For drinks without alcohol try these
OK so you end up at a party or pub and you are looking for drinks without alcohol.
You could do worse than try these.
I will admit since giving up alcohol getting plenty of choice is difficult.
From the odd stares and lack of availability it’s a really difficult one. After all I have discovered that alcohol and drinking is often the default position.
It is part of our social makeup, leisure time and even for some a hobby. I know eating out with wine was for me.
As one of the readers to my blog told me the other day when he had to cut back on the booze others gave an instant reply of “my god were you on the park bench with a bottle of vodka?”
It really is often the default assumption.
The reality is rather different!
As he pointed out he was just an average drinker who like many realized for his health he needed to give up. Yet it is easier for others just to push alcohol toward us regardless of our circumstances.
For me it often goes like “go on a few glasses of wine won’t hurt”. While whispering to others that I probably have a problem and yes mainly behind my back.
Ironically its normally them that needs help to get into the taxi at the end of the evening!
Double standards’ comes to mind.
So regardless of if you are drinking at home, a wedding or just at the local pub let’s be armed with some choices that are alcohol free.
Advanced planning really helps.
You could do worse than try these zero alcohol choices.
Water does not have to be boring
Now go on have you ever been daring and gone “OK make it sparkling” when it comes to water. You devil!
Then you have gone on to say “oh and add a slice of lime, why not ! ”
Actually we could do worse than drink water because we are made up of more than 60 percent of it!
So you could say water is very important. The problem is that people generally go for lots of sugar added to their water when making a purchase.
Adding sugar is never a good idea.
Luckily just like with wine and beer the alcohol free alternative market is now realising this and that taste is so important.
My top bet is to find water with no added sugar but where you can get some variety of flavors. Otherwise, you may as well drink tap water after its been filtered.
Dash Water has got something of a momentum behind it and I wrote about this quite early on in my alcohol free journey.
Bear in mind that in the developed world most water is fine to drink but it can taste awful especially if it is so called “hard water”.
Also, if your tap water tastes really bad it’s probably fine just don’t pay through your nose for a water filter. I talk about why here.
Plus spending money on water can be expensive! However, I have seen people avoid tap water even with some fruit slices in because of how hard tasting the water is.
It really does vary from area to area sometimes even a few miles can make a difference.
Alcohol Free Beer has really changed
There was a time in the City of London in the eighties where alcohol free beer was the go to beverage at lunchtime.
After all no one wants to look drunk in front of their clients. It was at the time of films like Wall Street where making money was the be all and end all and long hours meant no alcohol.
Unfortunately this new alcohol free beer was not high on the taste front and it was early in its development.
At least that is what they would like you to believe.
Now of course beer has really upped it game for several reasons:
- Its a decent taste
- Its now just not low but also zero so abv 0.0%
- The craft beer industry supports it
- The big alcohol industry supports it
- The brewery process has advanced to focus on taste
- There is profit in it!
- People can think you have gone mad if you ask for one
- Off line it’s still difficult to get in bars and restaurants.
However, do you notice that most of the downsides have gone, it now tastes great and it has moved on in so many ways.
Even the craft beer industry is setting the standard.
If you are looking for something that is completely zero so 0.0 ABV I would choose the Free Star Alcohol Free Beer as an option.
It got great environmental credentials and it tastes great with the combination of aromas and the citrus that is added into the mix.
It’s probably not an everyday lager. Should you really be drinking alcohol free everyday anyway?
The calories are decent so I’ll let you get away with it! You can read my full review here or my affiliate link is below.
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It really is a great tasting beer and I adore the branding.
Do you fancy sparkling alcohol free wine ?
For me Alcohol Free Sparkling Wine stole a march on the alcohol free wine offering really early on. Online you will find an array of choices but again when you go out you will get some funny stares and struggle with choice.
The examples from myself and others are too many to dismiss as real life experiences !
