A Guide to Non-Alcoholic Drinks on South African Shelves
The category of low- to non-alcoholic drinks has risen in popularity. Not just amongst Gen Z but across the board, from boomers to millennials, consumers are choosing to drink ‘less and better’. This could be due to the multiple alcohol restrictions that have come and gone during the lockdown periods; it could be for health reasons, Ocsober, stricter drinking and driving laws or just a desire to stay more in control. Whatever the reasoning is, the fact is, it’s a trend that’s here to stay and the retail options are endless…
A Guide to Non-alcoholic Drinks
Browse through our list of low and non-alcoholic drinks currently on the shelves in South Africa. The category has grown so much, you’re bound to find a new favourite.
ALLURE DE-ALCOHOLISED SPARKLING
There are moments in life that demand to be celebrated, and Allure De-Alcoholised Sparkling turns everyday moments into the alluring.
This Sparkling is the perfect choice to treat yourself and celebrate with those you value most, be it friend, partner or colleague. Crafted from premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Allure features all the hallmark class and refinement associated with a classical sparkling wine, with the added health benefits of containing less than 0.5% alcohol by volume.
Whether you’re a teetotaller or conscious of health, life is worth celebrating, so make a splash about it – without the guilt.
Price: R129.99 | Size: 750ml
DARLING CELLARS DE-ALCOHOLISED SPARKLING ROSÉ
Sweet on the lips and bursting with flavour, Darling Cellars De-Alcoholised Sparkling Rosé is an absolute darling! Flavoured with juicy strawberry and plum, it has a good balance of sweet and fruity notes. For those rosé kind of days, gather all your darlings and order in a delicious platter of sushi.
Price: R115.00 | 750ml
ROBERTSON WINERY NON-ALCOHOLIC SPARKLING
Robertson Winery’s Non-Alcoholic Sparkling products are very easy to love. They have both dry and sweet sparkling white offerings, as well as a dry and sweet sparkling pink – an option for everyone.
Their Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White is fruit-forward and a pure delight. Featuring fresh notes of pear and mandarin, almost as if you’ve picked them ripe, off the tree. Their Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Pink is best served chilled, to keep the bubbles and flavours at their peak. Robertson Winery’s Non-Alcoholic Sparkling products currently sell for R70 per bottle and can be purchased through their RW online shop at the link below.
Price: R420.00 | Size: 6 x 750ml
VAN LOVEREN ALMOST AND ABSOLUTE ZERO RANGES
Van Loveren’s range of low and non-alcoholic beverage offerings includes wine and bubbly. Wonderful White, Ravishing Rosé and Radiant Red form the Almost Zero range with less than 0.4% alcohol. The latest range of sparkling wines, Absolute Zero, have 0.0% alcohol and are perfect to be enjoyed by everyone, anywhere, anytime.
Absolute Zero sells for R100 and is currently available at Makro, Ultra, selected Spars and independent stores.
LAUTUS SAVVY RED
Lautus Savvy Red is a delicious de-alcoholised red blend that keeps your senses sound. With added benefits like better heart health and a reduced risk of diabetes, reaching for a de-alcoholised wine might just be the best decision you can make. Lautus Savvy Red allows you to enjoy all of the health benefits of high-quality wine without the consequences of alcoholic content.
This de-alcoholised wine has a beautifully rich blackberry fruit flavour with an elegant palate, underpinned by fine tannins and juicy yet subtle fruit. It has all the benefits of a fine wine, without the guilt, allowing you to let go of all your inhibitions and sip sensibly. There is no compromise with Lautus Savvy Red. Paint the town red, with a clear head, happy heart and full glass.
This lovely red (available at Woolworths) pairs beautifully with our Spicy Korean Pork & Potato Stew. Also look out for Lautus Savvy White, Rosé and Sparkling in the range.
