Booze Alternative: Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé

This is my favourite booze alternative of the last two and a bit years of sobriety. It’s an absolute go-to…

Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé
Freixenet 0.0% Alcohol Free Sparkling Rosé.

…and in recent weeks Asda have stopped selling it, so I can’t get it regularly anymore! Oh well.

It doesn’t taste quite like alcoholic fizzy, but that’s what I like about it (it means it’s not triggering). Instead, it’s got a distinctive taste all of its own – perfect sweetness, very refreshing. I hope I find another local source for it soon.

Booze Alternative: Fre Alcohol-Removed White Zinfandel Rosé

Another light summer alternative.

Fre Alcohol-Removed White Zinfandel Rosé
Fre Alcohol-Removed White Zinfandel Rosé.

I was a bit nervous about drinking something that tastes like wine (sparkling wine is different, because I only ever had a glass or two to toast something when I was a drinker, whereas regular still wine was generally a fairly dangerous thing for me to drink). While it did taste lovely, and very light and refreshing, it felt a bit too close to the real thing for comfort. I’m okay with using alcohol-free red wine for cooking and so on, but for actual drinking I’ll stick to the fizzy stuff.

Booze Alternative: Belle & Co Sparkling Rosé

I first tried this alcohol-free sparkling rosé last summer, but it’s become a regular buy recently as it’s always in stock at the big Asda where we do our weekly shop.

Belle & Co Sparkling Rosé
Belle & Co Sparkling Rosé.

I’ve tried a few non-alcoholic rosés, but this one really stands out because the rosy taste is very strong. It’s also quite light so another good summer option.

Not to be confused with the similarly-named leggings company!

I also regularly drink the white version, which I’ll review next time.

Booze Alternative: M&S Alcohol-Free Bucks Fizz

This is another alcohol-free option that I picked up to try last summer. In my drinking days Bucks Fizz was a Christmas drink in my eyes, but I think it’s important to break those kinds of habits and attitudes in sobriety (it is taking a LONG time to get used to the fact that I can drink ‘special’ alcohol-free drinks at times when I wouldn’t have drunk the alcoholic equivalents, e.g. while working, but I’m going to keep working on that). I actually think this alcohol-free version works better as a summer drink, because it’s nice and light.

M&S Alcohol-Free Bucks Fizz
M&S Alcohol-Free Bucks Fizz.

It was very tasty (and also felt quite celebratory according to my notes, though I can’t remember what I was celebrating), but I think the next time I feel like Bucks Fizz it’d be nicer to make my own with one of my favourite alcohol-free sparkling wines. Maybe a project for summer 2021.

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.