Low and No Alcohol Picks!

No- and low-alcohol drinks have for too long endured a reputation for being as joyful as stagnant rainwater. But no longer are they anything like this dull. In fact, I’ve tasted plenty of good low-alcohol beer in the past such as Small Beer and Big Drop, whereas low-alcohol wine, I admit, previously left my tastebuds feeling like shrivelled angry molluscs. Now there has finally been a step in the right direction.

Olly’s pick of the No & Lo bunch

Low Alcohol Garnacha Rosé 2020 (less than 0.5%), £2.75, Tesco. Fruity and easy, a drinkable glimpse of low-alcohol wine’s bright future.

Oddbird Blanc de Blancs (0%), £9.99, amazon.co.uk. Fizz minus the hangover? Matured for 12 months, this feels like a guilt-free treat.

Lucky Saint (less than 0.5%), £18 for 12 x 330ml case, majestic.co.uk. Delicious unfiltered lager with very low booze: crisp and ace.

Everleaf Mountain (0%), £19, everleafdrinks.com. Made to be a bit like pink gin but without the alcohol. Tasty served with tonic.

No & Lo Drink of the Week

Mother Root Ginger Switchel, (0%), £24, motherroot.london. Zesty, spicy, sharply refreshing, this is liquid invigoration.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 7th November 2021 Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.

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