Booze Alternative: Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock

This is a booze alternative I tried when Geth and I accidentally found ourselves in a pub last summer (it was genuinely an accident as we only stopped off to buy some drinks from their brewery, but they showed us down to a secret beer garden instead). I took the opportunity to sample some flavours of Fentimans that I hadn’t tried before!

Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock
Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock.

Unfortunately I really didn’t like this one as I wasn’t keen on the flavours. Nothing to do with Fentimans as I’ve loved lots of their other drinks – I think I just don’t like dandelion and burdock!

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: Fentimans Cherry Cola

Another flavour of Fentimans that I found on the supermarket shelf!

Fentimans Cherry Cola
Fentimans Cherry Cola.

I’ve never really liked cherry cola that much, I have to say. Even if it is the drink of choice for the brand-censored ‘Lola’ in the classic Kinks song (one of the reasons I prefer the uncensored original). However, I’ve got my usual ‘collect the set’ mentality when it comes to Fentimans, so I thought I’d give it a go.

And the verdict is…nope, still don’t like cherry cola. Can’t win ’em all!

Booze Alternative: Fentimans Rose Lemonade

There are what seems like hundreds of different flavours of Fentimans, and I am on a mission to try them all. I picked Rose Lemonade off the supermarket shelf ahead of any of the others, though, because it was pink. So very pink and pretty.

Fentimans Rose Lemonade
Fentimans Rose Lemonade.

It tastes like Turkish Delight in a bottle. OMG.

I already know this is going to be a real favourite when I’ve settled down with my drinks selection and stopped feeling the need to try something new every weekend!

Booze Alternative: Fentimans Ginger Beer

I did my first sober restaurant visit on Sunday night. San Lorenzo in Newcastle was a new find for me and Geth (as I’ve mentioned a couple of times this week), and I picked it because they had an online menu so I could see what the non-alcoholic options were. They had loads – Becks Blue and San Pellegrino and Fentimans – and if it were a pub I could honestly have been there all day trying all the different options, which is a very good sign. I decided on a Fentimans Ginger Beer, and as it turned out, I only needed the one.

Fentimans Ginger Beer
Fentimans Ginger Beer.

Fentimans Ginger Beer is extremely tasty. The ginger in it is very spicy, so I actually found myself choking on it a few times, but to be honest that’s probably for the best – I’d drink it a lot quicker otherwise, and this stuff is not as syn-free as Diet Coke!

I also found it didn’t set off my booze compulsions like the San Miguel 0.0 I’d tried a couple of nights previously – as I said, I only had the one, and didn’t feel the pull to have another – so this stuff’s probably safer for me to drink than non-alcoholic beer. It tastes nicer anyway!