From bubbly to beer and all the spirits in between, celebratory booze flows during the holidays perhaps more than any other time of year. And all those fun fizzy drinks can make it tough for those not imbibing to partake in something festive and delicious while staying sober.
Whether you’re booze-free this holiday season for medical or personal reasons, there are plenty of ways to enjoy special, non-alcoholic holiday beverages in Boulder. With local haunts mixing up non-alcoholic concoctions to Boulder companies with products perfect for creating your own, here are a few cheers-worthy ways you can enjoy a booze-free holiday season in Boulder this year.
Bubbles don’t have to be boozy to be delicious, and many Boulder restaurants and businesses are mixing up delicious non-alcoholic drinks this season.
Wild Standard on Pearl Street’s West End makes two fresh and fizzy drinks with locally made Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha. Try the Living Ginger (made with fresh ginger, pepperberry, chaga, and Himalayan salt) or the Flower Grow (made with green rooibos, rose petals, chrysanthemums, and chamomile buds) when you’re looking to raise a glass. SALT makes their own infused simple syrup, giving you pick-your-own soda flavor options including cranberry orange, fig thyme, apple cinnamon, vanilla, and honey. Zeal offers a Fever Tree Ginger Beer (and an albeit non-fizzy, but totally holiday-worthy Almond Nog), and many other local restaurants, like Bramble & Hare, will also whip up a non-alcoholic drink for you with house-made syrups and sodas upon request.
If you’re looking for some seriously unique sodas for your holiday party, stop by Rocket Fizz on Pearl Street Mall to peruse flavor options like Marshmallow, S’mores, Strawberries & Cream, and many more.
Booze-Free at the Brewery
Don’t despair! You can still visit Boulder’s craft brewery taprooms over the holidays even if you aren’t indulging in the seasonal browns, stouts, and porters they’re brewing.
Plenty of Boulder County breweries offer non-alcoholic options like craft soda, craft root beer, and kombucha at their taprooms, including the likes of 300 Suns Brewing Company, BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats, and Gunbarrel Brewing Company. Some local breweries also create their own non-alcoholic brews, such as Oskar Blues Brewery with their B. Stiff and Sons Root Beer, Ginger Beer, and Orange Cream options (amongst others).
All About the Chocolate
Treat yourself to something sweet with indulgences (sans booze) that incorporate both quintessential holiday flavors like peppermint and ever-delicious chocolate.
Local Boulder company Cholaca creates 100% pure liquid cacao that is hugely versatile, especially when you’re looking to whip up a hot holiday beverage. Replace boozy holiday coffees with a Peppermint White Cholaca Latte or a Cholaca Peppermint Mocha, or take inspiration from their many other recipe ideas here.
Hot, Hot, Hot!
Whether you’re enjoying a hot coffee or tea beverage at a local café or at home in your fuzzy socks, these brews are perfect booze-free warmers for chilly winter mornings and nights.
Out and about doing some holiday shopping in Downtown Boulder with friends and family? It shouldn’t be difficult to convince your party to stop by Piece Love & Chocolate on the West End for some hot sipping chocolate, a chai latte, or any of their other booze-free holiday drinks.
Holiday teas from local Celestial Seasonings encompass a variety of beloved flavors around this time of year. Whether you’re enjoying a mug of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride or testing out one of their booze-free beverage recipes, like the Nutcracker Sweet Latte or Candy Cane Lane Cocoa (sans the schnapps), these flavors are sure to get you in the spirit of the season.