The Talmud (Megillah 7b) instructs people to drink until they can no longer differentiate between Haman and Mordechai. Whether that means getting a little tipsy or rip-roaring drunk is a matter of interpretation.
Drinking alcohol for women can be complicated. Some women drink on Purim and some women do not. If you don’t like alcoholic drinks, are uncomfortable with the idea of getting tipsy/drunk and losing your inhibitions or are just too busy with responsibilities on Purim, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holiday. Fun and delicious non-alcoholic drinks can just be just as satisfying and will add to the festivity of the holiday and make you smile. If you prefer a Purim feast where everyone remains relatively sober, ply your guests with non-alcoholic drinks so they limit their alcohol intake.
Fruit Infused Water
All drinks are liquid calories filled with sugar, so you will want to limit these too. What you can drink without limitations isis water or fruit infused waters. Get some great ideas for adding fruit to water from this post.
More exciting than lemonade and sweet, sour and refreshing all at once, limeade is just a bit different from the usual fruit juice. Serve in a clear glass pitcher that’s open on top, so the lime gets poured into the glasses along with the juice. Get the recipe here.
The medley of colorful fruit in this non-alcoholic version of sangria make this a gorgeous drink. It’s impressive and delicious at the same time! The recipe calls for sparkling water or ginger ale, and if you use sparkling water you can avoid unnecessary added sugar.
Red Ice Tea
What’s more fun than a refreshing, bright red drink? Ice tea sheds its staid reputation and becomes super exciting. Skinny straws add to the overall effect. Check out the recipe here.
Hot Apple Cider
If it’s a little cold outside where you’re celebrating Purim (or if it’s totally freezing), you’ll love this hot and healthy version of apple cider. If you don’t have a juicer, you can still make this recipe with store bought sugar-free, all-natural apple juice.
Grape-Pineapple Mint Fizz
Drinking grape juice is almost like drinking wine, but without the hangover the next day. This grape-pineapple drink is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. And it’s so simple to prepare.
If you’ve got kids at your Purim meal (or if you’re a kid at heart), this sugar-free Kool Aid is sure to be a big hit. Although the main ingredient in this recipe is tea, if you don’t tell, no one will even notice.
The natural sweetness of strawberries and the sour tangy taste of lemonade combine in this unique drink. You’ll need a blender to crush the strawberries, but the recipe is ridiculously simple.
Vanilla Rosemary Soda
If you like rosemary, this recipe is for you! Fresh sprigs of rosemary give this drink a fun and different twist. Rosemary is easy to grow in your yard or on a window sill, but you can buy it at the market too.
These drinks are nine of my favorites, but of course there are tons of drinks out there you can enjoy instead of alcohol. With drinks this appetizing, you may even be able to take the wine off the table entirely!
Your turn: What are your favorite non-alcoholic drinks? Please share recipes and tips!