Refreshing Alcohol-Free Drinks
Who doesn’t love having a delicious, refreshing drink while you’re relaxing? Unfortunately, for the many people who suffer from alcohol addiction or are recovering from it, this simple action can be very triggering. However, it is handy to have some great recipes on hand for when you need them. Keep reading for more about refreshing alcohol-free drinks, why they matter, and some recipes to get started.
Refreshing Alcohol-Free Drinks: Why They Matter
If you are in recovery from alcohol addiction, someone asking you what your drink order is can be very triggering now that you are sober. This might cause you to avoid gatherings, going to restaurants, or to possibly relapse. Luckily, having a go-to alcohol-free drink that you love can benefit your life in many ways. These include taking you out of an isolating situation, a way to avoid questions, and because they are delicious!
Isolation is Harmful to Recovery
As mentioned, a drink order can be very triggering for some people in recovery while at a restaurant or at a gathering. Isolation is extremely harmful to recovery, so avoiding gatherings (while helpful for especially triggering circumstances), can do more harm than good in the long run. Being prepared with an alcohol-free option to bring to parties or to order at a restaurant can help you feel more at ease in a triggering situation.
Alcohol-Free Drinks Avoid Questions
Many individuals in recovery, especially if they are new to recovery, might not be so open to talking about it with strangers, coworkers, or old friends. “Why aren’t you drinking tonight?” and feeling peer pressure can be enough for many to give in and relapse. Having an alcohol-free drink in hand can make it look like you are drinking alcohol to help avoid an uncomfortable situation.
Alcohol-Free Drinks Are Delicious!
Just because you are sober, doesn’t mean you have to stick with water or sodas all the time. Concocting fun alcohol-free drink recipes are not only helpful, they are also simply delicious and fun to do!
Great Alcohol-Free Drink Recipes
We gathered some of our favorite alcohol-free drink recipes from across the internet. Some are mocktails, some are slushies, and some are great for groups. It is important to keep an eye on the labels of bottled drinks that claim to be non-alcoholic, such as alcohol-free whiskey or wine. Some of these still may contain very low amounts of alcohol in them.
- 6 ounces of your favorite juice
- Sparkling water
- Orange wedge for garnish
- Fill a glass with ice
- Fill a little more than halfway with your favorite juice
- Squeeze in the juice of the lime
- Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water
- Add an orange wedge for garish
- 2 ounces peach nectar
- Sparkling apple cider
- Peach slices
- Squeeze a peach slice into a champagne flute and keep it in the glass
- Pour the peach nectar on top of the peach, filling about halfway
- Top with the sparkling cider
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
- 1 ounce of lime juice
- 3 ounces of strawberries
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- Fill your blender with the ice, lime juice, strawberries and sugar and blend until completely smooth
- Pour into a glass and garnish it with a fresh strawberry
- Optional: Add some soda into the blender before blending for a little pop
Virgin Moscow Mule
This is a delicious recipe from Like Mother Like Daughter.
- 1 lime (1-2 tablespoons juice, fresh is best)
- 1 TBS simple syrup
- 1/4 cup club soda
- 3-4 mint leaves (torn, optional)
- 3/4 cup Ginger Beer (make sure it’s non alcoholic)
- Crushed ice
- In the bottom of cup, pour juice from lime, simple syrup and club soda.
- Add mint leaves if desired.
- Fill the cup about half way with ice.
- Then pour about 3/4 a cup of ginger beer over the ice.
- Garnish with mint leaves and a lime wedge if desired, and serve.
About Seasons in Malibu
If you are struggling with your sobriety, finding yourself in isolating situations, or feel triggered when others ask about your sobriety, alcohol-free drinks can be helpful. However, for many, it is not enough to keep them sober. Make sure you reach out for help if you are struggling so that you don’t find yourself in a relapse situation.
The Seasons in Malibu luxury rehab center provides a comprehensive drug and alcohol non-12-step rehab treatment program for men and women. Our systemic approach works with each individual to assess underlying causes, and to develop a plan for treatment and aftercare.
We believe that specific training to prevent relapse is a key to successful long-term recovery. All our clients receive weekly training in relapse prevention, using a cognitive-behavioral strategy to combat addiction. By detecting and preventing compulsive and high-risk behavior, we reduce and avoid the chance of relapse. Our clients learn to recognize these patterns and, through commitment to the training, find new ways of coping with challenging situations that may have triggered destructive behaviors in the past.
With our superior team of clinicians, we are able to succinctly pinpoint those areas of focus which will give the client the most advanced opportunity for success. Our approach towards healing is collaborative, comprehensive and committed.
For more information, visit seasonsmalibu.com