Sit back and sip up – from exciting new tipples to saintly alcohol-free serves, here are six of the coolest pours for September 2021
1 STRYKK TM NOT VANILLA V*DKA
For something delicious without the hangover, pour yourself a cocktail made with the first ever non-alcoholic vanilla vodka – the STRYKKTM NOT VANILLA V*DKA.
The first of its kind to hit the UK market, the new flavour infused with Madagascan vanilla beans, is the perfect component needed to ‘STRYKK’ the UKs #1 cocktail – a Passionfruit Martini! 100% natural with no sugar, no fat, no carbs and no artificial flavouring, it’s ideal for a saintly sip. As with all other STRYKKTM spirits, NOT VANILLA V*DKA is both vegan and gluten free, and remains one of the healthiest non-alcoholic alternatives currently available on the market.
Available to buy via STRYKK.com from £18.
2 El Sueño Tequila’s Watermelon Liqueur
Watermelon Sugar dreams – Harry Styles, drink your heart out. Ideal for something sweetly refreshing, this new release is the first tequila liqueur in the UK market to be naturally flavoured with real fruit and is specially designed to complement the agave flavour that shines through from the tequila.
Made using real fruit and sweetened with the natural unrefined Mexican sugar, Piloncillo, this combination gives the spirit a subtle balance of fruity and citrusy notes alongside the fresh earthy undertones that come from the agave. Hello to delectable watermelon margaritas, no matter the weather.
£18, available in 300 Tesco stores
3 Canvino’s Bianco & Rose Cans
Canned wine, I hear you cry? Break tradition and try something new for your next outdoor bev. Newly launched for 2021, Canvino is the all-natural, vegan-friendly, 100% recyclable hot day essential – whether you’re lounging in Ibiza or Islington. Naturally sparkling wine that tastes as good as it looks – the lightweight cans package up perfectly for the park, plus they stay fizzy and cooler for longer.
First up, Bianco – a lightly sparkling, crisp and dry white wine, which is full-bodied and easy to drink. Although dry or ‘Secco’ in style, it is fruity and fresh with light floral notes.
Next… No way? Rose! A medium-dry, lightly sparkling Rosé with well-balanced fruit notes. The pale blush colour is indicative of Northern Italian wines and is perfect for any occasion.
£3 per can (with free shipping on packs of 12 or more) from Canvino.com, Amazon and other selected retailers.
4 Crossip’s PURE HIBISCUS
Founded in 2020 by cocktail expert Carl Anthony Brown, Crossip is a range of non-alcoholic spirits crafted from botanical ingredients that offer superior flavour and body.
Since its 2020 launch, Crossip has gone from strength to strength, positioning itself as a challenger brand within the rapidly growing No and Low sector. Unapologetically bold, in its branding, ethos and most importantly, its flavour – it is unique within the market.
Rather than replicating the taste of alcohol spirits like gin or whisky, Crossip has the mature mouthfeel and flavour profile typically associated with alcohol and therefore can be used to create sophisticated tasting cocktails or simply added to a mixer to add depth and texture through its unique maceration process.
Ideal for something with a tart deep taste, the PURE HIBISCUS flavour features floral notes of hibiscus, cubeb and rhubarb. This complex, bitter liquid finishes with wormwood and cayenne for a long aftertaste. Inspired by Carl’s favourite Italian bitters and aperitifs, it’s the perfect 0% option for a negroni or spritz.
£22, purchase via the Crossip website and via Amazon Restaurants & bars throughout the UK
5 Château Minuty ‘Rosé et Or’ 2019/20
Rain or shine, Monday or Friday, a glass (or two) of Rosé is always a good idea. Perfect for a light and delicate sip, Château Minuty has made rosé as complex as it come. Made from hand-picked Grenache & Tibouren grapes and pampered by Provençal sea breezes, transport yourself to the French Riviera with its delicate hints of pink grapefruit and white peach meet aromas of citrus fruit and white flowers.
£24.99, purchase via majestic.co.uk
6 Humble Warrior’s Tulsi and Pomegranate sparkling plant-based tonics
Feeling like your insides could benefit from a bit of a boost? Humble Warrior are makers of plant-based tonics, created to revive and revitalise the natural sugars in your body to get you through the day. Whole tulsi leaf and sweet pomegranate come together in this pack – a combination that does wonders for your insides with a berry-centric fizz in every drop. Wellness is just a sip away.
£26.99 per case of six, purchase via selfridges.com