6 Low Calorie, No Alcohol Drinks To Try At Your Next Braai
Although South Africa hasn’t been as quick to embrace alcohol-free beer, no alcoholic drinks, craft ‘vir-gins’ and mocktails, we should be. In 2016, the average drinker in South Africa consumed 30 litres of pure alcohol and a 2018 report by the World Health Organisation placed SA sixth globally as a nation of drinkers.
Whether you’re participating in #Ocsober, a movement to ditch booze for a month, or you’re just trying to cut down on your intake, these low alcohol drinks are a great choice.
They take the same local ingredients as Castle Lager and after boiling, brewing, cooling and then fermenting it, they remove the alcohol through a combination of natural processes. After that, it’s packaged and ready for you to crack open a cold one.
They realised that just removing the alcohol from the regular 5% Heineken wouldn’t make the best nonalcoholic beer. So Heineken 0.0 is brewed from scratch and has refreshing fruity notes with a soft malty body.
Leopard’s Leap Natura Classic Red
Made from Cinsaut and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that have been sourced from cool climes; on the palate you’ll get red berries, sweet spice and no alcohol. And did we mention it’s vegan?
Brewed with European hops, this alcohol-free beer tastes just like your favourite lager (but has fewer kilojoules per sip). Crisp and refreshing, it’s better than whatever slop is on tap. Cheers.
Boasting zero kilojoules, sugar-free, sweetener-free and artificial flavourant-free, the world’s first distilled nonalcoholic spirit comes in two flavours: Garden 108 and Spice 94.
The Duchess Botanical
South African brand The Duchess was the world’s first non-alcoholic, sugar-free gin and tonic. The Duchess Botanical delivers notes of cloves, cardamom and star anise and is best served ice cold with a citrus rind.
For more info about why you should ditch booze, what mindful drinking is and some great no-alcohol cocktail recipes (yes, it’s a thing), get a copy of the October issue here.