I came across this non-alcoholic aperitif on Instagram one day and the moment I read, “inspired by Mediterranean aperitif culture” my interest was piqued. Then, once I read the story on how and why Ghia was started, I knew I needed to try this hygge version of a non-boozy cocktail.
I love what the founder, Melanie Masarin, had to say about the creation of Ghia:
“So we created GHIA, a spirits-free apéritif adapted for modern times. It’s an invitation – to take a moment for yourself, to watch the sunset, to move from work into play, and to take care of your loved ones.”
As lovely as her sentiment is, my reason for wanting to try Ghia was in actuality a long time coming.
It’s been my intention to cut back on the booze for some time, here’s why:
- I feel like I’ve been drinking for a year straight due to the pandemic (anyone else?) and cutting back on my alcohol intake is a priority for me.
- I’ve been drinking more than I would under normal circumstances.
- Weight gain.
- Booze dehydrates my skin.
- I want to reduce my consumption of food and drinks that cause inflammation within my body.
- Brain health.
- I’m intrigued by mocktails and the creation of flavors minus the alcohol.
- I want to eliminate any remnants of grogginess in my mornings.
- Supporting small, women-owned businesses is fun.
- When it’s all said and done, I just really want to take the best care of myself as I can.
Having cut back on my boozy intake, I now know that I can fully enjoy a mocktail while having a cozy night in or a Zoom sesh with my long-distance best friends, Maggie and Deanna.
So far as I explore the world of less booze, Ghia has been a really beautiful replacement. It’s potent with notes of blood orange and ginger, packed with botanicals, and heady herbals. It’s straight-up stunning to sip on.
After doing this experiment with Ghia, I am definitely really looking forward to trying more non-alcoholic spirits.
In the meantime, below is my very own Ghia mocktail. It’s delicious!
Go here to check out Ghia’s website.
Ghia on the Rocks
- 2 oz Ghia
- 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 squirt agave nectar
- Sparkling water
- orange peel (optional)
- Using a jigger, pour Ghia, grapefruit juice, and agave into a glass.
- Add a handful of ice and stir.
- Once it appears that the ingredients have integrated nicely, top with a splash of sparkling water or club soda.
- Garnish with an orange peel.
- Sip and enjoy feeling amazing the next morning.
This post is in no way sponsored by Ghia – I’m just obsessed with it is all.