Drinking: The booze-free set
Drunk relatives at holiday events are a universal menace—which might be why nonalcoholic drinks are stirring up so much enthusiasm, said Kate Krader in Bloomberg.com. Web searches point to a growing interest in alternatives to booze. If you’re thinking the same way, consider these:
Töst ($21). “Especially good for pre-dinner mingling,” this sweet Champagne alternative is a mix of white tea, white cranberry, quinine, and ginger, and “tastes a lot like a spritzer.”
Eins Zwei Zero Riesling ($16). Leitz, an excellent German wine producer, boils off the alcohol on an off-dry riesling to create a zero-alcohol version (shown at left) that retains the citrus notes of a classic riesling.
Owen’s Craft Mixers Mint + Cucumber + Lime ($8). Sold as a vodka mixer, this beverage is “perfect on its own—a refreshing counterpoint to a holiday table full of heavy food.” ■