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Your guide to this season’s best non-alcoholic beverages

No booze, no problem. We’ve collated our favourite non-alcoholic beverages for you to try.

It’s that time of year where it seems that drinking alcohol is the norm. You’re not alone in the fight for sobriety over the festive season. Whether you’re wanting to cut booze out completely or just looking for a sensible knock-off, we’ve collated our favourite non-alcoholic options to sip on.

Wine

Maggie Beer

If it’s got a Maggie Beer label on it, you know it’s going to be good, and her range of non-alcoholic wine is a testament to that. Deliciously sweet and perfect for the spritzt in the afternoon. There’s two flavours to choose from – Sparkling Chardonnay or Sparkling Ruby Cabernet. The Chardonnay (RRP $11.95) has aromas of passionfruit and sweet mango are complemented on the palate with ripe papaya and guava flavours, finishing with a crisp, dry note of fresh lime. The Ruby Cabernet (RRP $11.95) is a perfect balance of rose petals, strawberries and cherry flavours. These sparklings are perfect for those who like it sweet.

McGuigan

McGuigan Wines has responded to the global acceleration of moderation and abstination by expanding its portfolio to offer consumers greater choice across the wine category. From Rosé to Shiraz, there’s a wine variety for you. For those out there wanting to enjoy a glass of wine without the alcohol content, McGuigan’s range is perfect. The taste is incredibly similar to that of the real deal. Almost too similar.

NON

One of the first serious no-booze options to hit the Australian market, NON was born out of founder William Wade’s background in Michelin Starred and Hatted international restaurants. Wade was prepping drinks for Noma Copenhagen’s temperance beverage programme, when it struck him that these wonderfully complex concoctions deserved a place on the mainstream market too. “The perception of wine is there,” says Wade, “because of the shape of the bottle. But they’re not a wine alternative, just a range of delicious, balanced drinks.”

Everything from the normcore-style branding and high-brow ingredients (kombu, yuzu, raspberry, cinnamon) reeks of cool. NON is distinctly grown-up. While Wade does drink alcohol “for inspiration,” he encourages people to try replacing a bottle of wine at their next dinner party with a bottle of NON. Wade likens the trend to the plant-based movement. “Where you used to only be able to get one brand of tofu in the supermarket, there are now whole isles devoted to plant-based eating,” he says.

If you’re a fan of natural wine you’re sure to love this. They’re crunchy, complex and all of the range is utterly delicious. With flavour profiles such as salted raspberry & chamomile, caramelised pear & kombu, and toasted cinnamon & yuzu, you can’t go wrong. Make sure you chill them down and enjoy in nice glassware, a wine glass is the best way (of course).

Beer/Cider

Devils Peak

So you don’t want the alcohol, but you do want the real taste of a crafted, authentic, premium beer? With those crisp, hoppy beer flavours, aromas and mouthfeel. Yep. Devils Peak have you sorted. It’s a real beer, with a real beer taste but with 0% alcohol. $41.50 per case of 24

Hills Cider Co.

The Hils Cider Co. has a scrumptious alcohol free cider. It’s fresh and fruit-driven and uses 100% fresh, real, Australian grown fruit.  A bright and fresh palate shows slightly sweet and luscious apple characters, with layers of lemon and lime sherbet. The traditional Hills Cider acid backbone leaves a crisp finish, making this a refreshing alternative for drinking responsibly. $60/case

Spirits

Lyre’s

Launched in Australia in July 2019, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits is a range of 13 alcohol-free classic spirits, created using a unique understanding of food science and flavour architecture. We tried the American Malt (RRP $44.99), which is a “spirit” that captures the essence of a gently mellowed American Classic Bourbon Malt. Sweet on the nose, with notes of honey and spice, and the taste is smooth, with elements of vanilla and toasted nuts. Other non-alcoholic spirits in the range include a Dry London Spirit, White Cane Spirit, Dark Cane Spirit, Spiced Cane Spirit, Aperitif Dry, Aperitif Rosso, Coffee Liqueur, Amaretti, Italian Orange, Italian Spritz and Orange Sec.

Seedlip

The world’s first distilled, non-alcoholic spirits from Seedlip offer a range of fantastic flavours. There are three unique and complex blends – Spice 94, Garden 108 & Grove 42 (all RRP $49.95). These spirits are best served with tonic or mixed to create some sophisticated non-alcoholic cocktails. We tried Spice 94, which has a complex blend of aromatic Jamaican allspice, berry and cardamom. Delicious.

Pre-Mix

ETCH

ETCH makes non-alcoholic, lightly sparkling beverages using the extracts of native Australian fruits and herbs. Their all-natural drinks range has no or low sugar and zero preservatives. While we love drinking these Aussie sparkling drinks for their health benefits, they’re also a savvy replacement for water when you’re trying to make your night more interesting.

ETCH comes in three delicious flavours:

  • ZST finger lime, lemon myrtle & rosemary (sugar free, vegan friendly)
  • PLM Davidson plum, riberry & strawberry gum (sugar free, vegan friendly)
  • HNY honey & rosewater *(raw natural sugars from honey)

Lyre’s

Lyre’s has three pre-mixed ready-to-drink options, including a classic G&T, refreshing Amalfi Spritz (that tastes like an Aperol spritz), and Classico, a non-alcoholic prosecco-style sparkling. Lyre’s Amalfi Spritz balances bittersweet citrus and rhubarb for a perfect aperitivo, whilst Lyre’s G&T hits the mark with a generous mix of juniper, citrus blossom, and floral scent. Personally, we’re excited about the Lyre’s case of G&T cans, which has 24 ready-to-drink bevvys for $99.

In case we missed anything, let us know by emailing [email protected].

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