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This Dry January, Why Not Try These Tasty Non-Alcoholic Drinks?

best non alcohlic drinks

Mid-last year, a shop selling only non-alcoholic beverages opened in my neighbourhood.

“What is this abomination?!”, I (jokingly) texted my friends who live locally, accompanied by a photo of the offending storefront. “Let’s run them out of town!” one friend (again, jokingly — because we are not arseholes) responded.

Welp. Cut to a few weeks later and, following a positive pregnancy test, I sheepishly walked into the store and purchased some of their wares.

It’s not just those of us that are “in the family way” who are flocking to the numerous non-alcoholic options now available in Australia, either. Many people are starting to re-evaluate their relationship with alcohol (especially after the last two years where many of us have imbibed more than normal) or simply can’t rally the way they used to. And, of course, plenty of people choose to start a new year by doing Dry January and kicking the booze for 31 days for a little reset. 

Elsewhere, sober and sober lite and curious movements have been adopted by celebrities like The Weeknd and Demi Lovato and Melbourne even boasts Australia’s first zero-alcohol bar, Brunswick Aces.

In order to keep up with the trend of cutting out or cutting down the booze, several well-known liquor brands have launched alcohol-free ranges, and several other companies have launched, promising nothing but a hangover-free horizon.

Here are some of the best non-alcoholic drinks I, personally. have tried throughout my pregnancy that I highly recommend if you are doing Dry January or just looking to cut back. 

Yes You Can 

Aussie-owned and operated Yes You Can offers three ready-to-drink options which are completely alcohol-free yet utterly delicious.

My personal favourite is the G&T which is super refreshing and tastes just like the real thing — especially when you serve it in a glass over ice and with some fresh lime. 

They also offer a Spritz and a Dark & Stormy and what’s really cool is that throughout October, 10% of all sales of their cans are is being donated to Australian mental health and wellbeing organisation, Beyond Blue, in honour of Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Noughty Sparkling Rosé

With the holiday season fast approaching, it is only a matter of time before your calendar starts filling up with celebrations that require toasts to be made.

A good alternative to real bubbles, Noughty Sparkling Rosé is crisp and delicious and will leave you free of the dreaded champs headache the next day.

You can find the brand at Sans Drinks.

Lyres Amalfi Spritz

Is there anything better in summer than an Aperol Spritz enjoyed in tandem with a lovely, long lunch?

I can’t think of anything so thank goodness for Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz that tastes exactly like an Aperol, especially when served in a glass with ice and a slice of orange.

Trust me, this one will take you right to Italy and they are so tasty you may not ever feel the need to drink a real one again.

Seedlip

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic gin that isn’t a pre-mix, Seedlip is the way to go.

Just like real gin, Seedlip offers a couple of different botanical concoctions (I love the Spice one) that will leave you feeling refreshed and transported to the English countryside.

Heaven.

Heineken 0.0 Lager

If it’s a crisp, refreshing coldie you are after (so good at BBQ’s or after a day at the beach) then I was, personally, very impressed by Heineken 0.0 Lager.

It tastes exactly like real beer and it is, surprisingly, a very satisfying drop. There are for sure other, fancier alcohol-free beers out there like Heaps Normal IPA (also yum) but if you prefer that robust lager flavour as I do then I think the Heineken is the one for you.

Cocktail Porter x Seedlip Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita 

All I can say to the Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita from Cocktail Porter x Seedlip is WOW. This drink truly made me feel as though I was sipping on a real (spicy) marg and my gosh it made me happy! Plus, as someone who used to really enjoy using all of my mixology gear, it was really fun to shake a couple of these bad boys up.

Even better? Each DIY kit comes with everything you need to create 17 full-size booze-free mocktails for just $99, which is under $6 a drink.

Highly, highly recommended.

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