There's nothing better than a nice, cold beverage in the summertime. While it’s easy to opt for a chilled beer or a glass of rose, choosing the non-alcoholic version of your favourite boozy drink is one of the best things you can do for your health and lifestyle.
Why are mocktails better, you ask?
Reason 1: You’ll Save Money
Your wallet will be very pleased with you if you decide to cut back on the booze. One beer at a bar can quickly become two or three, which will do some damage to your bill. Even buying your own alcohol at a liquor store can be pricey.
The cost of a bottle of white wine averages $14.41, while an average bottle of red wine costs $15.66. If you drink one each per week for a year, that’s more than $1,563.
Mocktails leave out the priciest ingredient in a drink: the booze.
Reason 2: It’s Way Better For Your Health
The only thing that will thank you more than your wallet is your body. While a boozy drink every now and then is fine, making it a habit can do a lot of harm to your health. Not only is the extra sugar and calories not going to be great for your waistline, but short-term effects of alcohol include poor judgment and increased accident risk, trouble concentrating, mood swings, raised blood pressure, among others. The long-term effects of excessive drinking could cause memory loss, liver problems, and a host of other health issues.
The bottom line? Keep your alcohol indulgences at a minimum, and replace most of your boozy drinks with a delicious mocktail.
Reason 3: It’s Inclusive
There’s, unfortunately, a social component to drinking, and oftentimes being the one in the room without a drink can feel exclusive, or even cause unnecessary negative comments from people with a drink in hand. That’s why holding onto a mocktail can come to your rescue — you don’t feel left out and nobody will know whether there’s vodka in it or not.
Reason 4: It’s Fun!
Coming up with mocktail recipes can get your creative juices flowing and making them are super fun, too! You get to experiment with different fruits, sodas, garnishes, and muddling techniques, which makes putting a mocktail together way more fun than pouring yourself a simple glass of beer. (I have you covered though...keep reading!)
Reason 5: It’s Pretty Delicious
Lucky for us, mocktails taste great and probably even better than their alcohol-filled relatives. Who wouldn’t want a hydrating, fresh, and bubbly drink to sip on in the summer, without the extra alcohol calories and risk of a hangover?
In conclusion, drinking mocktails are a great way to stay hydrated. Many contain fruit juices, sparkling water, and other hydrating ingredients that can help replenish your body’s fluids. Plus, they’re a healthier choice for those watching their weight since they’re typically lower in calories than alcoholic drinks.
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