Keeping booze at bay for a month is not for the weak-willed. While your counterparts might be knocking back tequila, we’ve got you covered for the age-old question, what to drink when you’re not drinking? Here are our top 3 tips for getting through Dry July.

1. Swap out alcohol for non-alcoholic spirits

Non-alcoholic spirits are distilled from similar ingredients to your favourite booze. They’re infused with botanicals to give a unique flavour, just without the ethanol. They offer the ceremony and ritual of a mixed drink, yet leave you without the hangover. Some of our favourites include Brunswick Aces in our Cranberry Hearts mocktail and Seedlip in our Garden Tonic recipe.

2. Get around the fruits

Fruit soda is a delicious and easy drink to have in place of alcohol. Our fruit sodas are made from 100% natural ingredients, with no artificial preservatives. Drink straight from the bottle with a garnish & straw. Try our Blood Orange soda with a sprig of rosemary, our Yuzu soda with a peach wedge, or our Grapefruit soda with grapefruit rind. Yum!

3. Stay hydrated

Dry July is a great reason to increase your water intake. Our Sparkling & Still Mineral Water contain lots of essential minerals that keep you feeling great. Drink up to increase your daily dose of magnesium, calcium, and potassium! Swirl it in a wine glass to make it more fun.

If water on its own isn’t quite your thing, have a play with our sugar-free infused Sparkling Mineral Waters. CAPI Cucumber offers a subtle flavour and effervescence, while CAPI Lemongrass & Ginger is super thirst-quenching and zingy. With no sugars at all (and we mean no artificial sugar either) this a drink you can feel good about!

The Urban List

Your Crash Course Guide To Non-Alcoholic Gins

Some people are gonna reach for the vom emoji at the mere mention of “non-alcoholic gin”. Surely that’s like a meat-free Bolognese, right? Or a Cruise-free Mission Impossible? Well there’s actually a growing movement for non-alcoholic spirits, and gin is leading the charge. After all, you can still get those floral botanicals in there without the booze. And these guys won’t leave you crying on the stairs at 2am throwing shoes at people who love you.

If you’re going dry this month, or stuck as DD again, consider this your crash course in non-alcoholic gin.  

Brunswick Aces

Local boys Brunswick Aces are leading the charge with non-alcoholic botanicals. It’s brewed right here in Melbourne, from locally grown ingredients, and there’s a couple of blends to choose from: Spades and Hearts. Hearts is closer to your classic gin notes: a spicy mix of juniper, wattleseed, cloves, star anise, ginger, sage and pink grapefruit. Spades has more of a citrus kick, forgoing juniper all together in favour of lime, grapefruit, cardamom, parsley and lemon myrtle. Both are delicious, poured over ice or mixed with a good-quality tonic. Love that bottle branding too. 

The New Daily

A study recently published in the Lancet using data from nearly 600,000 current drinkers in 19 high-income countries found an increase in all causes of death when more than 100g of alcohol was consumed per week.

Now that’s a sobering fact.

With this stark reality, plus the fact that the European market for non-alcoholic beer grew by about 5 per cent a year from 2010 to 2015, it’s no wonder Heineken (the world’s second-largest beer company) released an alcohol-free version of its beer in Europe in May 2017.

Meanwhile, the world’s biggest beer company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, which produces Budweiser, Corona and Fosters, is now developing low and non-alcoholic brands, saying that these blends will make up 20 per cent of its global production by 2025.

Closer to home it seems two local entrepreneurs are on trend with their non-alcoholic offerings. And business is booming, according to both companies.

Twelve months ago, Gold Coast surfer and Gamilaraay man, Clinton Schultz, launched Sobah, a range of non-alcoholic craft beers. It’s a neat play on words. ‘Bah’ means ‘place of’ in the Yugambeh language, ergo Sobah means ‘place of sobriety’.

Clinton Schultz, founder of Sobah non-alcoholic beverages, gave up booze after witnessing its effects firsthand. Photo: Instagram

Mr Schultz, a psychologist who has worked in Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation for 10 years, has seen firsthand the damage created by excessive consumption of alcohol. He decided to quit the grog in 2014 saying he felt hypocritical “working in that space and drinking”.

He confesses that his drinking would have been described as ‘heavy’.

“I was your typical 30-plus Australian male.

“I still enjoyed the taste of beer, but didn’t want to drink ginger beer or soft drinks when I went to the pub with mates. I wanted an adult-tasting drink.”

So, what then? Mr Schultz spent the following two years tinkering with non-alcoholic brews, finally contracting Tweed Heads’ Pickled Pig Brewery to create a unique craft beer. His beers feature Australian ‘bush tucker’ including lemon aspen, finger lime and pepperberry.

He says interest in the craft beer, which has been “greater than expected”, is leading them to look for investors and partners sooner than they thought.

“Non-alcoholic beverages are the fastest growing area in the adult drinks sector, so it’s exciting times,” Mr Schultz said.

Stephen Lawrence, CEO of Brunswick Aces, which launched their first non-alcoholic botanical spirits, Spades and Hearts, late last year, believes they are the only one in Australia doing what they are doing.

Brunswick Aces started as a neighbourhood group of six friends who all shared a love of gin.

They started out with the intention of building a conventional distillery, but one of the six, chef Doug Cook, couldn’t drink the gins they were tasting for inspiration because he was training for a marathon.

“It was then that we realised that there is a massive market catering to those who love the ceremony of drinking gin but can’t drink – either because they are an expectant mother, fitness freak, the designated driver, or don’t drink due to cultural or religious reasons,” Mr Lawrence said.

Brunswick Aces make their beverages using traditional distillation techniques like any boutique gin producer, just minus the ethanol.

“It’s a very different experience because everything you taste is through smell,” Mr Lawrence said.

They are doing trials for two more blends – Clubs and Diamonds – which he says will be quite unique.

“Business is growing so quickly that we are now discussing who is going to give up their other full-time occupations first,” Mr Lawrence said.

While they are yet to finalise terms for national distribution, they are already in discussions with the Middle East, Asia and Hong Kong.

Brunswick Ace’s beverages are sugar-free, sweetener-free and have no calories – all reasons worth cheering.