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Raise a Glass to 2024’s Best Alcohol Substitutes

Are you looking for ways to cut back on alcohol but still enjoy a fun and relaxing drink?

You’re not alone. More and more people are seeking out alcohol substitutes that offer the taste and social aspects of drinking without the buzz or the hangover.

In 2024, there’s a wider variety of alcohol substitutes available than ever before.

Below are a few of the most popular options!

What are Alcohol Substitutes?

Alcohol substitutes provide a similar taste and sensory experience to alcoholic beverages.

Mocktails, non-alcoholic beer & wine, and non-alcoholic spirits mimic their alcohol-containing counterparts.

In recent years, the alcohol alternative industry has exploded with drinks that promote relaxation, stress reduction, and euphoria.

Hands with mocktails toasting
Cheers to alcohol substitutes!

Buzzworthy Alcohol Substitutes

Unlike traditional non-alcoholic beverages, the options below can give you a buzz without any alcohol.

  1. CBD-Infused Beverages
  2. Cannabis/THC Drinks
  3. Kava Drinks
  4. Adaptogen Beverages

1. CBD-Infused Beverages

These popular beverages contain CBD (cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.

Potential benefits of CBD include pain relief, reduced anxiety, and improved sleep.

CBD drinks will not intoxicate you or make you feel high.

Individuals report CBD beverages help them relax and feel more at ease. Onset is estimated at 20 minutes.

Wylde CBD Sparkling Water

Wylde CBD sparkling water comes in delicious flavors like lemon, grapefruit, blackberry, and raspberry. 

A 12-ounce serving has 25 mg of CBD and 10 calories.

Wylde contains fresh fruit and does not have any added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Wylde CBD Lemon Sparkling Water Alcohol Substitute
Wyld CBD Sparkling Water

2. Cannabis / THC Drinks

Unlike CBD drinks, cannabis or THC drinks, contain the psychoactive form of Cannabis.

You can only find these in states where recreational marijuana is legal.

These new-age beverages typically contain CBD and a low dose of THC.  Most are low in sugar and calories. 

Fans of THC-infused drinks report a relaxed effect without the typical “munchies” associated with a traditional cannabis high.

Cann Social Tonics

Cann creators describe their THC & CBD-containing social tonics as “bubbly, refreshing, and sociable“.

Reviewers enjoy refreshing flavors like grapefruit rosemary and lemon lavender.

Cann Social Tonic comes in 8-ounce cans which provide 2 mg of THC and 4 mg of CBD.

They also offer a 12-ounce “Hi-Boy” option that provides 5 mg of THC. For reference, a cannabis gummy typically provides 5 mg of THC.

Cann is naturally sweetened with agave and has about 30 calories per 8-ounce serving.

Cann Social Tonic; lemon lavender flavor
Cann Social Tonic: Lemon Lavender

Keef Classic Colas

These THC-infused sodas come in a variety of flavors. They’ll surely take you back to your carefree days – rootbeer, orange, blue raspberry, and purple passion.

Keef classic sodas come in 12-ounce cans and provide 10 mg of THC.

Given their THC content, these sodas may be better suited for an experienced cannabis user.

Nutritionally, Keef sodas are similar to traditional sugar-sweetened soda. They have about 130 calories and 30 grams of sugar per 12-ounce can.

Keef Cannabis-Infused Pineapple Soda
Keef Cannabis-Infused Pineapple Soda

3. Kava Drinks

Kava is a plant native to the Pacific Islands and is known for its relaxing effects. 

Research shows kava may aid in relaxation, stress relief, and sleep.

Leilo Calm in a Can

Leilo is a brand of kava sparkling water that is marketed as “Calm in a Can“.

It contains Kava, B vitamins, and I-theanine, an amino acid that may help with concentration.

Leilo comes in a variety of flavors including lemon ginger, blackberry orange, and tango berry.

A serving contains 40 calories per 12-ounce can, and has 8 grams of added sugar.

A “lite” version of Leilo is also available. It is sugar-free and contains only 10 calories.

Leilo Kava Relaxation Drink; Raspberry Hibiscus Flavor
Leilo Kava Relaxation Drink

My Review of Leilo Calm in a Can

I purchased this Leilo variety 6-pack from Amazon.

Taste

I enjoyed every flavor except lemon ginger, however, you may enjoy it if you like the taste of ginger.

The drinks are refreshing and similar to flavored sparkling water.

It seems counterintuitive, however, try to shake or swirl the can around before you open it.

If you don’t do this, you may get a bit of the taste associated with kava. Most describe kava as an earthy flavor.

Effects

The effect was subtle, yet enjoyable. I felt relaxed and experienced a slight tingle on my tongue and lips.

The downside is that the relaxed feeling doesn’t last very long.

After about 30-45 minutes, the numb feeling subsided and you don’t feel much different than before you drank Leilo.

Leilo Kava Drink
Leilo Calm in a Can

4. Adaptogen Beverages

Adaptogen drinks contain adaptogenic herbs, which are natural substances that help the body adapt to stress.

These beverages may contain a variety of adaptogenic herbs, such as ashwagandha, holy basil, and ginseng.

Adaptogens are generally considered safe, however, they may interact with certain medications.

Always talk with your healthcare provider before adding adaptogen drinks to your wellness routine.

Tranquini Adaptogen Drink

Tranquini sparkling waters offer a unique blend of natural herbal adaptogens including green tea, chamomile, and lemon balm.

Flavors include lemongrass, hibiscus, and mixed berry.

Tranquini is sugar-free and contains less than 3 calories per serving. It is sweetened with Stevia.

Alcohol Substitutes: Tranquini Variety Pack
Tranquini Variety Pack

Mocktails are also a great alcohol substitute! Check out our Virgin Moscow Mule.

De Soi

De Soi is a line of sparkling non-alcoholic apéritifs. Natural adaptogens like maca and lemon balm are combined to ease stress.

Unlike non-alcoholic spirits that require cocktail mixers, De Soi is ready to drink.

Varieties of De Soi include Golden Hour, Champignon Dreams, & Purple Lune.

Calorie content ranges from 50-70 calories per 5-ounce can.

De Soi is low in sugar and contains trace amounts of naturally occurring caffeine.

DeSoi Alcohol Substitute
De Soi Purple Lune by Katy Perry

You can learn more about alcohol substitutes in our blog post – Alcohol Alternatives: A Buzz without the Alcohol.

Takeaways on Alcohol Substitutes

These are just a few of the many alcohol substitutes available on the market today.

With a little bit of research, you can find a substitute that meets your needs and preferences.

So next time you’re looking for a refreshing and relaxing drink, skip the alcohol and try one of these healthy alternatives!

Always consult your physician before using any products containing supplements or drugs like THC. 

In addition, reference your employer’s drug and alcohol policy before enjoying any THC-infused products.

Interested in a healthy beverage that won’t give you a buzz? Check out our Complete Guide to Wellness Drinks.

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