Alcohol Alternatives: What to drink when you’re not drinking

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Alcohol Alternatives: What to drink when you’re not drinking

Are you taking a break from alcohol? Or just looking to cut down your intake? The good news is, there’s a whole new world of tasty, refreshing, grown up drinks waiting for you. Gone are the days when your only alcohol alternatives were sparkling water or a Diet Coke.

 

For many of us, a big part of drinking alcohol is the ceremony. The pop of a cork. The pretty bottle. The nice glasses. So pull out your favourite crystalware and prepare yourself a drink. From alcohol free ‘spirits’ to de-alcoholised wine and beer, here are three booze free drinks to enjoy during Dry January and beyond.

 

GIN ALTERNATIVES

 

NEW LONDON LIGHT

With marine conservation at the forefront of their production, this bold and refreshing non-alcoholic spirit is carefully distilled with a combination of three botanicals; Macedonian juniper berries, zesty ginger and habanero capsicum. The juniper notes make it the most gin-like alternative we have found.

Buy it: £27 for 70cl from Salcombe Distilling Co.

Drink it: with chilled green tea. I like Teapigs Green Tea. Strain over ice and garnish with a sage leaf.

 

SEEDLIP

There are three varieties of this spirit-alternative including Spice, Garden and Grove. One of the original alcohol free ‘grown up’ drinks, Seedlip is widely available in many supermarkets, pubs and bars.

Buy it: £26 for 70cl from Ocado.

Drink it: with a sugar free tonic. I like Waitrose own brand sugar free Indian tonic water. Seedlip Spice 94 is a great winter option.

 

CALEÑO

A tropical infusion of juniper and Inca Berry, citrus and spice botanicals. This slightly sweet, slightly tangy spirit alternative comes in a beautiful bottle and has a distinctly summery vibe about it.

Buy it: £18 for 50cl from Sainsbury’s

Drink it: great for non-alcoholic cocktails. I serve this with sugar free tonic, ice, a slice of pink grapefruit and a sprig of Greek basil.

 

WINE ALTERNATIVE

 

THOMSON & SCOTT NOUGHTY ALCOHOL FREE ORGANIC SPARKLING WINE

From the makers of Skinny Champagne, this alcohol free prosecco is made from organic grapes and could easily be mistaken for the real thing. Light, fresh and fizzy with notes of green apple. 
It contains 3g sugar per 100ml, meaning that a typical 125ml Champagne glass sized serving provides around one teaspoon of sugar.
Buy it: £11.99 for 75cl from Holland and Barrett
Drink it: The delicate flavours means this works well as an aperitif. The beautiful bottle makes it a good choice to take to dinner parties.

 

REAL

Fermented as a sparkling wine from quality loose-leaf teas, REAL offers a flavour profile akin to wine, balancing acidity, length, body and mouthfeel. Favoured by chefs and sommeliers as it makes a great non-alcoholic pairing for food.

Buy it: £8 from realkombucha.co.uk

Drink it: Alone or with food, pairs especially well with seafood and Japanese food. Another beautiful bottle making it a lovely gift for non-drinkers.

 

BEER ALTERNATIVES

 

UNLTD

The best alcohol free beer I’ve found both from a taste and nutritional perspective. Accurately described as having light citrus aromas, a hint of honey and caramel, rounded off with a subtly bitter finish. Many beers, including alcohol free ones, can contain a lot of sugar. However UNLTD is so low in sugar and carbohydrates that you can safely drink it on a ketogenic diet. It’s also only 23 calories a bottle.

Buy it: £24.99 for 12 330ml bottles from unltd.beer

Drink it: great for BBQs or whenever you fancy a beer.

 

PERONI LIBERA 0.0%

A light, fizzy beer with citrus notes that actually smells and tastes like beer.

Buy it: £4.50 for 4 X 330ml bottles from Tesco.
Drink it: Peroni Libera 0.0% is available at Carluccio’s.

 

There are now countless alcohol alternatives drinks available on the market today. If you’re keen to discover more, check out The Dry Drinker who stock the largest range of alcohol free beers, wines and spirits in the UK.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

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NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

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INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

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