Happy October! Fall is officially here, and with it comes the cool chill in the air, crunchy, colorful leaves along the road and of course, the sweet smell of pumpkin spice drifting through the breeze. Fall is definitely a fan-favorite season, but for those who choose to live an alcohol-free lifestyle, it can also be a challenging time.
Not only does fall boast Halloween—a major holiday for drinking—but it also includes football season, haunted houses and even Thanksgiving, all of which can incorporate quite a bit of alcohol with friends and family. These types of environments can make the season of fall difficult for people who choose to live alcohol-free.
Fortunately, there are still quite a few drinks out there which can entice the senses and tickle the taste buds with the flavors of fall, all without a single drop of alcohol. If you strive to live an alcohol-free lifestyle, but aren’t sure where to start this fall, fear not. We have you covered with a few of our favorite festive fall drinks without alcohol.
1. Apple Cider
If you want the classic taste of fall in a cup, then look no further than apple cider. Apple cider tends to be a favorite among both adults and kids because of its warm, spiced flavor and smooth texture. It’s the perfect beverage to sip on during a cool fall evening, or bring a thermos with you when you go out to the pumpkin patch with friends.
2. Chai Tea Latte
Nowadays, you can order a chai tea latte from practically any coffee shop, but a quick search online can also give you some ideas for how to make your own at home—like this one here. This cinnamon concoction smells and tastes like complete comfort, so try a cup of it to unwind on the couch after a long day out in the brisk fall wind.
3. Candy Corn Punch
Have you ever heard of candy corn punch? Neither had we until recently, but we’re already excited to give it a try this season! Candy corn punch is often a favorite among the kids, but is also the perfect drink for adult parties and gatherings during the fall. Check out this recipe here to stir up some candy corn punch this October.
4. Sparkling Cider
Of course, hot apple isn’t the only way you can go with cider in the fall. Domestically Blissful lists a great sparkling cider recipe which uses apple cider, cranberry soda, sparkling cider, white grape juice and just a hint of spicers for a cool fall drink everyone can enjoy. Add in some diced apples and you have a beautifully refreshing drink to sip on, minus the worry of alcohol.
5. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
We love pumpkin pie at BeClink, so when we saw a recipe for a pumpkin pie smoothie, we knew we had to include it. It has all the great flavors of fall in a cup, plus with a little extra added protein, so you can feel confident in what you consume. Pour it into a wine glass and sip it at home, or take it on the road with you for flavor throughout the fall day.
6. Hot Chocolate
For those fall-goers who love a classic drink this time of year, hot chocolate is always the ideal way to go. Whether you’re hosting an event, attending an event or going out to a haunted house, consider bringing a thermos of hot chocolate with you to keep you warm on those cold fall evenings. If you’re not sure where to start, Taste of Home has a great homemade hot cocoa recipe to try out.
7. Non-Alcoholic Wine
Finally, for those fall nights when you want to feel extra sophisticated but don’t want to worry about alcohol, give non-alcoholic wine a try. Not only does it taste the same as regular wine, but you can even pick out some of your favorite fall flavors to enjoy. Check out a few samples here for a safe, classy twist on a common fall beverage.
Fall is finally here, and with it comes some challenges for those who choose to live life alcohol-free. Between the sports, the holidays and the events, alcohol can be a common occurrence during the fall season. But, you can easily avoid alcohol these next few months by trying out some of these festive fall drinks. Give them a shot and see how you enjoy fall with a safe and healthy lifestyle.