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    After We Taste-Tested Some Of The Most Popular Nonalcoholic, "Adaptogenic" Beverages Out There, One In Particular Did NOT Impress Us

    These nonalcoholic drinks have special ingredients that promise a "buzz" without the hangover, and they're all the rage these days.

    It feels as if alcohol alternatives are the talk of the town, especially when it comes to seltzers.

    Now, I know what you may be thinking: Isn't a nonalcoholic seltzer just...sparkling water? Well, yes, technically.

    BUT nonalcoholic seltzers that have ~special~ ingredients like adaptogens and nootropics, which will supposedly make you feel "buzzed" without the hangover, are experiencing a growing popularity.

    I'm Jen, and I was curious about which alcohol alternatives were actually going to taste good, since there are SO many on the market right now. To get some answers, I decided to host a blind taste test with my coworkers.

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    I rounded up these 10 nonalcoholic seltzers from four popular brands: Ghia, De Soi, Recess, and Kin Euphorics.

    Cans of Kin, Recess, De Soi, and Ghia seltzer

    And here are the blind taste testers:

    This is Nishad.

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    This is Catherine.

    A woman wearing a cap and drinking a beverage

    This is Arielle.

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    And last but not least, this is Bora.

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    I made everyone close their eyes, and I poured all the seltzers into generic cups that looked like this:

    Everyone tried the same drink at the same time, in the same order. Without knowing which drink they were tasting, they wrote down their thoughts. The taste testers also gave each drink a numerical rating, which I averaged at the end to arrive at an official ranking. Here's how it went:

    Kin Bloom — $30 for eight cans (special ingredients: Schisandra, damiana, and L-theanine).

    A can of Kin Euphorics Bloom

    Recess Mood Strawberry Rose — $35 for eight cans (special ingredients: magnesium, ginseng, L-theanine, lemon balm).

    A can of Recess Mood Strawberry Rose

    De Soi Golden Hour — $25 for four cans (special ingredients: maca, lemon balm, L-theanine).

    A can of De Soi Golden Hour

    Ghia Ginger — $20 for four cans (special ingredients: lemon balm, gentian root).

    A can of Ghia Ginger

    Kin Spritz — $30 for eight cans (special ingredients: Rhodiola rosea, 5-HTP, and GABA).

    A can of Kin Euphorics Spritz

    Recess Mood Blood Orange — $35 for eight cans (special ingredients: magnesium, ginseng, L-theanine, lemon balm).

    A can of Recess Mood Blood Orange

    Ghia Soda — $20 for four cans (special ingredients: lemon balm, gentian root).

    Can of Ghia Soda

    Recess Peach Ginger Mood — $35 for eight cans (special ingredients: magnesium, ginseng, L-theanine, lemon balm).

    Recess Mood Peach Ginger

    De Soi Champignon Dreams — $25 for four cans (special ingredients: reishi mushroom, passion flower, L-theanine).

    A can of De Soi Champignon Dreams

    De Soi Purple Lune — $25 for four cans (special ingredients: ashwagandha, L-theanine).

    A can of De Soi Purple Lune

    So which one was the best and which one was the worst?

    Well, ladies and gents, here are the results for everyone's least favorite drink:

    Chart for "Which drink did you like the least?" 1 for #8, 1 for #9, 2 for Drink 9

    It looks like it was overwhelmingly Drink 9, De Soi Champignon Dreams. However, one person did vote for Drink 8, Recess Mood Peach Ginger, as their worst drink. Bummer!

    And a drumroll for our FAVORITES, please. Here's what came back:

    Graph for "Which drink did you like the best?" Results: "6 by far," Drink 8, #5, and Drink 8

    It looks like the votes are in for Drink 8, Recess Mood Peach Ginger; Drink 6, Recess Mood Blood Orange; and Drink 5, Kin Spritz.

    Since some of the data above is conflicting, I averaged the ratings of all the drinks to make an official ranking from worst to best. Here's the official ranking:

    Rankings of 10 seltzers from least (De Soi Champignon Dreams) to best (Recess Mood Blood Orange), with De Soi Purple Lune in the middle (fifth)

    Have you tried any of these beverages? Let me know what your favorites are in the comments below!