Price: R 109. 00 | 750 ml
LEOPARD’S LEAP NATURA
Leopard’s Leap Natura is the quintessential power couple. Available in both a white and red they prove that opposites do attract. A wonderful non-alcoholic alternative to your usual wine, with a taste that’s naturally refined.
Despite being individually unique, every couple has at least one thing in common… Natura Red and White both have fruit-forward flavours. If you’re hosting a dinner party, Natura is the ultimate couple to invite!
Natura White consists of a beautifully integrated blend of Chenin Blanc and Muscat, that offers refreshing notes and is truly a tropical delight. A delightful aperitif, that’s crisp and cleanses the palate. Savour Natura White with a bowl of soup, salad or alongside an appetising platter of seafood.
If you prefer darker notes, Natura Red is the perfect partner – a beautiful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault, that makes it bodied and bold. Featuring notes of ripe berries and sweet spice, Natura Red is best enjoyed with a group of friends on nights where the conversation is as riveting as the drink in your hand.
Pair Natura Red with our sultry Steak with Chimichurri.
*Available from leading retailers. Order from the Leopard’s Leap Tasting Room or online.
Price: R66 per bottle | 750ml
DARLING CELLARS DE-ALCOHOLISED WINE RANGE
Health-conscious, fitness-focused, pregnant women and those who are living sober lifestyles are looking for drink alternatives and mindful beverages. The Darling Cellars De-alcoholised range is low-calorie and vegan-friendly. De-alcoholised wines are different from other ‘wine alternatives’, such as alcohol-free wine or light wine in that it starts out as wine produced, as any other ‘normal’ wine and then the alcohol is extracted using clever technology. This process preserves the best qualities of the original wine.
Darling Cellars has a great De-Alcoholised range with Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé selections to choose from…
Now that you’ve got your de-alcoholised wine sorted, have a look at our mains for the ultimate pairing.
Darling Cellars De-Alcoholised Wine starts at R85.
NORAH’S VALLEY DE-ALCOHOLISED CASHMERE ROSÉ
Norah’s Valley Cashmere Rosé is vegan-friendly, organic by nature and taste. The only way to truly describe this sweet rosé is ‘bliss’. Think strawberries, candy-floss, rose petals and you’ve got yourself a glass of Norah’s Valley Cashmere Rosé! Beautifully fragrant and easy on the palate, Norah’s Valley takes you on a pleasant journey, ending on a sweet and satisfying note that’s soft and silky like cashmere.
For a pretty drink, make a Pink Lemonade Candy Floss Cocktail infused with Norah’s Valley Cashmere Rosé.
Price: R115 | 750ml
SPIER DE-ALCOHOLISED 0.5% CHENIN BLANC
Spier Chenin Blanc – produced from a small cellar in Stellenbosch, is perfect for intimate gatherings with your nearest and dearest. Filled with fruity aromas of peach, litchi, orange and elderflower – it’s refreshing and worth savouring every sip. If you prefer a glass of red, they have a lovely De-Alcoholised Shiraz.
This de-alcoholised wine is the perfect pairing for light meals.
Price: R 99.00 | 750ml
PIEKENIERSKLOOF DE-ALCOHOLISED WINES
Piekenierskloof Wines recently debuted its latest addition to the beloved Six Hats wine-range in the form of two de-alcoholised wines, a white and a red blend. With the fast-growing trend for mindful drinking, these refreshing de-alcoholised wines will easily become a new favourite. With their Six Hats range providing consumers with easy-drinking wines, this duo complements the range perfectly.
Price & RSP: R85 per bottle
UNCANNY DE-ALCOHOLISED WINES
These de-alcoholised drinks taste every bit as delicious as your regular glass of wine – you almost can’t tell the difference, it’s uncanny. The Uncanny de-Alcoholised Wine range has an option for everyone, but our best picks would have to be the Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Pinotage is sublime in flavour thanks to the subtle tannins, it’s a must-try for all Pinotage lovers alike. While the Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and incredibly refreshing. The convenient packaging makes it the perfect travel buddy – light, doesn’t take much space and makes the trip all the worthwhile. Not to mention, it’s so good, it’s unreal!
