Non alcoholic drink review: Lyre’s Italian Spritz and Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso

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A review of Lyre’s Italian Spritz.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Lyre’s. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at drydrinker.com for £22.99 for a 700ml bottle

Alcohol content: 0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 350Kj 83Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 20g
-of which sugars 20g
Protein 0g
Salt 5mg

Ingredients
Water, sugar, natural flavouring, Sunset Yellow Colour, Azorubine Colour, acidity regulator (phosphoric acid), preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

Summary
A delicious and fruity bittersweet drink, delicious with tonic over ice and garnished with a slice of citrus (lemon, lime or grapefruit all work). Notes of bergamot, bitter orange, lemon, lime, rhubarb and herbs. Exceptional.

Score
9.5/10

A review of Lyre’s Aperitif Rosso.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Lyre’s. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at drydrinker.com for £22.99 for a 700ml bottle (currently comes with free Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic)

Alcohol content: 0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 73.8Kj 17.4Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 4g
-of which sugars 4g
Protein 0g
Salt 0.9mg

Ingredients
Water,non-alcoholic fermented grape juice concentrate, sugar, natural flavouring, caramel sugar syrup, colouring concentrate from carrot, preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Stabiliser: Cellulose Gum (E466), acid: Citric Acid.

Summary
A slightly bitter and sweet, very delicious fruity drink, perfect with tonic. Flavours of vanilla and citrus (bitter orange peel, bergamot, lime) up front with almond notes coming through on the finish. Exceptional.

Score
9/10

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If you like the sound of these drinks, you should also look at my review of Crodino.

Skinny Tonic – Drink Review

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A review of Skinny Tonic Mediterranean, and the Skinny Tonic range. The video includes Skinny Tonic British Raspberry, Blueberry, Pink Grapefruit, Light Citrus, Indian Tonic and Ginger Ale.

The drink samples in the video were provided by Skinny Tonic. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information – Mediterranean Tonic

Available at skinnytonics.com for £14 for a 24 pack of 150ml cans

At time of writing there is the following deal: Use code HALLOWEEN20 to get two cases of 24 for just £20

Alcohol content: 0.0%

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 5Kj 1Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 0g
-of which sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Salt 0g

Ingredients
Carbonated spring water, citric acid, natural flavourings, natural quinine, natural sweetener (Stevia extract).

Allergens are in bold.

Summary

Arguably the healthiest tonic range out there at the moment! They have a more subtle taste of quinine compared to other tonics, such as Schweppes, which is a good thing as this does not overpower the botanicals in delicate gins. Stevia extract is used in place of sugar, a natural alternative to man made sweeteners, such as Aspartame and Sucralose. It does have a lingering taste of sweetener, which is comparable to the taste of other sugar free tonics.

The range stands up well against other sugar free tonics, but cannot be said to be as pleasant as the sugar-filled Fever Tree tonics.

The Mediterranan tonic is a good example of the range. It has an aroma of lemon peel citrus with a subtle hint of thyme and basil. Very good quality.

Others in the range that are worth trying are the pink grapefruit, light citrus, blueberry and raspberry. I would recommend trying a selection to see which one is your favourite, as it all comes down to personal preference!

Score
8/10

Cotswold Green No 1 alcohol free gin makes an appearance in the video too and can be found here:

https://www.cotswoldtrading.com/gifts-c7/boutique-spirits-c174/cotswold-green-no-1-non-alcoholic-spirit-70cl-p24386

A related article on Stevia vs Aspartame:

Stevia vs Aspartame

A related article on Stevia vs Sucralose:

https://swolverine.com/blogs/blog/stevia-vs-sucralose-whats-the-difference

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Beer review: Athletic Brewing Co Upside Dawn Alcohol-Free Golden

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A review of Atletic Brewing Co Upside Dawn Alcohol-Free Golden.

The drink sample in the video was provided by Athletic Brewing Co. The review of the product is our own view.

Product information

Available at thealcoholfreeco.co.uk for £11.29 for a mixed case of six 355ml cans (3 cans of Upside Dawn Golden and 3 cans of Run Wild IPA)

Alcohol content: <0.5% abv

50 calories per can | Vegan | Gluten free

Nutrition information per 100ml
Energy 59Kj 14Kcal
Fat 0g
-of which saturates 0g
Carbohydrate 3.2g
-of which sugars 1.4g
Protein 0.3g
Salt 0.01g

Ingredients
Water, malted barley, oats, wheat, hops, yeast.

Allergens are in bold.

Summary
Crisp, clean and bitter from start to finish with good carbonation which gives a sensation of grainy texture in the mouth, but in a good way. Fresh mango aromas dominate, with some pineapple. Pleasant and drinkable. Lacks the intensity and complexity of its sister beer, Run Wild IPA, and so is good quality rather than very good quality like its sister.

Score
7.5/10

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