The Buzz on Mocktails

While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across an ad for these psychedelic canned drinks. With descriptions like “euphoric” and “mood-enhancer,” needless to say, I was intrigued. Are these alcoholic drinks? Some kind of hallucinogenic cocktail? Soon after checking out the account, I was getting even more ads from different brands for these mysterious cocktails(?). I had so many questions about these funky drinks, but here’s what I found.

No Hangover Here

To my surprise, these drinks are all completely alcohol-free. I originally thought that mocktails were just something you order at a restaurant while underage to feel ~fancy~. Now being 22, why would I pay $8 for a Shirley Temple? Even worse in my opinion, why would I pay $30 for a fifth of zero-proof tequila? I didn’t even know that existed, but I refuse to believe that people would drink alcohol-free tequila because they love the taste.

What makes these mocktails stand out, is that they actually make you feel “euphoric” without the alcohol or the calories. (Or drugs to my surprise).


Kin uses a blend of adaptogens, nootropics and botanicals to create the euphoric feeling from their drinks. Adaptogens like Rhodiola Rosea balance out cortisol levels, which lowers your stress levels. GABA and caffeine are a few of the nootropics that boost the mood and pleasure areas of your brain. What’s cool about this blend is that it adapts to whatever kind of feeling you need. During the day, it can give you a more social boost and lift your mood, but it can also soothe and take the edge off at night. Their nightcap euphoric blend contains similar ingredients in addition to reishi mushroom and melatonin to promote sleep.


When describing their product, Recess says they “canned a feeling.” Recess uses a blend of hemp and adaptogens to promote a feeling of calm, creativity and productivity. Their website notes, “Hemp and adaptogens interact with our endocannabinoid system to help our body maintain equilibrium and homeostasis. We chose a specific group of adaptogens known for their ability to help manage stress and promote a feeling of calm and focus when you need it the most.”


Ghia is a non-alcoholic apéritif inspired by the Mediterranean. Their website says, “Our star ingredients are nervines, the medicinal plants used for centuries to slow stress and bring on energy. These herbs, fruits and roots work together to boost and balance. Ghia keeps you calm, enhances your appetite and soothes the soul.” These natural ingredients work together to help you let loose and chill out.

Curious Elixirs

Using only organic juices, herbs, spices, botanicals and adaptogens, Curious Elixirs are another natural way to unwind. They use the properties of plants to increase serotonin, dopamine and unlike any of the others, sexual appetite.