Already Running Low On Booze? Try These 3 Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

What these cocktails lack in alcohol, they make up in flavour


Kelleigh Korevaar |

Sunday’s announcement was heard all around South Africa as we found out that booze would be off the shelves “with immediate effect”.

But it’s not all bad news – if you were running low before the address – you still have options, albeit alcohol-free ones.

Related: 6 Low Calorie, No Alcohol Drinks That Are As Good As The Real Deal

The latest in alcohol news is, well, no alcohol. It’s called ‘Mindful Drinking’– an emerging global trend of choosing low-and non-alcoholic drinks for health and social reasons. And it’s gaining serious momentum, and not just because Saffers have been battling for booze a number of times throughout lockdown.

Generation Sober

Gone are the days when only pregnant women and reluctant designated drivers sipped on sugar-loaded mocktails or sparkling water. And most surprisingly, it’s young people who are leading the mindful drinking movement. Millennials have been blamed for killing almost every industry, from housing to dairy –and studies have shown that, worldwide, they’re drinking less, too. In fact, it’s estimated that in Germany one in four beers ordered in bars is low- or non-alcoholic.

Related: Try These Non-Alcoholic Beer Cocktails During Lockdown

And although South Africa hasn’t been as quick to embrace alcohol-free beer, non-alcoholic wines, 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. So now is the perfect (enforced) time to embrace the new drinking habits.

Cleaning Up Our Act

From one in 10 deaths being attributed to alcohol abuse to our the high number of fatalities caused by drunk driving, it’s not news that South Africa has a drinking problem. Plus, when you consider men are bigger drinkers by a wide margin, It’s hard not to get bogged down by the boozy numbers.

The good news? We’re getting there and it’s never been easier to go alcohol-free or be a mindful drinker. In the past two years, we’ve seen the launch of Castle Free, Heineken 0.0 and Savanna Lemon. And as spring looms, ditching booze couldn’t be more beneficial for building your best body. After all, abs are made in the kitchen –and now, also the bar.

Related: These Beer Lovers Created A Workout To Help You ‘Earn Your Booze’

Shake Up Your Order

What these cocktails lack in alcohol, they make up in flavour. Serve them when when you’re wanting a drink after a long day or, post-lockdown, at your next booze-free bash.

Non-Alcoholic Cocktail #1: Spice & Tonic

non-alcoholic cocktails take on a gin and tonic

In a highball glass, mix:

Garnish with a red grapefruit twist

Non-Alcoholic Cocktail #2: Garden Booch

non alcoholic cocktails garden booch

Build in a glass over ice, by pouring in:

Garnish with mint

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Non-Alcoholic Cocktail #3: Garden Sour

non-alcoholic cocktails garden sour

Add these into a cocktail shaker and shake well, then pour into a glass:

  • 50ml Seedlip Garden 108
  • 35ml Cloudy Apple Juice
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 5ml Cider Vinegar
  • Sprig of Rosemary and Thyme
  • Dash of Sugar and Egg

Garnish with rosemary needles

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