DRY CLEAN­ING

If you’re em­brac­ing a no-al­co­hol Jan­uary, we’ve got your back! Try these for sum­mer:

Fairlady - - WINE O’CLOCK -

VAN LOVEREN AL­MOST ZERO, R65

This is made from Sau­vi­gnon Blanc with the al­co­hol re­moved, which makes it more like wine than grape juice: crisper, much less sweet and much more el­e­gant. It’s got less than 0.5% al­co­hol and 75% fewer kilo­joules than a glass of nor­mal wine! So no hang­over, no white wine rage (yes, it’s a thing) and no muf­fin top – plus smug­ness rights for a month. Sounds good to us…

THE DUCHESS BOTAN­I­CAL, ABOUT R20 EACH

We love The Duchess orig­i­nal – a no-al­co­hol, low-sugar gin and tonic that re­ally tastes like gin, but isn’t (it’s got to do with the re­dis­tilled ju­niper berries they make it with). They then brought out a flo­ral, which to us wasn’t quite so great, and now there’s a Duchess Botan­i­cal, which is ab­so­lutely tops. Best over ice with a curl of lime zest or cu­cum­ber.

JC LE ROUX LA FLEURETTE NON-AL­CO­HOLIC FIZZ

is a lovely fruity al­ter­na­tive to bub­bly – and it’s less than 0.5% al­co­hol too.

1. Com­bine 2 litres (8 cups) red grape juice, 4 strips or­ange rind, 2 tbsp light brown sugar, 2 cin­na­mon sticks, 12 cloves, 3 fresh bay leaves and 2 sprigs fresh thyme in a large saucepan.

2. Sim­mer, un­cov­ered, for 10 min­utes (do not boil). Cool, then re­frig­er­ate un­til cold.

3. Strain the mix­ture into a large jug, dis­card­ing the solids. Add 1 thinly sliced small or­ange, ex­tra fresh bay leaves and fresh sprigs of thyme to the mix­ture.

4. Serve over ice. ✤

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