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Sober October: Drink With No Hangover

This October marks my 5th sober year (unrelated to Sober October, a happy coincidence) it is an achievement I’m very proud of but also a little ashamed. It got me thinking though about the festive season and just drinking in general, this year I choose to embrace the sober life and try to enjoy it.

There are so many great products out there containing no alcohol or aimed
at being a substitute. But are any of them actually any good? I’ve tested a few and give you the low down.


Nix & Kix

They produce flavourful soft drinks with chilli in them. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of the heat they aren’t hot in the slightest, it’s very subtle. My favourite of their flavours has to be their newest addition blood orange & turmeric, It’s great over ice.

Image: Nix & Kix

Others flavours include:

Image: Nix & Kix

They’re all low calorie, natural, vegan & with no refined sugars.

Stockists: Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado, Wagamama, Selfridges, Notes, Sourced Market, Citizen Hotels & Giraffe World Kitchen.

https://nixandkix.com

Belvoir Fruit Farms

Belvoir are an award winning company based in the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside. They make naturally delicious Cordials, Press?s and Fruit Crushes.

I have been a huge fan of their drinks for years and I’m always excited to see what new drinks they make.

I tried their non-alcoholic wine range when it first came out. While it’s not like wine as most people know it, it’s nice. It’s more like grape juice than wine, somewhere in the middle I would say. I prefer other non-alcoholic wines myself but I like them and I purchase them a few times a year.

Image: The Grocer

For G&T fans they have the new Botanical Juniper & Tonic. I haven’t tried this one myself yet but it sounds great. I’ll definitely be picking some up. As it contains Juniper it can be classed as a non-alcoholic Gin, this is the closest thing I’ve found to a Gin & Tonic

The flavour is a complex combination of aromatic, botanical extracts including juniper and elderflower with a bitter aftertaste typical of tonic water and a clean, crisp finish. A delightfully sophisticated, non-alcoholic alternative to a G&T.

Image: Belvoir

Stockists: Ocado, Sainsburys & Tesco

https://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk

Seedlip

The world’s first distilled non alcoholic spirits

These drinks are amazing and can be made into really yummy cocktails. They look fancy and I only get them at Christmas and New Year (my Birthday) but they’re really great.

Image: Seedlip

Flavours:

  • Garden 108 – A floral blend of handpicked peas and homegrown hay.
  • Grove 42 – A zesty and complex blend of oranges and spices.
  • Spice 94 – A very complex blend of allspice berry and cardamom with two barks and a bright citrus finish.

We always recommended Seedlip is served with a mixer, and never drank neat.

Seedlip have a book and some great cocktails on their website to give you inspiration. Check them out here.

Stockists: Seedlip, Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado and other retailers.

https://seedlipdrinks.com

Botonique

A satisfying alternative to alcohol that replaces the nutrients alcohol depletes – a sparkling blend of de-alcoholised botanical extracts enriched with Prelixir vitamins, minerals and amino acids, with just a touch of pear juice.

Crisp & refreshing, deliciously dry. Delicious with wine, after wine, alongside wine or instead of wine.  The botanical drink for wine lovers.  

Image: Botonique

They started with one flavour which I tried and liked, they now have the blush which I have a feeling I’ll like more. The original white is very crisp and dry so if you like that in a white wine then you should give it a try.

Botonique’s mission is to help you drink less without loss of pleasure

Image: Botonique

Stockists: My favourite health food store in West Sussex –  Best Health Food Shop (33 East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5ZD).

Botonique, Ocado, Boroughbox.com, Thefoodmarket.com, Pruv.com, Tabl.com, Drydrinker.com, Lightdrinks.com, Noandlo.com and Wisebartender.com

For a full range of stockists click here.

https://botonique.com

These are just some of my favourites that I’ve tried and highly recommend, there are still lots of wines I want to try. I’m not a fan of beer/cider but lots of vegan and non-alcoholic ones are available for those that are.

Dry Drinker have a big selection of non alcoholic beers, wines and beverages that are vegan if you wanted to check them out. I must order from them for Christmas and New Year.


I hope you enjoyed this post and that you check them out.

If you have tried any other great alcohol alternatives feel free to share them in the comments or tweet me @veganbabelife

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