January is officially the month booze runs dry.
A whopping 3.1 million people in the UK are giving Dry January a go in 2018, according to YouGov poll.
By our count, there are 22 days left of kicking it boozefree. It can be hard to find the same joy in a soft drink than in gin, but retailers have picked up on the spike of teetotalling Brits — and not just in January.
Millennials are all about ‘mindful drinking’ now, in case you haven’t heard. With Club Soda, a website and festival of the mindful drinking movement, and Morning Gloryville, the alcohol free morning rave, teetotalling is a lifestyle movement in itself.
Whether that means abstaining completely or treating drinking like a special occasion, teetotalling is a lifestyle movement in itself.
It’s brought on an upswing in nonalcoholic gin and it’s many dry friends. We’ve spotlighted some of the newest and most promising offers here for your enjoyment til 31 January and beyond.
Borough Wines, the independent London bottle shop, is releasing a new nonalcoholic spirit in mid-January. Produced by gin distiller Surendran & Bownes, Labdanum gives “discerning drinkers a detox-friendly spirit alternative.”
Organic and vegan-friendly, it’s said to adhere to the London dry style gin drinkers all know and love. Labdanum’s namesake botanical is a resin from rockrose shrubs that have been used since ancient times.
Tonka beans bring richness to the drink whilst vermouth botanicals, like gentian (a bitter Alpine herb) and wormwood, add a subtle layer of herbaceousness. Borough Wines recommends mixing it like a G&T with a star anise garnish.
Labdanum (£20, 500ml) will be available to buy exclusively in the nine Borough Wines & Beers shops & online from mid-January
A G&T of the nonalcoholic variety, Teetotal G’n’T by the Temperance Spirit Company is branded as close to the real deal.
Teetotal is a ready to go mocktail. The “adult soft drink” is said to bring all the flavour and none of the alcohol. With natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, it’s just 52 calories a pop. Real gin has fewer calories than wine so the dry stuff out too as well, right?
Piqued your curiosity? The Temperance Spirit Company’s Dry January promotion offers 24 of their 200ml bottles for £39.99 with free shipping.
Teetotal G’n’T is available from the Temperance Spirit Company (24 x 200ml bottles on offer for £39.99 with free shipping)
GinSin 12 Botanics
GinSin 12 Botanics offers up three colourful gin substitutes: 12 Botanics, strawberry and tngerine.
The 12 Botanics uses many of the same botanicals as gin. The full 12 ingredients include: juniper, cardamom, coriander, sweet orange, bitter orange, lemon, cinnamon, orange blossom, violet hibiscus, lavender and myrtle.
0% alcoholic, the strawberry and tangerine offerings are dry counterparts to the mightily popular flavoured gins. The citrusy GinSin Tangerine has notes of mandarins whilst the strawberry will take you back to summer.
Beautifully packaged and offered at Michelin starred restaurants, it doesn’t get more luxe than Seedlip.
The American spirit is the success story of non-alcoholic drinks. Its two bottlings, Seedlip Spice and Garden 108, are made like gin and sugar free.
To read all about Seedlip and find out why alcohol drinks are so popular, check out our feature all about it.