These local artisan spirits (low alcohol) tick all the boxes, if you like special occasions tipples, but without so much alcohol (if you are teetotal, see the post on local sustainable spirits with no alcohol). Ideal for those who need to drink less alcohol for health or social reasons, serve just as you would alcoholic drinks (for spirits, with ice, lemon and tonic water). A few do contain strong herbs, so if you suffer any medical conditions, check with your doctor first (same for pregnancy/breastfeeding). Same with tonic water (contains quinine).
Artisan Spirits (low alcohol)
Fatty’s Organic Pink Grapefruit Spirit Drink (London) has just half the amount of alcohol as a traditional gin (which they also make) but with all the flavour. One measure is half a unit of alcohol. Features juniper with subtle tones of pink grapefruit.
The Clean Liquor Co was created by Spencer Matthews (who appeared on Made in Chelsea), to create a low-alcoholic alternative to gin. By law you can’t call this gin, as it has 30 times less alcohol (a percentage is needed to be ‘gin’). But it has the same botanical taste, and is ideal served over ice with tonic, lemon and fresh mint leaves. Contains 1.2% alcohol. In fact, bread has more alcohol! As this is not ‘real gin’, don’t freeze it as the bottle will crack. Keep in the fridge instead.
Atopia (from over the border in Scotland) is a fine blend of botanicals. This is alcoholic, but has 75% less alcohol than regular gin. Spiced Citrus reflects the tastes of the seasons and has a gentle refreshing spice. Wild Blossom is wild by name and by nature: where green apple meets floral notes, and a hint of spice.