The festive season is upon us – the time to eat, drink and be merry. Whilst Christmas is a time to pop open your finest bottles of bubbly and celebrate with loved ones, it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t be part of celebrations if you choose not to drink alcohol. With more and more no, low and alcohol-free drinks options entering the market each year, there are so many fantastic drinks to choose from. I know that there are quite a few of you who are regular readers who either don’t drink at all or only drink on special occasions. So this one’s for you! My ultimate non-alcoholic Christmas gift guide.
Caleño | Non-alcoholic drinks to gift this Christmas
Caleño is a non-alcoholic drinks company whose mission is built on celebrating the “joy of not drinking”. The company first started when its founder, Ellie Webb, found herself on an alcohol-free night out with some of her closest friends. Feeling deflated by the limited selection of alcohol-free drinks on the bar at her favourite night-out spots, she was inspired to make a difference. She asked herself “why does choosing to not drink alcohol mean you can’t have fun and enjoy quality drinks while on a night out?”. So, she took it upon herself to build Caleño, an alcohol-free drinks company that prioritised great flavour and celebrated Ellie’s vibrant Latin roots.
Top picks from Caleño
Pentire | Non-alcoholic drinks to gift this Christmas
Say hello to Pentire, the first-ever non-alcoholic spirit from Cornwall. Inspired by a love of coastal living, Pentire is a botanical spirit made from distilling plants from the Cornish coastline. Their aim was to create a drink that captures the coastal experience in a bottle and showcases the beauty and flavours of plants. It’s completely free from added sugar, artificial colours and flavourings, and Pentire as a company is committed to sourcing its ingredients responsibly. They even give back by supporting various causes that help to protect our oceans and environment which I think is incredible. I’d describe Pentire as a gin-adjacent spirit. It actually reminds me a lot of one of my favourite Spanish gins, Nordés. I think that comes from the balance of sea salt and citrus that Pentire has. It’s subtle and light yet, when served with a Fever Tree tonic, doesn’t get lost at all in the mixer.
Top picks from Pentire
Freixenet 0.0% | Non-alcoholic drinks to gift this Christmas
Representing the alcohol-free wines this year is none other than Freixenet. Regular readers will know that I’m no stranger to Freixenet’s range of alcoholic sparkling and still wines. They’ve been a long-time favourite of mine, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. However, whilst you might be familiar with Freixenet’s range of alcoholic wines, you might be less familiar with their zero per cent alcohol range. The Freixenet 0.0% range consists of a classic sparkling white wine and a sparkling rosé wine. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic bottle of fizz to toast to the festive season with this year, I couldn’t recommend the Freixenet 0.0% range enough. The wines are dry and crisp and don’t have any sickly sweet artificial flavours to them that you often get with alcohol-free wine alternatives. If you’re a Freixenet fan who’s looking for a no/low alcohol alternative then you have to try these.
Top picks from Freixenet
Big Drop Brewing Co. | Non-alcoholic drinks to gift this Christmas
Finishing off the guide is Big Drop Brewing Co. Launched in 2016, Big Drop was founded due to its founders feeling that there was a lack of good alcohol-free beer options on the market. Known for brewing a fantastic range of no and low-alcohol beers from stouts to lagers to IPAs, Big Drop is not one to be missed this Christmas. If, like me, you’re a lover of a good ole sour beer you’re in for a treat here. Boy have I got a good one for you. Big Drop’s Double Strike Sour. This one is light and sparkling with a slightly fruity flavour coming through at the beginning. As you get to the end you’re hit with a delicious sour twist. Big Drop describes it as a ‘gateway to the world of sours’ and I completely get what they mean. It’s sour but not too sour, so it’s a drink that I think most beer lovers would enjoy. Even those of you who aren’t typically beer lovers will most likely be on board because it’s so light. It’s gluten-free and vegan friendly too. At 0.5% ABV it’s the perfect low alcohol beer for this Christmas.