The sober movement has been gaining momentum for some time now and rightly so. We are becoming more and more conscious of our drinking habits and all too aware that we have relied on booze a little too much since we came of legal age of drinking. We have been conditioned to drink to celebrate, to commiserate, to relieve stress, or just because, well, we don’t even need an excuse.
And while the sober-free movement has been going well with the launch of campaigns like OYNB for a few years, since the lockdown began alcohol consumption has rocketed by as much as 61 per cent in the UK. The government even had to review the law around off-licenses as they were initially classified as non-essential shops. They were allowed to reopen following reports supermarkets were struggling to keep up with alcohol demand.
But we all know too much alcohol can have a detrimental effect on our health both mentally and physically. And given the current Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important to keep our booze consumption in check to keep our immune systems boosted. Brighton Personal Trainer Ryan Phillips said: Most of us have a little tipple now and then but unfortunately there are some pretty significant drawbacks to drinking alcohol. These include putting fat burning on hold, reducing the quality of sleep, athletic performance and injury risk to name a few.”
Luckily, gone are the days when we had to rely on sugary fruit juices and soft drinks in the absence of an alcoholic beverage. There is now a plethora of adult drinks on the market and someone who is on a year-long sober journey, I’m forever on the hunt for them. NINE ELMS No. 18 has to be one of my ultimate favourites.
NINE ELMS No.18 can be enjoyed like wine but doesn’t taste like wine. It contains only a fraction of the calories at 20 calories per 125ml. Ready to be savoured in a non-alcoholic cocktail or served neat over ice, NINE ELMS No.18 is crafted from the juice of four types of berry and 20 different botanical extracts and is also vegan friendly and gluten-free. It’s also one of the rare non-alcoholic drink designed to go with good food that drinks like wine,
NINE ELMS No I8 has been intricately crafted to complement good food. It is not meant to emulate wine but does share some of wine’s characteristics, working as a satisfying alternative for food lovers who choose not to drink alcohol.
Its soft tannins, gentle acidity and progressively unfolding complexity are most enjoyable when accompanied by something delicious to eat. NINE ELMS No I8 works with a broad range of flavours. Some of their pairing suggestions include goat cheese, beef jerky, chargrilled vegetables, poultry, lamb curry, roast meats & dark chocolate. I cam vouch for chicken chargrilled veg and the chocolate.
So whether you’re looking to reap the health benefits from lowering your alcohol intake, looking to cut back on excess, or if you’re simply after an alternative to fruit juice and soft drinks, give Nine Elms No. 18 a try. It will leave you satisfied that you’re saving calories, and not waking up with a hangover.”
Where and how?
NINE ELMS No.18 retails at RRP £16.95 and is available to buy from Master of Malt, Wine Buyers, The Wine Reserve and The Artisan General Store. It’s also served at some of London’s finest dining establishments, including Isaac McHale’s The Clove Club and London hotel, and The Standard.
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