There are many reasons why people decide to cut down on alcohol, from health concerns, weight management, to realising they have a bit of a habit, or simply trying to save some money. Alcohol is quietly damaging us after all with liver disease proposed to be the nations biggest killer by next year, and UK women at the highest danger rate in 10 years. Women are also the biggest wine drinkers which means that those wonderful fruits once fermented are becoming an issue. But if you like many others are social drinkers or you like a sip alone while you wind down with a book in the evening, how are you to satisfy your now refined and wine-engineered palate? Here are some alternatives that you can easily swap out for your regular bottle.
Non Alcoholic Wine
It seems like a no-brainer but people often forget that these options are available. Though because they are really trying to imitate the flavour and sensation of wines specifically these can fall noticeably short sometimes. One of the brands that seems to be close to the mark is Torres Rosé. Though it is sweeter than your regular glass, this stuff is taken through the fermentation process fully then the alcohol is removed afterwards. This means that you get the balance of flavours and clarity that you would expect from wine without the hangover in the morning.
You’ve probably already seen or even tried this brand of alcohol free grape based drinks at a party. Though they aren’t a perfect taste replacement for wine when ingested side by side, Shloer offers a range of flavours and variations that should keep anyone satisfied, one they find their preferred style. From fruity mixed berries, summery rhubarb and apple to crisp elderflower and white grape, if you swap out for this stuff today, you wont remember the difference by the end of the week.
It might seem silly to think that fruit juice is an easy substitute for the exquisite and labour intensive precision that make for a great wine, but think about it again and it actually makes perfect sense. Since wine is essentially glorified (deadlier) grape juice, why not just go for the main ingredient and have at it. If you are used to bitter, vinegary reds or dry throat parching whites you are going to be in for a shock here as like all fruit juices the stuff from grapes is incredibly sweet. Regardless the fruity punch that comes with it will still tantalise your taste buds and soon enough you will have to wean yourself of this stuff instead. Get not from concentrate versions for a real authentic, deep berry hit.
This Italian aperitif is a popular non-alcoholic drink that will fly well with fans of spritzers. A mix of berries and botanicals here makes for a drink that isn’t as sweet as its competition, perfect for those who like a bit of bite. Its bittersweet taste will have you nodding your head as your tongue works its way through its many different layers finishing up on a citrus crisp finale.