If you're doing dry January, then these alcohol-free drinks will come in handy at the weekend.

With many people cutting down on drinking or stopping completely for dry January, drinks brands have started offering a range of alcohol-free  alternatives for that Friday night tipple.

From beers to spirits and fizz, we take a look at some of the best to try this month.

Seedlip spirits

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This alcohol-free range of spirits launched in 2014, and has received investment from drinks giant Diageo.

There are currently three Seedlip blends – Spice 94, Garden 108 and Grove 42 – which are best served with tonic or mixed to create sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktails.

Inspired by the ancient tradition of physicians distilling herbal remedies in copper stills, founder Ben set out to re-create this method and launch the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled spirit.

BrewDog Punk AF

Alcohol-free beer is nothing new but BrewDog launched their non-alcoholic IPA earlier last year – a follow up of Nanny State, which was released in 2009.

The brand say that Punk AF delivers all the attitude and flavour of the flagship Punk IPA – but none of the alcohol, making it a must for IPA and BrewDog fans that are cutting down or not drinking alcohol.

Dochus

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The latest non-alcoholic spirit launch is Spirits of Virtue’s  brand Dochus. Gaelic for ‘Hope’, it has been created to offer a premium drinking experience for those seeking a non-alcoholic dark spirit alternative.

Blended and bottled in Scotland, Dochus is described as ‘third-generation’ product, using an advanced extraction process to derive the character of alcohol from aged wooden casks to create an authentic nose and taste.

Feragaia

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Feragaia is Scotland’s first premium alcohol-free spirit, which has been made from land and sea botanicals. Meaning wild earth, the new alcohol-free spirit, which has an amber hue, is distilled, blended and bottled in the Scottish Lowlands.

Feragaia (fer-a-guy-a) has a complex but clean taste and warming finish, which is best enjoyed over ice or with a light tonic.

Left Field Kombucha

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In 2017 drinks company, Left Field Kombucha,  launched the first Kombucha tea to be brewed in Scotland and has gone on to win multiple awards since.

Kombucha tea, which is popular in America, is a raw, fermented cold drink with an unexpected fizz is made from fine loose leaf tea.

Husband and wife team, Geraint Roberts and Jo Easingwood Roberts, spotted that Kombucha fits into the growing trend for healthy, raw food and drink, so set up Scotland’s first commercial Kombucha brewery in the Scottish Borders in 2016.

No Sin Gin

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Another one from Spirits of Virtue, which was established in April 2018 by brothers Roddy Nicoll and Kerr Nicoll to focused on delivering premium non-alcoholic spirit brands to those looking for maximum taste and zero alcohol.

The release of NoSinGin marked the company’s entry into the no and low alcohol market – a product that provided the taste sensation of a small batch gin, but with none of the alcohol.

Listed by Ocado shortly after its release, the company was named as ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ by the online grocer in 2018. Now available in three different varieties, NoSinGin’s early success has led to the company supplying the private label sector.

Using a process of distillation, maceration fermentation, steam extraction and inventive alchemy, NoSinGin gives all the taste sensation of a quality hand made small batch gin but with none of the alcohol.

Sparklingly Sober champagne-style cocktails

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Sparklingly Sober, made in small batches just outside Glasgow, is a non-alcoholic Champagne inspired cocktail range including expressions such as ‘Nomosa’ and ‘Nosé’.

Both are made with Scottish water, with Nomosa blending blood orange, mango and chilli (inspired by a Mimosa cocktail), while Nosé mixes rhubarb, elderflower and ginger spice (taking its inspiration from a sparkling rosé wine).

Each alcohol-free cocktail contains less than 64 calories per 330ml serve making it an ideal choice for anyone looking to banish booze and watch calories this month and beyond.

Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free

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If you would still like to enjoy a glass of fizz, but don’t want any alcohol then Freixenet has the answer with their 0.0% alcohol-free sparkling wine.

A recent addition to the brand’s portfolio, Freixenet 0% Alcohol Free Sparkling wine has been created in response to the growing demand of those looking for a quality non alcoholic sparkling wine experience. So you can still raise a celebratory glass, and drive home.

Æcorn aperitifs

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Blended and bottled in England, Æcorn aperitifs offer those looking to cut down or stop drinking a refreshing alternative to vermouth – ideal for cocktails or as a pre-dinner drink.

Made using 100 per cent English grown Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay grapes, pressed and blended with herbs, roots and bitter botanicals, the three aperitifs named as they taste – dry, bitter and aromatic.

Borrago

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Borrago is a steam distilled botanical spirit made with non-alcoholic cocktails in mind as it has been designed to be mixed, not drunk straight.

Described as: “Deliciously dry, with sweet floral notes on the nose, a layered, textured middle and a long finish, its a drink worth celebrating with.”

Founded by food writer and presenter, Tom Tuke-Hastings, Borrago was born out of Tom’s desire to have a drink that is as good as or better than an alcoholic one.

 

CeroCero

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CeroCero alcohol-free gin is produced in Inverclyde, and recently was available in stores during Lidl’s gin festival where it sold out in three days.

Developed through a series of specialised cold-press techniques to extract and suspend botanicals such as juniper, coriander and hibiscus, CeroCero offers all the flavour of a botanical gin with no alcohol.

Meaning it is perfect for those looking to cut down on their alcohol intake, while still enjoying a premium craft spirit this winter.

Yardarm Lager

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Scotland’s first alcohol-free brewing company, Jump Ship Brewing launched its first beer Yardarm late last year.

Brewed in small batches, Jump Ship Brewing uses natural brewing techniques, combining barley, hops and yeast with soft Scottish water, to create as much flavour as possible, with minimal alcohol.

Available in 330ml cans, Yardarm contains 40 calories per can with roughly a third of the calories found in an equivalent can of 4% ABV beer.  At less than 0.5% ABV, it contains roughly the same level of alcohol as a large ripe banana. 

 

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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