We’re around halfway through Dry January, and maybe struggling just a little. Here are five alcohol-free drinks for adults that might just get you through the rest of the month…
Delivered in a high-quality box, Jukes Cordialities look suitable premium before you’ve even got to the nine vials hidden inside. Each contains 30ml of concentrated cordial ready to be diluted in sparkling, still, soda or tonic water.
Two flavours are provided. Flavour number one is ‘1’, which gives off quite a strong cider vinegar aroma from the bottle. Once diluted, the flavour mellows, offering a fruity cocktail with flavours of cucumber and apple. Flavour number two is, confusingly, called ‘6’ and takes a darker approach. Blackcurrants, strawberries and plums come to the fore, with a rich colour that looks great in a large wine glass.
All the ingredients are natural and are mixed by wine-expert Matthew Jukes. By his own admission, you might need to play with the strength and mix to find your preferred taste, but it’ll be there somewhere.
Where from: JukesCordialities.com
How much: £35 for nine 30ml vials
Most dry spirits tend to be alcohol-free replicas of gin, but Celtic Soul takes the heart of a smokey, peaty whiskey and does its best to make it suitable for those cutting back. Despite the hints of whiskey on the nose, it’s got a sweeter flavour, with vanilla mixed with spices and wood.
It’s not marketed as an alternative to whiskey, and can replace most dark spirits. Try a Celtic Soul and Coke for a healthier version of a Jack and Coke, or mix it with some ginger ale for a spicier hit.
Where from: Sainsbury’s
How much: £25 for 700ml
Joy, Love and Power. Not names you would normally associate with spirits, but the Senser range of non-alcoholic alternatives is anything but normal. “When monks first performed distillation, they believed they were extracting the ‘spirit’ of the plant and they worked laboriously to preserve the active properties of the plants for healing and medicinal purposes,” explains the brand’s website.
Joy blends floral notes, summer berries and citrus together that mixes well with tonic water for a sweet drink with a refreshing bitter finish. Love takes the same floral notes but swaps out the rest for raspberries and gooseberries. Power mixes well with tonic water and adds a spicy, zesty flavour.
Each is complex, flavoursome and would go well with any number of alcohol-free drinks for adults.
Where from: SenserSpirits.com
How much: £25 for 500ml
Scottish water is combined with blood orange, mango and chilli to create Sparklingly Sober’s Nomosa cocktail that’s perfect for a quick sip in the morning. The Nosé bottle mixes rhubarb, elderflower and ginger spice to create a facsimile of sparkling rosé champagne.
Handcrafted in small batches outside Glasgow by a team of just 12 people, the champagne-inspired mixes are alcohol-free and low calorie, allowing drinkers to celebrate whatever the situation.
Where from: Craft56.com
How much: £3.50 for 750ml
BrewDog Punk AF
There is no shortage of alcohol-free beer available, although they’re not all equal. Fortunately, we’ve moved on from what we had in the 80s, with the big brands adding choice. The craft brewers aren’t holding back, with the well-loved BrewDog adding Punk AF IPA to its existing Nanny State.
Punk IPA arguably kick-started the craft beer revolution and Punk AF retains the flavour of the regular drink, as well as the attitude (whatever that is), but removes nearly all the alcohol. There’s still 0.5%ABV, but that’s low enough to call it alcohol-free.
Where from: Widely available
How much: £5 for 4x 330ml cans