Christmas and New Year can really take it out of you, with rich food in abundance and the alcohol flowing freely. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to cut back a bit in January, then take a look at the growing range of grown-up low and non-alcoholic drinks. Here are our favourites…
Sometimes the simple things are the best things and that’s what you get with these delicious drinks. Made from pressed apples from the gardens and orchards of Gloucestershire and mixed with strawberry or raspberry juice plus a little water, these really are a refreshing kind of drink, both in taste and their simplicity. And it that’s not enough to convince you, how about the fact that Humblebee Refresher drinks are good for our local bee populations too!
One of the first local suppliers of elderflower cordial, Bottlegreen has gone from strength to strength with new flavour combinations, pressés and healthier options – low sugar and drinks free from artificial sweeteners are the latest additions to the range. Especially for the winter months, how about Refreshing Ginger Beer, Juicy Cox’s Apple or Aromatic Ginger & Lemongrass?
This fruit juice brand was founded by Mike Dowdeswell in Oldbury-on-Severn after he began selling ‘not from concentrate’ apple juice from the back of his car at the Anchor Inn in 1969. After being approached by a Somerset cider maker, the Frobishers brand was created after Mike spotted a gap in the market selling premium juices and cordials. The drinks certainly live up to expectation, with intriguing flavours and exciting cordial combinations such as Lemon & Mint, Sloe & Raspberry and Pomegranate & Rose.
Percival & Co
The UK’s first elderflower-infused ‘hard’ tonic water is a refreshing blend of botanicals that’s naturally low in sugar, calories and alcohol content. Created by Lucy Warhurst from Oxfordshire, it’s ideal for social gatherings or just for those nights when you’re watching your units!
The Driver's Tipple
The Driver’s Tipple is a non-alcoholic gin created by former British racing driver, Hamish Gordon, at his Woodstock-based Driver’s Drink Company. Distilled in London, it has all the flavours of a classic dry gin with prominent notes of ginger, angelica, cardamom, mint, grapefruit and coriander. Serve it with a good quality tonic and a wedge of lime and you’d never know you were detoxing at all!
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