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19 of the best alcohol-free and low alcohol drinks for Dry January

Dry January needn't be a struggle this year

If you're anything like us, your resolve to stick to Dry January is probably already wavering. There's always a dinner party to attend or the offer of a drink you just can't resist. Don't despair, however, because the alcohol-free and low alcohol drink market has never been so good.

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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 the booze and some of the best drinks around, from low-alcohol beer to alcohol-free wine, not to mention delicious mocktails.

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Ditch 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. Which means Sober October and Dry January are good news for your waistline! 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.

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Best no and low-alcohol beers

No alcohol

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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%, £23.84 for 12 x 330ml, Amazon

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Estrella Galicia 0.0%, £25.92 for 12, Amazon

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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.

Low Alcohol

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Lucky Saint, £25.00 for 12, Amazon

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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

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Alska 0.5% Cider, £1.59, Aldi

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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.

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Wignac Cider, 75cl for £4.79, Fuss Club

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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

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Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc, £3.55, Waitrose

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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

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Pierre Zero Merlot, £5.99, Delicious Drinks

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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

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McGuigan Zero Sparkling, £5.50, Morrisons

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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.

 

Best no and low alcohol spirits

Low alcohol gin

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CleanCo G, £19, Clean.co

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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.

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Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence, £14.95, The Cotswolds Distillery

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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.

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BOWSER LEAF, £18.95, Masters of Malt

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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.

Low alcohol rum

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CleanCo R, £19, Clean.co

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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

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Pentire, £26.80, Amazon

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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 

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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.

No alcohol mocktails in a can

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Punchy mocktails, £12.00 for 6, Punchydrinks.com

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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.

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Caleño Light & Zesty, £15, Amazon

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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.

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Alcohol-free Bellini, £11.99 for six, Savyll

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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.

No alcohol pre-mixed mocktails

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Grove Picante, £25, Lockdown Liquor & Co

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Lockdown Liquor & Co. has partnered with Seedlip to launch the world's first non-alcoholic Picante - like a spicy margarita in a bottle. The Grove Picante is a distinctive take on the increasingly popular drink, featuring Seedlip Grove 42, lime, chilli, agave nectar, orange blossom water and coriander. Serve on ice with fresh chilli. Mmm...

 

If you just can't decide...

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Mindful Drinkers Hamper, £38, The Cocktail Service

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For those of us who need a bit of variety in life, The Cocktail Service has just launched a £38 hamper filled with an eclectic mix of zero ABV drinks, non-alcoholic cocktail ingredients, healthy snacks, and mindful drinking tips. Drinks include Fungtn Beer, Humble Warrior, Lucky Saint, Dalston Rhubarb 0% G&T, and Wills Kombucha, alongside cocktails like Warners 0% Pink Berry, Ginger Beer and raspberry jam. Yum!

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