season or mood. But, for those looking for a bubbly party drink, herbal teas might fall short.
6. Matcha Tea
Revered for centuries in Japan, matcha green tea is not just a beverage but a meditative experience. Steeped in ceremonial Japanese culture, its vibrant hue and potent antioxidants make matcha a delicious choice.
Add a bit of turmeric for a spiced matcha latte, or blend it with milk and fresh or frozen blueberry purée for an iced blueberry matcha drink. Some may find its earthy taste intense, but creative combinations can make it a unique and delectable experience.
7. Aplós Arise Cocktails
An alcohol-free spirit that combines bold, earthy citrus and herbal botanicals, Aplós Arise is designed for moments of revelry. Infused with adaptogens, it's a drink that not only delights your taste buds but also uplifts your mood.
Crafted for social moments, Arise invites lively conversation and celebration, all while nourishing the body and soul.
8. Aplós Calme Cocktails
On the other side of the spectrum is Aplós Calme, an alcohol-free spirit that provides a bright and complex blend of citrus and herbal botanicals. Infused with hemp for its calming effects, Aplós Calme is the luxury retreat in a glass that is perfect for moments of introspection or intimate conversations.
This spirit is an ideal companion for solo moments, allowing you to wind down and reflect on the day's events with a sense of tranquility and serenity.
Each of these beverages, in its unique way, offers a rewarding, enjoyable experience that beautifully merges taste, sophistication, and health. Whether you're hosting a celebration or enjoying quiet moments alone, these alcohol-free alternatives promise to elevate the occasion.
Hidden within nature's repertoire are adaptogens, non-toxic plants celebrated for their unique ability to help the body adapt to different stressors, be they physical, chemical, or biological. Originating from the ancient medicinal practices of China and India, adaptogens are nature's answer to modern stress.
These plant wonders are used to help bring balance and restoration and support the body’s stress response, much like adjusting the strings of a guitar to hit the perfect pitch. Research suggests that adaptogens can interact with the nervous system to help uplift the mood, engage the senses, and support an overall sense of well-being.
Aplós Arise deftly integrates adaptogens into its blend, transforming a simple beverage into an uplifting experience. It’s more than relaxation; it's nourishment for both body and mind, bringing about ease and vitality. For a delightful adaptation of your favorite cocktails, try the Aplós Mojito or our Fizzy Affair, allowing the magic of adaptogens to flourish in every sip.
From the treasure trove of the plant world comes another jewel — the CBD-rich hemp extract. Cannabidiol (CBD), a natural compound from the hemp plant, is known for its calming and soothing properties, believed to encourage a serene state of mind.
This hemp extract gently eases the body and mind, establishing a sense of calm without the intoxicating effects of its counterpart, THC. Amid the whirlwind of life, CBD offers a soothing anchor, helping to maintain equilibrium.
Aplós Calme incorporates this hemp extract into its formulation, crafting a functional spirit designed to create a calming effect and uplift without the adverse impact of alcohol. Each sip is an invitation to unwind, slow down, and appreciate life's simplest moments with newfound depth.
Transitioning to non-alcoholic beverages represents a lifestyle change blessed with benefits, such as restful sleep, plentiful energy, hydration, and an overall sense of well-being. So how can you seamlessly and enjoyably make this shift?
Explore the rich landscape of alcohol alternatives, experimenting with different options to find those that align with your taste and preferences. The journey to an alcohol-free lifestyle doesn't have to be a drastic one. Gradually reduce your alcohol intake, replacing a few drinks a week with non-alcoholic alternatives.
In the spirit of embracing each moment and existing in the present, take pleasure in crafting your drinks. Use fresh herbs, fruits, and botanicals to add layers of complexity and intrigue to your beverages. This not only enhances the appeal of your drinks but also transforms the process into a joyous ritual.
Most importantly, embrace the philosophy behind the shift — mindful consumption. This change isn’t about deprivation but about savoring each sip, each moment, and each interaction more deeply.
With Aplós’ functional spirits and our collection of alcohol-free cocktail recipes to elevate every moment, the switch to non-alcoholic beverages can serve as a loving affirmation of wellness, a testament to mindful living, and a toast to an elevated drinking experience.