After a season full of celebratory bubbly, you might be ready for a break. January is the perfect time to slow down on the drinking and start making some non-alcoholic choices. That’s why, for this Dry January, we have compiled a list of our favorite non-alcoholic beverages just so you can still enjoy a great cocktail minus the headaches…
Here are some Canadian stats for you to check out before jumping into Dry January:
- 1 in 3 Canadians report drinking more alcohol than usual since the onset of COVID-19
- Only 1 in 3 Canadians are aware of the link between alcohol and cancer
- 46% of Canadians who consume alcohol say that they are more concerned about their health now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 29% of Canadians who consume alcohol intend to drink less in 2022, 65% intend to drink the same amount, and 6% intend to drink more than last year.
- The adult beverage landscape has changed a lot in the last five to 10 years – one in five Canadians (19+) are non-drinkers and almost half of people that drink non-alcoholic are “substituters”
Read this recent report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
- By 2026, 64% of spending and 21% of volume consumption in the Non-Alcoholic Drinks market will be attributable to out-of-home consumption (e.g. in bars and restaurants).
- Tastewise also found that searches for non-alcoholic wines increased 333% in January 2021 compared to January 2020. In August, Fact.MR published a study that said by 2031 non-alcoholic wines could be a $4.5 billion industry globally.
- Citing Nielsen data, the no- and low-ABV sector has grown an impressive 506% since 2015, with further data anticipating the US non-alcoholic sector (including soft drinks) will reach $280 million in revenue this year. Annual growth for the category is expected to hit 7.1% by 2023.
If you’re wondering how you’ll still be able to drink in Dry January, here are our favorite alcohol-free beverages you must try in the new year!
Sinzero Cabernet Sauvignon – $19.95
The first Chilean non-alcoholic wine, this Sinzero Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded 96 points and the gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Tasting notes include blackberry aromas and a touch of vanilla. Fruity and soft with a medium body. Vegan, Low Calorie. 0% ABV
Benjamin Bridge Piquette Zero – $19.95 for 4-pack
Made in Nova Scotia, Canada, Piquette Zero is a lively and delicious alcohol-free wine-style beverage. Not identical to wine, this new sensory experience is to be discovered for its own unique deliciousness with zesty suggestions of bergamot, key lime, yuzu, blood orange peel, and lemon preserve. Zero Sugar, Vegan & Gluten-Free. 0% ABV
Available at Clearsips.ca
Oddbird Low Intervention Organic White No. 1 – $22.95
Sweden’s first and only alcohol-free sparkling wine from the Italian province of Treviso, located in Veneto, commonly known as the Prosecco region. Made with traditional methods and 100% Glera, exclusively from DOC and DOCG vineyards. No additives, no artificial colors or aromas. Matured for up to 12 months and liberated from alcohol using a unique, patented method that preserves the wine’s flavors and aromas. Tasting notes include aromas of white flower, tangerine, almonds and honey. Organic & Vegan. 0% ABV
Sober Carpenter Irish Red, $12.95 for 4-pack
From Ontario’s premium craft non-alcoholic beer microbrewer Sober Carpenter, this medium-bodied ale is brewed Irish style with Windsor yeast. Featuring malt-focused aromas and subtle notes of coffee and caramel, this beer is full of the rich flavour profiles you’ll want this fall season. Low Calorie 0.5% ABV
Edna’s Mule, $19.94 for 4-pack
Crafted in British Columbia with all natural ingredients, this sparkling alcohol-free, ready-to-drink Mule blends a kick of natural ginger with a burst of lime juice and a hint of Bourbon whiskey. Enjoy poured over ice, with the aroma and bite of a true cocktail – or use it as a mixer. Free from Artificial Flavours, Additives and Preservatives, 0% ABV
Last modified: December 9, 2022