15 Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Have With a Meal

updated May 25, 2023
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From simple tricks to store-bought sips, we have you covered when it comes to non-alcoholic drink ideas. Most of these beverages aren’t too sweet, making them perfect to serve alongside food.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Make

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Sparkling Rosemary Limeade

This drink is all lime, with a lingering herbal note from rosemary, and with just enough sugar to keep it from being mouth-puckering.

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Hibiscus-Earl Grey Iced Tea

I find that the tea and flowers have enough subtle fruity sweetness and prefer to drink this without added sugar, especially when served with a meal. However, if you like, you can stir in a little simple syrup.

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Rosemary Citrus Spritzer

This fresh rosemary and citrus soda is an alternative to mimosas at brunch, and is made for sipping outside on a warm afternoon.

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How To Make Thai Iced Tea
I used to reserve this drink for a treat when eating at Thai restaurants, but recently discovered that making your own Thai iced tea is surprisingly easy.
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Pink Grapefruit and Pomegranate Soda

Pink grapefruit and pomegranate comprise the main ingredients in this gorgeously hued soda, and tastes very festive.

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Lavender Lemonade

This tart, refreshing, lightly floral lemonade made with lavender blossoms was exactly what I was looking for.

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English Garden Cocktail (Non-Alcoholic Pimm's Cup)

This simple, fruit-forward refresher is inspired by the Pimm’s cup, a quintessential British summer drink. The zing you get from the ginger syrup is softened by fresh and bright cucumber, as well as the sweetness from the strawberry.

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Non-Alcoholic Sangria

The drink is a combination of black tea and pomegranate juice, which approximate the sweetness, acidity, and tannins of red wine.

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How To Make Strawberry Lemonade
This refreshing pitcher drink, made with juicy strawberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice, is great for lemonade stands and family cookouts alike.
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Fresh Peach Soda

This soda tastes exactly how you want it to taste: like peach juice dribbling down your chin, like a fruity Fizzy-Lifting Drink from Willy Wonka’s factory, like sunshine in a bottle.

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Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Buy

• 12 Noon to Midnight – Light, refreshing, and not too sweet


– Fermented sodas made from fruit juice

• Grown-Up Soda (GUS), Vignette Wine Country Soda, DRY Soda Co. – Light, sparkling drinks for adult palates

What are your favorite non-alcoholic drinks to have with a meal?

Related: Ideas for Fun Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks?

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