Wetting one's whistle, soberly

Hello all!

Asking for my partner who is doing Dry January, but still wants to enjoy what a drink that isn't just tea/water/fizzy pop when relaxing, or with friends.

We've seen alcohol free 'spirits' but cannot justify paying £20-25 for a bottle of what's effectively juice. And as a craft beer and real ale fan, 0% options from the likes of big-name lager brands don't quite cut it, as they all taste quite watered down...

So do you have recommendations for good no/low alcohol beverages that taste good, but won't break the bank?

Many thanks! :)
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  • sarah1972
    sarah1972 Posts: 18,801
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    Guinness 0 is absolutely lovely 
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  • gwynlas
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    Tesco's own gin and tonic is okay but I did not enjoy Gordons in a can or bottle of  )% Tanqueray
  • Mnoee
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    I'm enjoying a lot of fruit tea in the cold weather, my current favourite is a twinings peach tea that's marketed to relieve menopause symptoms - though that's not an issue for me yet! If your definition of tea is just English breakfast then definitely look at trying some others. 

    When I've cut down alcohol, I've always reached for fancy 'adult' soft drinks, like Belvoir farm. Yes, £3 a bottle is expensive compared to a value fruit juice, but it's much cheaper than the bottle of wine I'm not drinking. I also enjoyed Frexinet alcohol free sparkling 'wine' on special occasions. 
  • Emmia
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    edited 15 January at 2:34PM
    The M&S zero prosecco is £4 a bottle and good - pink better than the white though. 

    Those "spirits" are worth it IMO for a G&T. Don't drink them neat though as the mouthfeel is all wrong.
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    We've found zero alcohol 'craft beers' are generally very drinkable, ie the ones that are more expensive to start with, and fuller flavour. Erdinger is good, Freedam is my favourite though. I've tried several alcohol free wines - all went down the sink! (I'm a grown up, I don't have to drink yucky beverages!) 
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  • Pollie
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    Rochester ginger drink from 'Dutchland' and Barrett. £5.59. Got a real hot kick. Drink neat or dilute in hot water. Do not get the the other flavours just the original ginger.
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    Pollie said:
    Rochester ginger drink from 'Dutchland' and Barrett. £5.59. Got a real hot kick. Drink neat or dilute in hot water. Do not get the the other flavours just the original ginger.
    I like the sound of this. 

    I don't see the point of drinking zero / low alcohol dupes, I'd rather have a decent cup of tea or coffee.
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  • Emmia
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    edited 15 January at 4:43PM
    Pollie said:
    Rochester ginger drink from 'Dutchland' and Barrett. £5.59. Got a real hot kick. Drink neat or dilute in hot water. Do not get the the other flavours just the original ginger.
    What's wrong with using its actual name,  Holland and Barrett which is based on the surnames of its founders...

    Nothing to do with the Netherlands.

  • Pollie
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    Sorry!! Never sure if you are supposed to use proper names and note that lots of users on various forums use altered names.
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    I don't normally like or drink low alcohol beer but find Lidls Saint-Bertin 2.6% lager quite drinkable and only costs about 25p a bottle.
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