Lockdown 3 might have halted your "new year, new me" plans and your resolve to stick to Dry January is probably already wavering. There's good news, however, because the alcohol-free and low alcohol drink market has never been better.
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There are dozens of amazing options available if you're keen to sip on a cold beverage without the hangover blues, adverse side effects and extra calories. So if Boris Johnson plunging the nation into lockdown (again) has got you reaching for a bottle of wine, think again.
According to a new study by Alcohol Change UK, over 6.5million are taking part in Dry January this year, 2.6million more than last year. Why not join them? 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.
Ditch the booze for Dry January 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 Dry January is 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
Estrella Galicia 0.0%, £26.92 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.
Lucky Saint, £25.00 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, £1.59, 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.
Best no and low alcohol wines
Low alcohol white wine
Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc, £3.99, Waitrose
Eisberg's 0.5 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, £5, 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.
Best no and low alcohol spirits
Low alcohol gin
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.
Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence, £14.95, The Cotswolds Distillery
Low alcohol rum
CleanCo Rum, £16 (usually £25), Clean.co
CleanCo, the brainchild of Spencer Matthews, is a favourite for Dry January. Their popular CleanRum boasts notes of golden caramel and cayenne pepper, which boasts just 16 calories per 50ml serving and 1.2 per cent alcohol. CleanCo also does an amazing gin which has the same crisp taste, but over 30 times less alcohol!
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.
No alcohol mocktails
Grove Picante, £25, Lockdown Liquor & Co
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...
Mindful Drinkers Hamper, £38, The Cocktail Service
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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