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Christmas is seen as the season of indulgence, everything is done in excess; presents, parties, food and alcohol. With the opening of our social calendar, we can feel the pressure to drink with the rest, despite the endless to-do lists and engagements over the coming months. Most of us want to enjoy a cocktail or two, without the hangover and headaches that go with it. So, whether you don’t like to drink much, or are looking to change habits this year, going alcohol-free could be the ideal solution. The rise of non-alcoholic drinks means that we have our cake and eat it.
Gin has been a popular drink for centuries, and there is no denying that it has grown in popularity over recent years. Even among my core group of friends and co-workers, gin is seemingly the preferred spirit. But if you’re looking for an alcohol-free alternative, what should you go for?
We tried and tested the Sipsmith FreeGlider, a non-alcoholic spirit, among friends and the results were astounding. As a group who largely drinks gin, they tried it with tonic- their usual pairing, and said you simply could not tell the difference in taste. When we compared the FreeGlider to other non-alcoholic spirits, they said the FreeGlider was preferrable and would be something they would order in a bar if looking for a non-alcoholic alternative. The other non-alcoholic spirits, although palatable, wasn’t seen anywhere near as favourably, and given a choice – assuming no FreeGlider was available, would likely stick with a coke instead. Given that the FreeGlider is also low in calories – except for what you pair it with, it also makes for a healthier alternative to most non-alcoholic drinks.
Personally, I don’t drink gin. I’ve only tried a few, often with tonic, but generally find it to be too dry. However, with lemonade, I found the FreeGlider to be really quite enjoyable; I could distinguish the distinct and iconic flavours of Juniper but found this alcohol-free alternative to be quite smooth and refreshing. As someone who also doesn’t drink much – if at all- and often drinking a coke or other high I’d certainly enjoy a few glasses quite easily.
Plus, another bonus of ordering a FreeGlider when at a bar or pub with my preferred accompaniment, is it’ll give me the same satisfaction and enjoyment of being able to order and enjoy a cocktail with my friends.
For this festive season, whatever your motivations to try a non-alcoholic alternative, why not give these Sipsmith approved cocktails a try and see just how delicious FreeGlider is for yourself! If hosting a party, your designated drivers and guests who also like to go alcohol-free are sure to appreciate the thoughtful touch.
FreeGlider Winter Ginger Mule
- 50ml Sipsmith FreeGlider
- 20ml lime juice
- 10ml ginger syrup
- 75ml ginger ale or ginger beer
- Lime twist (to garnish)
- Combine Sipsmith FreeGlider, lime juice and ginger syrup in an ice-filled copper mug or highball glass
- Stir with a copper swan stirrer
- Top with ginger ale or ginger beer
- Garnish with a lime twist
FreeGlider Clover Club
- 50ml FreeGlider
- 20ml lemon juice
- 15ml sugar syrup
- 6 fresh raspberries
- 1 egg white or 25ml egg white substitute
- Fresh raspberry, to garnish
Combine all ingredients – except garnish – in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well until creamy, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a fresh raspberry. Sip and enjoy!
FreeGlider & Tonic
- 50ml of FreeGlider
- 100ml chilled premium tonic water
- Garnish with an orange peel for a simple and flavourful serve.
Find more cocktail recipes for FreeGlider over on the Sipsmith site.