While beer may be a popular beverage choice for many people (myself included), it’s not for everyone. I love trying different gins for instance. Fortunately, there are many delicious and satisfying alternatives to beer that can be just as enjoyable. I’d like to cover a few options for you to consider.
Whether you’re looking to avoid alcohol, have a gluten intolerance, or simply want to try something new, there are plenty of options available.
One option is cider, a fermented drink made from apples or other fruit. Cider comes in a variety of flavours and can be either sweet or dry.
Another popular alternative is wine. Wine can be a great choice for those looking for a drink that is lower in alcohol content but still has complex flavours.
Non-alcoholic alternatives to beer include flavoured sparkling water, kombucha, and tea. These options offer a refreshing and healthy alternative to beer while still satisfying your thirst.
With so many alternatives to choose from, there’s no reason to limit yourself to beer alone. Let’s take a look at some of my favourite beer alternatives.
Gin – With so many gin distilleries popping up, you’re going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to gin options. Choose a gin with lots of flavour and complexity, like a London Dry Gin. Serve it up in a rocks glass over ice with tonic water (a 2:1 ratio is best), garnish it with a lime or lemon wheel and you’re good to go!
Tequila – Tequila is perfect for summer days. Pour over ice and mix with a splash of lime juice and your favourite soda water. Add a twist of lime to the top and sip away!
Whiskey – Irish whiskey can offer up some complexity in flavor, so don’t be afraid to try something new! Try it on the rocks with a few drops of bitters and a splash of soda water. For an added zest, try adding a twist of lemon or orange peel.
Vodka – Whether you prefer it straight up or on the rocks, vodka can be enjoyed in many formats. Try serving it up with a splash of cranberry juice and topped off with club soda for an easy sipper that’ll hit all the right notes.
Wine – Wine lovers will love exploring new varietals and styles when looking for an alternative to beer! From sweet rosé to bold red blends, there is something for everyone. Pour your favourite over ice and top off with sparkling water for a refreshing summer treat.
Mezcal – If you’re looking for something smoky and bold, try mezcal! Serve it up in a rocks glass with a splash of orange juice, then garnish with an orange twist.
Cider – Hard cider is perfect for when you want the taste of beer but not the heavy carbonation that many beers have. Pour your favourite over ice and top off with ginger ale or club soda to get the just right balance of sweet and tart flavours. Enjoy!
Phew! With all of these options, you won’t miss beer for a second! So go ahead and share your favourite alternative to beer with friends at your next get-together.
Cheers to alternatives! 🍻 🥂 🍷 🍸 🥃