An estimated 4.2 million of us plan on starting a month of sobriety on the first day of 2020. But don't settle for water - High Life North has put together the best alcohol-free drink alternatives.
Sparkling botanically infused water can be made customisable with sweet agave nectar which fills the cap of each bottle. The unique selling point of Kolibri Drinks is all about giving people the choice to tailor their perfect drink. This non-alcoholic alternative is ideal for those looking for a sugar-free soft drink, coming in three different flavours; elderflower and lime, cardamom and chilli, and strawberry and basil.
30cl bottle for £2.99
One of the most popular beer brewers, Erdinger, has released its first alcohol-free beer. Erdinger Alkoholfrei is brewed under the strict Bavarian Purity Law, which means it is made from only high quality, natural ingredients. Not only that but this beer is actually good for you, with folic acid and vitamin B12 to reduce fatigue and support the immune system and vitamin B12 which promotes an energy-yielding metabolism. Just one 500ml bottle per day contributes to healthy nutrition.
Three bottles for £3.00
Seedlip is one of the most popular distilled non-alcoholic spirits on the market. It comes in three flavours, the original is the Garden bottle which comes from handpicked peas, homegrown hay and infused English herbs. Second, is the Spice Seedlip has an aromatic undertone twisted from spiced berries, cardamom and citrus peels. The third flavour, Citrus Grove, comes from the blends of three varieties of Mediterranean oranges, lemon peels, ginger and lemongrass.
70cl bottle for £22.00
This Scottish born craft beer company is leading the way in alcohol-free drinks with its 0.5% ABV pale ale. The Nanny State blend is a citrussy flavour with a lingering piney bitterness, precisely what you would expect its alcoholic sibling to taste like. This quality beer is light, chalky-dry and full of flavour.
One can for £1.30
A Colombian inspired non-alcoholic spirit that is zesty, zingy and perfect for a January party or celebration. Add a tropical touch to your glass this sober season with Caleño’s steam distilled drink. Flavours include juniper, citrus and spiced botanicals.
This natural, non-alcoholic aperitif is perfect for a winter spritz including soda and an orange wedge for garnish. The Everleaf flavours are intense, with saffron, vanilla, vetiver, gentian, iris, cassia and voodoo lily. Founded by Paul Mathew, a conservationist turned bartender, Everleaf balances a passion for great drinks and hospitality with a love of nature, using sustainable and ethically sourced plants.
50cl bottle, £18.00
If wine is your calling, then try this delicious faker from Waitrose. This bottle has a fresh, zesty acidity but characterised by a light, balanced German Riesling. The best thing about this beverage is all the elements of alcoholic wine but without the hangover that follows. Vacuum distillation extracts the alcohol but keeps its flavour and appeal. Best served with spicy food such as Thai or Vietnamese.
One bottle, £6.99
These award-winning alcohol-free spirits have the familiar flavours of your favourite gin and tonic or rum and coke. Currently offering two blends, GinISH and RumISH, the spirit inventors make these zero sugar infusions in Denmark. The team has perfected these natural botanicals and aromas with vanilla and nutmeg for RumISH and juniper berry and coriander for GinISH.
One bottle, £14.99
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