Last Updated on February 9, 2019 by Fiona Maclean
Enjoying non-alcoholic drinks from Britvic:
Whilst dry January is now over (I have to admit that mine ended up slightly damp!), I know that I want to keep up my new routine of only drinking alcohol either when I’m out, or when we have guests at home. I’ve found that, eventually, I slept better and felt more alert generally. I have lost 8llbs too, although I can’t really attribute that wholly to the lack of alcohol. It’s also to do with taking note of what I’m eating as well.
There are now some great non-alcoholic beers and spirit substitutes on the market (I’m still to find a decent de-alcoholised wine), but sometimes a soft drink is what’s needed to quench your thirst. So I was really pleased to be sent a hamper of drinks from Britvic, a well-known brand in its own right, but also the maker of Robinsons Refresh’d, Drench, Purdey’s and Aqua Libra.
Things have certainly moved a long way from the days of orange squash, lemonade or colas being the only options for soft drinks. Of course, these still exist, but more imaginative forms are also available, such as the gorgeous raspberry lemonade and the cloudy lemonade featured in my hamper.
The hamper contained a great selection of drinks, which I’m enjoying making my way through. Today I cracked open the cinnamon and apple cordial and gently warmed it as suggested, I tried it neat and then realised by its sweetness that I should have read the small print. It’s supposed to be diluted 6 parts water to 1 part of the juice. I think I was thrown as it was slightly sparkling when I took the cap off. Promptly remedied by the addition of some sparkling mineral water, this was a lovely drink with a beautiful aroma. Perfect for a bright, yet cold winters day.
I also tried the lemon and lime cordial, which again needed the addition of water. Served over ice with a slice of lemon, this was tangy and refreshing and will be perfect for when the weather warms up. I think that both these drinks are really good value, once you’ve realised not to drink them neat! They also look like adult drinks. In fact, if you don’t want to buy bespoke cocktail mixers they might make a good base for the occasional grown-up tipple.
I’m doing my civic duty on jury service at the moment, and I think that the Aqua Libra will be featuring in my packed goodies tomorrow. Although maybe I should take the Purdey’s, on week two, I need the promised rejuvenation!
There’s certainly plenty to choose from, enough to keep boredom and bad habits away. Why not try some and join the #SoberNotSorry campaign?
Disclaimer: we were sent the products to sample and review. All comments are editorially given.