Top alcohol-free drinks
In search of some non-alcoholic? What was once considered a drinks category with very little choice, now you’ll find plenty of top notch non-alcoholic bottles on supermarket shelves due to a surge in popularity to go sober or to tone down the boozing.
Choose from non-alcoholic wines, cocktails or spirits – we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch here.
From cases of low-alcohol beer to non-alcoholic gin replacements, there’s plenty of booze-free options for anyone who is teetotal.
If you’re after a premium bottle for yourself or as a gift, Ceder’s is a distilled non-alcoholic alternative to gin which has been made with all of the typical botanicals of a classic gin but zero alcohol. It tastes refreshingly light served with a good quality tonic and a sprig of rosemary, plus it comes in a striking bottle, perfect for gifting. Available from Amazon (£20).
Big Drop Brewing Co low-alcohol beers
With sales of non-alcoholic beers up 58% in 2018, it’s no surprise that the quality of low-alcohol beers on the shelves has also soared. If you consider yourself a beer buff and don’t want to compromise on taste, then try the Big Drop. With a wide variety of low-alcohol beers to suit everyone, including two award-winning beers from the World Beer Awards 2017, quality has not been compromised just because the alcohol has been taken out. To warm you up, try their Winter Ale which comes with an orange and cinnamon kick. Available from Ocado (£1.30 each).
Stryyk Not Rum
Striking in both design and taste, Stryyk (the company behind Funkin cocktails) have recently launched non-alcoholic distilled spirits in the form of vodka, gin or rum. Their rum creation is a smooth combination of clove, oakwood and grapefruit. What’s more, it’s 100% natural with no sugar, no fat, no carbs and no artificial flavours. Available from Stryyk (£14).
Monte Rosso Aperitivo
Wine and beer drinkers looking to cut back on their alcohol intake have plenty of low-calorie options to choose from but do spare a thought for poor Aperol Spritz fans who often struggle to replace their beloved cocktail. The Monte Rosso Aperitivo comes close however. Slightly sweeter than the classic bitter Italian drink, this strawberry and cherry non-alcoholic aperitif is perfect sipped over ice. Available from Ocado (£2.55).
Square Root Sbagliato Shandy
Similar to a Negroni, the Sbagliato (which literally translates from Italian to mean ‘mistake’) is a refreshlingly fruity cocktail with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The clever folks at Hackney-based soda company, Square Root, have collaborated with local brewery Partizan Brewing to create a Sbagliato shandy fusion. The result? A zingy fruity non-alcoholic beer which we wouldn’t hesitate to opt for if we were going alcohol-free. Available from Square Root (£1.80).
M&S alcohol-free sparkling botanical G&T
Made from fragrant botanicals including juniper, coriander, lemon balm, cardamom and angelica which are mixed with a refreshing tonic, this sparkling treat is just as refreshing as the classic G&T. The botanicals used for making the drink come from Edinburgh-based distillery, The Old Curiosity, who you may recognise as the folks behind M&S’ colour changing rose and lavender gins which sent people into a frenzy earlier last year. Available from M&S (£2.50)
Borrago #47 Paloma Blend
For anyone making the conscious choice not to drink because of the high calories found in alcohol, this might be right up their street. Borrago is a natural drink without sugar or calories and we’d compare it to either vodka or gin. This spicy, citrus flavoured tipple has been made in England from a blend of six steam-distilled botanicals. Unlike other brands which use alcohol and then remove it, no alcohol is used at any point during the manufacturing process. Available from Borrago (£19.99).
Make sure you try out some of our non-alcoholic cocktail recipes.
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