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Best non-alcoholic drinks

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Keen to find tasty alternatives to your favourite drinks, minus the alcohol? We reveal the best non-alcoholic drinks.

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For years, it's been assumed that a standard part of the uni experience is going out most nights and getting drunk. That might be the case for some, but the reality for many students is very different.

Studies suggest that, in recent years, young people have generally become more sober-curious and are drinking less. It's no wonder when you consider the physical and mental health benefits of cutting out alcohol. No more hangovers, for one.

Plus, drinking less alcohol saves you money. If you take prosecco as an example, the cheapest 75cl bottle we saw at Tesco while writing this guide cost £4.75. But the 75cl bottle of Nozeco (one of the top alcohol-free drinks) cost £2.75 with a Clubcard – around 60% of the price of the alcoholic version.

We've tried and tested lots of non-alcoholic beverages to find you the best ones. Whether you're doing Dry January or you want to drink less (or no) alcohol throughout the year, these drinks are worth trying.

If you'd like to find out more about the impact of alcohol on your mental health, there's useful info on Drinkaware's website.

7 top alcohol-free drinks

Here are the best non-alcoholic drinks:

  1. Non-alcoholic prosecco


    Non-alcoholic sparkling wine tends to be cheap to buy and really tasty.

    Like with a bottle of champagne, you need to pop the cork to open the bottles, making these ideal for celebrations.

    One of the best and cheapest alcohol-free sparkling wine brands is Nozeco. You can find their bottles of fizz in most major supermarkets, usually costing around £3 for a 75cl bottle.

    Another one to try is the Freixenet 0.0%. This costs around £4.75 for a 75cl bottle.

    And one that's nice but a bit more pricey is Fizzero (£6 for a 75cl bottle at the time of writing).

    If you struggle to find a non-alcoholic prosecco you like at first, it's worth trying a few different options until you find a bottle that suits your tastes.

    I've tried a few alcohol-free alternatives to prosecco and I particularly recommend Nozeco:

    Laura Brown

    I'm a big fan of Nozeco – it's my favourite non-alcoholic drink.

    Some non-alcoholic proseccos can be quite sweet, but Nozeco is a bit more dry which I prefer.

    Also, I love that it comes in a bottle with a cork like a standard bottle of prosecco. It always feels like a real treat to pop the cork open!

    Buy Nozeco »


  2. Non-alcoholic gin

    Seedlip Grove 42

    Seedlip's alcohol-free spirits are among the best we've tried so far, especially when mixed with tonic. They come in a few flavours: Grove 42, Spice 94 and Garden 108. However, they're a bit more expensive than some other brands, typically costing around £22 for a 70cl bottle.

    But there are cheaper alternatives that still taste good.

    At the time of writing, a 70cl bottle of Tanqueray 0.0% costs £17.50.

    Gordon's is another great option. A 70cl bottle of their alcohol-free spirit costs £15.

    You can also buy four 250ml cans of Gordon's alcohol-free spirit with tonic for around £4 on Clubcard. These taste pretty similar to G&Ts, so they're ideal if you're keen to have a refreshing drink with your friends without the risk of getting drunk.

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  3. Non-alcoholic beer


    One good option for non-alcoholic beer is Impossibrew. You might have seen them on Dragons' Den.

    They sell non-alcoholic and 0.5% beers that include a blend of botanicals that give the drinks a relaxing effect. Their drinks are quite expensive (around £2.50 – £3 per can). However, you can get £5 off your first Impossibrew order via our link.

    That's far from your only option, though.

    Clear Head sells low-alcohol IPA (0.5%). They give 5% of sales to Talk Club, a charity focused on helping men with their mental health.

    For an alcohol-free lager, try Beck's Blue. You can buy packs of 15x 275ml bottles from Tesco that work out at £2.42/litre at the time of writing. This is pretty cheap compared to some of the other top non-alcoholic beers.

    More of an ale drinker? Leffe Blond 0.0% tastes good and costs around £3/litre.

