Maybe it's time you tried these alcohol-free beverages
Since the government banned the sale of alcohol, people have been either brewing their own or going the illegal route by buying alcohol on the black market.
It's so rampant that people are getting scammed, like this Twitter user who shared how he thought he was buying gin and it turns out it was vinegar.
They sold me vinegar in a Gordons bottle for R450 😭😭😭 and I can't report them.— Yanga (@younger_D) April 28, 2020
But in recent years we have seen more people choosing to cut down on alcoholic beverages.
The beverages industry has also responded to the trend and there are now more companies producing alcohol-free variants of their beverages. From gin, ciders and beer, to sparkling wine, whisky and vodka, there are now options for alcohol-free options.
Trend reports says: "As consumers become more aware of what they put into their bodies, there is a greater need for high-quality, low alcohol by volume (ABV) and alcohol-free products."
Last year South Africa launched an alcohol-free drinking festival to celebrate sobriety.
Here are our top no-alcohol picks:
Zari Sparkling Grape comes in Noble Ruby Red and Royale Gold White.
Woolworths range of bubblies. They are made using local Muscat grape berries early in the season to ensure lower sugar levels.
Van Loveren Papillon. The blush is a rosé and has a taste of fruity, fresh berries and is produced from red Muscadel grapes. The sparkling white is made from white Muscadel grapes.
The Duchess Gin & Tonic: The first alcohol free gin & tonic in the world. The beverage is made using re-distilled juniper berries, and has the distinct gin and tonic taste, complimented by aromatic layers of locally produced botanicals.
Seedlips Gin: There are two spirits in the range, the Spice 94 and the Garden 108. Spice 94, is a complex blend of aromatic, Jamaican allspice, berry and cardamon distillates with two barks and a bright citrus finish.
Martini 0.0% Dolce: I t keeps the flavour of a spumante, but with zero alcohol.
BEER & CIDERS
Castle Free is a well-balanced lager without sweetness, balanced with bitterness and astringency to make it a thirst quenching beer.
Little Wolf Virgin Cider, a zero alcohol, crisp and refreshing cider. Comes with a great aroma thanks to fresh fruit and hops.
Devils Peak Zero to Hero, a hoppy and delicious pale ale from one of South Africa’s most celebrated and craft breweries.