Looking for non alcoholic drinks? In the last few years many of us have opted to cut our alcohol intake. As a result, the market for zero- and low-alcohol products has exploded – from 0%-ABV spirits to funky kombuchas – as drinkers seek options beyond sickly sweet soft drinks. Read our round up of the best ways to reduce your booze intake without compromising on flavour – from ready-made products to non alcoholic recipes you can whip up at home.
Booze-free substitutes for spirits are becoming increasingly popular. Seedlip are pioneers in the category and its latest release is Grove 42, a citrussy expression that’s delicious with tonic water and a twist of orange peel. The past year has also seen a host of new brands pop up – from Stryyk (try their peppery Not Vodka) to Irish brand Silk Tree and its warming, aromatic distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Premium mixers good enough to drink on their own have also become widespread – Schweppes’s excellent 1783 range is a good place to start (we love their salty lemon tonic) or check out our tonic water taste test.
The sour, punchy flavours of drinks like kombucha (fermented tea) can make them a great substitute for booze. Quality can vary with ready-made ones but for a booch with a proper funky hit try Jarr Kombucha, or for something more delicate but still tangy try Real Kombucha, which relies on the flavour profiles of the tea itself – from smoky black tea to fragrant Darjeeling. To learn more check out our ultimate guide to kombucha, or listen to our podcast on the subject. Other fermented drinks worth exploring include switchels – tart concoctions of apple cider vinegar, water, honey and ginger, and shrubs (drinking vinegars). These syrups of fruit, vinegar and sugar can be topped up with water for a tangy, refreshing drink. Try our elderberry vinegar here, or check out Nonsuch Shrubs’s range of sparkling flavours, including peach and basil and sour cherry and mint.
Even if you’re not planning to go dry many of us are still opting for low-alcohol tipples – whether it’s a sessionable beer you can drink at the pub or a gentle cocktail you can sip on a week day evening. Fortified wines like vermouth and sherry are perfect mixed with tonic for a summery drink, while many of the bitter aperitifs so on trend right now are delicious with soda water for a chic low-ABV bev. Classics like Campari and Aperol are reliable favourites, but it’s worth exploring more niche bitter liqueurs like gentian-based Suze and artichoke amaro Cynar, or new brands like Pampelle – a zesty grapefruit aperitif that’s an olive team favourite.