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Author: kim

Many people want to take a break from the booze by January, Dry January is promoted by Alcohol Change UK, they point out that three weeks is all it takes to break a habit, so taking a month off from alcohol is the perfect time to reset your relationship with drinking. Their research says that 88% of people saved money, 71% reported better sleep and 58% of people lost weight when they participated last year. Follow this link for their app and further information. The Dryathlon is promoted by Cancer Research and encourages people to sign up to raise funds throughout January, or simply donate the money you've saved on alcohol! Find out more here.

Fancy some alcohol-free alternatives to the usual wine or beer? Look no further, here are the Real Foods' staff favourites for when you want a treat, but don’t want the hangover in the morning!

1.      Kombucha



Ok, so this one is not always strictly non-alcoholic. Kombucha is usually around 0.5% in alcohol content, similar to ginger beer. Raw, unpasteurised kombuchas do continue to ferment though, that’s why you keep them in the fridge!

Made from fermented tea, water and small amounts of sugar, Kombuchas are naturally-sparkling, refreshing drinks, which are full of probiotic goodness. Left Field Kombucha is based in the Scottish Borders and are winning awards with their range.

These are currently stocked in our Edinburgh stores in the fridge. If you want to buy ones that can travel try Captain Kombucha from our webshop

No 1 Yunnan Black – Made with an earthy Yunnan Black tea (Great Taste Award 2017)

No 2 Sencha Kukicha Green – A kombucha with a complex flavour profile, No.2 Sencha Kukicha Green is as fresh as the spring morning the tea was harvested. The tea, made from both stems and leaves, is enriched by the inclement coastal weather of Shizuoka, in Honshu, Japan.

No 3 Ting Tung Oolong – Delicate and floral, it has been likened to prosecco with its distinctive tingle on the tongue

No 4 Darjeeling 2nd Flush – Robust and fruity, it’s made from the ‘Champagne’ of teas, Darjeeling Second Flush



2.      Belvoir



Belvoir have an amazing range of non-alcoholic drinks to help celebrate any occasion, without the hangover!

Fruity Red Shiraz - semi-sweet, slightly astringent with spice

Floral White Chardonnay -  delicate, sweet, scented and crisp

Lively Sparkling Rose - sweet and fruity with a rose-gold colour

Belvoir also supplies a great range of cordials. Including:

The ever-popular Elderflower (find it here in our webshop)

A refreshing Raspberry and Rose, floral and scented

A great Honey, Lemon and Ginger that’s ideal for hot toddies.

Or try their Mulled Winter Punch, an alternative to mulled wine combining the festive flavours of nutmeg oil and mixed spice extracts with blackcurrant juice, red grape juice, elderberry juice and orange juice. Delicious served warm or cold.




3.      Norfolk Punch

They have a few non-alcoholic drinks based on a centuries-old recipe from Benedictine monks in the 13th century! As they say “Although Norfolk Punch has no alcohol, it has a remarkable ability to induce a feeling of cheerfulness and wellbeing.”

Try their original recipe drink here

The Spices and Apple Drink is a fresh update on it

Or give the Cranberry Herb Drink a go and find your sense of alcohol-free wellbeing.