Whether you’re pledging sobriety for the month or generally looking to cut down your alcohol intake in 2021, non-alcoholic spirits are on the rise. There’s no need to settle for sparkling water any longer – here’s what to drink when you’re not drinking. 

2020 is officially in the rearview mirror and with the indulgence of Christmas behind us, Dry January is well and truly underway. With a growing focus on health and fitness, low or zero-ABV spirits, beers and cocktails are becoming increasingly popular as younger generations are becoming ‘sober curious’, looking to reduce their alcohol consumption and explore a more mindful approach to drinking. With more options on the market than ever before, there is a range of drinks for every palate, keeping you on track as we navigate through the first month of the year. Here’s where to start…

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Lyre’s

Lyre’s uniquely crafted spirits taste just like the classics, sourcing the finest all natural essences, extracts and distillates. Significantly lower in sugar than its alcoholic counterpart, Lyre’s feature 13 bottles made to match your preferred tipple. American Malt for whisky devotees; Dry London for gin connoisseurs and even Orange and Aperitif Rosso, for those balmy summer afternoons by the sea. Although legally deemed non-alcoholic, note that Lyre’s spirits are not 100 percent free from alcohol but can contain up to 0.5 percent ABV, similar to your favourite kombucha. 

HK$380 from sipfree

Sipfree is offering Lifestyle Asia readers 10% off first orders with the code “SIPLA10” from now through to 31 January 2021

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Seedlip

Sold globally since 2015, seedlip has since entered the Hong Kong market with a mission to change the way we drink. Offering three unique and complex blends – Spice 94, Garden 108 and Grove 42, these nature-inspired drinks have been crafted to simply pour over ice cold tonic or to turn into delicious, non-alcoholic cocktails. Don’t fancy buying a bottle? Seedlip also serves up ready-to-drink bespoke tonics that can be bought by the can.

HK$318 from The Bottle Shop

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CEDER'S

A blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and coriander, but without the ABV, CEDER’S is concocted for those in search of a gin substitute that delivers flavour rather than a hangover. Made with exotic South African botanicals found in the Cederberg Mountains of the Western Cape, each bottle is then blended with pristine Swedish water before being sealed and delivered to your doorstep.

HK$278 from HK Liquor Store

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Big Drop Brewing

Big Drop Brewing is a 0.5 percent ABV craft pale ale that delivers on all levels. Think rosy floral aromas paired with a light citrusy flavour that’s finished with that bitterness we crave from beer. Award-winning for obvious reasons, Big Drop uses over 20 specialty grains across its brews such as a blend of barley, rye, wheat and oats. If you’re not a fan of pale ale, try its selection of stout, lager, IPA, brown, golden and winter ales.  

HK$550 for 24 bottles from sipfree

Sipfree is offering Lifestyle Asia readers 10% off first orders with the code “SIPLA10” from now through to 31 January 2021

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vandeStreek

Marked one of the best non-alcoholic IPAs out there, vandeStreek brews its beers using five varieties of American hops. Tropical and citrusy to taste, it contains just 0.5 percent ABV but packs the punch of a typical craft beer. If you enjoy a medium to heavy body with notes of pine, grass and savoury spices then this one’s for you. 

HK$30 from Feather & Bone

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Le Petit Etoilé

Only available to buy in Hong Kong since the start of last summer, high-end, 0 percent alcohol wine distributor, Le Petit Etoilé is vegan, Halal and organic. The wine is made with mature grapes that are picked early to ensure a low sugar content before macerated with wood and yeast to add complexity before finally filtrated. With a wide range of whites, red, rosé and sparkling on offer, Le Petit Etoilé is served in established hotels across the world, notably The Peninsula and Shangri-La hotels. 

HK$100 from One Cellar

 

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éLiVO

Celebrating a special occasion but keen to cut down on your alcohol consumption? éLiVO ZERO ZERO sparkling rosé is well rounded and fresh on the palate. Complete with fruity notes, éLiVO crafts all of its products using the most natural method possible, from the individual selection of grapes to carefully filtrating the wine to ensure that it contains no alcohol. 

HK$158 from Wine Rack

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Lexi Davey
Managing Editor
A typical ‘third culture’ kid, Lexi spent the best part of her life between Hong Kong and Malaysia. A self-confessed heliophile with a thirst for travel and adventure, she moved home to foster a career in digital editing and lifestyle copywriting. Loves include: commas, nervous laughter and her rescue pup, Wella