Our Top 6 Ready to Drink Cocktails

Our Top 6 Ready to Drink Cocktails

Ready to drink for any occasion even though we know it’s fun to play mixologist there are times where you just need drinks that are easy yet delicious. Perfect for picnics, little get togethers and summer BBQ’s we have listed our top 6 ready to drink cocktails so you can have none of the hassle but all of the fun!

Clean Liquor

https://cleanliquor.com

The development of The Clean Liquor Co. has been a long and personal journey. For these canned cocktail they have skilfully combined fragrant and juniper-packed CleanGin with a wonderfully well balanced and refreshing tonic water and CleanRum which which skilfully combines the sweet caramel notes and cayenne pepper spice of CleanRum with delicious cola. Both these mixed drink that is only 0.5% vol yet crisp and delicious.

Highball

https://www.highballcocktails.com

Highball are husband and wife team Red and Kate Johnson. They were seeking alcohol free alternatives to their favourite cocktails that were delicious, convenient and would be suitable for social occasions and drinking at home. Because they mix alcohol free cocktails for ourselves, they decided to develop a small range of some of their favourites – and called them Highball Cocktails. They come in 6 delicious flavours Cosmopolitan, Gin & Tonic, Ginger Dram, Italian Spritz, Mojito and Pink G&T

Nocktail

https://www.nocktail.com

Nocktail use a stimulating, natural botanical blend of Garden MintKafir Lime, Lemongrass & A Hint Of Chili combined with a delightful Natural Rum Flavour (alcohol-free of course!) to bring these Mojitos to life and help re-create the similar sensations you would expect from a traditional Mojito. The same satisfying flavours, without the dissatisfying mornings.

NOgrini

https://seedlipdrinks.com/uk/

A non-alcoholic twist on the classic Negroni, the NOgroni was born in Seedlip founder Ben Branson’s garage. It debuted at The World’s Best Bar Awards in London in 2017 and has been a popular non-alcoholic listing in some of the best bars around the world ever since. Now Seedlip is bringing the NOgroni into a bottled concept. The NOgroni is a bold & bittersweet contemporary take on a classic cocktail made with a perfectly balanced mix of Seedlip Spice 94, Æcorn Bitter & Æcorn Aromatic.

Served as an aperitif with food or simply enjoyed on its own, the NOgroni is a complex, bitter & citrusy blend with hints of Chinotto Orange, Grapefruit, All Spice & Gentian.

Ish

https://www.ishspirits.com

ISH is the alternative for the mindful drinker. The athlete, the pregnant woman, or the designated driver. It’s for those who can tear up the dance floor sober, and for those who simply want to wake up with a clear head on a Sunday morning. Realizing people craved the same familiar flavors. ISH, was created  we can all still enjoy our favorite cocktails with no- og low-alcohol, for any occasion, and most importantly – without compromise. They have two delicious canned flavours SpritzISH which is truly a bittersweet balanced experience, with flavors reminiscent of long summer evenings and warm nights and GinISH and tonic.

Square Root

https://www.squarerootsoda.com

In 2012 Ed + Robyn started making Square Root Sodas, selling them at their local farmers market.They enlisted the help of a 1920s delivery Tricycle, Elsie, and began peddling them all around town.Since then, they opened up their very own Soda Works in a railway arch in Hackney and demand for the sodas has grown exponentially.With an ever changing range of flavours, Square Root Sodas truly are unique. Ed, Robyn and the team really do strive to get the most out of their ingredients and ensure that every flavour you try is the best it can be! They have their non- alcoholic G&T as well as there non -alcoholic Negroni Spritz.

Question time with Brandon Buchanan

Question time with Brandon Buchanan

Brandon Buchanan is a Chicago based poet, writer and recovering addict. Brandon shares his journey over his inspirational Instagram page @fromalx. We spoke with Brandon to discuss his journey and how sober communities can be more inclusive.

How long have you been sober?
I was sitting in the back of a police car on March 11, 2020, and realized I hit my rock bottom. I was a mess. I’ve since completed a drug treatment and recovery program, and started documenting my journey via @fromALX

 

What challenges have you found being in an inter-racial gay relationship?
My family’s safety continues to be the #1 challenge – especially during these periods of social unrest and injustice. I’m fearful of those who have hatred in their hearts; of those who are small-minded. Some days it’s hard to hold my husband’s hand in public because I can’t control the “crazies” who are out there.

 

What do you think sober/recovery communities should do more of to be inclusive of the black community?
AMPLIFY OUR VOICES!! I’m a Black, gay man in recovery and I have a story to tell – WE have stories to tell. There’s so much stigma in the Black community related to mental health and sobriety, and the last thing that we want is to be excluded. Our non-Black brothers and sisters in this community should continue to promote and support Black voices who are in recovery.

 

What has been the best thing about your new sober life in your relationship?
Rediscovering the love I have for my husband, my family, and my friends. Alcohol and drugs trapped me in the “sunken place”. I also love writing and art, and my husband is just as much of a contributor to @fromALX as I am. Sobriety is a journey we are on together!

 

If you want to hear more about Brandon’s story, follow his Instagram @fromALX.