Uncanny De-Alcoholised Wines is the perfect picnic companion; pack it into your basket along with this divine Antipasti Picnic Loaf.
Price: R152.00 | 4 x 250ml
ABSTINENCE: PREMIUM DISTILLED NON-ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS
The Abstinence brand is known for its award-winning products that are inspired by the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom in the Western Cape – the smallest yet most diverse floral kingdom in the world! Their non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs are made using an artisanal hydro-distillation process that is remarkably similar to making craft spirits.
Their range consists of five different spirits and aperitifs that differ to cater to everyone’s different tastes and needs. They’ve also got a new spirit launching soon, Epilogue. It’s got flavours of American oak, blended malt, vanilla, cassia, clove and honeybush. Keep an eye out for this one, you won’t want to miss it!
When it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, Abstinence gives you a bevy of options to choose from.
Starting Price: R129
CEDER’S CLASSIC ALT-GIN
Ceder’s Classic Gin range consists of four different non-alcoholic alt-gin’s that cater to a multitude of preferences. Their classic gin is a blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and coriander, combined with hints of geranium and Cape floral fynbos. Ceder’s Crisp gin is a refreshing blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and citrus, combined with cucumber and calming camomile.
Ceder’s Wild gin is an intriguing blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and ginger, combined with clove and rooibos. Lastly, Ceder’s Pink Rose gin is an irresistible blend of classic gin botanicals, combined with subtle notes of rose and sweet hibiscus.
Starting Price: R380
JOHN ROSS VIRGIN DISTILLED BOTANICALS: THE HERBARIUM
John Ross is perfumed with rosemary and sage natural herbs. Its beautifully curated herbaceous flavour, extracted from only the finest South African Honeybush, is as gorgeous as the bottle it’s packaged in. Carefully distilled with the freshest ingredients, John Ross is made from water sourced from mountain springs that lends a rejuvenating and invigorating taste. A deliciously local non-alcoholic drink that pairs wonderfully with a local craft tonic.
Price: R330.00 | Size: 750ml
KOLLEGIN NON-ALCOHOLIC GIN
KolleGin, a handcrafted gin has with four non-alcoholic variations to choose from – Prickly Pear & Elderflower, Litchi & Ginger and Rose. Their last offering has an original flavour, that leaves a trail of integrated spices and fruit, which complement the tangy taste of the juniper berry. KolleGin has many delicious flavours to choose from, but what makes this non-alcoholic gin special is the fact that it’s infused with actual collagen, hence the name.
Starting Price: R240
LYRE’S NON-ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS
Lyre’s non-alcoholic spirits are impossibly crafted and distinctly delicious. Their premium non-alcoholic spirits have been uniquely crafted to accentuate each distinct tasting note. Launched in Australia in July 2019, Lyre’s is a premium range of 18 (and growing!) distinct alcohol-free spirit variants in 700ml, five ready-to-drink mixed cocktails and Classico, a non-alcoholic Italian sparkling style in 750ml. The company was founded by multi-award-winning serial entrepreneurs Mark Livings and Carl Hartmann, with the mission to provide an alternative for those who don’t wish to imbibe alcohol, while still having the opportunity to enjoy the flavours of their favourite spirits.
Lyre’s is currently available at retail and in restaurants and bars in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, throughout Europe and soon to be South Africa too.
Lyre’s is the most awarded non-alcoholic spirit brand globally, with multiple awards from the world’s best competitions such as San Francisco Wine and Spirits, London Spirits Awards and the ready-to-drink range was recently awarded Product of the Year in the BevNET awards 2021.
*You can browse Lyre’s impressive spirits range and order online at the website link below.
