Updated: Sep 1, 2018
It’s permanently dry January for me, but I am always on the lookout for a sophisticated adult styled alternative when attending a social gathering. Sugary drinks just don’t cut the mustard and there are only so many glasses of fresh orange you can stomach.
Research has suggested that there’s a thirst for products that protect against pounding heads next morning, and also keeping an eye on what you drink can have a positive effect on your overall health and well-being.
But fear not, help is at hand in the form of the Temperance Spirit Company from Skipton and their Teetotal G’n’T which claims to be as close as you can get to the taste of a real gin and tonic, but without the gin.
The Temperance Spirit Company was formed in 2015 by three businessman Brendan Duckworth, Ian Jowett and Ian Ackroyd. It was former research chemist and doctor of chemistry Ian Jowett who was tasked with first developing the recipe for Teetotal G’n’T using only all natural, high quality ingredients and he spent many months refining the taste until he was happy with the result.
Eventually, he came up with the correct mix of botanicals to replicate the taste of gin to everyone’s satisfaction while keeping down the sugar content and the calorie count to just 52kcal per drink.
Sceptics were quickly quietened when bottles cropped up in some of the best bars in the country, and now for the perfect serve you can take a chilled bottle of G’n’T, then add to ice in a glass, add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber, and enjoy!
It’s all part of a broader movement of falling alcohol consumption (down 19% from 2004) which is behind other low-to-no alcohol launches.