The New No & Low Alcohol Drinks To Know | SLMan
Whether you’re embracing Dry January wholeheartedly or just looking to cut back a bit after an eventful 2020, a new generation of no and low-alcohol drinks specialists are making things a lot easier – and tastier – than they used to be. From a smoky whisky replacement to an alcohol-free spirit made by the Artesian’s former head bartender, here are 12 new lighter options to try…

BEER

Beavertown Brewery Lazer Crush, £1.60

Beavertown Brewery’s newest IPA just happens to be alcohol free. Rather than brewing with small amounts of malt or dealcoholizing after fermentation, for Lazer Crush the team used a clever strain of yeast that fully ferments the crisp pilsner malt without producing alcohol and adds a hint of peachy fruit. Next comes heavy-duty hops: azacca for ripe mango with a hint of fresh pine, amarillo for notes of sweet orange, and citra for the signature citrus and grapefruit bitterness that an IPA requires. The result is a 0.3% sip that tastes so much better than those godawful 0.0% beers of yesteryear.

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BRLO Naked, £27 for 12 cans
Berlin brewery Brlo has set out to prove you can still have fun without alcohol. This year’s Naked launch is a non-alcoholic pale ale, mixing citra, mandarina bavaria and lemon drop hops to create earthy and herbal notes that perfectly balance the sweetness of the malt. Ideal for anyone wanting a heavy-hitting IPA, without the hangover.

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Tempest Sleight Of Hand Alcohol Free Pale Ale, £2.39
This Scottish brewery was founded in 2010 and is already well-loved for its non-alcoholic sour Drop Kick. Its latest brew is Sleight of Hand, a pale ale that also comes in at 0.5% ABV. Hop varieties include mosaic and citra, giving it that classic pale ale taste. Tempest also wins points for its excellent can designs.

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SPIRITS

Mary, £23.90
At 6% ABV and nine calories per 25ml serving, Illogical Drinks adds a splash of booze to its botanical new launch. Mary’s fresh, dry taste comes from sustainably sourced plants including basil, thyme, sage, coriander seeds, angelica roots, pine needles and juniper. A delicate green spirit, packing bright, zesty herbal flavours with a touch of fresh citrus, it works excellently with tonic water. 

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Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence, £14.95
Cotswolds Dry Gin Essence is full strength at 46% ABV, but you only need a little bit of it. It’s been specifically designed by Cotswold Distillery to reduce the amount of alcohol required in gin-based cocktails while retaining the intensity of flavour. Made using ten times the botanical concentration of the distillery’s award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, you get a huge amount of flavour per unit of alcohol, meaning just 5ml is needed for a full G&T that has one-tenth of the alcohol (around 0.23 units) of a normal serve. Just fill a copa glass with ice and add five full drops. Top with 200ml of your favourite tonic water and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

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Fluère, £20

Fluère offers a fresh base for non-alcoholic long drinks and works as a versatile mixer for alcohol-free cocktails. Available in four flavours – original, raspberry, amber and smoked agave – the brand recommends serving 65ml of Fluère Original with 150ml of tonic water, lots of ice cubes, two sprigs of lavender and a few juniper berries to garnish. As you’d expect, the smoked agave makes a great alternative to tequila – ideal for booze-free margaritas.
 

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Crossip The Collection, £60
Crossip is a non-alcoholic spirit made from botanical ingredients, offering a rich flavour, texture and body. It was designed for health-conscious people who want to enjoy their social life by industry veteran Carl Brown, a regular on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. The drink currently comes in three flavours: Pure Hibiscus, Fresh Citrus and Dandy Smoke, which is an ideal whisky or rum replacement in your favourite cocktails. The brand gives 5% of profits away to charitable causes.

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Maria & Craig's CBD Botanical Spirit, £22.99
Maria & Craig’s is a new non-alcoholic botanical CBD spirit from the husband-and-wife team behind Ceder’s distilled non-alcoholic alt-gin. Maria & Craig’s blends premium broad-spectrum CBD from the US with distilled juniper, sage, camomile and orange blossom, and additional classic gin botanicals. Handcrafted in small batches, it’s best paired with premium tonic water and garnished with fresh orange peel.

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Zeo Spiced Oak, Available To Pre-Order
Zeo was created by an indie start-up in collaboration with renowned bartender Simone Caporale, formerly of World’s Best Bar winner Artesian. A team of world-class mixologists spent three years researching the finest ingredients and techniques. The result is Zeo, a non-alcoholic spirit developed to mimic the flavour and mouthfeel of alcohol. There are two flavours: Botanical Dry and Spiced Oak, each available in 70cl, 50cl and 5cl bottles. Zeo Botanical Dry is a clear spirit made from nine botanicals, which mixes well with tonic and a lemon slice, as well as in cocktails such as a collins or classic martini. Zeo Spiced Oak, an amber-coloured spirit made from eight botanicals, can be enjoyed on the rocks, in cocktails such as an old fashioned, or simply served with a splash of cola.

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Bax Botanics Sea Buckthorn, £18.99
Bax Botanics produces alcohol-free spirits by distilling wild herbs, roots, berries and flowers in traditional copper stills. Its flavours currently include Sea Buckthorn (fragrant herbs, berries and Seville oranges create a complex, bittersweet fruit profile) and Verbena (lemon verbena, fresh herbs, menthol and fennel create dry, delicate floral and citrus notes). Each bottle contains no sugar, sweeteners or allergens, and there’s only half a calorie per 50ml serving.

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Lyre's Non-Alcoholic American Malt, £19.94
Lyre’s works with some of the world’s best sommeliers to produce non-alcoholic spirits that combine all-natural essences, extracts and distillates to match the aroma, taste, appearance and tell-tale burn of some of the best-loved spirits out there. Flavours in its collection include Amaretti, Italian Orange and Dark Cane, while classic drinks cabinet essentials such as Absinthe, American Malt and Coffee Originale all add add a touch of realism to no or low cocktails.

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Lockdown Liquor & Co x Seedlip Grove Picante, £25
At SLMan, we’re big fans of Lockdown Liquor & Co – the overnight success from lockdown 1.0. In honour of Dry January, the brand has now collaborated with the masters of non-alcoholic spirits, Seedlip, for a spin on their classic picante. The new limited-edition blend includes Seedlip’s Grove 42, a zesty non-alcoholic spirit using lime, chilli, agave nectar, orange blossom and coriander. Ideal served over ice with a chilli stalk to finish.
 
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CleanCo CleanGin, £16
Former Made In Chelsea and reality TV star Spencer Matthews first created CleanCo back in 2019. CleanGin, the brand’s inaugural launch, comes in at just 1.2% alcohol and 13 calories per serving – ideal for a slimline G&T. With a blend of juniper and botanical extracts, it’s fresh, crisp and light. It also wins points for its classic yet stylish bottles.
 
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