Drink of the Week: TÖST

TOSTIt wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a glass of something sparkling to raise in a toast at midnight. For a long time, alcohol-free options, however, haven’t been much to celebrate—but that’s changing. TÖST is a new alcohol-free sparkling beverage with the fizz of Champagne and a decidedly grown-up flavor. “We were aiming for a [drink] that had some of the qualities of an alcoholic beverage but was completely alcohol-free, so we incorporated ingredients such as white tea to provide the tannins, and cranberry for the astringency,” says Brooks Addington, TÖST CEO. Made from a base of white tea and white cranberry juice with extracts of citrus and ginger, the drink is lightly sweetened with agave and balanced with the bitterness of quinine. The result is a floral, fruity aroma with a flavor that’s more juicy than sweet, and a dry, spicy finish. It’s delicious on its own, but the generous, long-lasting bubbles are also a perfect match for punch. $21, 3/750 ml. bottles. For distribution, or to purchase online, see tostbeverages.com.