7 alcohol-free options to jazz up your week
With over 20 per cent of the UK’s adult population abstaining from alcohol, there’s never been a better time for the alcohol-free drink market. There seems to be an option for every taste, type and occasion… and that can be a bit overwhelming.
To make things easier, we’ve created the ultimate list for your after-work and weekend “drinks”. If your taste buds are getting the better of you, don’t worry if you can’t wait until 5 p.m. to try a few–after all, that’s the beauty of these delicious alcohol-free drinks.
Upsides: This alcohol-free spirit can be combined with a variety of mixers, including iced coffee for a Monday pick-me-up. The formula is designed as a ‘social elixir,’ and it’s a good option if you’re looking to make some after-dinner cocktails with friends.
Downsides: The bold flavours of bitter chocolate and burnt apple aren’t for everyone, and it needs a mixer to be easily palatable.
Upsides: Launched by a conservation biologist, this is an ethically and sustainably-sourced faux spirit you can feel good about drinking. It’s easy to mix and acts as a fun, summertime spritz.
Downsides: Compared to other brands, it has a high price-to-volume ratio.
Upsides: Offering refreshing watermelon alongside millions of live bacteria, this is a drink you can feel good about. Supporting your gut and your taste buds, this kombucha is a lovely drink any time of the day.
Downsides: Kombucha is naturally high in sugar, and Lo Bros’ product is sadly no exception.
Upsides: A great substitute for a naughty Thursday tipple, Caleño’s mix of citrus and botanical spices goes well with tonic. Free of sugars, sweeteners and allergens, this is a good option for the beverage purist among us.
Downsides: As a no-sugar drink, the juniper notes can be bitter if you’re not used to a “botanical” taste.
Upsides: Get that Friday feeling with the natural caffeine and nootropics in WOW’s Focus drink. The calorie-free beverage has amino acids and vitamins to help you get through the day, with a refreshing mixed berry taste.
Downsides: It contains sucralose, so if you’re avoiding artificial sugars, you’ll have to pass this up.
Upsides: Since it’s not a fake wine, but rather a sparkling juice, Shloer’s faux bubbly offers a sweet, fizzy alternative to a Saturday night Prosecco. At £3.95 per bottle, it’s an affordable way to bring some sparkle to your evening meal.
Downsides: Higher in sugar than most on this list, it’s a dietary investment to indulge in a bottle.
Upsides: This calorie-free mixer is suitable for pretty much everyone--vegans, Celiacs, pregnant women and beyond. Containing a mix of six herbs and spices, Borrago works as a base for a variety of faux cocktails.
Downsides: Since it’s designed for mixing, it’s not a good alternative for those who like their drinks straight.