January, the month where scores of us up and down the country turn our nose up at the strong stuff in favour of healthier alternatives. But there's only so much orange juice and sparkling water you can stomach. Luckily there are plenty of alternatives out there. We’ve sipped our way through the options, from warming Rochester ginger ale to light and fragrant Belvoir organic elderflower and rose.
If you're on the wagon yourself this month, or pulling your hair out for what you can offer sober dinner-party guests, then here are our 10 favourite non-alcoholic drinks for grown-ups.
We think Peter Spanton's acai berry port-alternative will wow dinner guests, while Luscombe offers a great variety for you to work your way through. But the Feel Good mocktail range is brilliant for injecting a bit of fun into dismal January – and you can enjoy knowing you won’t have the hangover the next day.
10 best non-alcoholic drinks
10 best non-alcoholic drinks
1/10 Belvoir Organic Elderflower Pressé, £2.29 for 75cl
Made from freshly picked flowers and spring water from its Belvoir fruit orchard in Lincolnshire, this makes a nice, cool accompaniment to dinner parties with friends on the wagon. Other flavours include English apple, cranberry and raspberry, and elderflower and rose.
2/10 Rochester Ginger, £3.99 for 725ml
A virgin alternative to Scotch. A kick of fresh ginger makes this a perfect drink for a chilly January, without having to hit the hard stuff. If in need of something with a bit more zing, there are also the dark- or root-ginger options.
3/10 Feel Good Peach Bellini cocktail, £2.49 for 750ml
With no added sugar and 100 per cent natural ingredients, these mixed drinks make up one of your five a day. The Peach Bellini is made from a blend of peach, apple, raspberry, orange, lemon, and the tropical berry acerola. If that’s a tad too sweet, you can also try the alcohol-free Buck’s fizz, mojito, or strawberry daiquiri.
4/10 Amé Grape and apricot, £2.29 for 750ml
A light, fruity drink from Britvic. Its Amé range also includes raspberry and blackberry, orange and grape, and a zesty elderflower and lemon. Refreshing and not too overpowering, it goes well with food or just on its own.
5/10 Fever-Tree Ginger Ale, £1.69 for 500ml
If you’re after a refreshing drink, Fever-Tree has a good range of mini bottles of grown-up pop, including lemonades, bitter lemons and tonics. Its ginger ale is particularly nice, especially if you’re after a subtler option than the Rochester.
6/10 Luscombe Wild Elderflower Bubbly, £5.99 for 4x32cl
Luscombe has been making grown-up non-alcoholic drinks in Devon since 1975. We like this elderflower fizz, but there are also a refreshing lime crush with a bite, a Sicilian lemonade, and a spicy hot ginger beer.
7/10 Peter Spanton No 5 Lemongrass Tonic, £18.98 for 24x200ml
Tired of sipping sparkling water all night, teetotaller Peter Spanton created his own range of alcohol-free drinks. The lemongrass flavour has a crisp, sour bite to it. For something a bit special, there’s also Stanton’s No 7, made from acai berries; it’s £3.50 a pop but a nice substitute for after-dinner port. The 200ml bottles are enough for one glass.
8/10 James White Beet It, £2.92 for 750ml
James White’s blend of beetroot juice with fresh apple juice is surprisingly sweet. Researchers have found that a cup of beetroot juice can also lower blood pressure. We like the table-friendly glass bottle but you can also buy cartons in major supermarkets.
9/10 Bottle green Morello Cherry and Grapefruit, £2.39 for 750ml
This is a typically innovative mix of flavours from Bottle Green. A tangy hint of grapefruit cuts through the sweet, natural cherry flavour, making it a refreshing alternative to wine at dinner parties.
10/10 Shloer Celebration Pink Fizz, £2.99 for 750ml
If only bubbles will do, then this is a good choice for an inclusive toast. There’s also a white-grape version of the sparkling drink, and a variety of non-sparkling flavours that are widely available.
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