Are you trying to take a break from the booze, but don't know where to start? Fear not because the alcohol-free and low alcohol drink market has never been so tempting.
There are dozens of amazing options available if you enjoy sipping on a cold beverage, but want to banish the hangovers from hell, negative effects on your mental health and consuming endless calories. Read on to discover the health benefits of ditching alcohol and some of the best drinks around, from low-alcohol beer to alcohol-free wine, not to mention delicious mocktails.
Ban the booze with these zero and low-alcohol alternatives
How many calories are in alcohol-free wine?
Generally speaking, the higher the alcohol content, the higher the calories. A 250ml glass of regular white wine contains around 190 kcal, while red is even higher at 228 kcal. Alcohol-free wine is a great low-calorie option, containing roughly 9 calories per glass, depending on the brand.
How many calories are in alcohol-free beer?
Alcohol-free beer is slightly higher in calories, but making the switch will make a big difference for your health. Beer usually contains between 180 and 250 kcal per pint whereas its alcohol-free counterpart comes in at around 50 to 80 calories for a 330ml bottle. The serving size is also crucial as no/low-alcohol beer is usually sold in smaller bottles rather than cans, encouraging you to be more mindful with your drinking.
Best no and low-alcohol beers
A sophisticated, light-bodied and refreshing offering, Peroni Libera 0.0%, is the perfect alternative if you're looking for a mid-week drink. It is triple hopped and has been brewed with the same signature Nostrano dell’Isola Maize as the regular Peroni we all know and love.
Peroni Libera 0.0%, £24.99 for 12 x 330ml, Amazon
Estrella Galicia 0.0%, £26.14 for 12, Amazon
You can't go wrong with Estrella Galicia 0.0%. The light taste pairs well with food and makes it easy to drink. This is as good as the real deal - without needing to worry about the after-effects of alcohol consumption. Plus, the new packaging is now totally sustainable, with the company aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 9,000 tons of CO2.
Lucky Saint, £19.16 for 12, Amazon
Lucky Saint is renowned for being one of the best low alcohol beers around, recently earning a nod on Saturday Kitchen (plus, it's a personal favourite). With just 0.5 per cent alcohol and 53 calories per bottle, it's a great alternative to the real deal. You can shop it now on Amazon.
Low alcohol cider
Alska 0.5% Cider, £1.99, Aldi
In the mood for something fruity? Aldi is selling Swedish brand Alska's 0.5% Cider, which comes in flavours including Strawberry & Lime. The 500ml bottles are sweet, juicy and refreshing.
Wignac Cider, 75cl for £3.75, Fuss Club
Wignac cider is organic, totally natural and delicious French cider made in Champagne from 100 per cent Granny Smith apples. It comes in a large bottle format, which is perfect for a replacement to wine if you're not drinking at a dinner party.
Best no and low alcohol wines
No alcohol white wine
Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc, £3.65, Waitrose
Eisberg's 0 per cent Sauvignon Blanc wine is a popular choice. The beverage is made from de-alcoholised grapes with gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours – and it won't break the bank.
Low alcohol red wine
Pierre Zero Merlot, £5.99, Delicious Drinks
You'd never know the difference with a glass of this Pierre Zero Merlot. The grape, cultivated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, is rich in colour and flavour.
No alcohol sparkling wine
McGuigan Zero Sparkling, £3.50, Morrisons
McGuigan Zero Sparkling is incredibly authentic tasting. Dry and refreshing, the de-alcoholised sparkling wine is padded out with grape juice concentrate and is stocked in Morrisons.
Oddbird Spumante, £25.99 for two, Amazon
Bubbles without the booze? Oddbird's spumante hits the spot - with grapes fermented exactly as they are in sparkling wine. And not only is this great for your health by skipping the alcohol, it's also good for your waistline with one tenth of the calories of a glass of fizz.
Best no and low alcohol spirits
Low alcohol gin
CleanCo G, £16, Clean.co
CleanCo, the brainchild of Spencer Matthews, is hugely popular for a reason. They've recently introduced Clean G Pink, the ultimate non-alcoholic pink gin alternative which tastes every bit as delectable as it looks. Offering a lead note of strawberry with a pink peppercorn kick, this fruity combo is perfect served over ice with tonic, a wedge of lemon and fresh mint.
Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence, £17.95, The Cotswolds Distillery
Missing a cold G&T? The Cotswolds Distillery has just launched a brand new drink which is served using a 5 ml pipette (equivalent to a teaspoon). Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence contains 14 calories per 5 ml serve and just 0.23 units of alcohol.
Gordon's Premium Pink 0.0% Alcohol Free Spirit, £12.50, Amazon
Gordon's has just launched a brand new Premium Pink 0.0% Alcohol Free Spirit. Vibrant, colourful and bursting with the sweet flavours of raspberry and strawberry, blended with tangy redcurrant notes and the finest distilled botanicals, it's the perfect alcohol-free alternative.
BOWSER LEAF, £20, Masters of Malt
Dorset's first gin distillery, Conker Spirit, has launched its very own premium distilled non-alcoholic spirit called BOWSER. Our favourite flavour, LEAF, is a unique botanical blend offering all the complexities of a premium gin... without the alcohol. Five carefully selected botanicals – Patchouli, Mint, Basil, Tarragon and Thyme – combine to create a multi-dimensional tasting experience.
Fluere original is the perfect gin alternative - crisp and refreshing with a glass of tonic and really you don't miss the real deal one bit. They've got a trio of other non-alcoholic spirits too, equally stunning in beautiful bottles. The blue Agave spirit can be made into a non-alcoholic margarita.
Fluere, £20, Amazon
Low alcohol rum
CleanCo R, £19, Clean.co
CleanCo's popular Clean R boasts notes of golden caramel and cayenne pepper, which boasts just 16 calories per 50ml serving and less than 0.5 per cent ABV (non-alcoholic). CleanCo also does an amazing gin which has the same crisp taste, but over 30 times less alcohol!
Botanical no-alcohol drinks
Pentire, £23.63, Amazon
Pentire is a refreshing and elegant non-alcoholic option, choose between either Seaward (with notes of pink grapefruit) or Adrift (coastal, herbaceous and fresh). They are best enjoyed as a long drink; a 50ml measure over ice, with a light tonic or soda and garnished with pink grapefruit.
Three Spirit is a game-changer when it comes to wanting to feel a buzz after that first drink, without actually consuming alcohol. Not only is it hangover-free, zero alcohol and refreshingly delicious, there are three plant-powered beverages to try - all with their own purpose. Choose from the Livener - a powerful drink designed to make you more alert, the Social Elixer - designed to help elevate your mood, and the Nightcap - the perfect tipple to help you feel relaxed and calm. What's more, each drink comes in a beautiful bottle, making it an ideal gift for a friend too.
Three Spirit, £24.99, Amazon
Best no and low alcohol cocktails
No alcohol mocktails in a can
Punchy mocktails, £12.00 for 6, Punchydrinks.com
Punchy is a cocktail in a can with a difference. Forget traditional flavours like Pina Colada or Mojito, these drinks are both refreshing and exotic. Choose from flavours including spicy ginger and fragrant chai and cucumber with zingy yuzu.
Caleño Light & Zesty, £14, Amazon
In the mood for something light and fruity? Caleño is a great alcohol-free alternative, perfect for creating tropical cocktails. Plus it's low in calories, contains no sugar, and it's gluten-free and vegan.
Alcohol-free Bellini, £11.99 for six, Savyll
If you're on the go, this bellini in a can does just the trick. White peach puree and faux-secco combine to provide the perfect fruity treat for those looking for a no-alcohol alternative to the classic prosecco cocktail.
Mockapolitan, £26.99 for 12, Mocktails
Mocktails (the official cocktails of Dry January) has launched brand new nitro-charged slim cans. The cans are non-carbonated but contain a clever widget that adds a visual and aromatic experience on popping the can open – much like the effect achieved after a cocktail shake. Each of the four Mocktails flavours is natural, sustainable, and ethically sourced. They're also vegan, gluten-free, low in sugar and calories. Our favourite is the Mockapolitan; subtle and sophisticated, but not too sweet.
No alcohol pre-mixed mocktails
Don't want to miss out on the fun of a cocktail aperitif or a smooth digestif after your meal? High Point have you covered. Their ruby aperitif is as beautiful to sip as it is to look at. Made in Cornwall this is good for you and the planet, using local ingredients.
High Point Ruby Aperitif, £19.99, Amazon
If you just can't decide...
Mixed no and low-alcohol gift box
Dry January Drinks Hamper, £65, Pentire
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