Price: R400.00 | Size: 700ml
MAHALA BOTANICAL SPIRIT
Mahala, meaning ‘free’ in Zulu, is proudly South African and is the ‘real makoya’. This care-free, spirited drink comes with all the benefits, without sugar, colourants and artificial flavours. Triple-distilled and infused with nine different botanicals, Mahala may be free of alcohol, but is rich in flavour.
Serve Mahala with a slice of citrus for the best complement.
Price: R310.00 | Size: 750ml
Infused with rose water, Musgrave INSPIRIT is elegant with a hint of sass and a whole lot of spirit. It’s non-alcoholic, yet intoxicating and overall an inviting drink that’s complex in taste. Notes of cardamom, juniper, African ginger and lime, make the delectable drink that is Musgrave INSPIRIT.
Pair this Musgrave INSPIRIT with a slice of fresh lime to enhance the zesty notes.
Price: R269.00 | Size: 750ml
SEEDLIP NON-ALCOHOLIC SPICE 94 DISTILLED SPIRIT
Seedlip has a supreme range of non-alcoholic distilled spirits, but one sip of Spice 94 is enough to make your soul sing. Spice 94 contains a blissful blend of oak, all-spice and green cardamom, balanced by citrus notes that enhance the pleasantly bitter flavour from the warm and aromatic spices.
All Seedlip Spirits are sugar and calorie free, which is perfect because you’ll probably want another glass of this spicy drink. This spirit is not a local product, but is sure to be among your favourites.
Seedlip Spice 94 is best served with a slice of grapefruit or lemon. Looking to match that spice blend? A cold cola will do just the trick!
Price: R459.00 | Size: 1 x 700ml
Forget about a taste journey, Selati Spirit will take your tastebuds on a taste safari. Inspired by the seasons, wildlife and The Free Spirit of Africa, Selati is one of the latest non-alcoholic spirits to hit local markets. Available in three different flavours, their Selati African Savanna is their first offering and is distilled from indigenous botanicals from the Kruger, and African maize. If you enjoy the flavours of rooibos, marula fruit and pink pepper, you’ll appreciate Selati African Sunset. Their last offering is Selati African Summer, the unmistakable taste of summer – infused with watermelon, pomegranate and hibiscus.
VERMONT VERGIN NON-ALCOHOLIC
Vermont VerGin Non-Alcoholic is not only delicious, but contains botanicals that are good for you.
Vermont Limon is the essence of spice and everything nice. A virgin, non-alcoholic spirit, made with all the flavours you would expect from a traditional gin, but like nothing you’ve quite tasted before. The zesty lemon and lime, floral notes of juniper and petals provide a gentle flavour, giving this non-alcoholic gin the perfect balance. Limon is smooth, with a bark profile that promises a bite. Freshen up your Vermont Limon with some refreshing pineapple for an extra dose of vitamin C.
Vermont Bloom is the tastiest floral arrangement you’ll throw back. This non-alcoholic drink features a floral flavour profile that beautifully compliments the infused exotic seeds, spices and petals. The hibiscus botanicals give this drink its pretty pink colour and the notes of lavender provide a fragrant flavour and sense of calm. The melody of flavours are brought together by the Juniper Berries that make the flavours bloom. Garnish your Vermont Bloom with ripe berries and fresh basil.
Price: R380.00 | Size: 500ml
READY TO DRINK
Bitterlekker gives ‘bitter-sweet’ a new meaning. Combining the bitter zest of blood-orange and grapefruit with sweet Honeybush tea, it’s contrastingly delicious. Bitterlekker aperitif is infused with delicate herbal notes and has a dry finish that whets the appetite. Quenching your thirst and refreshing your palate, it’s so ‘lekker’ you’ll thirst for more.
Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s non-alcoholic, Bitterlekker is a grown-up, sophisticated drink that titillates the taste buds. It’s a spirited drink that never gets old.
Infused with complex and uniquely South African flavours, Bitterlekker contains a secret ingredient that you can’t seem to place – it’s at the tip of your tongue, lingers on your lips. All we know is that it’s Bitterlekker!
