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2021 may not be the best year to attempt Dry January but if you are sticking to it (we applaud you) you are in luck! There’s never been more choice when it comes to a satisfying Spirit or Wine alternative.
So, if you are looking to take some time off the sauce this January, we’ve put together a little guide of the Best Alcohol-Free Alternatives.
There is a lot of scepticism behind Alcohol-Free Wines & Non-Alcoholic Spirits; why are they as expensive as the alcoholic versions and are they actually any good? Since the first Non-Alcoholic Spirit came onto the market nearly 6 years ago distilleries and wineries have been clambering over themselves to get a piece of this hugely expanding market.
According to Distill Ventures – the Diageo-backed drinks brand accelerator that launched the very first non-alcohol distilled spirits brand, Seedlip – there are currently 42 UK-based Non-Alcoholic Spirit brands. Despite the challenges of the year, 11 new brands launched in 2020.
Now we want to point out that, yes Alcohol-Free Spirits and Non-Alcoholic Wines have come along way, there are some things that just can’t be replicated without alcohol. The body you find in Dark Rum for example. With that in mind we have taste tested a huge selection of Alcohol-Free products and have listed our favourite below for you.
It is a finely balanced combination of sparkling fermented grape juice blended with a premium green tea infusion, producing a delightfully refreshing and lower calorie drink, with a generous head of bubbles. A great brunch accompaniment, it pairs well with smoked salmon.
Made entirely from Muscat, the wine is fermented and then the alcohol is carefully removed, thus preserving its full aroma and flavour. Excellent as an aperitif, as well as paired with all kinds of fish, seafood and rice dishes.
Subtle spice and vanilla notes complemented by plum and forest berry aromas. This Shiraz has good length of flavour with sweet blackcurrants and a round balanced finish.
Seedlip Grove 42 is made with carefully sourced herbs, spices, peels and barks, Seedlip works closely with growers and fellow farmers including their own farm to find the very best ingredients that Seedlips master distiller can work with.
Seedlip takes six weeks to make & involves bespoke maceration, copper pot distillation, blending & filtration for each individual ingredient. It is then blended & bottled in England.
A zesty & complex, citrus forward blend of three types of orange & uplifting spice distillates. Simply serve with tonic & a twist of Orange peel.
This is the Wild Blossom expression from the Atopia "ultra-low alcohol" spirit range from William Grant & Sons, created by the Hendrick's master distiller, Lesley Gracie. Made with a combination of distillation and extraction techniques, the Atopia spirits weigh in at just 0.5% ABV. This one features flavours of apple and lavender, plus an infusion of applewood smoke.
A natural distillate of citrus, herbs and spices allows a base flavour layer so distinctive flavours can shine through.
Natural extracts and flavours of lavender and apple allow a fruity, floral note to make way for the defining ingredient; water, infused with Applewood smoke. This ground-breaking ingredient gives a subtle smokiness to the spirit giving versatility and depth of flavour when mixing and in cocktails.
Whatever your reasons are for cutting back from the booze, you now have the pick of the bunch to make Dry January that little bit more exciting.