Many of us are now choosing to drink less alcohol, or no alcohol at all when socialising with friends and family. If you’re fed up of the usual options, fear not as there is a new exciting range of ‘zero proof’ non-alcoholic drinks, that look inviting and taste delicious.
These drinks are created in a similar way to premium spirits and are designed to satisfy mature palettes. Containing complex flavours, interesting textures and served in beautiful bottles, it’s never been a better time to go teetotal.
1. The ‘zero proof’ spritz
A complex alternative to a fine white wine or champagne, Thomas and Evans No. 1 is a gently sparkling drink which reveals its flavours layer by layer. The intricate blend of over 20 ingredients, including silver birch charcoal filtered green fruit juices and steam-distilled botanicals, unlocks a bouquet of aromas including apple, elderflower, citrus peel and oak tincture. (RRP £3.50 Harvey Nichols and Fortnum and Mason)
2. Tonic, hold the gin
There’s a new range of tonics which taste just as good on their own as they do mixed. The London Essence Co is a range of skillfully distilled mixers that have been designed to capture the truest flavours of the finest botanicals. The unusual flavour combinations include Grapefruit and Rosemary and Bitter Orange and Elderflower. Just pour over ice and garnish with fruit and herbs. RRP £1.50, Harvey Nichols
3. The non-alcoholic spirit
The world’s first non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, can directly replace gin or vodka and mixed with tonic for a refreshing cocktail. The newest edition, Seedlip Garden has herby and grassy notes from the pea, hay and rosemary botanicals. RRP £28, The Whisky Exchange
4. Wine is fine
You can still enjoy a large glass of wine with Tesco’s Finest Alcohol Free wine range, which includes Sparkling Chenin Blanc and Pinotage Blush. RRP £2.75, Tesco
5. Beer without the belly
Beer kings Brewdog offer an alcohol free beer that’s full of flavour and a great substitute for the real thing. Their Nanny State beer is the perfect accompaniment to summer barbeques. RRP £1.25, Sainsbury’s
6. Get your kicks
Nix and Kix are a new range of soft drinks which contain a subtle cayenne chilli kick that gives a natural endorphin boost. The chilli compliments flavours such as Peach with Vanilla, Cucumber and Mint and Mango. RRP £1.89 from Ocado
7. Modern mocktails
Mocktails don’t need to be boring, and you can achieve a depth of flavour by combining fruit tea and herbs. Mix together 35ml cherry puree, 50ml mint tea, 50ml Thomas and Evans No. 1 and 4 sage leaves for a sophisticated serve.
8. New age ginger ale
Newer versions of the classic soft drink alternative are complex yet subtle, without the sweet stickiness. Try The London Essence Co’s Ginger Ale, or Fentimans Traditional Ginger Beer. LEC RRP £1.50 from Harvey Nichols and Fentimans £1.19 from Waitrose
9. Don’t be bitter
Bundaberg Lemon and Lime bitters provide a fantastic citrus hit and the unique combination of brewed spices and select herbs give a refreshing and invigorating taste. RRP £1.30, Waitrose
An old fashioned drink, shrubs are now making a comeback as an alcohol alternative. Make by heating vinegar, sugar and fresh fruit together to make a syrup, which can be stored away and mixed with sparkling water to create a tangy and refreshing beverage.