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Cheers! What to drink when you’re not drinking

More New Zealanders are choosing not to drink any alcohol – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still sip on something fresh, fun, and delicious this summer.

The sober curious movement is increasing, with more New Zealanders choosing to abstain from consuming any alcohol than two years ago.

As more people decide to take a break from alcohol, or skip it altogether, the non-alcoholic drinks market is booming1 – but they’re far from the only option for a refreshing drop at the end of a long summer’s day.

Keep it simple and sparkling

Sparkling water can be great on its own, but if you’re feeling like something a little extra, try adding berries to the mix – either fresh in the water jug or frozen in ice cubes for a fun, tasty garnish.

You can also zhuzh up your sparkling water with a little flavoured syrup. There are plenty of fancy syrup options at the supermarket or you can try whipping up a bottle yourself to keep in the fridge.

Then there’s the classic soda and lime. Try some freeze-dried citrus for a little slice of extra flavour.

Brew up something special

Kombucha is also a popular alternative to drinking alcohol - its fresh taste and a few bubbles are reminiscent of a cold beer or cider. Iced tea also makes for a refreshing drink at a summer party or barbecue.

Make it a mocktail

A mocktail is a great option for when you want something a little extra special. Try a Virgin Mojito or a tropical punch using juice and fresh summer produce – think pineapple and orange juice topped up with lemonade, with sliced strawberries, mint, and orange and lemon slices. And don’t forget the ice!


1 https://www.thomasnet.com/insights/the-spirited-rise-of-non-alcoholic-drinks/

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