Non-alcoholic booze 2020: Delicious alcohol-free spirits and beers perfect for Dry January
6 January 2021, 12:06 | Updated: 11 January 2021, 10:16
The 'sober inquisitive' movement is picking up pace, and with so many non-alcoholic spirits, beers and wines available, there's never been a better time to be off the booze.
Inspired by the Cornish coastline, Pentire’s plant-based spirits are low in calories and free from added sugar, artificial colours and artificial flavourings.
Where to buy: £26.80, pentiredrinks.com
Stryyk Not G*n
Stryyk Not G*N Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit is the perfect 0% ABV alternative to a London Dry Gin, distilled with juniper, coriander, rosemary, basil and citrus peel botanicals.
Not only ideal for people moderating or cutting back completely, there are just 3 calories per serve making it ideal for people trying to shed Christmas (and lockdown) pounds.
Where to buy: Tesco, £18
FLUÈRE, pronounced ‘FLEW-AIR’, is made with the same distilling techniques used to produce alcoholic spirits such as gin, mezcal and rum.
It is a floral blend of botanicals produced using steam distillation to carefully extract the natural oils and flavours from the fruits, herbs and spices to create a complex yet balanced taste.
FLUÈRE Original has juniper and lime peel give a bright and fresh character to the nose whilst the lavender and coriander add herbal notes.
FLUÈRE Smoked Agave has smoke and honey on the nose with fresh notes of pear. On the palate there is the characteristic vegetal sweetness of agave with some bitter overtones and a hint of black pepper. The flavours develop into eucalyptus and mint for a long, clean finish.
FLUÈRE Raspberry is carefully distilled with fresh raspberries and has a smooth and slightly sweet nose with ripe fruit on the palate, followed with a unique after-bite that normally only alcoholic drinks have.
Where to buy: The Drink Shop, £16,99 a bottle
0% Botanic Garden Spirits from Warner’s Distillery
The new range from the experts at Warner’s gin has taken two years to perfect and is handcrafted using all-natural botanicals, with 90% of ingredients sourced on-site at the farm.
Available in two varieties, Juniper Double Dry, and Pink Berry, and perfect served with tonic.
Where to buy: Warner's, £18
La Gioiosa 0.0%
Going booze-free doesn't mean sacrificing a glass of bubbles on special occasions.
Raise a glass of the alcohol free version of renowned Italian winery La Gioiosa's prosecco.
Made with glera grapes, it has an intensely fruity aroma with clear hints of ripe golden apple, exotic fruit salad and citrus fruits.
Where to buy: DryDrinker.co.uk, £6.99
The alcohol free tropical spirit showcases the tropical, sun-drenched flavours of Colombia.
Dark & Spicy is rich blend of pineapple, coconut, ginger, black cardamom, vanilla, kola nut and lime.
Light & Zesty is described as a lively blend of Inca berry, pineapple, papaya, coriander, juniper berry, green cardamom and lemon peel.
Both are delicious served over ice with soda.
Where to buy: calenodrinks.com, £18
‘New London Light’ (NLL)
NLL is a critically acclaimed, bold and refreshing non-alcoholic spirit setting a brave standard in taste for low and no alcohol.
It has been developed by Master Distiller, Jason Nickels, at multi-award winning Salcombe Distilling Co. to deliver a best in class non-alcoholic spirit without compromising on flavour.
Where to buy: Salcombe Gin, £27.50
Not technically a dry spirit, Shloer is still a delicious alternative to alcohol, and its the perfect fizz for raising a toast.
Created from a blend of the finest real grape juices, the non-alcoholic sparkling juice drink is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, is gluten free, free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives, and has a great new taste.
Made from pure fruit juice, we've also found that it's delicious if mixed with sparkling water - like a squash.
Where to buy: Available nationwide, RRP £2.20
Multi-award-winning alcohol-free beer, Lucky Saint, is brewed in the exact same way as Bavarian lager so that it keeps the character as well as being unfiltered so that it maintains a full-bodied flavour.
Where to buy: Tesco, £1.80 a bottle
Using a special yeast for the brewing process, Lazer Crush has elements of peach, ripe mango and a hint of fresh pine.
Amarillo gives it bags of sweet orange and Citra adds the zesty citrus and grapefruit bitterness that makes a great IPA.
Where to buy: Beavertown Brewery, £1.60
Peroni Libera 0.0%
Launched in 2019, Libera, meaning ‘free’ in Italian is a sophisticated, light-bodied and refreshing beer.
Peroni Libera 0.0% lets you be mindful of your alcohol consumption in a very stylish way!
Where to buy: Tesco, £4.50 for 4
LOW ALCOHOL OPTIONS
Cutting out all alcohol isn't the only way to cut down, as these tipples that have lower ABVs but are still packed full of aroma and taste show.
At 1.2% ABV and with just 13 calories per serving, CleanGin is free from added sugars or sweeteners, making it a thoroughly guilt-free indulgence with a fraction of gin's usual alcohol level.
Where to buy: CleanCo, £16