If you're drinking less or not at all and planning to go out with friends, the first time you order non-alc can be daunting. With some practice and resources, ordering non-alcoholic drinks is as easy as any other type of drink order—you just need to know what works best where. Here are some suggestions:
Out at a bar or restaurant
Establishments are offering more and more alcohol-free options. Many bartenders have crafted new and exciting mocktails that take deliver a complex flavour profile. The big beer brands may have an option on the menu too. Or ask for one of the classic cocktails ‘virgin. Our favourites are: virgin Mojitos and virgin Pina Coladas.
Online ordering for direct delivery
One of the best places to start is at a non-alcoholic specialty store and online ordering makes this super easy. At Free Bar, we ship across Canada. We focus on carrying premium NA products that we source locally or through specialty suppliers. Our products are from craft brewers and cocktail makers, so you'll be able to find something that suits your tastes. Our most popular option is our discovery boxes that have a new selection each month. You can order a box of beer, cocktails, or a mixed pack, which is a great way to introduce yourself to new flavours.
Grocery stores have the advantage of being everywhere, and the major beer companies have put forward non-alcoholic options. Most grocery stores carry a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks (including pop, sparkling water, and juice). If you're in an unfamiliar area, ask someone at the store where the nearest one is so that you can easily find it on your next shopping trip.
With so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. The key is to just try a few different types of non-alcoholic drinks until you find one that you like. And remember, the most important thing is for everyone at the table to have fun!