Aplós, August 10th, 2023
Under the hush of twilight and the glow of starlight, in shared moments of camaraderie, there’s a seismic shift taking place. A shift that encompasses how we connect, indulge, and celebrate the ordinary and extraordinary in our lives.
A growing number of discerning revelers are reaching not for the clinking bottles of the usual intoxicating spirits but for artfully composed non-alcoholic drinks — a symphony of flavors, a sensory rhapsody minus the hangover.
This article uncorks this evolving narrative, proffering a curated bouquet of the top five non-alcoholic party drinks that best capture this spirit of change.
The shift towards non-alcoholic drinks is not simply a trend but a profound change in our collective consciousness. We're gradually acknowledging the impacts of alcohol — the disruptive slumber, the hazy mornings, and the vast health implications. Alcohol, despite its social lubrication, often clouds the authenticity of the moment and distances us from genuine connection.
From long summer barbecues to cozy winter brunches, from the thrill of baby showers to the serenity of late-night gatherings, we realize that the essence of these occasions need not be diluted by alcohol.
It's a revelation that's refreshing, just like the cool breeze that rustles the curtains on a hot day. Non-alcoholic drinks have found their place, elevating our shared experiences while respecting our health and well-being.
Alcohol has long been the traditional partner in social gatherings — a facilitator of conversation and a catalyst for laughter. But as the wind of change sweeps over us, we find that the joy of being together, the essence of celebration, is not chained to the intoxicating nature of alcohol.
Instead, it's about creating spaces that buzz with a different energy — an energy that comes from harnessing the power of nature through functional ingredients.
In this evolving narrative of conviviality, non-alcoholic spirits like our Aplós Calme have emerged as valuable allies.
When the evening unfurls itself and intimate conversations fill the air, Calme steps in to elevate the moment. This non-intoxicating hemp-infused spirit, subtly entwined with citrus and herbal botanicals, serves to calm the senses while gently lifting the mood.
Rich in soothing cannabinoids like CBD that can support the body’s endocannabinoid system to help beckon balance and enrich the spirit, it's like capturing the tranquility of starlight in a glass — a perfect companion for late-night intellectual explorations and shared confidences.
It's a celebration in a glass, mirroring the effervescence of shared laughter and the exhilarating unknown that late evenings often bring. Arise embodies a spirited sense of collectiveness, allowing us to truly revel in the moment without losing ourselves in the haze of alcohol.
As we embark on a journey through some handpicked drink recipes, let us remember that every sip is a tribute to these shared moments, a testament to the magic of togetherness unclouded by alcohol.
As the sun dips below the horizon, the stage is set for a gathering bathed in the soft glow of the evening stars. Dancing Shoes is the potion of choice for such an enchanting soirée. The creation of this drink is a delicate ritual, with a lime wedge caressing the glass's edge and salt crystals adorning its rim, heralding the excitement of a night full of shared laughter and lingering glances.
This Arise-infused libation is a vibrant medley of botanicals, each sip carrying the indescribable magic of fellowship, lively conversations, and shared laughter under a canopy of stars.
Run a lime wedge around the outside of the glass and roll the rim in salt. Pour ice and all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over fresh ice cubes into a tumbler. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Every great gathering swings around a radiant center, much like a well-crafted drink swings around a brilliant blend of flavors. Like a fluid conversation, this functional cocktail starts subtly with a blush of cranberry juice, gets intriguing with a dash of fresh lime, and sweetly concludes with a hint of simple syrup.
Swinging Around the Hips is designed for lively parties, where conversation dances in the air as rhythm spills from laughter and swirls around clusters of shared stories. Much like the secret exchange of knowing looks across a dimly lit makeshift dance floor, this delightful drink leaves a lasting impression, a memory to be savored long after the evening has slipped into dawn.
Shake and strain all the ingredients. Serve it in a coupe or martini glass garnished with a lemon twist. Each sip brings forth the essence of shared experiences, whispered secrets, laughter, and the delicate intimacy of togetherness.
