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14 non-alcoholic drinks made for celebrating

Whether you’re pregnant, sober or just want something special to drink (minus the booze), these tasty wines, spirits and mocktails have you covered.

We giggle at #WineMom memes as much as the next parent, but there’s something to be said about staying sober while still celebrating (Hello, 6 a.m. toddler wake-up calls!). Raise a glass without worry by pouring one of these tasty non-alcoholic drinks.

1. Ceder’s

bottle of non-alcoholic gin with grapefruit wedge and cocktail

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Gin-lovers rejoice! You may not bother with the real stuff after sipping this distilled, non-alcoholic alt-gin. Seriously, this stuff is so good. Choose from Classic, Crisp or, our favourite, Wild, which has juniper combined with ginger, clove and rooibos. Developed by a husband and wife duo, it’s made from a variety of 18 hand-picked South African botanicals, found in the Cederberg
mountains of the Western Cape, along with others sourced throughout Europe. The botanicals are individually distilled and then blended with pristine water from Sweden to extract the finest flavours. $29, potandpantry.ca

2. Partake

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Love craft beer but hate the hangover a few too many pints leaves you with? With Blonde, IPA, Stout, Pale and Red to choose from, this Canadian-made craft brewer offers low-cal, non-alcoholic versions of your favourite brews. $25/pack of 10 multipack, well.ca

3. O Vine White Wine Essence Water

Bottle of O.Vine non-alcoholic drinks

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This may just be the closest thing to real vino—minus the buzz. During the traditional winemaking process, roughly 25 percent of the grapes used (mostly skins and seeds) are tossed as waste. Israel’s Galil Mountain Winery developed a process that captures the taste, aroma, colour and antioxidants hidden inside used wine-grape skins and seeds to create “wine” that is free of alcohol. Choose from red, white, sparkling, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon water essences. $7, pusateris.com

4. Seedlip spirits

Bottle of Seedlip non-alcoholic drinks

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Made with the same care and attention as a bespoke spirit, these non-alcoholic beverages are based on the recipes from the 17th-century book The Art of Distillation. Choose from Garden 108, a fresh and floral blend of handpicked peas and hay from founder Ben Branson’s farm; Spice 94, a distilled Jamaican allspice berry and cardamom mixture, which pairs perfectly with tonic and red grapefruit; or Grove 42, a citrusy blend of blood orange, mandarin, lemon and ginger. $45, well.ca

5. Lumette! non-alcoholic distilled spirit

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Handcrafted and distilled using traditional methods on Vancouver Island, these tasty spirits claim to deliver the same experience as a contemporary-style botanical based spirit, with zero percent alcohol. The new London Dry is perfect for gin-lovers with a juniper citrus-forward flavour, while the Bright Light is distilled with a bounty of botanicals giving you the uniqueness and versatility of an aromatic spirit. $33, enjoylumette.com

6. pink House Alchemy Ginger Shrub

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Many mixologists use shrubs to enhance the flavour of spirits, but this “sipping vinegar” can also play a starring role in your glass. Simply add soda and a slice of candied ginger and you’ve got an impressive-looking mocktail. $18, pinkhousealchemy.com

7. Vin(Zero) Brut Rosé

Bottle of Vin(Zero) Brut Rosé rose wine

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Self-described as, “if you crossed a peach with a rose, kissed it twice, and served it up poached in the essence of fairy dust.” This sparkling beverage is the perfect centrepiece to any celebration, without the ugly hangover. $13, hillstreetbeverages.com

8. Loxton De-Alcoholized Wine

Bottle of Loxton Chardonnay

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Wondering what the heck “de-alcoholized” wine is? This multi-stage process removes nearly all the alcoholic content from a traditionally made vino. The result isn’t always great, but Vancouver natives Malcolm and Linda Gillis scoured wine regions across the globe to find a de-alcoholized wine that was worth raising a glass to. They found it in Australia and developed a collection of 99.6-percent alcohol-free red, white, rosé and sparkling wines. $7, loxtonwines.ca

9. Clausthaler Non-Alcoholic Beer

Can of Clausthaler non-alcoholic beer

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While non-alcoholic beer isn’t new, most producers use a complex method of extracting the alcohol after the fact (similar to de-alcoholized wine). Instead, Clausthaler adds the hops at an advanced stage of the brewing process, so only a negligible amount of alcohol is produced and the beer’s flavour isn’t compromised. $2, lcbo.com

10. Heineken 0.0

Bottle of Heineken 0.0 non-alcoholic beer

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This non-alcoholic beer is a first for the popular Heineken brand, who spent two years perfecting the taste so that it tastes just like the beer brand you know and love. Order this when you want that refreshing beer taste, but need to go to work in the morning. $13/6-pack, thebeerstore.ca

11. Viveau

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Looking for something refreshing to drink? This sparking beverages is made from half sparkling mineral water and half fresh-pressed fruit from Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Choose from wild blueberry, ripe cherry or crisp apple cider. $20/pack of 12, drinkviveau.com

12. Mr & Mrs T Mai Tai Mix

 

 

Bottle of Mott's Mr & Mrs T Mai Tai Cocktail

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Sugary cocktails like daiquiris, margaritas and Mai Tais are all about the syrup. These tasty mixes make it easy to skip the spirits while still getting that spent-the-day-by-the-pool vibe. $5, walmart.ca

13. Sangria Berry Mocktail

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Stir up orange, pomegranate and lime juices with some frozen fruit and soda and you’ve got a fizzy, sweet-tart mocktail perfect for toasting. Get the recipe: Sangria Berry Mocktail

14. Sparkling ‘Champagne’ Mocktail

Four glasses of Sparkling 'Champagne' Mocktails

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The French may disapprove of the name, but this bubbly brew ensures that everyone can clink glasses—even tiny revellers. Get the recipe: Sparkling ‘Champagne’ Mocktail