Staying sober for January doesn’t mean existing on glasses of water and fruit juice. From non-alcoholic spirit alternatives and top notch 0% ABV beers to thirst-quenching cocktails, opt for one of these serves with our pick of the best drinks for Dry January 2022
1 Jukes Cordialities
Ideal for wine buffs, swap the post-work Sauv Blanc for a glass of Jukes Cordialities, the brainchild of Matthew Jukes, a world-renowned wine taster and writer with over thirty years’ experience in the international wine trade.
A collection of apple cider-based drinks that do everything that wine does on the nose, palate and finish, but without any grapes or alcohol involved, Jukes Cordialities are also all extremely low in calories. Crafted by trained chefs, all Jukes Cordialities engender a similar, satisfying perfume, mouthfeel and aftertaste of a glass of fine wine, by combining fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices and flowers with a gentle, long, cool maceration in organic apple cider vinegar, to extract exactly the right amount of colour and flavour from each component.
Priced at £35.00, shop via Jukes jukescordialities.com or find them at Fortnum & Mason, The Conran Shop, and top-rated wine merchants such as Jeroboams, Lea & Sandeman, Hennings, Taurus, Loki and Haynes Hanson & Clark in the UK.
2 Everleaf’s non-alcoholic aperitifs
For those partial to a spritz or two, opt for Everleaf. An award-winning non-alcoholic aperitif, the brand was first introduced by bartender and conservation biologist Paul Mathew in January 2019. Looking to craft a wonderfully intricate and layered flavour while recreating alcohol’s unique silky texture, Paul turned to nature. The result is a vibrant non-alcoholic aperitif that delivers on the rich sensory experience of a spirit, which rivals some of the greatest alcoholic brands on the market. Sip it neat or mix with light tonic water for a light and refreshing serve.
Everleaf originally launched with Forest, and later introduced Mountain and Marine in November 2020. Everleaf’s products are anchored to different parts of the natural world, which act as both inspiration for flavour profiles and sources for key botanicals. We recommend trying Mountain, an elegant blend of 12 aromatic botanicals, leading with fragrant cherry blossom, for anyone with a penchant for something fruity.
RRP £19 per 500ml, shop worldwide via marksandspencer.com.
3 Oddbird Sparkling Wines
For those who love to sip on sparkling dry wine, Oddbird have two delicious alcohol free sparkling wines to quench your thirst. Launched in the UK in 2021, Oddbird is a range of Sparkling Rosé wines from France and a Spumante from Italy, which are produced using traditional methods and then “liberated from alcohol” using a unique, patented vacuum distillation method.
Not only vegan-friendly, they also contain 1/10th of the calories found in wine with alcohol. Crafted using grapes from the Italian province of Treviso located in Veneto, commonly known as the Prosecco region, Oddbird Spumante is made with traditional methods and 100% Glera grapes exclusively from DOC and DOCG vineyards. The Sparkling Rosé wine meanwhile, is a silky and well-balanced blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with gentle hints of summer berries, citrus and Granny Smith apples.
Priced from £8.99. Shop both via Amazon.co.uk.
4 STRYKK™ NOT R*M spirit
For lovers of rum, your coveted Dark & Stormy isn’t off the menu. The first brand to mimic the mainstream spirits, STRYKK™ was meticulously developed for over two years in collaboration with top bartenders. The expert team carefully reconstructed flavours of spiced rum and created NOT R*M, providing the best non-alcohol alternative without missing out on any of the flavour or notes and aromas. STRYKK™ truly has all of the spirit but none of the alcohol!
The carefully crafted distillation process is 100% natural with no sugar, no fat, no carbs and no artificial flavouring, yet fuelled with the unmissable vibrant and exciting taste you would expect from your traditional boozy drink of choice.
5 J’aime Original Kombucha
Ideal for something both refreshing and packed with gut-boosting benefits, try a can of J’aime Original Kombucha. Founded and developed by an entrepreneurial female duo with a unique blend of four teas designed to be a palate-pleaser and focus the mind, this stylish kombucha is made in small batch production and brewed in such a way that zero sugar remains (and with no sugar or additives added later). The result is well-balanced acidity with a long, clean and dry finish reminiscent of fine sparkling wine.
