Low and alcohol-free drinks for January

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As we gallop gracefully into another year and Christmas is all but a distant memory, it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s giving up smoking, keeping fit, or to stop getting annoyed when you miss the tube, we all have our aims and goals. Sticking to them is a different story!

Some of us opt to partake in dry January, or seek ways to cut their alcohol consumption down. Sales of beer and cider under 1.2% have soared by 30% and demand for low and alcohol-free wines rose by 8%. At one time, non-boozers were once limited to a choice of soft drinks, a lime soda, or even a juice – dare it be tomato? However to cater for the growing trend, we are now a washed with dozens of choices on the market. Wines that are naturally low in alcohol from cooler climates are also a good place to hunt if you’re looking for wines that have naturally lower than average alcohol levels.

Here’s a low-down on some tipples to try:

Seedlip Spice 94

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A zesty & complex, citrus-forward blend of three types of orange & uplifting spice distillates. Simply serve with tonic & a twist of orange peel. Non-alcoholic, zero calories, sugar & sweetener free with no artificial flavours.

 

Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Alcohol-Free Riesling Alc Vol 0.0%

The alcohol in this wine is removed through gentle vacuum distillation which preserves the natural and fruity Riesling aromas. This is full of fresh flavour and hints of citrus and yellow stone fruits. It’s well suited to a range of dishes including seafood and fish, as well as being an excellent party wine or apéritif.

Torres Natureo De-alcoholised Rosé Alc Vol 0.5%

Attractive sweet red fruit notes & only 0.5% Alcohol. This Natureo Rosé has been created especially for the UK market. This has a lovely vibrant pink hue and aromas of cherry and boiled sweets, with fresh red fruit flavours dominating the well-balanced palate.

Budweiser Prohibition Alcohol Free USA

During prohibition in America Budweiser found a way to keep brewing everyone’s favourite lager, delivering the same smooth crisp taste, without alcohol.

A great way to enjoy this popular brew, even at 0.0% abv.

Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett, Germany

Made from grapes grown on the precipitously steep, Würzgarten vineyard in the village of Ürzig where all the work must be done by hand. A light-bodied, but concentrated wine that’s fruity with a spicy, mineral finish and only 8% abv.

The Doctor’s Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

This is an amazingly pungent white with tropical fruit and herbaceous aromas and a racy, off-dry finish. Dr John Forrest’s love of innovation helped to produce this lower alcohol (9.5% abv), yet full flavoured style.

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