Many people who enter in a pub or tavern are there to enjoy a cool beer or perhaps a nice glass of whisky, but for others a soft drink is more appropriate. This may be because they are the designated driver or for those who are simply off the booze for whatever reason.
The choice of soft drinks has become a serious option to alcohol, once a simple cola or lemonade was the only real non-alcoholic option but nowadays the choice is limitless. If you are off the booze then perhaps you should consider some of the choices available today, they are real grown up drinks and a world away from sugary softies.
Seedlip is the world’s first distilled but non-alcoholic spirit, you might not see the point of distilling something that does not contain alcohol, but this drink comprises of, spices, citrus peels, barks and goes superbly well with tonic. Bottled and blended in the UK, it is produced very similar to gin. For the health conscious it contains no calories and is free from artificial flavoring.
Jarr Kombucha Passion Fruit
If Japanese fermented tea sounds a little overwhelming, this latest edition contains wonderful passion fruit. It transforms the drink into a tropical bottle of sunshine with plenty of health benefits including naturally occurring probiotics. Also, it is abundant in vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes that a really good for the gut, it does not need mixing with anything else but perhaps serve on ice.
Double Dutch Pomegranate & Basil
These award-winning drinks are the brainchild of twins from Holland Joyce & Raissa Hass, and are inspired by molecular gastronomy. This may all sound very high-tech but suffice to say that the balance of flavors certainly produces a very adult tasting and refreshing drink. There are no unnatural ingredients and each bottle only contains 66 calories. The combination of tastes of anise pomegranate and basil is perfect served with soda and over ice.
Daylesford Sparkling Apple & Bilberry Juice
If you like your soft drinks to at least look like alcohol then you will love this sparkling beauty as it is presented in a champagne bottle. Perfect for adorning a dinner table or on the bar of a swish nightclub. This is a slightly sparkling fruit juice that would suit a summer snifter or perhaps an aperitif. The fruit is grown organically in France, and left to ripen fully so it is bursting with flavor, when ready it is harvested in traditional ways similar to wine.
Ugly Water Lemon and Lime
Perhaps marketers dreamed this one up, as it very cleverly contains just water, and nothing artificial. The brilliance of this drink is that it tastes like a full flavored, sugar laden can of pop. If perhaps you order a soda and lime in your favorite drinking place this is for you, because this drink is one big zero, no calories, fat, sugar etc. etc.
These drinks are among the new breed of soft drinks that can be found in many trendy bars, taverns and pubs. Some of them actually look alcoholic, and you can be certain they all pack an adult punch. So, if you are a little fed up just drinking cola when you are off the booze, try experimenting a little more.