The latest launch is an innovative twist on the fermented tea drink and is made using a carefully selected, unique blend of four captivating and prized green and white teas.
Available to order as a 230 ml six-can case (RRP: £17.70) or a 12-can case (RRP: £29.98) direct from www.j-aimedrinks.com
6 Lucky Saint’s alcohol-free beer
Moderation isn’t the dirty word it once was – especially when it comes to this award-winning alcohol-free beer. Progressively crafted with over 400 years of proud brewing heritage, Lucky Saint leave its beer unfiltered for maximum flavour, without the alcohol. The result? A tee total lager with a smooth, citrus hop finish.
From a step mash technique and wort run-off to fermentation and dry hopping, the team have honed the process for each of their beers in pursuit of one thing – flavour.
Prices from £10.00. Shop via luckysaint.co
7 Il Gusto’s Pearl Cuvee alcohol-free sparkling wine
Dinner and a show – if you like to mix things up when it comes to your drinks, then Il Gusto has a creation for you. This Cuvee definitely isn’t the grape-fuelled vintage you’re used to; give it a shake and glitter swirls around in the bottle (so it’s sparkling in more ways than one). Flavours of white flowers, grapefruit and orange rind dominate on the palate, so mix with soda water and a slice of orange; now you can pretend it’s the hot days of summer again.
£14.90, shop via selfridges.com
8 Caleño’s Dark & Spicy spirit
Caleño Dark & Spicy is another delicious alcohol-free alternative to spiced rum, crafted from a golden blend of tropical pineapple, coconut, fiery ginger, kola nut, black cardamom, vanilla and tangy limes. So punchy and full flavoured for a spirit with zero ABV, this Caleño tastes like purest bliss. On top of which, it’s zero sugar, low calorie, alcohol free, vegan friendly, sweetener free and allergen free; so it really is for everyone.
Muddle Caleño Dark & Spicy Tropical Alcohol-Free Spirit into a No-jito, shake it into a non-alcoholic Daiquiri, or simply pour 50ml over ice, top with 200ml of cola and garnish with a lime wedge.
£9.50, shop via harveynichols.com
9 Mother Root Ginger Switchel aperitif
One for the health lovers. With mindful drinking on the rise, Mother Root Ginger Switchel is a sophisticated, award-winning aperitif that’s secretly good for you. 100% all-natural, this non-alcoholic aperitif is made with four key ingredients – a maceration of pressed ginger juice, blossom honey, Organic apple cider vinegar and a hint of chilli, making it ideal for those who love revitalising drinks with a kick.
Originally born in a kitchen in Peckham, Mother Root Ginger Switchel was made in small batches with care by founder and drinks specialist Bethan Higson. Since its inception, Mother Root has gone from strength to strength as people discover – and fall in love with – its unique and complex flavour profile. Once you try it, this aperitif-style spritz is set to become your favourite new downtime ritual!
An uplifting and flavourful alternative to alcoholic beverages, Mother Root Ginger Switchel is best enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitif. Serve over ice with sparkling water or a light tonic, add a slice of orange and a fragrant sprig of rosemary, and you have everything you need for a refreshing drinking experience in lockdown.
Mother Root is available at www.motheroot.london.com and from quality independent retailers nationwide. Priced from £19.00 (480ml- 20 serves) or £8.90 (120ml – 5 serves).
10 Wild Life Botanicals’ Alcohol-Free Sparkling Wine Nude
Wild Life Botanicals is bubbles with benefits – now that’s our kind of tipple. Ultra-low in alcohol and high in natural goodness, this sparkling wine has been infused with uplifting vitamins, minerals and organic botanicals. Chosen by a naturopath and a medical herbalist, this plant-powered and mood-boosting infusion includes calming lemon balm, anti-inflammatory damask rose, balancing ashwagandha, antioxidant-rich rosemary and stimulating damiana.
There’s also the added perks of zinc and Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, B12 and C, all of which are vital for your immune system, energy levels and metabolism. As well as being vegan friendly, it also contains fewer calories than most Prosecco and Champagne because it’s just 0.5% ABV, which is classed as alcohol-free by EU law.
£16.00, shop via harveynichols.com