Sober in France – From Snowy Alpes to Luscious Vineyards


France, a country topping everyone’s holiday list. From visiting the bright lights of Paris to the sun-kissed coastline of the Riviera, there is something for all. Snowy mountains in the Alps and luscious vineyards in the countryside. Its 18 integral regions differ from climate to context, from economics to beauty, yet each holds a unique part of France making it the country it is. Excelling in every category whether it’s through its spectacular structures, its beautiful art, designer fashion or its haute cuisine. There is something on offer for everyone.

Food and Drink in France

The food and drink of France are remnant around the world as being the crème de la crème. There are numerous vineyards in France with luxurious rows and rows of grapes used for making wine and alcohol is its main contributor to the drinks industry. That being said, there are plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to be enjoyed in France, of which can accompany its beautiful luxurious food, which includes pastries, cakes, stews and cheese.

Non-Alcoholic Choices in France

    • The fresh fruit available in France is obvious through its drinks with freshly squeezed juices the drink of choice with the 2 most popular the lemon and orange
    • On a hot summers day, a citron presse is the drink of choice, a freshly squeezed lemon juice (which sounds so much nicer in French). Traditionally served in cafes, a tall glass filled with ice and a touch of sugar.
    • Jus d’orange was also prominent in my French learning as a typical French product. Most commonly had at breakfast to and a delight to drink in the sun, especially in the south of France overlooking the Riviera, a jus d’orange is the drink of choice to quench your thirst
    • The most famous brand of Orange Juice is Orangina , available as the go-to product when fresh is not available.
    • A strong coffee and a pastry are the morning go to breakfast, my kind of breakfast, and the coffee most commonly chosen is café au lait, hot coffee topped with milk.
    • Chocolat Chaud was one of the first things I learnt when learning French, a hot chocolate and not just any hot chocolate but the rich, thick decadent melted chocolate type obviously served with cream, best enjoyed in the glacial regions of the Alps
    • FranceLavender fields are synonymous with the Provence region and produce some the best lavender in the world, for a lavender recipe, click here
    • Water is integral in France due to its mountainous region and was first introduced to be drunk by French doctor Perrier. Perrier used the water for its medicinal value, he bought a naturally carbonated spring in France and began to bottle the spring water. More bottled water is drunk in France than anywhere else in the world
    • Lipton Ice Tea is more common in France than its neighbouring countries, a combination of tea and ice.

Aperitif & Digestif

In France, an Aperitif is consumed before a meal and a Digestif after a meal to help soften the heavy buttery food that is to be consumed. This is usually alcoholic and currently, I do not know if there are non-alcoholic versions and would love it if someone did.

To find out about drinks in other countries, click on Travel




  1. France is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit. It seems really diverse geographically, with the snow in the Alps and warmth of the Riviera. Also, the food and drink sounds amazing. People always rave about the food and drink. As you mentioned, I think I would love the orange juice. When I think of France, I think of lavender and citrus. I am a little surprised by Lipton Iced Tea being so popular in France. I would think that something so mainstream would not have a hug following in France. Anyway, thank you for sharing your post about France, I can’t wait to visit some day.


    • It is, France has a lot to offer for all sorts of people, the food is equally exceptional. In france it can get quite hot and lipton iced tea, is not only refreshing, it can also great to take away with your for picnics and daytrips. Glad you liked it.


  2. I love that your blog is about sober living! I don’t think there are many blogs out there like yours. France is on my list of places to visit some day and I like how you list some of their most popular non-alcoholic drinks. I will definitely keep those in mind as I am not a huge alcohol drinker anyway! Coffee is definitely my weakness so I can’t wait to try it in France!


    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked it, I just wanted to give people alternative choices. France os a beautiful country and has some beautiful drinks. The coffee in France is superb and in Italy, be sure to check out that post as well. 🙂


  3. It’s refreshing to hear about non-alcoholic drinks in a country like France. Whenever I would hear about France, it was all about wine. I wouldn’t mind trying a jus d’orange or chocolat chaud. Do you know if demitasse is French? I remember my Italian grandmother used to make it when her friends came over. It was in a small cup and very strong, from what I remember. Anyway, great article!


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