Best served with a slice of citrus and a sprig of fragrant rosemary, this aperitif is ideal on a hot summer’s day.
Price: R135 | 6 x 100ml
BEN WREN LEMON & ELDERFLOWER ZERO ALCOHOL ROSÉ SPRITZER
Ben Wren Zero Alcohol is no ordinary spritzer… this cheeky drink contains lemon, elderflower and sparkling rosé, all in one can. Bren Wren Zero Alcoholic Spritzer has a wonderfully refined and refreshing taste. With so much botanical and citrus flavour, they could only sneak in a dash of alcohol. Ben Wren contains 100% natural flavour and 0.05% alcohol, making it the perfect solution for non-alcoholic rosé lovers.
If you prefer drinking your rosé out of a glass, add a slice of fresh lime to your Ben Wren.
Price: R30.00 per can | Size: 250ml
In case you couldn’t tell by the name, Fehmz is a female-owned company that makes some of the tastiest artisan mocktails. Fehmz has an extensive range of refreshing mocktail flavours, but their Watermelon Fizz is a summer favourite. It truly tastes like happiness bottled.
Add some crushed ice and mint leaves for the ultimate Watermelon Fizz.
Price: R28.00 per bottle | Size: 330ml
FITCH & LEEDES MOMENTS NON-ALCOHOLIC BLUSHING MIMOSA
An event isn’t complete without Fitch & Leedes Moments. This refreshing, non-alcoholic take on your favourite cocktails is the perfect excuse to celebrate any and every moment. Fitch & Leedes Moments is available in Pink G&T, Shirley Temple, Island Fish Bowl and Blushing Mimosa. These nifty non-alcoholic drinks are a sparkling choice for a brunch with your besties, sun-downers or any moment really…
Price: R79.00 | Size: 6 x 300ml
FIBS MIXED CASE
This playful, non-alcoholic drink will be sure to perk you up! Fibs has a delicious range of G&T and vodka-styled drinks that’s ideal for get-togethers with good friends. Their G&T range includes refreshing non-alcoholic coolers, Classic Dry and Rose & Cucumber. If you’re looking for something that has more of a zing, their Fibka virgin vodka-styled drinks include Luscious Lime and Cranberry Crush. Fibs is seriously delicious and that’s no lie!
Price: | Size: 16 x 330ml
THE DUCHESS WINE SPRITZER
The Duchess, as the name suggests, holds her own. This alcohol-free Wine Spritzer is both delicate in flavour and distinct in taste. Her majesty, The Duchess is for the people and caters to different tastes. It’s available in Elderflower White and Berry Rosé flavours, each in a rank of their own yet equally delicious.
In addition to their Wine Spritzers, The Duchess also has an Alcohol-Free Gin & Tonic range and features Botanical, Floral and Greenery unique flavours.
For a supreme spritzer, add frozen grapes to your Elderflower White or fresh berries, if you’re having a Berry Rosé.
Price: R78 | 4 x 275ml
BEERS & CIDERS
Heineken®0.0 proves that less is more. Brewed by beer lovers, for beer lovers, it’s great in taste and alcohol-free. Heineken® masterfully brewed this refreshing, non-alcoholic lager from the ground up, through years of exploring, brewing and tasting. The final result? A bottled beaut with refreshing fruity notes and a full-bodied malty, distinct flavour. This lager is beer redefined and specially crafted to enjoy life’s moments, at any given time. With that unique and balanced taste, Heineken® 0.0 deserves a ten-out-ten.
Price: R79.99 | Size: 6 x 330ml
BARKER AND QUIN GINGER ALE
Barker and Quin Ginger Ale packs a punch! This alcohol-free ale is filled to the brim with pure deliciousness. A ginger explosion that will make you snap your fingers and shout, “ale have another one”. Barker and Quin Ginger Ale has a cloudy appearance and is best served on a sweltering day.
Obsessed with ginger? Try mixing some Barker and Quin Ginger ale to our Ginger Fizz Cocktail.
