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My Current Drink Crush: Ghia Non-Alcoholic Aperitif
Why This Drink Matters: The wellness-centric sober-curious movement is on the rise. As more and more consumers choose not to drink, major brands are churning out solid zero-proof, nonalcoholic drink options, causing key players in the food and beverage to invest in the market. This drink trend is not going anywhere.
My newest nonalcoholic drink crush is named Ghia — a tasty zero-proof aperitif made with botanical ingredients inspired by summers in the Mediterranean. Founded by Glossier alum Melanie Masarin, this nonalcoholic libation is truly as tasty as it is chic.
Part of this more sophisticated, nuanced wave of nonalcoholic drinks that are made with brain-boosting adaptogens and natural botanical ingredients, Ghia is a beverage formulated to be enjoyed without the looming possibility of a hangover the next day. From mood-altering nonalcoholic drinks from brands like Kin Euphorics to zero-proof spritz alternatives galore from brands like Proteau, this is a seriously delicious time for the sober-curious. Ghia proves this to be true.
How We Met: Typical of many new drink brands I fall in love with, I first set eyes on Ghia on the ’gram, and immediately reached out to the Ghia publicity team (hi, Riley!). A couple days later, this gorgeous, deep purple-hued genie bottle arrived on my doorstep.
I wanted to keep it very simple for my first taste test, so I poured Ghia over ice in a rocks glass, with a simple lemon peel squeeze for garnish. With citrus on the nose but complex bitterness on the palate, I emerged from my first taste feeling like I had just either eaten a fresh pink grapefruit or licked the bark of some strange medicinal magic tree. Either way, I was immediately hooked.
Tasting Notes: As described by the site, Ghia is made with potent plants, heady herbals, and blithe botanicals. More specifically, Ghia is made with a complex list of ingredients, including Riesling white grape juice, yuzu juice, bitter gentian root extract, lemon balm, fig extract, elderflower, orange peel, rosemary, and ginger.
This aperitif strikes a nice balance between bitter and citrusy-sweet, and I love that it's made without any artificial ingredients or flavors. If you're a Campari fan or lover of bittersweet orange peel, this tangy aperitif will be right up your alley. I recommend sipping this on the rocks with a citrus peel, or topped with a good splash of soda. A delicious way to close out these dog days of summer.
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