The best non-alcoholic drinks, including gin and wine alternatives

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by Bryony Firth-Bernard |

There’s never been a better time to be a non-drinker with the demand for non-alcoholic drinks rocketing over the last couple of years.

But with so many options available, from gin to wine and even beer, it can be hard to know what’s worth buying and what's not.

So whether you're pregnant (and therefore have to avoid alcohol entirely, as recommended by the NHS), breastfeeding, or are simply trying to cut down on the booze for Dry January, we've rounded up some of the best non-alcoholic drinks to pick up during your next weekly shop.

Best non-alcoholic gin

Gordon's Alcohol Free 0.0% 70 cl

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If you're normally a fan of a gin and tonic, this is one option for you. Not only will no-one notice as the bottle looks exactly the same as normal Gordon's gin, it tastes pretty similar too. Don't get me wrong, you don't get the tang of alcohol, but it does taste good and will keep you happy on an evening when everyone else is drowning their sorrows with the real stuff.

Caleño - Non-Alcoholic Distilled Spirit (Light and Zesty)

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If you're normally a fan of cocktails, then this non-alcoholic spirit might be for you. It's delicatedly fresh and zesty with a tropical twist. And if anyone tastes a swig of you're drink, they might not even realise it's missing the booze.

Seedlip Non-alcoholic Spirits

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Everyone is talking about Seedlip at the moment. This is a non-alcoholic spirit that you can really pretend is a classy gin. Mix it with tonic and no one will know it's not the real deal. Except for you, when you can remember everything the next day, unlike your hungover partner.

Amplify

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Drinking Amplify is very much like drinking a gin - you can have it with tonic, or use it as part of a non-alcoholic cocktail. It's fragrant like gin, and 50ml only contains 27 calories.
Here's a good non-alcoholic cocktail recipe you could try:

50ml Amplify
50ml Pineapple Juice
10ml Grapefruit Juice
Fresh ginger
Pistachio nuts – crushed

Muddle the fresh ginger then add the Amplify, pineapple juice, and grapefruit juice. Shake and strain into a short glass, and garnish with pistachio dust.

Warner's Pink Berry - 0% Botanic Garden Spirits

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This 0% Pink Berry is a delicious alcohol free alternative to a fruity or pink gin. Fragrant and tangy, it combines raspberries and blackcurrant sage with a kick from chilli, ginger and Szechuan pepper. Serve over ice, with a splash of Mediterranean tonic, mint and raspberries.

CleanClo Clean G

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CleanClo was founded by Vogue William's husband and ex Made In Chelsea star, Spencer Matthews, who wanted to create full flavoured non-alcohol alternatives to your favourite full strength spirits. Clean G is their take on London Dry Gin and has won multiple awards. It also contains no sugar, is gluten free, lactose free and is only 14 calories per 50ml serving - healthy and no hangover, it's a win win for this gin!

Best non-alcoholic wine

Thomson and Scott Noughty Alcohol Free Organic Sparkling Chardonnay

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Celebrate with some (alcohol free) fizz! This Chardonnay is not only alcohol free, it's vegan and low in calories too making it the ideal party tipple while you're pregnant.

Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol Free Red Wine

Eisberg Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol Free Red Wine
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Miss sipping on a glass of red with your dinner or by the fire? With this alcohol free Cabernet Sauvingnon, you can have the whole bottle to yourself!

Carl Jung Merlot

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A medium-bodied ruby merlot, made from grapes grown in the La Mancha region of Spain, maintains a robust balance of dry tannins and red fruits. It's blackberry and black cherry palate makes it perfect for accompanying a meaty dish and with a price point of less than £10, we really think it's a winning wine.

Belle & Co alcohol free sparkling rosé

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Grapes and green tea gives this sparkling pink rosé an uplifting, refreshing taste. It's perfect for sipping in the summer sun surrounded by good company.

Belvoir Mulled Winter Punch

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It's not Christmas without some warming mulled wine. This non-alcoholic alternative from Belvoir has all the taste and smells of the traditional winter drink without the booze.

Tesco Nosecco

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Christmas and New Year is the time for sparkling wine, Champagne, and Prosecco. Except for us superwomen, growing babies and nurturing them through breastfeeding. But, for us, there is 'Nosecco' - Tesco's alcohol-free sparking wine. We've tested it, and it's not too shabby - yes, you miss the tang of real alcohol, but it's fruity and fizzy, and really quite enjoyable.

Best non-alcoholic beer and ales

Peroni Libera alcohol free

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If you were a fan of the alcoholic Peroni then you should love this non-alcoholic version. It's been brewed with the same Nostrano dell'Isola maize as the original. With a fresh citrusy taste, this light-bodied larger is perfect for drinking all year round.

San Miguel alcohol free

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Sip this golden Spanish larger guilt free, with herbal, floral and cereal aromas. One customer even claimed it's the "best substitute on the market".

Heineken 0.0 Alcohol Free Beer

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With fruit notes and a malty body, this light-bodied beer is perfectly balanced and refreshing. It's also 69 calories per bottle.

Smashed Pale Ale 0%

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Enjoy all the beeriness with no booziness with this refreshing, sweet ale that has a passion fruit from but also contains hints of caramel and toffee - delicious!


Alcohol-free Real Ale

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If you're going booze-free - whether for pregnancy or breast-feeding or just because you're in charge of a child - then so should the beer-drinkers of the party. And there are loads of alcohol-free beers available these days - we've tested a range of these Real Ales and they're pretty good. Available online or from Real Ale shops.

Best non-alcoholic alternatives

Bottlegreen cordials and sparking pressé

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Not only do bottlegreen drinks come in lovely bottles that you can keep, they taste delicious - the sparkling pressé is so good that you’ll forget it’s not real champagne. There's a new sparkling pressé flavour for this year - bramble - and it's deliciously wintery. Ideal for Christmas morning when everyone starts on the fizz early.

Hotel Chocolate Classic Hot Chocolate

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Leave everyone behind with their fancy cocktails and mocktails and alcohol-free beer - just brew yourself up a nice, traditional hot chocolate. You can't go wrong with this luxurious Hotel Chocolat version.

Shloer White u0026 Red Grape

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We love Shloer, and it's been a real taste of Christmas for years now. Fruity and refreshing, it's a sparkling fizzy drink that feels more grown-up than just cola or lemonade. Made from real grapes, it feels a bit like wine... Did you know it's free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives, and it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans too.

9 tips to help you enjoy an alcohol-free Christmas

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1) Go for dinner instead of drinks

If before now you loved going out for drinks with the girls, it is easy enough to replace your fave past-time with a delicious dinner with friends instead. Your friends can still drink but you won't feel as left out. You'll be saving the calories that you'd normally be consuming with alcohol so you can afford to have a treat. Bonding over food or sharing plates is just as lovely and you won't have a hangover the next day (although it might be replaced with a food coma!).

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