DRY book of cocktails

DRY: a recipe book We love a good alcohol-free concoction, and there is a brand new, beautiful book out that will tickle your tastebuds with its awesome recipes. Usable as a treat just for you, or even as a way to show off your cocktail-making abilities to guests, family members, pets – anyone who’s watching,…

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London Cocktail Week Review lower-alcohol options

I set off to try out three of the London Cocktail Week lower-alcohol cocktail options last night, across three different venues in the Shoreditch/Spitalfields area, to feedback to Club Soda members and followers. The thought process behind these offerings is explained in the blog we posted last week so I went along to see how…

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Food Pairings

As with the finest of wines, some foods go exceptionally well together with certain non-alcoholic drinks. This mysterious art and science of food pairings has not yet had time to develop in the same way as it has with drinks containing alcohol, but there are many good suggestions already out there. We have selected some…

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Tea and Cheese

Tea & Cheese is perhaps the tasting experience where East meets West most dramatically. An explosion of tastes and sensations quite unlike any other and somehow unexplored until recently. Whilst I’d like to say I was the first to discover this unique pairing, I can put myself in the handful of people around the world…

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Laura and Jussi with alcohol-free drinks

Labels, labels, labels – in all senses of the word it can be confusing when working out what to drink instead of alcohol. If you start quaffing alcohol-free beers, are you just replacing one habit with another? Or is a fake alcoholic drink dangerous? How much alcohol is 0.5% really? And why do they not taste…

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How to fake an alcohol-free Pimms

If you like your Pimms, it’s good news! This “fake”, or alcohol-free version provides a summer taste sensation that is undistinguishable from the real thing. And it is also really simple to make, using easy-to-find ingredients. The recipe comes from SlimmingWorld, and also has a much lower calorie content than Pimms, and of course contains…

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Nirvana beer yoga

Nirvana beer We have talked about Nirvana Beer before – one of our first beer-tasting events included a prototype stout made by Steve, the man behind Nirvana, as one of the beers on the tasting menu. It was actually the favourite beer of the evening, beating several well-known commercial brands, so we have been eagerly…

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First up in a brand new series of articles on ‘What I Drink Instead’ is a list of blogger and Club Soda member Rae Ritchie’s alcohol-free favourites. Try them and see if you agree! From Dry January to sobriety As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I thought that throughout January, I’d draw on my experience of two…

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Big Drop Brewing Co. Citrus Pale Ale beer

Big Drop Brewing Co. Big Drop Brewing Co. has done it again, this time producing a delicious citrus pale ale to accompany their already popular Chocolate Milk Stout. The brand new 0.5% ABV beer is currently in the process of being bottled, labelled and packaged. Fortunately, owner Rob Fink had time to give Club Soda a…

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