Food & Drink

Alcohol-free beers, fizz and spirits to steer you through Dry January

These tasty tipples still hit the spot, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

Avoiding the booze in January doesn’t have to be boring
Dry January sign with freesia flowers and empty wine glasses Avoiding the booze in January doesn’t have to be boring (tilialucida / Alamy Stock Photo/Alamy Stock Photo)

With Christmas celebrations behind us and festive family get-togethers coming to a close, chances are you’re feeling a little bit party-pooped.

Time to take it easy, give your body a break, look forward to a fresh start, but hang on… you don’t want to call time on having a glass of something to cheer you through the bleakest month of the year.

The answer? As we get deeper into Dry January, a delicious drop that looks as good as it tastes but without the alcohol…

1. Beavertown Lazer Crush – Alcohol Free IPA, from £1.55 per can (33cl), Beavertown

Beavertown Lazer Crush – Alcohol Free IPA, Beavertown

When you want to pep up your AF pour with a fruity, citrusy twist, Lazer Crush is said to have a ‘clever strain of yeast’ which ferments this crisp pilsner malt without producing alcohol, ‘and adds a hint of peachy fruit to boot’. Expect some ripe mango hoppiness and grapefruit bitterness to add depth to your soft, swift half.

2. Days Brewing, Days 0.0% Alcohol Free Lager, £1.80 (33cl), Ocado

Days Brewing, Days 0.0% Alcohol Free Lager, Ocado

Gunning to shake up the alcohol-free beer market with this Scottish sessionable, there’s depth and complexity to this amber brew, with a note of authenticity to the clean nose with fresh notes of white flowers and citrus, a nice malty presence and crisp, fresh finish.

3. Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free Sparkling, £4.75, Tesco

Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free Sparkling,Tesco

When you’re switching out cava for an inviting core of peachy fruit in a straightforward style with enough freshness and vitality to tickle the taste buds, you can’t go wrong with this keenly priced fizz with a subtle sweetness on the finish.

4. Kylie Minogue Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé, £6, Tesco

Kylie Minogue Alcohol Free Sparkling Rose, Tesco

A label to love, when you want to sink the pink with a clear conscience, the princess of pop more than delivers with her deliciously easy-drinking blush bubbles. Bright and inviting on the nose with raspberry, strawberry and cherry, similar flavours unfold with a floral character and fruity freshness.

5. Harvey Nichols Alcohol Free Sparkling Chardonnay NV, £10, Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols Alcohol Free Sparkling Chardonnay NV, Harvey Nichols

Fresh, fruity and lots of fun, this super-ripe fizz from Down Under will win you over with its passionfruit and sweet mango nuances lifted by a zesty, limey note and touch of tart guava on the finish.

6. Lyre’s Classico Grande – Alcoholic Free Sparkling White Wine, 0.0% abv, £10.24, Dry Drinker

Lyre’s Classico Grande – Alcoholic Free Sparkling White Wine, 0.0% abv, Dry Drinker

With a crisp apple freshness, gentle fruitiness and hints of pear fruit, this is a bubbly with well-balanced sweetness in an approachable style. A spot-on aperitif which leaves you looking forward to the next sip.

7. Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Alcohol Free Spirit, £14 (70cl), Amazon

Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Alcohol Free Spirit, Amazon

A real peach, Tanqueray has expanded its repertoire with its 0.0% version of its zesty, orangey gin with botanicals, peels and herbs, minus the booze. The result is a deliciously refreshing serve (simply add tonic, ice and a slice) with aromas and hints of orange blossom galore, a bittersweet complexity and tangy kick on the finish.