Booze Alternative: Fizzero Zero Alcohol Sparkling Rosé

Along with the white version of Fizzero, I also picked up the rosé version from M&S.

I’m really pleased that so many alcohol-free wines have rosé versions because rosé was always my favourite type of wine when I still drank alcohol. I find non-alcoholic still wines uncomfortable to drink* because they ‘feel’ too much like their alcoholic counterparts, but I’ve really come to love the sparkling versions, as I’m able to perform that mental separation and so they don’t put me at risk of wanting ‘real’ wine.

Fizzero Zero Alcohol Sparkling Rosé
Fizzero Zero Alcohol Sparkling Rosé.

The Fizzero version, like its white counterpart, tastes very grape-y – a bit like grape juice. The rose flavour is a bit too subtle for my liking, but it is there. Another nice light alternative for summer.

*They’re great for cooking though!

Booze Alternative: Fizzero Zero Alcohol Sparkling White

This sparkling alcohol-free drink was one of a selection I picked up at M&S last summer.

Fizzero Zero Alcohol Sparkling White
Fizzero Zero Alcohol Sparkling White.

It doesn’t have quite as much of a ‘fake booze’ taste as other zero alcohol sparkling wines I’ve tried, and so it feels lighter. It has an interesting grape-y medium taste, which is very pleasant.

I’ve not been in the local M&S Food for a while, but this one is well worth picking up again.

Booze Alternative: Destination 1850 Virgin Apple Mojito

Towards the end of 2019, when Geth and I were doing a lot of travelling in order to attend gigs in other cities, I developed a taste for mocktails. The fact that I have been unable to continue sampling them is probably one of the pandemic’s ‘silver linings’, as while extremely delicious they are not particularly diet-friendly and I don’t need any extra temptations in that area right now!

The first one I tried was a Virgin Apple Mojito at Destination 1850, which at the time was a brand-new venue located within the concourse of Newcastle Central train station. Like everywhere else, it’s currently closed due to the lockdown, but it was a very nice stop-off when travelling by train, so I hope it’s able to reopen when things are back to normal!

Destination 1850 Virgin Apple Mojito
Destination 1850 Virgin Apple Mojito.

This drink tasted absolutely divine – I have a very sweet tooth and love sugary-tasting drinks as a treat – and so it was not the first mocktail of that particular weekend! More to follow next time.

Booze Alternative: Fentimans Ginger Ale

I’m finally catching up with my booze alternative reviews again, as I’ve not done any in a while. Fentimans Ginger Ale was one I tried in November 2019.

Fentimans Ginger Ale
Fentimans Ginger Ale.

I like the ginger beer from the same brand, but as I said in my previous review I find it quite hard to drink because it’s very spicy and makes me cough. The ginger ale is much easier to drink, and it’s got a lovely sweet taste, so if given the choice between the two I would probably have the ale.

Strange to go back through my pictures and find one taken in a bar. A different world!

Booze Alternative: Cosy Club Virgin Blood Orange Mojito

When Geth and I were in Leeds for the A-ha gig last November, we ate out at the Cosy Club, a restaurant we hadn’t tried before. I don’t actually remember what I ate, but they did the most fantastic alcohol-free mocktails!

Cosy Club Virgin Blood Orange Mojito
Cosy Club Virgin Blood Orange Mojito.

This mocktail was amazingly minty, reminding me strongly of all the lovely-tasting mojitos I’d had in my drinking days. I was a little wary on first taste, as drinks that are very similar-tasting to their alcoholic versions can be a bit triggering sometimes, but in the event I didn’t miss the alcohol at all. Absolutely delicious and thoroughly recommended.

Booze Alternative: Fritz-Kola

I had this cola alternative when in Brewdog Newcastle to see a local band last August (well, we weren’t really there to see the local band – it was something to do while waiting for a synthwave club night to open – but I digress).

Fritz-Kola
Fritz-Kola.

Brewdog is actually fairly well known for its selection of zero-alcohol and low-alcohol beers. However, I’m not really a beer drinker, and so on this particular night I opted for their poncy cola option instead.

The design of the bottle label is all very exotic and German expressionist, but the contents taste exactly like Diet Coke. I’m not a huge fan of Diet Coke, so this was a bit disappointing. Still, I probably enjoyed it more than I would have enjoyed the alcohol-free beer!

Booze Alternative: Tesco No Added Sugar Ginger Beer

My absolute go-to ginger beer is the Sainsbury’s Fiery Ginger Beer (which is sugar-free and therefore also calorie-free/syn-free), so I was really interested to try the Tesco equivalent when Mum and Dad got some in over the summer.

Tesco No Added Sugar Ginger Beer
Tesco No Added Sugar Ginger Beer.

It’s not as sweet as the Sainsbury’s version, but it’s really nice and spicy! I look forward to having a few more of these when I’m visiting home for Christmas.

Booze Alternative: Tesco Finest Ginger Ale

Mum and Dad are Tesco shoppers and so the selection of ginger beers and ales that they’ve kindly got in for me when I’ve been visiting this year have mostly been from Tesco. I’ve had this ginger ale a couple of times this year, most recently when I was visiting en route to Shetland last month.

Tesco Finest Ginger Ale
Tesco Finest Ginger Ale.

It’s quite nice, but it’s a little plain-tasting for the calories – I’d rather have a nice flavourful diet ginger beer and not have to syn it!

Still not a bad option, and I expect I’ll be drinking a bit more of this around Christmas time.