Mark’s List – 7 Things To Drink Instead Of Alcohol

What to drink instead of alcohol?

Now, that is a good question! For the last few months, I have been trying to cut back on drinking and I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way but I have to tell you that it is a pretty difficult thing to do! First of all, alcohol is a drug and withdrawing from it can cause a wide range of rather unpleasant symptoms.

But apart from all the well-known reasons, there is one more thing that makes it challenging for me to cut down on alcohol. And it is the fact that over the years, drinking alcohol has become one of my rituals and also a part of my everyday life.

When I get off work, I will normally go to the pub to grab a few drinks with my friends. Or when I do not feel like socializing, I will just read a novel while drinking red wine or gin & tonic. And sometimes I go for long walks and well – I enjoy walking with a beer in my hand.

And in these situations, I often ask myself the greatest question:

What Could I Drink Instead Of Booze?

Like, reading a novel is fun but my little “novel reading ritual” includes that bottle of red wine. So what could I do? Habits are hard to break. But we can try to make a few changes to them. And well…what if I replace that bottle of wine by something else? Something non-alcoholic?

Alcohol addiction is not easy to overcome and you cannot treat your alcohol use disorder just by replacing alcohol by non-alcoholic drinks but I do think that finding alcohol free drinks that you like will help a lot!

So that is why I decided to share the list of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks with you! Some of them are pretty much well-known, others are not.

Salep

Orchids are beautiful flowers but have you ever tried eating one? Or drinking one?
Not yet? Then it’s time for you to try salep!

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It is a hot milky drink that warms you up in winter and it is made from Orchis (a kind of orchid) and cinnamon. Salep is a popular drink in Turkey (its country of origin) throughout the Middle East and in the Balkans.

Where to get it from?

Well, it depends on where you are in the world. If there is any Turkish grocery store or café in your neighborhood, chances are high that they will have some salep for you (or at least that’s normally the case here in Central Europe). Or as far as I know, you can also order salep powder from Amazon.

And here is a recipe in case you’d like to prepare it at home:
Salep Recipe (Ozlem’ Turkish Table)

Tomato Juice

Tomato juice is probably less exotic than many of the drinks that made my list. And also it is something that all of us know so I do not think I provided you with any new information by mentioning it.

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BUT it is one of my favorite “alcohol replacements” . Especially when I add some spices to it or when I make a Virgin Bloody Mary!

And let’s not forget that it’s a very healthy drink that is rich in nutrients like vitamin C, B and potassium.

Where to get it from?

I guess you buy it at any supermarket or grocery store. Yummy. But here’s a great Virgin Bloody Mary recipe for you! 🙂

Suan Mei Tang

I am not sure if I have ever mentioned this on my blog but I grew up in Chinatown. And I simply adore Chinese cuisine so no wonder why Suan Mei Tang or Sour Plum Drink – eeeeeh its English name does not sound too convincing to be honest – is one of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks.

Source: The Woks Of Life

Suan Mei Tang is a deep magenta colored drink made from sour plums, hawthorn berries, dried orange peel, licorice root, dried hibiscus and rock sugar. Sounds delicious, does it not?

Where to get it from?

Well, that is a difficult question because it really depends on where you are in the world. I think you will most probably be able to find the ingredients at Chinese grocery stores (if there’s any in your neighborhood) or if not: Amazon is always the answer. (Sounded like a paid ad but believe me, it was not. Was just trying to be helpful)

And the recipe: Suan Mei Tang (The Woks Of Life)

Tonic Water

Another well-known drink on the list. And well, as I mentioned earlier I absolutely, 100% adore gin & tonic. But tonic on it is own is fabulous too!

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Hmm… and what else to say? I love tonic water because it’s easily accessible and it has a very particular bitter taste that I am sure most of you are familiar with.

Oh yes, and recipes? I do not have any. Maybe one thing I could mention is that I normally mix it with sparkling water but again, I guess I am not the only person who does that.

Kvass

Are you a beer person? If yes, I am sure you will like kvass.

Kvass is a fermented Slavic & Baltic beverage commonly made from rye bread and I have always had the impression that it tasted like a sweet, non-alcoholic beer. Or well – non-alcoholic, it depends on perception I guess as it’s not fully alcohol free but it’s alcohol content is negligible (0.5 – 1%).

Source: https://www.svoimirykami.club/

Where to get it from?

Kvass is a popular drink in many Central & Eastern European countries. So if there’s any Russian or Ukrainian grocery store in your neighborhood, I am pretty sure they will have it on stock.

Or if not, here is a recipe: Easy Bread Kvas recipe (Natasha’s Kitchen).

