It’s October, which means the carefree days of daily summer drinks are coming to an end (or should be?!) – so today we are bringing you the best alcohol-free drinks for fall. In addition, October is World Menopause Month – which means here at Mojo and Moxie, each week in October, we are bringing you all things menopause related.
What do the best alcohol-free drinks for fall have to do with menopause ? Well give me a sec, and I’ll tie it all in for you…
Most women “of a certain age” are pretty aware of the standard menopause symptoms. Hot flash- gotcha; night sweats – yup; feeling super emotional – I’m with ya. BUT, here’s one you may not know about. Many women in peri-menopause and menopause notice a real change in their ability to either process alcohol, or enjoy it in the same fashion as they did when they were younger. WHAT??
It is very common for women to experience a real interruption in their sleep with just a small amount of alcohol in their system. Many women also report that they can no longer tolerate their beloved red wine the way they once did. Either the hangovers become unbearable with even just a small amount, or their hot flashes ramp up so dramatically that it just doesn’t make sense to imbibe. As we age, a good night sleep is worth a little more than when were were in our twenties, am I right? 😉 Studies are ongoing about the affects alcohol has on our menopausal body and symptoms, but most women are pretty intuitive to their own triggers.
Many of our friends have lamented the fact that they have reluctantly had to give up their nightly glass of vino or that special cocktail. Well ladies, we are here for you – which brings us to our best ALCOHOL-FREE drinks for fall 🙂
See how we tied that all in?
If you’ve noticed in restaurants lately, the beverage menu is getting a giant upgrade with the cool addition of thoughtfully curated alcohol free drinks. Gone are the days of feeling like your only option is a virgin Caesar. And we think its about time and love that it is coinciding with our own menopause journey! Cool kombucha’s, creative herbal concoctions and interesting mojitos and mules are all coming to the table alcohol-free.
In addition, there are companies starting to create fun, alcohol-free spirits to help you mix these drinks in your own home – so you can create alcohol-free drinks you love.
Our fav, SEXY AF SPIRITS is based right here in our home town and they were gracious enough to send us their four different varietals to try. Perfect for creating four of the best alcohol-free drinks for fall.
Four Alcohol Free Spirits we tried…
- Viirgiin – the SEXY AF solution to GIN.
- Kampari – the SEXY AF solution to classic Campari
- Amar-oh – the SEXY AF solution to an Amaretto style liquor
- Triple Sexy – the SEXY AF solution to Triple Sec
I have to say, being a wine drinker, I didn’t realize all the nuances that go into creating a truly special delish cocktail. I have so much respect for the mixologists out there. Danni and I had a blast sampling and inventing. Best of all, even after all the sampling – I could still drive home! 🙂
Here is just a snapshot of what we came up with – and what we think will be your new fav alcohol-free drinks for fall.
Campari Lemon Gin-tini
Sugar a beautiful martini glass – cause it has to look good, right?
Load some ice in a martini shaker and add ingredients below. Give it a bartenders shake, and pour into sugar’d glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
1 3/4 oz. VIIRGIIN SEXY AF SPIRITS
1/2 oz. SEXY AF SPIRITS KAMPARI
1/2 oz. SEXY AF TRIPLE SEXY
3/4 oz. pure lemon juice
This is lovely in a short glass and is super festive. Make a pitcher for Thanksgiving, or just a lazy Sunday.
2 oz. SEXY AF AMAR-O SPIRITS
3 oz. pear juice (we used Black River)
Fill to 3/4 full with Ginger Beer
Top with a squeeze of half a lemon
Garnish with a cinnamon sprinkle and a slice of pear.
Cranberry Gin Fizz
This one is super refreshing – and makes use of another fav. product of ours BUBLY!
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. VIIRGIIN SEXY AF SPIRITS
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. lime juice
1 1/2 oz. lime BUBLY
Mix with lots of ice, and garnish with frozen cranberries!
The MOJO and MOXIE
In a tall beautiful glass, muddle a few pomegranates to start, then fill glass with ice.
2 oz. SEXY AF TRIPLE SEXY SPIRITS
1 oz. SEXY AF KAMPARI SPIRITS
3 oz. Apple Cider
Garnish with a small handful of pomegranates, and a stem of rosemary.
Ladies, menopause be damned, alcohol-free can be fun and delish. If you are interested in trying some of the spirits mentioned above, check out the SEXY AF website HERE for where to find it in your area and for more recipes you might enjoy.
If you are interested in reading more about menopause – check out our WELLNESS section – and our fav post on BONE HEALTH.
Happy ALCOHOL-FREE drinking!