While non-alcoholic beers and wines have been available for a good while, they’ve often fallen short in the flavour department. But now, thanks to a new generation of non-alcoholic brewers and distillers, New Zealanders can enjoy a range of delicious tipples – with fewer carbs, fewer calories and, of course, no alcohol.
The sober curious movement extends beyond beer, too. Zero-alcohol wines and spirits are also appearing in bottle shops, supermarkets, and restaurants, helping to bridge that divide between the drinkers and non-drinkers.
If you’re more of a spirits drinker, you’re in luck! With a little bit of searching, you’ll find some beautifully crafted local distilleries who specialise in completely alcohol-free spirits. Using botanicals and completely removing the alcohol, you’re left with a premium product fit for any good mocktail. Alcohol-free spirits are also sold in some of the larger Countdown supermarkets around the country, so keep an eye out this month.
“All these different varieties of alcohol-free options provide the opportunity to have a drink that, in New Zealand, is almost a cultural tradition – without the alcohol,” Marika says.