Dry January will fly by with these tasty alternatives to traditional alcoholic drinks

I AM not a great believer in Dry January. If you restrict something so much it makes you crave it! But cutting back your general boozing throughout the year is great for your health.

Today I look at some alternatives to alcoholic drinks, while our Beauty Editor puts vitamin C serums to the test. 

Health

with Jane Atkinson

Gin and tonic

  • Belvoir’s Juniper & Tonic – £2.50 for 750ml at sainsburys.co.uk

Belvoir’s Juniper & Tonic has a blend of eight botanical extracts, including elderflower, with sparkling spring water and quinine for a bitter tonic kick.

Served with ice and lemon, it is just like a real G&T, with a refreshing, crisp taste.

Unlike most non-alcoholic adult drinks, it is not overpoweringly sweet or fruity.

I still miss the gin, but it is convincing enough that I’ll use it to help me avoid the booze. 23cal per 100ml.

Cocktails

  • Savyll Cocktails tasting pack – £14.99 for 6x250ml at savyll.com

The Savyll Cocktails tasting pack contains six sophisticated alcohol-free drinks, with something for every taste, from Moscow Mules to Old Cubans.

I particularly liked the Bellini, with a strong peach aroma and dry prosecco notes. They taste like cocktails, not mocktails, and I love the elegant glass bottle and simple design.

No artificial sweeteners and 26cal per 100ml.

Fizz

  • Wild Life Botanicals Nude – £15 for 75cl at wildlifebotanicals.co.uk

Wild Life Botanicals’ slogan is Bubbles With Benefits – as you can get 15 per cent of your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals in every 125ml glass, plus it has 60 per cent fewer calories than Prosecco.

I tried the Blush, or rosé, which is lovely and fruity.

The Nude is drier. 27cal per 100ml.

Beauty

with Gabriella Stein

Budget

  • No 7 Radiance+ Vitamin C Serum (£20, 25ml, boots.com)

This 15 per cent vitamin C serum promises to improve skin texture and tone and brighten skin in just one day.

The citrus-scented gel absorbed immediately and although I didn’t see results after one use, I did notice improvement after a week, with less pigmentation.

A decent price for high-strength vitamin C.

Mid-range

  • Ren Clean Skincare, Radiance Perfection Serum (£39, 30ml, renskincare.com)

This resurfacing and repairing serum claims to stimulate cell turnover to tackle dullness and improve clarity and tone.

Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of sun damage and pigmentation while hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates skin. It has a faint citrus scent and can be used morning and night before moisturiser without irritation.

I saw a gradual improvement in skin brightness, but it was less effective than the other two products.

Luxury

  • Murad, Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum (£72, 30ml, murad.co.uk)

A dual-action serum with glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells to increase absorption of vitamin C.

I noticed a huge difference after a few weeks.

Skin was totally smooth, which is a dream for applying make-up, as well as feeling firmer, with a serious glow.

Pricey but it works. My go-to Vitamin C product and favourite of the three.

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