    Buy Impossibrew (£5 off) »


    You can often buy discounted non-alcoholic drinks with a Clubcard in Tesco or a Nectar Card in Sainsbury's – two of the best loyalty cards.
  4. Non-alcoholic Guinness

    Alcohol-free Guinness

    Of all of the alcohol-free drinks we've tried, Guinness 0.0% is one of (if not the) hardest to distinguish from the alcoholic version.

    It tastes delicious and has a lovely, smooth texture. Even if you wouldn't usually think of yourself as a Guinness fan, it's still worth trying the non-alcoholic version as it might surprise you.

    At the time of writing, it costs £4.50 with a Clubcard to buy four 440ml cans.

    Buy Guinness 0.0% »


  5. Non-alcoholic wine

    Tesco low-alcohol wine

    Although we've found it pretty easy to find non-alcoholic sparkling wines that we like, finding a good alcohol-free still wine has been another matter.

    The problem is that a lot of alcohol-free wines either taste too acidic (a bit like vinegar) or too sweet.

    The best we've found so far in terms of value for money has been Tesco's own-brand low-alcohol wine.

    We've tried the Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Tempranillo which each cost £3.25 for a 75cl bottle at the time of writing.

    They have less than 0.5% alcohol. And, while they're not quite like the real thing, we'd say they're closer to the usual taste of wine than some others.

    Unfortunately, if you're keen to try completely alcohol-free wine, we've struggled to find a good cheap one.

    For example, Oddbird's alcohol-free wine often gets good reviews, but it's very expensive (around £15 for a 75cl bottle at the time of writing). We tried their 0.0% organic white, but we must admit that we didn't think it was worth the money.

    Instead, we've found it's better value to buy something cheap and fizzy like Nozeco, rather than splashing out on a bottle of alcohol-free still wine.

    Buy low-alcohol Tesco wine »


  6. Non-alcoholic cider

    Kopparberg non-alcoholic pear cider

    Non-alcoholic cider, like wine, is something that we've found to be a little hit-and-miss. However, there are some good ones out there.

    Our favourite so far has been Kopparberg's alcohol-free pear cider. It's very sweet and fizzy, but with enough of the typical cider flavour coming through to make it feel like you're drinking the alcoholic version.

    Kopparberg has a range of fruity alcohol-free ciders such as strawberry & lime and mixed fruit. At the time of writing, they cost £1.50 per 500ml bottle for each flavour.

    Or if you're looking for a more traditional apple cider, try Thatchers Zero.

    Buy alcohol-free pear cider »


  7. Mocktails

    Non-alcoholic mojito

    And finally, the classic non-alcoholic drinks: mocktails.

    In the past, you might have expected mocktails to just be the typical cocktail without the alcoholic element (essentially being juice and ice). However, you can now use non-alcoholic spirits to closely replicate the taste of your favourite cocktails. Yay!

    For example, if you love lemon drop cocktails, you can make them as you usually would, just with a non-alcoholic spirit to replace the vodka. Strykk Not Vodka could be worth trying for this.

    You can also buy mocktail cans from sites like Dry Drinker. We've seen cans of alcohol-free mojitos, piña coladas and more from there.

    Buy non-alcoholic mojito cans »


Alcohol-free vs low-alcohol drinks

You might see some drinks in the no or low-alcohol section in shops with a small amount of alcohol in them. In the UK, there are a few categories that drinks can fall into based on their alcohol by volume (ABV):

  • Drinks with 0.05% ABV or less can be categorised as alcohol-free
  • Drinks with 0.5% ABV or less can be categorised as de-alcoholised
  • Drinks with 1.2% ABV or less can be categorised as low alcohol.

For context, an over-ripe banana can have around 0.4% ABV.

Whether you decide to get alcohol-free, de-alcoholised or low-alcohol drinks is up to you. Either way, hopefully the suggestions in this guide will help you find your new favourite drink.

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* Prices were correct at the time of writing.

Laura Brown

WRITTEN BY Laura Brown

Laura Brown, Head of Editorial at Save the Student, is an award-winning writer with expertise in student money. She project manages influential national student surveys and has presented findings to MPs in Westminster. As an expert on student issues, Laura has been quoted by the BBC, the Guardian, Metro and more.
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