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Our range of Low & No Alcohol provides a fantastic selection of bottles for those drinking moderately or not at all.

Beer, gin, wine, whisky, prosecco, and more, you can now enjoy your favourite serve’s signature flavour with none of the alcohol content.

There are different categories of lower-alcohol drinks that are determined by their alcohol content:

•  Low alcohol: no more than 1.2% ABV
•  De-alcoholised: no more than 0.5% ABV
•  Alcohol-free: no more than 0.05% ABV

While the legal requirement for an alcohol-free drink is 0.05%, there are also plenty of bottles on the market that have an alcohol content of 0.00%.

Low & No drinks are made in a variety of different ways. One common method is “dealcoholisation,” in which a beverage is produced in the traditional style before having its alcohol content removed through steam distillation or reverse osmosis.

There has been an incredible surge in the popularity of low & no alcohol in recent years, with this increased demand resulting in a wide variety of classic drinks now being produced in alcohol-free editions.

One of the fastest growing trends in the world of drinks, make sure to stay up to date with our ever-expanding range of Low & No Alcohol.

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•  More people are opting for low & no than ever before, with a 2020 report finding that around 23% of 18 to 24-year-olds do not drink alcohol

•  One pint of 0.5% beer will usually contain around 0.28 units of alcohol – enough for the average person to metabolise in under 20 minutes

•  The “Shirley Temple,” one of the world’s most famous mocktails, is said to have been created for the eponymous child actress so she could enjoy sipping a fancy alcohol-free drink in restaurants

•  Many unexpected foods have a higher alcohol content than dealcoholized drinks options. Rye bread, bananas, and vinegar all have an ABV higher than 0.05%

Although low & no alcohol has a reputation for being a modern trend, it has a surprisingly lengthy history.

In Medieval Europe, water was of such a poor quality that it could be incredibly dangerous to consume. Because fermentation kills harmful parasites and bacteria, the best alternative to water was in fact beer. It would thus be brewed at very low strengths so that it could be drunk throughout the day and safely given to children.

Later down the line, 19th century America saw a boom in the popularity of mocktails or, as they were known at the time, “temperance drinks.” Published in 1862, Jerry Thomas’ The Bar-Tender’s Guide was one of the first ever cocktail recipe books and contained 15 non-alcoholic mixes.

Late 19th century mocktails were a pretty basic bunch of primarily lemonade-based drinks. With the arrival of America’s prohibition period, however, bartenders were forced to become much more creative. By the year 1920, classic cocktails were being made with innovative non-alcoholic gins and vodkas, taking the bars of New York City by storm.

Can I drink non-alcoholic drinks while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Some drinks that are labelled “non-alcoholic” can contain an ABV of up to 0.5% so should be avoided while pregnant. There are, however, plenty of beer, wine, and spirit options with 0% alcohol that are completely safe to enjoy.

Will non-alcoholic drinks make me drunk?

It’s near impossible to get drunk on a beverage with an alcohol content of 0.5% or less. One pint of 0.5% alcohol can be metabolised by the average person in under 20 minutes, so will not come close to creating the blood alcohol content required to start feeling tipsy.

Does Low & No alcohol taste like the real thing?

Alcohol-free options have historically been maligned for not having a very authentic taste, but increased investment and modern production methods mean low & no beers, wines, and spirits can now come incredibly close to tasting like the original.

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