Price: R80.00 | 4 x 200ml
BELGRAVIA NON-ALCOHOLIC GIN DRY LEMON
Belgravia Non-Alcoholic Gin & Dry Lemon is the ready-to-drink drink, you never knew you needed. This unrivalled flavour combination uses aromatic botanicals and London dry gin. That distinct dry lemon flavour that we all know and love, is given by the infusion of bitter lemon juice and gives this drink a lovely dry finish. Nothing quite quenches your thirst like a Belgravia Gin & Dry Lemon.
Add some crushed ice and a slice of cucumber for the ultimate drink.
Price: R99.00 | Size: 6 x 275ml
DARLING BREW JUST NAKED BEER
Darling Brew presents the Jamie Oliver of beers, Just Naked. This beer has an au natural taste. Just Naked is unpretentious and not dressed up. It’s for people who just want beer, stripped of alcohol. Darling Brew is authentically South African and promises notes of maize, malted barley and hops.
Just Naked Beer doesn’t need much to match that raw taste, we suggest you braai some steak and make this Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka.
Price: R88 | 4 x 340ml
DEVIL’S PEAK HERO NON-ALCOHOLIC
DEVIL’S PEAK HERO NON-ALCOHOLIC
If beer is your kryptonite, do not fear, Devil’s Peak Hero is here. Unmatched in flavour, it’s the hero of beers. Devil’s Peak Hero is low in calories, leaving you with zero regrets. Although non-alcoholic, it’s been masterfully crafted to protect that hoppy beer taste you only get out of a ‘real beer’. Brewed to perfection – it’s a brewski you and your bru’s can enjoy.
Devil’s Peak Hero is best served straight out of the bottle on any given day, but if this hero were to have a sidekick, it would be our Pork Ribs with BBQ Sauce.
DEVIL’S PEAK HERO SHANDY
The Devil’s Peak Hero range delivers on that uncompromised lager flavour and their Hero Shandy is no exception! Devil’s Peak somehow managed to create the perfect balance between that lemonade flavour and lager taste and put a cap on it. It’s the ideal drink for a scorcher of a day, where a beer just isn’t refreshing enough and you need that added zest appeal.
Devil’s Peak Hero Non-Alcoholic Price: R99.00 | 6 x 330ml
Devil’s Peak Hero Shandy Price: R 89.99 | Size: 6 x 330ml
Jinja Beer is dangerously delicious. Brewed by the ninjas at Darling Brew, it’s one of the freshest non-alcoholic ginger beers on the scene. Fresh ginger root and zesty lemon have been used in this ginger beer to give that real taste you can’t deny! Made using old techniques to preserve its effervescence and refreshingly crisp flavour, it contains no preservatives and has a balanced sweetness. A delicious non alcoholic drink that will cool down the hottest African summer day. Be warned – Jinja Beer ends off with a peppery spicy kick.
Price: R99.00 | Size: 12 x 330ml
LOXTONIA EASY APPLE CIDER
Spending all day calling the shots and answering to people can be exhausting, but choosing Loxtonia Easy Apple Cider is the easiest decision you could make. It’s easily one of the tastiest ciders in the non-alcoholic drinks range. Bursting with apple flavour, it’s as refreshing as they come.
For the ultimate refreshment, make a Granita with Loxtonia Easy Apple Cider.
Price: R95.00 | 4 x 340ml
NOON GUN THE GENERAL NON-ALCOHOLIC IPA
The General Non-Alcoholic IPA ranks high, with an impressively low alcohol loading of 0.5%. Noon Gun has a refreshing range of IPAs, but decided to produce a non-alcoholic beer that’s essentially their ‘good guy’ offering. Its deep golden caramel colour can be attributed to the rich blend of bitter hops and aromatic malt. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the fruity tropical notes this IPA promises.
Be sure to buy a case because The General is popular!
Price: R386.00 | Size: 24 x 340ml
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