Now before you say this is just cava, prosecco or champagne but without the alcohol. Well kind of but don’t get hung up on the type of fizz it is.
Once you investigate sparkling wine is often called what it is because of the grape and location of where it is harvested and made.
If you remember people would not drink anything but champagne at one time.
But then it kind of out priced itself when people realized yes it was about the quality but it was also about a small area of France where it was made.
In the UK it’s a bit like the Cornish Pasty example. Not the same I know but you get the idea!
It can’t be a Cornish Pasty if its not from Cornwall and the same is true of champagne. Its a district of France.
Once people realized that great sparkling wine was being made in Spain, Italy and even England and Wales in the UK the world changed and people’s taste buds got a bit more open-minded!
In fact, it went further than that from sparkling wine or whatever you want call it being the bastion of celebrations and award ceremonies.
It was now perfectly OK to open a bottle on Friday after work or with a good film on Netflix!
My current choice is a sparkling pack from a good drinks which features both Rose and White from Belle and Co.
The good news is they are nice and dry and great on the calories front
Ginger Beer the classic
Not much to say about this but that it is a great alcohol free classic if you don’t go for the alcohol ones.
A slice and ice and it becomes such a refreshing drink. The one brand I get a lot of flack about is Old Jamaica but it’s great and comes in cans or bottles and it’s really cheap.
There is even a diet version.
It is often found in some of the big name brand pubs but is often shunned.
But please don’t, this is a quality drink for the cost and I even know people from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands who rave about it.
The one thing that is has going for it is the ginger kick and as we know ginger can be great for the stomach especially if you are feeling a bit unsettled.
The other one to consider which I am very fond of is the Ginger and Chilli Alcohol Beer which I review here.
It has a great taste. Oh and a bit of a kick!
Gin Alcohol Free
For me alcohol free spirit but especially the quality ones have been a game changer for me on an alcohol free journey and maybe for you even if it’s just cutting back.
Good for you!
The thing is people often expect alcohol free to be low quality. Well it’s not the case with this product although it ends up not being that cheap either.
In fact my chosen alcohol free gin is not just sugar free with loads of healthy ingredients, it can actually cost more than a “house gin”.
People who drink alcohol often look at me when I order this and say “how much?”. It generally as moths fly out their wallet it has to be said!
Just don’t let a bartender pour it like water. It ain’t and it’s called Seedlip and it really is not notch quality.
Yes there are others out there but I haven’t found another that tastes like it.
I should mention by the way that if the thought of alcohol free could make you drink tons of alcohol please don’t go near it.
It’s not for everyone, but for most people where there isn’t this trigger it’s fine.
Regardless even as a social wine drinker do know your alcohol limit and drink aware is a great website to be able to do this.
Always seek medical help if you are concerned.
Alcohol Free Wine has come of age
Not so long ago I would not have touched alcohol free wine and when people said it was just sweet grape juice I really found it hard to argue back.
For some reason it even lagged behind alcohol free sparkling wine but I am never quite sure why.
The fact is wine can now be made as wine but the alcohol is taken out through a process called dealcoholization which means both the taste and aroma of the wine stays in the product.
I would go to one of my favorite countries for my preferred choice which comes in red, white and rose and also caters for a dry palette.
It’s called Torres Alcohol Free which if you are an alcohol wine drinker I have no doubt you will have heard of it.
Spain really is an alcohol free friendly country in many ways, more so for beer and wine less so for spirits it has to be said.
However, is has been at the forefront of the alcohol free beer revolution.
So what is your recommendation?
I would love to know what your choice would be for drinks without alcohol. From water to alcohol free gin I am always looking to try new things.
Maybe you are a great homemade drink maker but have found a way to keep most of the sugar out for example.
Or maybe you have an alcoholic free beer that is your passion. Do some countries make it easier than others?
I would love to know your thoughts on for drinks without alcohol try these. Just leave your comment below, I always respond and it helps others who read the blog.