Booze Alternative: Sainsbury’s Fiery Ginger Beer

I wasn’t going to review this one, because it’s sugar free and hence a ‘diet’/syn-free drink (it comes in two-litre plastic bottles, like most branded fizzy drinks), so I wasn’t going to count it as a ‘special’ or ‘celebratory’ booze alternative. However, it’s so tasty that I have found myself choosing it over sugary versions of ginger beer, with the bonus that I can spend my syns on other things. Win-win!

Sainsbury's Fiery Ginger Beer
Sainsbury’s Fiery Ginger Beer.

It can be slightly cough/sneeze-inducing if I drink it too fast, but it’s a really nice-tasting ginger beer and has become my go-to for an evening drink.

Booze Alternative: Becks Blue

Another non-alcoholic beer. Geth bought a pack of these a few weeks ago, so I had one to see how it compared to the San Miguel 0.0.

Becks Blue
Becks Blue.

Although it’s very refreshing, the taste is a bit more sour than the San Miguel, and so it wasn’t as downable. This is a good thing, as I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the previous non-alcoholic beer – I found it a bit triggeringly moreish. With the Becks Blue, in contrast, I was happy just having the one – which is something I’ve never been able to say about beer before.

I still don’t think non-alcoholic beer will become a regular drink for me, though – it’s better for my head to stick to the ginger stuff.

Booze Alternative: John Crabbie & Co Ginger Beer

This was another drink that I found in the non-alcoholic section at Sainsbury’s.

John Crabbie & Co Ginger Beer
John Crabbie & Co Ginger Beer.

Not to be confused with the ginger beer made by Crabbie’s (which is alcoholic, as Crabbie’s only make alcoholic drinks) – John Crabbie & Co is an entirely different company!

This ginger beer isn’t as super sweet as I usually like, but the spice level is just right (it makes me sneeze rather than cough!). I’d definitely have this one again.

Booze Alternative: Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemonade & English Elderflower

It’s the last of the Franklin & Sons varieties I found in Inverness. I do have a related update, though – I managed to find Franklin & Sons ginger beer in Brewdog in Newcastle last week, so at least I know for definite that the brand can be found outside Inverness!

Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemonade & English Elderflower
Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemonade & English Elderflower.

I couldn’t really taste the elderflower in this one, but it’s a lovely classic lemonade – very refreshing.

Booze Alternative: Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer

Franklin & Sons is a soft drink brand that I hadn’t encountered until my trip to Inverness a few weeks ago. Geth and I found it in every bar and restaurant we went into while we were there, and have not seen it again since. It’s apparently a London brand, so I’ve no idea why I’ve only come across it in the far north of Scotland.

Anyway, I (obviously) tried every flavour, so you’ll be seeing a lot of their drinks in the next wee while.

Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer
Franklin & Sons Ginger Beer.

First up was the ginger beer, because my newfound love for ginger beer meant that this was obviously the one I tried first. It’s got the perfect level of spice! It’s quite sweet too. A really good ginger beer – I just hope I’ll find it closer to home sometime soon.

Booze Alternative: Britvic Ginger Ale

Two months after I first tried Britvic Ginger Beer (and there was a bit of confusion at the bar about whether I was having the ginger beer or the ginger ale), I finally came across the ginger ale in the hotel bar in Inverness the other week. It was very different to the ginger beer, so I can finally confirm that it was definitely the ginger beer I had in Newburgh!

Britvic Ginger Ale
Britvic Ginger Ale.

Contrary to what the label on the bottle neck says, this one is not spicy at all. However, it’s got a lovely sweet taste, and was very pleasant.