Ah, gin. I’ve never been much of a gin-lover. In fact, I always hated gin. The first time I tried it was in a club in Liverpool (Planet X, to be specific) and I thought it smelt like paraffin. I’m not sure if I thought it also tasted like paraffin as I don’t remember getting as far as tasting it. Anyway, apart from it smelling like paraffin and therefore probably tasting like it too, I always thought gin was solely for drinking in scalding-hot baths in an effort to bring on a miscarriage to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy and not actually for, you know, drinking.
Nowadays though, judging by the gin-soaked ads, gin is the drink for women – especially mums – who want to spend most of their time drinking, but looking fashionable and on-trend and not like a pissed-up harpy incapable of looking after her children without a drink inside her. Mother’s ruin, indeed.
Alcohol-Free Gin and The Alcohol Free Co
If you don’t drink alcohol though, don’t worry – you too can be trendy and fashionable and enjoy gin and other spirits without the unfortunate side-effects of hangovers, liver disease and neglected children.
Tom Proctor, director at The Alcohol Free Co., gave up alcohol in 2012, after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver brought on by alcoholism. After a few months’ stay at the Royal London Hospital, Tom was discharged and hasn’t looked back. Seven years on, he holds a good job in London in the construction industry and owns a house which he shares with his wife and four-month-old daughter.
After discovering a range of Spanish drinks – Whissin (whiskey), Ginsin (gin), and Ronsin (rum) – (‘sin’ means ‘without’ in Spanish), Tom had a few bottles shipped over, tried them and liked them so much he set up an online business alongside his day job to bring them to a wider audience. His vision for the future is to be the go-to place for non-alcoholic spirits.
Caleño Alcohol-Free Gin
Okay, so you might be thinking, ‘What’s the point of alcohol-free gin? Why don’t I just drink lemonade? It’d be a lot flipping cheaper!’ And yes, it would be a lot flipping cheaper but lemonade is sweet and sugary and alcohol-free gin is bitter and botanical and far more satisfying than something that’s usually given to five-year-olds. Caleño contains juniper, inca berries, coriander and cardamom and is perfect with your favourite mixer.
Nirvana Brewery – Alcohol-Free Craft Beer
The Alcohol Free Co doesn’t just sell alcohol-free spirits; they also have a wide range of wine and beer, including craft beer from the Nirvana Brewery – the UK’s only craft brewery dedicated to brewing alcohol-free beer. If you’re a lager fan, these probably won’t be for you but if ale’s your thing, then their range of pale ale, stout and IPA will have something for you.
Caleño Alcohol-Free Gin and 4 bottles of Nirvana Craft Beer Giveaway & Reader Offer!
The Alcohol Free Co have kindly allowed me to give away one 70cl bottle of Caleño and 4 x 330ml bottles of Nirvana craft beer. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below – good luck!
Planet Veggie readers can also get 10% discount until the end of 2019 using the code Planet10 at the checkout at The Alcohol Free Co.