no-alcohol drinks

Mindful brews

Low and no-alcohol drinks for keeping your head clear By Oliver Coningham

With each new year, there’s always the opportunity to set new intentions and goals for the year ahead. It can be tempting to make them quite broad and almost unachievable with goals such as ‘lose weight’ or ‘travel more’. If you look at the motivation behind your goal you can usually break them down into something that’s more attainable. The motivation behind ‘travelling more’ may be to explore different countries and cultures.

Which countries would you like to visit? What cultures would you like to learn more about? Again, for people who wish to ‘lose weight’, it may be a desire to feel healthier. What easy, actionable tasks could you do to help feel that way? Prepare more homemade meals? Spend less on takeaways?

By far the most popular New Year’s resolutions are those that involve removing something from our lives — smoking, alcohol, junk food etc. The first step towards this can be by becoming more mindful of our habits and actions. Allowing a short pause before we reach for that bottle of beer or chocolate cookie and allow us time to examine our choices and be mindful of our intentions.

With this in mind, this month we have focussed on mindful drinking and have chosen a selection of low or alcohol-free drinks that are designed to keep your head clear and increase your awareness.

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impossibrew.co.uk

£29.95 for 12 x 330ml

IMPOSSIBREW Co. love beer but not the consequences. Their 0.5% enhanced Lager not only gives you the great taste you’d expect but also the relaxing feeling of drinking alcohol. Brewed with their Social Blend™ — developed with active, plant-powered ingredients designed for boosting serotonin, without drowsiness.

IMPOSSIBREW is suitable for vegans.

impossibrew.co.uk

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Reishi Citra Hop (0.4%) — Fungtn

£33.60 for 12 x 330ml

Fungtn is the first premium alcohol-free beer range traditionally brewed with adaptogenic, functional mushrooms. And no, they’re not magic! Brewed for flavour at only 0.4% ABV, Reishi Citra Hop is a juicy sweet and sour beer made with adaptogenic organic Reishi mushroom.

Fungtn beers are all suitable for vegans.

fungtn.com

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GIMBER (0%) — GIMBER

£18.50 for 200m

GIMBER’s founder created the drink when looking for something that would awaken his taste buds without leaving him foggy headed. GIMBER is an organic ginger concentrate made from premium ginger, lemon, herbs and spices. Zero alcohol but still packs a punch. Serve with sparkling water and a garnish of thyme.

GIMBER is suitable for vegans.

uk.gimber.com

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What’s Your Mantra (0%) — Good Karma Beer Co

£4.50 for 2 x 330ml

Good Karma Beer Co are part of the mindful movement and in addition to their 0.5% beers are soon to be launching a range of wellness drinks. Mantra is an alcohol-free Black Lager with a balance of smooth roasted malt flavours with hints of apricot and vanilla.

Good Karma Beer Co beers are all suitable for vegans.

goodkarma.beer

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Relax (0%) — MEDAHUMAN

£30 for 12 x 250ml

MEDAHUMAN’s range of CBD drinks contain nootropics, adaptogens, nutrients and 20mg of broad-spectrum CBD. Relax is a chamomile and black tea flavoured CBD drink designed to help you de-stress by easing anxiety and tension. Ingredients include lemon balm for stress reduction, ashwagandha to help lower cortisol and vitamin D3 to boost mood.

MEDAHUMAN’s range of CBD drinks are all vegan-friendly.

medahuman.com

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Social Elixir (0%) — Three Spirit

£24.99 for 50cl

Social Elixir is a dark, herbal elixir that raises your spirit, enhances your sense of connection and creates a positive mood. Full-bodied and bittersweet, Social Elixir has an intriguing finish with notes of rye bread, molasses and cacao. Produced with powerful plants including passionflower, lion’s mane mushroom, tulsi, yerba mate and damiana.

Three Spirit drinks are vegan and gluten-free.

threespiritdrinks.com

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