 

Top Tips for Socialising Sober

Top Tips for Socialising Sober

Socialising sober can be one of the most daunting things about being sober or thinking about cutting back on the booze. We question whether we still be fun, whether people will think we are boring, whether or not we will be able to hold a conversation and will we still be able to tear up the dance floor? The thing about sober socialising is that none of these fears will come true. You will still be fun, you definitely will not come across boring, your conversation will be more engaging and you will most definitely be able to tear up the dance floor. The best bit? You won’t wake up with a stonking hangover and will be able to remember it all in the morning! See below my Top 5 tips for making the most and enjoying socialising sober;

1. Prepare yourself

Before a sober night out I like to really get in the mood this would previously look like downing a bottle of rose while getting ready and getting some dutch courage inside of me. However these days I like to get myself in a positive mindset as I feel this is crucial in enjoying and let’s be honest surviving a sober night out, especially if it’s a big occasion like a wedding or birthday when you know there will be lots of temptation around. I meditate for 10 minutes, go for a run, have a bath and then pour myself some kombucha, stick some house tunes and volia you are ready to go face the night head on! My theory is if we feel at our best we are less likely to engage in behaviours that we know aren’t good for us.

2. Order a soft drink first

Now this might sound blindingly obviously because lets face it what else are you doing to order? BUT make sure this is the first thing you do ,this can be the biggest hurdle when you arrive and everyone is ordering alcohol or there are trays being passed around its VERY easy to get into the ‘oh I will just have one mentality’ but if you get in there order your AF drink it sets you on the right path for the evening. It takes the battle out of your head which is when we can fool ourselves into thinking that maybe it’s a good idea!

3. Embrace Conversation

On a night out the only thing I would usually worry about is where my next drink is coming from or if the waiter was on their way to top my glass if was an occasion. I very rarely engaged or was present in the conversations I was having. However in my sobriety I care about what people have to say, want to ask questions and find out more about them. I find I leave night outs feeling more fulfilled and enriched through deeper conversations

4. Phone a friend

We are always going to encounter tricky sober socialising situations that we find triggering, uncomfortable or anxiety inducing. I recommend having a sober pal on speed dial so if you need some support you always have a phone a friend to help you through and remind you why picking up that drink is never a good idea.

5. Don’t be afraid to leave

Don’t feel like you have to stay the entire evening you fact you have shown up, had a good time and been present is enough. When we are drinking we usually order more alcohol to keep the night going but in sobriety our mind and bodies let us know when we have had enough. It’s usually the thing when we wake up with a hangover and we have the thought ‘if only I left at midnight or before the shots came out’. We instinctively know when are meant to leave but drinking lets us override this whereas in sobriety we get to aware and it’s great to be able to listen to ourselves, know we have had a great night and can wake up in the morning feeling fresh.

Question time with Lazarus Letcher

Question time with Lazarus Letcher

Lazarus Nance Letcher was born in raised in the Midwest. They’ve been performing for over twenty years, and love nothing more than sharing the story of their people over the swell of strings. They currently live on ancestral and unceeded Tiwa land also known as Albuquerque, New Mexico. Laz is pursuing a PhD in American Studies with a focus on folklore, Black liberation, and queer and trans studies. They teach Introduction to Peace Studies, covering liberation movements and resistance efforts. They’ve written about topics like transgender and Two-Spirit migration, intersectional approaches to addiction and recovery, Black and Indigenous solidarity in liberation movements, and transgender connection/kinship through folklore. They give presentations like LGBTQ 101s with an emphasis on settler colonialism and white supremacy. Laz is also a sexuality educator, wishing and working for a world where we all get what we desire.

How long have you been sober?

I’ve been sober for 2.5 years.

Tell us about your work?

I’m finishing my Ph.D. in American Studies and teaching inside and outside the academy. My work centres Black trans voices as a path to liberation from white supremacy and settler colonialism. I believe we’re in a beautiful moment of Black and Indigenous solidarity, especially with the LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit communities.

How have you found racism to be present in the treatment of BIPOC communities when it comes to recovery?

Racism and white supremacy still exist in recovery spaces. People often have a prepared narrative for me while it seems white folks in sobriety are allotted more space to be themselves and fall under the truth that addiction can strike anyone. A solid example of that is “the war on drugs” versus “the opioid crisis” – it was a war when the folks most affected were BIPOC communities and a health crisis once it began affected white folks. Recovery spaces are still predominantly white and follow models made by and for white cisgender men – I have found relief in these spaces at different times but I had to learn to take what works for me and to leave the rest. I’m grateful for the increase in affinity groups for recovery and find deep healing unpacking personal and generational trauma BIPOC only recovery spaces.

What advice would you give to sober communities if they want to be more inclusive of the BIPOC at LGBTQ+ communities?

To make spaces more welcoming to BIPOC and/or the LGBTQIA+ communities take a look at your group and the physical space where you meet. Could a nonbinary person like me use the bathroom? Do your materials use gendered language? Who founded your group, and what was the history of segregation that might lead to the separation in the rooms today? Are materials available in Spanish? Simple things like this can be signals to folks like me that we’re welcome in a space or group.

To follow their journey head to @l.nuzzle