Although not drinking alcohol at a wedding is almost tantamount to treason in this country, there will undoubtedly be a number of teetotalitarian guests covertly sipping on booze-free beverages throughout the day.
As Ireland is currently going through a bit of a baby boom, it’s likely that at least a couple of the guests will be pregnant, while even more will have young families that they will want to get home to after the festivities. Elderly people may also need a relative to bring them home if they don’t like overnighting in unfamiliar surroundings. Others may simply decide that they just don’t fancy a drink.
Some of these abstainers will be happy to sip on water all night, while the obvious alternatives are fizzy favourites like Coca-Cola/Pepsi, 7up/Sprite, Club Orange/Fanta etc. These hardly need much introduction, so I will instead look at some less well-known contenders, most of which are commonly available in supermarkets.
These fizzy Frenchies come in a range of different flavours but the two most regularly found in Ireland are the classic lemonade and its pink sister. They are made using only natural ingredients and are beautifully packaged, so they’ll add a touch of class to any occasion.
Erdinger Non-Alcoholic Beer
For beer drinkers who have been given the role of designated driver for the rest, this wheat beer substitute just about tops its Paulaner rival as being the most flavoursome of its ilk.
Ariel Non-Alcoholic Wine White/Red
These aren’t strictly non-alcoholic, rather they are ‘de-alcoholised’ – meaning there’s about 0.05% ABV so possibly not a good idea to neck a whole bottle. Taste-wise, they’re about as close to the real thing as you can get without the alcohol, with the white boasting some pleasant citrussy and peachy flavours and the red offering some smooth mouthfuls of dark fruit. Available at O’Briens.
Apple, orange and cranberry would be the usual suspects here, and these can always be livened up by adding a drop of sparkling water.
A tasty alternative to sparkling wine, the Shloer range is available in red, white and rose grape juices as well as more exotic flavours like elderflower and a mango/passionfruit mix. A lovely bubbly that’s guaranteed not to leave you with a sore head the next morning.
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