Last Updated on December 5, 2021
Your festive non-alcoholic mulled wine alternative
The Crossip team believes that “not drinking” is not just a one-off, it’s a way of life. The founder, Carl Anthony Brown, combined his dedication to be in peak physical form, a career in cocktails and a love for a social drink to create base drinks for cocktails that contained none of the alcohol but all of the positive sensory excitements and flavours typically associated with alcohol. Here we are looking at their latest offering, Crossip Rich Berry. Read on to find out more.
Crossip is determined to be unapologetically bold and emulates the mature mouthfeel and flavour profile typically associated with alcohol. These can then be used to create sophisticated tasting cocktails or simply added to a mixer for depth and texture.
With the festive season coming up followed by an optional dry January, a one-off limited production run of Rich Berry is added to the Crossip collection to complement the winter. The drink features luxurious rich florals of damson and blackberry, backed up with a brute force of sour cherry. The bold flavours are also intricately spiced with clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, giving the spirit of Christmas. Finally, floral notes of raspberry, eucalyptus and the bitter notes of wormwood and gentian are added to top off this complex flavour.
Carl says that his goal was to “create a spirit that could be used to make full-bodied winter warmer cocktails so we are not just stuck with tea and hot chocolate as non-alcoholic alternatives”. He also claims that Rich Berry is made with simplicity of preparation in mind, so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home during Christmas and New Year instead of port and mulled wine. As it’s a limited run, you will definitely be able to get some for the Christmas holidays. However, don’t wait around too long into the winter as stocks will most likely run out by then.
A recommended recipe to try is mixing 25ml Crossip Rich Berry, 125ml cloudy apple juice and garnish it with a lemon twist in a microwaveable mug. After a few minutes in the microwave, the steaming cup is full of festive cheer. As someone who enjoys mulled apple juice during winter, I feel that this mocktail was a step up in sophistication compared to my usual. I definitely felt the complexity and depth of flavours in each sip.
An alternative lazy holiday version is simple to pour hot water and mix it with 25ml of Crossip Rich Berry to have 0%ABV mulled wine or port feel. When I tried this trick, I definitely felt like I was taking a shortcut with the preparation without compromising on the flavour. I have no doubts that I will do this again during the few days in between Christmas and New Year. It feels like a good drink to accompany Christmas movie marathons.
Other alternatives but equally simple recipes are mixing Rich Berry with either tonic water or ginger ale. However, avoid mixing it with lemonade. You can also try mixing it with bitter lemon and ice.
If you want to take a break from all the alcohol but still enjoy all the festive season flavours, give Rich Berry a try. At £22 per 50cl bottle, you won’t regret it. In fact, maybe you’ll even start drinking this from noon onwards as there are no alcoholic consequences.
Crossip Rich Berry can be bought here.