Peppermint Tea

I love all kinds of tea but peppermint tea is definitely my favorite. I just love its refreshing taste and the fact that I enjoy drinking it all year long. A cup of iced peppermint tea is a wonderful summer drink but when you drink it hot, it will also be a perfect treat on a cold winter’s night.

Source: Healthline

And let’s not forget to mention that it’s caffeine free which is obviously not a bad thing when you suffer from OCD (like I do) or from any other anxiety disorder.

Where to get it from?

As for my experience, peppermint tea is pretty easily accessible all around the world. So you’ll most likely be able to grab it from your local supermarket or grocery store.

Recipe: How To Make Peppermint Tea Properly (Hot & Iced)

Soda Water & Lemon

This one is probably the simplest item on my list but I just love it. I have never been a great fan of traditional lemonade – reading this post you may have already noticed that I am not very much into uber sweet things.

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So, I make my own “Mark style” lemonade which is nothing more than a huge glass of sparkling water with a table spoon of lemon juice added to it. Easily accessible, healthy and simply delicious

What Are Your Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drinks?

This post was about my favorite alcohol free drinks but every person has their own taste so please tell us about your favorites in the comment section! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Mark’s List – 7 Things To Drink Instead Of Alcohol

  1. Hi, Mark. I consume alcohol only 5-6 times a year. I am not a beer drinker, but Kvass sounds interesting.

    I live on coffee (black or only with cream/milk), water, and G Zero, which is Gatorade’s zero-sugar electrolyte drink.

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    1. Hi there 🙂

      Kvass is a very nice drink – I am a beer drinker and I have tried many different kinds of non-alcoholic beer but I think kvass is much better than any of them!

      And well – me too I live on coffee. My favorite is espresso without sugar.

      G Zero sounds nice – I am not sure if they sell it in my country but will definitely look around and give it a try!

      Cheers

      Mark

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  2. Not a drinker, but I do enjoy peppermint tea! The BEST way to enjoy mint is mixed with chocolate….

    Hope you are doing well in these difficult days. Looks like a rough and dangerous winter ahead for the U.S. So far, I’ve been healthy along with my family and friends. Much to be thankful for.

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    1. Hi Alexander,

      Glad to read that you and your loved ones have been healthy. Thanks for God my family, friends and me have also been doing well so I am truly thankful for that.

      And well, it really seems like we’ll have a difficult winter ahead but let’s hope for the best. At the moment, I am trying to enjoy the last sunny days of the year as much as I can.

      Unfortunately, I am a drinker – it’s getting better and I do not drink as much as I used to but still….

      And I too love mint mixed with chocolate! One of the best combinations 🙂 and another thing I love is chilli mixed with chocolate 🙂

      Stay safe,

      Mark

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    1. Yes – when I was younger, I did not really feel the bad effects of alcohol like..I did not use to have hangovers or anything like that so I was not particularly worried about my drinking habits but recently I have started to feel that alcohol is indeed very harsh on the body.

      I have never tried kombucha but it sounds yummyyy! Thank you for thr suggestion 🙂

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      1. Oh yeah, I’m thinking about all the stress I put my body through in my younger years, but never realized it at the time because I never got hangovers like I do today. And I highly recommend kombucha!!! You can make it yourself (which tastes better) or find it at your grocery store (which is still good!)

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    1. Hi there 🙂 Apologies for the extremely late reply (there’s been a lot going on in my life – nothing horrible though).

      Well, I think a splash or two of Malibu isn’t too much alcohol. I’ve been trying to cut down on drinking because in my case it is usually way more than that. Like I often used to drink a whole bottle of wine in one sitting and that’s definitely too much 😀 but recently, I’ve been drinking a lot less so I am proud of myself haha

      Cheers

      Mark

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      1. Happy to learn that things are well at your side, Mark. No worries about late replies (or even no reply)–it could be a bit busy in WordPress too, not to mention our very own actual lives, lol.

        Congrats on reaching your goal to drink less (‘proud of you too) 🙂 Once in a while I also treat myself with a glass of Guinness or lager (with crisps, lol), or a glass of red wine to un-clog any nasty buildup in the veins, lol. Be well and happy 🍀

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      2. Haha in my case, it’s my “own actual life” that’s been pretty busy. I completely adore my job but sometimes it can be very overwhelming haha

        I love both Guiness and Lager! and well…..red wine is my number one favorite – that’s one of the reasons why It’s been so difficult for me to completely give up on alcohol. Like..I could survive with it but I just love the taste of red wine haha

        Not sure if you have ever tried this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egri_Bikav%C3%A9r (Bull’s Blood of Eger) but if not, you’ll definitely try it next time you get the chance to come to Hungary. This wine is just…addictive

        Stay safe ❤

        Mark

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