Whether your drink of choice is beer, wine, gin or cider, these five local companies have got you covered with great alcohol-free alternatives. Relax and celebrate in style with these products that give you the same great taste of your favourite drinks with none of the side effects, hangovers, and bad choices.
Loxtonia offers South Africans a range of seven ciders, all made with hand-picked apples from their family apple farm in the Ceres Valley. Their aim is to produce New World ciders, which use only the purest ingredients.
They complement this with their whole production process being run off solar energy as well as their “orchard to bottle” philosophy, which ensures a premium, natural cider, containing no preservatives or artificial additives.
Their non-alcoholic cider, Easy Apple, has an apple-forward taste and a smooth dry Granny Smith finish. It never weighs you down, making it the perfect drink of choice for any occasion. Enjoy chilled, straight from the fridge or pour over ice and garnish with a slice of apple
As the national lockdown restrictions lessen, Loxtonia will once again be offering tasting experiences, cellar tours and farm tours. In the meantime, you can enjoy their Non-Alcoholic Easy Apple Cider through purchasing it on their online shop or at your nearest Spar.
John Ross offers South Africans a range of premium virgin spirits, a healthier and sophisticated alternative to sugary sodas during lockdown or future social gatherings.
John Ross Virgin Distilled Botanicals is a first of its kind for South Africa and the world. Their virgin distilled botanicals are blended together using all-natural ingredients to create a classic non-alcoholic spirit, infused with honeybush tannin.
Their range includes three virgin spirits, including The Pioneer, The Mary and The Herbarium. Whilst The Pioneer constitutes naturally distilled essence of juniper, rose, lavender, angelica root, lime, coriander and honeybush, The Mary is a pink virgin spirit with a classic rose water, almost Turkish delight bouquet. The Herbarium offers subtle green colour notes, making for a herbaceous drink with all the plant-based characteristics you would expect.
We love John Ross Virgin Distilled Botanicals and Barker & Quin Premium Tonic Water as our perfect serve for the discerning gin drinker. Find more serving suggestions on the John Ross website to create your luxurious lockdown mocktail.
In 2019, the Darling Brew team came together to discuss the ever-growing demand for Non-Alcoholic products in South Africa and decided that the expansion of their range would be of the utmost importance in 2020 (not knowing what was really in-store for us). On that day, they conceptualised a few new brews that went into development with Apple Bomb (a Sparkling Hopped Cooler) being their first to go into production shortly followed by Navigator (a Soft Seltzer infused with citra hops). Originally planned for late summer 2020, they had to quickly adapt to COVID-curveballs and therefore accelerated their launch plans during the alcohol ban.
Darling Brew has always been a conservation-first brand and they look for inspiration in Africa’s biodiversity for all of our products: Apple Bomb is inspired by the Malachite Sunbird and Navigator is inspired by the waterways of Africa. They ensure that the process from their production and packaging, to delivery and shipping remains as sustainable as possible so that our natural world can continue to inspire people for generations to come.
Apple Bomb and Navigator are available at Darling Brew’s tasteroom in Darling or for nationwide delivery from their online shop. Apple Bomb is also currently available at your local Spars in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Lowveld and the Western Cape.
VerGin was South Africa’s first distilled, non-alcoholic, organic botanical spirits launched in 2018. Made from real juniper and organic botanicals, it looks like a gin, is served like a gin and makes a perfect G&T, without any additives, artificial sweeteners, or colourants. It is 0% sugar and 0% alcohol.
There are four vegan-friendly products in their current range: two distilled spirits and two RTD’s (ready-to-drink) mocktails / non-alcoholic cocktails. Bloom is their beautiful rose-geranium gin with floral notes, and Limon, a gin offering lemon and lime notes balanced with juniper and gentle cardamom spice undertones.
VerGin also creates ready-to-drink alcohol-free cocktails. Their Bloom Cranberry Lavender Cosmo provides an aromatic twist on the classic Cosmo. And if you’re looking for a classic minty Mojito taste without the hangover, try their Limon Mojito. No sugar or sweeteners have been added and both are preservative-free.
VerGin products are sold in over 200 retail outlets locally and served in some of the top restaurants and bars nationwide. Their products can also be purchased online, perfect for a hassle-free lockdown cocktail evening.
During and after lockdown, Lautus De-Alcoholised Wines are supporting South Africans in creating lives in which health, wellness and social responsibility are priorities. Their aim is to inspire responsible drinking and contribute to family time and quality values.
Launched in 2017, Lautus was the first de-alcoholised wine in South Africa. The founder, Reg Holder of Holder Vineyard & Wines (Pty) Ltd, was on a mission to produce a non-alcoholic wine that would portray the beautiful complexity, elegance and finesse of premium wine.
The wine-making process begins with the true heroes – the vineyards. By using select sites that produce wines of high aromatic complexity and balance, along with cutting edge spinning cone technology to remove the alcohol, Lautus has managed to produce truly exceptional wines.
Their range includes Lautus Savvy White, Savvy Red and Savvy Rose as well as a sparkling wine (produced in the classic Methode Cap Classique style). Lautus De-Alcoholised Wines are stocked in all major retail outlets including Woolworths and are served at top-rated restaurants around South Africa. Lautus Wines can also be purchased on their website.