Don’t get us wrong, we looove a good tipple under the summer sun. However, there are some days when you just want to take it easy.
So what do you drink when you’re not drinking but sickly softies and overpriced mocktails are becoming too monotonous? Thankfully, there’s a plethora of non-alcoholic and low-alcohol alternatives available on the market that won’t result in a vicious hangover.
Whether you’re the designated driver, an expectant mother, simply scaling back your alcohol intake or going teetotal, we’ve hunted down 10 delicious, low-to-no booze substitutes that’ll whet your (dry) whistle – hydration is key to staying cool this summer after all – and help you comfortably navigate through the rest of this year’s social calendar without a single hangover.
We’ll cheers to that!
Tesco low alcohol G&T (0.5%)
You can’t beat an ice cold G&T on a sunny day. Tesco’s London Dry gin and reduced calorie tonic contains less than 0.5% alcohol, plus it costs just £1 per can so you can watch both your wallet and your waistline. Win win.
Brewdog’s Nanny State Ale (0.5% ABV)
Dry-hopped with five different types of hops, Brewdog’s Nanny State pours just like a standard ale with a good head but only contains 0.5% ABV (which is close to none). Ruby in colour with malty and plummy notes and a tropical aroma, it’s the alcohol-free beer that looks and tastes the part.
Aqua Libra (0% ABV)
Looking for something that’s completely free from sugar, artificial flavours, caffeine and has zero calories? Look no further than Aqua Libra’s new sparkling water infused with lime, cucumber and mint. Available in two other flavours (raspberry and apple or grapefruit and pineapple), it’s also vegan friendly. Say hello to your new guilt-free summer refresher.
Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits (0%)
Arguably one of the most famous non-alcoholic spirits on the market, Seedlip has been helping out those who have been feeling a little lime and soda fatigued since 2015. There are three flavours to choose from: Garden 108 (peas and hay), Grove 42 (circus) and Spice 94 (allspice berry and cardamom). Just add tonic and it’s tee totally awesome.
Kopparberg Mixed Fruit (0.5%)
Kopparberg’s range of alcohol-free fruit ciders – encompassing strawberry and lime, mixed fruit and pear flavours – it’s perfect for sipping on sunny days accompanied with great music. Bottoms up!
Equinox Kombucha (0.5%)
Made from fermented green tea and unrefined sugar cane, Kombucha (aka scoby) is a sparkling drink packed with naturally occurring acids, vitamins and enzymes that help promote digestion while giving you a healthy boost of energy. A healthier alternative to the usual soft drink.
Freixenet Sparkling Rose (0% ABV)
Summer just wouldn’t be the same without a glass of fizz. This pretty pink bottle of bubbly is fruity, fresh, pleasant on the palette and retails for just £5 a bottle. *Adds to basket*
Rawson’s Retreat Cabernet (0.5%)
Available at £4 a pop and tasting just like a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, this fruity little number has been produced to a normal alcoholic strength and then de-alcoholised without destroying the taste. Mind blown.
Thomas & Evans Sparkling Botanical Beverage (0%)
Thomas & Evan’s No.1 is made with steam-distilled green fruits such as lime and apple along with citrus peel and botanicals. The concoction is then filtered through silver birch charcoal which turns it into a premium carbonated drink. Ideal for those who like spirits with sweet mixers, it contains a mere 83 calories per bottle – another reason to bid adieu to hangovers for good.
Monte Rosso Aperitivo (0%)
A mix of tangy orange and grapefruit flavours with a bittersweet blend of wild mountain berries, this refreshing pre-mixed aperitivo is the ultimate non-alcoholic version of your fave Negroni tipple.