What’s the tea on alcohol free?

Fri. February 16, 2024 12:00 AM
by Jerry Nunn

Dry January might be over for many this year, but the fact of the matter is many people are cutting back on alcohol consumption in America. Younger generations are finally seeing the benefits of drinking less with more than half of the Gen Z population following an alcohol-free way of life in 2024.

Drinking culture is lower than ever and many are seeking alternatives as this evolves. During the first quarter of the year, two of these spirit-free products were explored and sampled with powerful results.

Illicit Elixirs wins the prize for best packaging with its eye-catching marketing and bright color palette. This sparkling canned drink uses real fruit juices and carbonated water.

The company has patented a term known as DopaJoy, which is its recipe of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. Yummy flavors such as the Illicit Watermelon Marg and Vegas Debauch-A-Berry crafter into the potion will make that tongue pop. The Late Night Fruity Call provides the hook-up to a mix of tastes including cherry, pomegranate and blood orange.

No harsh crashes were experienced after the testing period, just plenty of fizzy fun for the Nunn!

Illicit Elixirs is not the only one releasing dopamine into the brain, Curaleaf's Zero Proof brand Stir differs from other ones as it is an additive to a drink. This can be purchased at a variety of locations in Illinois like Curaleaf at 923 West Weed Street, along with many other products such as the Select Elevated Premium Cannabis Oil Vape.

Many partakers are still not out of the closet in their Cannabis consumption, but the stigma is lifting quickly with the legalization of marijuana in many areas in the United States.

Controlled dosing is easy with 5 milligrams of THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] inside each pouch. Just pour the liquid into 10-12 fluid ounces of sparkling water and enjoy the ride! So far there are three flavors of Peach Orange, Berry Cherry and Mango Lime, but stay tuned for more in the future at

Illicit Elixirs can be purchased Mariano's at the store level and online at with links to Walmart and Amazon on the site.

Both of these fast-acting thirst quenchers will take drinkers on a spirited journey minus the spirits, so give them a sip today. Cheers to a happy and healthy new year!