A sweet tribute to unexpected tranquility. This hemp-infused elixir is a melody of calm, each component lending its unique voice to the harmonious whole.
Nowhere To Go, Nothing To Do is a nod to the unpredicted lulls that life occasionally bestows on us — the small moments when we can feel freely, where we can be — simply, beautifully — present. It’s a drink for dwindling guest lists, unexpected moments of intimacy, quiet reprieves, and soft whispers on the fire escape.
Each sip is a cherished pause, a stolen moment, relishing the exquisite pleasure of shared solitude and unhurried conversation, like the secret language spoken by kindred spirits in a quiet corner of a bustling party.
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake. Strain into a coupe glass or flute. Garnish with a slice of fresh fruit like watermelon or lime, and enjoy in a quiet moment, free of facades and expectations.
This recipe is an ode to the shared stillness that defines our most treasured gatherings. A heartening, fruity punch that encapsulates the essence of Calme, sparkling apple cider, and an assortment of carefully chosen fruit juices.
The Slow Glow is an uplifting elixir suitable for fireside gatherings or a themed Christmas punch, encapsulating the charm of unhurried conversations punctuated by the music of echoing laughter, all against a backdrop of a crackling fire.
Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher or punch bowl and stir to mix. Optional herbs add an additional layer of complexity to this charming punch recipe.
Served in a punch cup or wine glass and garnished as desired, each glassful of this elegant party punch echoes the warmth of companionship, the allure of unhurried evenings, and the tender luminescence of shared moments beneath the soft glow of moonlight.
The Aplós Mojito is the epitome of a languid summer gathering, where the luxuriance of a long weekend is savored in slow, joyous sips. Infused with Arise, this cocktail offers a cornucopia of refreshing flavors, where the zest of lime and the sparkle of soda water meet the sweetness of rest.
This summer drink is a botanical symphony that captures the essence of unhurried weekends — a time for lingering conversations under the starlit sky, shared stories interspersed with shared laughter, and the sweet surrender of time in the company of good friends.
In a shaker, combine Arise, sugar, lime juice, and ice. Shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice, and add soda water. Garnish with fresh mint and flower sprigs if desired, and enjoy the refreshing drink in the open air.
Whether you are toasting to stolen moments, sharing the slow glow of companionship, or prolonging the bliss of a long weekend, these non-alcoholic drink recipes ensure the celebration of these moments is as vibrant, nourishing, and delightful as the moments themselves.
Harness the power of botanicals to create your own exhilarating concoctions for your next party. Let Aplós spirits become the cornerstone of your mixology, the keynotes around which your creations unfurl. These elixirs, rooted in nature and brimming with the nourishment of hemp and adaptogens, are the perfect foundations for any party.
Imagine the refreshing tingle of a homemade lemonade or iced tea, elevated by a splash of Calme, or the familiar tang of a margarita slushy, reimagined with a hint of Arise. Let the fizzy club soda in your spritzer mingle with an Arise-infused refresher, or let Calme find a home in your traditional sangria recipe, adding a layer of serene complexity.
The beauty of these infusions is that they can be the chameleons of your cocktail recipes, melding seamlessly with a variety of flavors and ingredients. So, let your creativity take flight and dream up your signature party elixir.
Gone are the days when a party's success was measured by the potency of its liquor. As we step into a new era of shared moments, there's an ever-growing recognition of the importance of inclusivity and harmony in our gatherings. With Aplós Calme and Arise, offering an alcohol-free option becomes an effortless addition that enhances rather than dilutes the spirit of your soiree.
These botanical elixirs don't just offer an alternative; they usher in a new way of experiencing togetherness. A way where every guest, regardless of their choice of beverage, feels welcomed, included, and equally part of the shared magic.
From the bubbly fizz of a ginger ale mocktail to the tropical depth of a virgin piña colada, Aplós infusions enhance these shared moments, transforming them into shared memories.
As the evening unfolds into the arms of the starlit night, the shared magic of companionship becomes the elixir that breathes life into every gathering. With Aplós, you hold the power to weave this magic into every drink, every shared toast, and every stolen glance across the room.