7 Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Enjoy for Dry July 2020
What is Dry July?
Dry July holds such an iconic presence in today’s culture. For those of us who’ve never heard the term before, Dry July is a fundraising event that challenges people to stop drinking alcohol (or go “dry”) through the month of July in order to raise much-needed funds for people affected by cancer.
Dry July is hosted by the Dry July Foundation, with proceeds going towards charities such as Cancer Council, Leukaemia Foundation, McGrath Foundation and more. With other similar initiatives popping up like Go Sober For October and Dry January in the UK, more and more people worldwide are giving up the grog for a good cause.
To try and get as many people involved in Dry July as possible, the Dry July Foundation have implemented 2 different options for fundraisers this year.
1. Dry July - A completely dry month of July with zero alcohol consumption for participants.
2. Dry-ish July - Participants can choose whether to go 14 or 21 days dry throughout July.
With these new support options available, plus a massive range of delicious non-alcoholic beer, non-alcoholic wine and non-alcoholic drinks around now, there’s no excuse not to get amongst this awesome endeavour in 2020.
Dry July is also a great chance for us, as a nation, to improve our health by reducing our alcohol consumption. In just one month of sticking to non-alcoholic drinks, studies have seen the following benefits:
Improvement in sleep quality
Increased energy and wakefulness
Enhanced performance at work
Improvements in concentration
Decreased blood glucose levels
Decreased amount of liver fat
What Can I drink Instead of Alcohol?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Non-alcoholic drinks just aren’t the same. Well, you’re right. They’re not. They’re much better for you, and a lot of them still taste just like their alcoholic counterparts. Take Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit, for example. Launched in Australia in 2017, Seedlip Garden 108 and Seedlip Spice 94 are both made sans alcohol, but still pack the punch of a super tasty spirit. In 2018, Heineken launched it’s 0.0% beer in Australia, following its initial international success. Lyre’s has a range of non-alcoholic beverages including American Malt, Coffee Originale, Amaretti and Orange Sec. And Melbourne craft gin producers Brunswick Aces recently launched their Spades Sapiir (a non-alcoholic replacement for your G&T).
There are plenty more non-alcoholic drinks throughout the ages that have flown under the radar for long enough! We’ve got non-alcoholic sparkling wines from Carl Jung, for which the bottling process began way back in the 60s. The Budvar B:FREE, created by Budweiser Budvar, which is known as the original version of the Budweiser cult favourite
Inspired, but not sure where to start? I've put together a list of 7 delicious non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy for every occasion that may pop up while you're doing Dry July 2020.
Top 7 Non-Alcoholic drinks for every occasion
1. The House Red: Two Valleys Red
Hailing from one of the most prestigious wineries in Portugal, the Two Valleys House Red was created by blending red and black grapes, leaving it a vibrant ruby-red shade. It is the very first non-alcoholic wine to be brewed by a winery in Portugal and has a distinct spicy aroma of blackberries, with a soft, fruity palate.
Keep several in your wine rack and a few in your fridge. This is your every day, seriously drinkable classic red wine, sans the alcohol. Pair it with your favourite tomato-based dishes such as pizza and other Italian foods, or Arabian style cuisine. It is best served slightly chilled or at room temperature.
2. The Weekend Celebration: Blue Nun Sparkling
Party like it’s 1999 again with this deliciously fun non-alcoholic sparkling wine! Blue Nun is a traditional winemaker from Germany and they were all the rage in Australia back in the 90s so you can be sure this brand knows how to party. Bursting with fresh, zesty bubbles and hints of citrus, this is one for the hen’s dos, the engagement parties and unplanned nights out on the town.
Easy to drink, you can pair this Silver Edition with just about anything. Always serve chilled at approximately 5-8 degrees Celsius to make the most of this refreshing bottle of fizzy fun.
3. Friday Afternoon Work Drinks: Heineken Zero
It’s Heineken, but not as we know it! With hints of fruity freshness and a soft body of malty goodness, this non-alcoholic beer is perfectly balanced with a very similar flavour to the alcoholic beverage of its namesake.
It looks like the full-strength version. It smells like the full-strength version. It tastes like the full-strength version. But with 0.0% alcohol and only 21 calories per 100ml, choosing to drink Heineken Zero really is a no-brainer.
4. The Boss's Dinner Dinner Party Domaine de la Prade Chardonnay
French. Tick! Fruity. Tick! Certified organic. Tick!
This dry classic Chardy is ticking all the boxes of superbly divine wine. For a Chardonnay that was created in conjunction with famous champagne connoisseur and wine critic Richard Juhlin, it certainly lives up to the taste.
This wine is carefully aged for a full year and is best served chilled.
5. The Classic G&T Brunswick Aces Spades Sapiir
Mentioned fondly above, this complex non-alcoholic Sapiir is a savoury cardamom and parsley based drink, with notes of citrus and gorgeous Lemon Myrtle. Create a delicious Gin and Tonic for yourself, friends, dinner guests, anyone!
Available in a 700ml bottle, you’ll be (not) Gin drinking for days!
6. Cocktail Hour: Lyre’s Espresso Martini
All you need to create the perfect non-alcoholic cocktail for coffee lovers is Lyre’s Coffee Originale and Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, plus a dash of fresh espresso and sweet vanilla syrup.
Coffee Originale brings the va-va-voom of a rich, aromatic cup of coffee, while the White Cane Spirit provides a complimentary hint of oak and sugar cane. Marzipan, orange and coconutty flavours round out this drink in the most extraordinary way. This isn’t your average Espresso Martini.
Find the super simple, super delicious recipe here:
7. The Sports Drink That’s Actually a Beer Erdinger Wheat Beer
A staple drink among German athletes, this non-alcoholic wheat beer is a common substitute for sports drinks. Who’d have thought a beer could boost recovery and energy and provide essential Vitamins like B12 and Folic Acid and polyphenols rich in antioxidants. A beer that’s perfect for breastfeeding women? This is the one.
It’s low in calories but high in taste! It’s best served chilled to perfection.
So, what are your plans this Dry July? Are you excited to help out some seriously fantastic charities in the fight against cancer, and reap some pretty great health benefits while you’re at it? We sure are! Head over to the Dry July website and make your move against cancer today! Why not pick up a few of the non-alcoholic drinks listed above to get you through?
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