As we kick off the new year, many individuals are embracing a healthier lifestyle and challenging themselves to a month-long hiatus from alcohol, aptly named Booze Free January. Rising in popularity, this movement not only promotes a break from excessive drinking but also encourages exploring alternative options that still offer a delightful and satisfying drinking experience. In this blog post, we will delve into some exciting alcohol-free alternatives offered at Green Earth such as KAVA, CBD drinks, HopTea, Mushroom drinks and more, helping you make the most of your booze-free journey. Check out our Facebook page where we will dive further into our alcohol alternatives.

1. KAVA: First on our list of alternatives is KAVA, a plant-based drink that traces its roots back to the Pacific Islands. Derived from the roots of the Piper methysticum plant, KAVA offers a calming and relaxing effect without impairing cognitive function. Often consumed as a social drink, KAVA is reputed to reduce anxiety and promote a sense of well-being. Exploring the world of KAVA can add a unique  twist to your favorite alcohol-free drink experience during Booze Free January.

2. CBD Drinks (in-store only):  Another trend making waves in the beverage industry is CBD-infused drinks. CBD, short for  cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound derived from hemp plants that offers relaxation and numerous potential health benefits. CBD beverages come in various forms, including carbonated drinks, teas, and even mocktails. By incorporating CBD drinks into your booze-free journey, you can explore new flavors and potentially experience a sense of calmness without the need for alcohol. In store we offer two amazing local CBD seltzer drink brands by Moon Drops and Zenly. There is also a third option by CBD Living which is a lightly sweetened seltzer and my personal favorite!

3. HopTea: If you’re missing the hoppy bitterness of a refreshing beer after going alcohol-free, HopTea might tickle your taste buds. Brewed from a blend of hops and other natural ingredients, this hop-infused tea replicates the aroma and bitterness of beer without the alcohol content. HopTea allows you to enjoy the familiar flavors associated with beer while staying true to your Booze Free January commitment. Check out some of our HopTea options here.

4. Mushroom: Mushroom drinks infused with adaptogens are being explored as an alternative to alcohol, offering many benefits. These beverages often contain adaptogens – a class of herbs, botanicals, and mushrooms – that have been associated with stress relief and an relaxing effect. Functional mushrooms, including chaga, reishi, shiitake, and cordyceps, are believed to have hepatoprotective properties and can support liver health. Additionally, Lion’s Mane mushroom is attributed to enhanced cognitive function, while Reishi mushrooms are known for their immune-boosting and potentially cancer-fighting properties. Green Earth carries a varitety of teas, coffees, creams and premade drinks to incorporate the benefits of mushrooms into your booze-free life. 

5. Mocktails: No alcohol-free journey would be complete without exploring the world of mocktails. These non-alcoholic concoctions are designed to mimic the complex flavors and presentation of traditional cocktails without the alcoholic kick. From fruity classics like the Virgin Mojito to elegant creations like the Shirley Temple, mocktails offer a wide array of exciting options to quench your thirst and keep your taste buds satisfied.

Conclusion: Booze-Free January provides an incredible opportunity to explore alternative drinking options and embrace a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s trying KAVA, CBD drinks, HOPtea, or crafting your mocktails, there are plenty of adventurous and enticing choices available. By embracing these alternatives, you will not only discover new and delicious flavors but also understand that a fulfilling and enjoyable drinking experience doesn’t have to involve alcohol. So, let this month be your chance to break away from the norm and embark on a journey of discovery, all while savoring the benefits of going booze-free.