Top ten alcohol-free and low alcohol drinks for Dry January and beyond

Alcohol Change UK | December 2019 | 7 minutes

Check out these favourites from the taste-testers at Alcohol Change UK and find your new go-to drink.

The alcohol-free drinks market is expanding quickly. We’ve compiled our top ten alcohol-free drinks of all time (so far), that we think are definitely worth a try. Here they are, in random order!

Some of these products contain 0.5% or 0.05% alcohol – we think these are perfectly acceptable to drink during a Dry January or any other dry month, but it’s up to you to make your own rules.

Adnam’s Ghost Ship, 0.5%

Whenever we’ve been at events and offered people a taste of this beer, it’s come out on top. According to Adnams, they produce Ghost Ship in their usual way and then remove the alcohol without damaging the flavour. If you’re curious, there’s a short animation explaining how they do it. Rated 5 out of 5, you can read the review here.

Heineken 0.0, 0.0%

This has to be the best mainstream alcohol-free lager on the market right now. It has an alcohol content of 0.0% (hence the name), and comes in its iconic green bottle or can. Our reviewers rated it “at least 4 out of 5”, and since you can buy it almost anywhere, why not give it a try yourself?

Noughty sparkling wine, 0.05%

This wine hits the nail on the head. In fact, according to our reviewers, “Most of us will have had standard-strength sparkling wine that isn’t half as good as this.” Want to find out what all the excitement is about? Read the review here.

Sheppy’s alcohol-free cider, 0.5%

Rated 5 out of 5, this cider from Somerset tastes just like an alcoholic one. The bottle looks great, too. Our taste testers couldn’t quite agree what they liked about it, but they all liked it.

Tesco low-alcohol GnT, 0.5%

The thought of an alcohol-free GnT might sound odd – gin is a complex spirit, so how would it work without alcohol? Well, Tesco have nailed it. What they’ve produced tastes like gin and tonic, and it looks like it too. Read our review of the original and low-calorie versions here.

Teetotal cuba libre, 0.0%

If rum and coke is your drink of choice, this alcohol-free alternative is for you. It’s made with “Caribbean flavours and selected spices”, and it really does the trick. If you didn’t know this drink had no alcohol in it, you honestly would not be able to tell. Read our review here.

Rawson’s Retreat chardonnay, 0.5%

If you like white wine and are looking to cut down your alcohol consumption, this wine might be the one for you. It’s well-presented, smells great and isn’t too sugary. Our taste testers hugely enjoyed it and rated it 5 out of 5!

Lindeman’s cabernet sauvignon, 0.5%

Low-alcohol red wine is hard to do well but this one is very good indeed. From the Hunter Valley in Australia, this is one of the best low-alcohol wines our taste testers have tried. You can read their review here.

Kopparberg alcohol-free mixed fruit, 0.05%

This alcohol-free version of the classic mixed fruit cider is almost indistinguishable from its alcoholic counterpart. If fruit ciders are your thing, this is a great drink to turn to during Dry January. In the words of our taste testers: “we really can’t tell the difference!

Big Drop Brown Ale, 0.5%

This low-alcohol traditional ale is extremely tasty, and has grassy, chocolaty and fruity notes – depending on who you ask. But whichever way you define the flavour, our taste testers think it’s an outstanding beer. Read what they said about it here.

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