Labor Day: No Alcohol, No Problem

Sober Labor Day Drink Recipes

Labor Day and other summer events are a good way to celebrate summer, friends, and good times. Many people choose to celebrate Labor Day by gathering and participating in many activities. Eating and drinking are often two of these activities.

Not everyone may welcome the holiday. People recovering from alcohol addiction may worry about eating and drinking at picnics and other events. They may want to skip them altogether because they’re worried that alcohol at the gatherings may trigger their cravings.

But people can still enjoy refreshing, fun drinks while preserving their recovery. Whether they make mocktails, alcohol-free drinks that resemble cocktails or other drinks, they prove that drinks and people don’t need alcohol to be interesting.

Avocado banana berry smoothie

Want a cool drink that is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals? Consider making an avocado-based smoothie and bringing it to your next gathering.


1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced into chunks
1 ripe avocado, peeled and quartered without the pit
2 cups of fresh berries (or a combination of berries) of your choice
Ice water, as needed
Maple syrup or agave syrup, as needed


Place the avocado, berries, and banana chunks into a blender and puree them until they are smooth. Add ice water to create the consistency you desire. Add maple syrup or agave syrup if you want a sweeter drink.

There are other alcohol-free drinks that are easy to make. One is a fruit punch that includes just three ingredients but provides maximum flavor.

Fruity ginger ale punch

64 fluid ounces of premade nonalcoholic fruit punch
1 liter ginger ale
12 fluid ounces of pineapple juice

Mix all of the ingredients together, pour in a punch bowl or large container, and pour over ice.

Other drinks are refreshing and provide health benefits. For example, what about water? Add some berries or sliced cucumber, lemons, limes, or melons to water, let the mixture sit in your fridge or in an ice-filled cooler for a few hours, and your drink is ready.

In addition to tasting good, many of these drinks provide much-needed nutrients. They also provide other much-needed components: fluids. Drinking too much alcohol may cause dehydration. Even if you no longer drink alcohol, it is always good to drink plenty of water to restore and maintain many bodily processes.

These drinks prove that giving up alcohol doesn’t mean giving up fun at Labor Day picnics and other gatherings.

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