Will Femail reporters be able to tell their tipple is ALCOHOL FREE?5 min read

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With more people avoiding or cutting back on alcohol, supermarkets are catering launching alternatives to make up the perfect mocktail or alcohol-free tipple.

Launching on October 31, the German discount store has created an alcohol-free gin for those hoping to indulge in a G+T over the festive period while staying sober. The drink, called CeroCero is delicately balanced with notes of juniper, pine and hints of citrus, whilst exotic hibiscus and bittersweet loganberry add a sophisticated finish.

Launching on October 31, the German discount store has created an alcohol-free gin for those hoping to indulge in a G+T over the festive period while staying sober. The drink, called CeroCero is delicately balanced with notes of juniper, pine and hints of citrus, whilst exotic hibiscus and bittersweet loganberry add a sophisticated finish.

Budget retailer Lidl is among them. Launching on October 31, the German discount store has created an alcohol-free gin for those hoping to indulge in a G+T over the festive period while staying sober. 

The drink, called CeroCero is delicately balanced with notes of juniper, pine and hints of citrus, whilst exotic hibiscus and bittersweet loganberry add a sophisticated finish. 

Distilled in Inverness, Scotland, CeroCero is developed through a unique series of cold-press techniques to extract and suspend botanicals, without the need for the addition of alcohol. 

It sells for £9.99 and it’s recommended to be served with tonic, fresh berries and crushed ice.  

But with gin enjoying a moment of wild popularity, will fans really be satisfied with a drink that’s not the real deal. 

Not knowing it was alcohol free, eight Femail reporters tried the gin with some very mixed results…

CLAIRE

I couldn’t give this a 5 out of 5 because I’m not a gin connoisseur, but I thought it tasted lovely.

The drink smelled like candy, and was very floral and fresh, with just the right it of bitterness, and it tasted as good with tonic as it did on its own! 

I was shocked to find out it was alcohol free. 

I had the full placebo effect and felt quite dizzy for a second, which is ridiculous now that I know there’s no booze in it.  

Score: 4/5

MONICA  

I really liked the sweet flavour at the beginning, but wasn’t a massive fan of the slightly sour aftertaste.

I enjoyed it but don’t think I would be able to drink a lot, which is probably a good thing.

I was shocked because it had a really strong after taste and had no clue it wasn’t alcoholic. 

Score: 3/5

LISA 

It smells lovely and tasted very fruity and light with a good balance of sweet and sharp flavours. 

When I first tried, thinking it was alcohol, I thought you might need a double serving to taste it alongside the tonic.

I was really shocked to find out it wasn’t real booze. I wouldn’t have guessed at all because it did taste alcoholic. 

Score: 3.5/5 

Monica said she really liked the sweet flavour at the beginning but wasn't a massive fan of the slightly sour aftertaste

Lisa thought the gin smelled lovely and was shocked to discover it wasn't alcoholic

Monica (left)  said she really liked the sweet flavour at the beginning but wasn’t a massive fan of the slightly sour aftertaste while Lisa (right) thought the gin smelled lovely and was shocked to discover it wasn’t alcoholic

HARRIET   

I’m not generally fussy about my gins – and I’ve got to admit that I found this one pretty tasty!

It’s got a lovely smell that is really enticing, as well as a pretty pink colour which is #Instaperfect. 

The reason it’s not a 5/5 is I’m not sure about the after taste – which is a little bitter for my liking – but all in all it’s a delicious flavour.

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I was so surprised to hear this was non-alcoholic – it really did taste like the real thing. Despite the lack of booze, I’d still give it a go for a G&T. The lovely smell and the taste are enough for me.

 4/5

HAYLEY

I really wasn’t sure about this gin – the smell alone was enough to put me off.

Its aroma is quite sweet, but in reality its taste is very citrus heavy, and made me wince like grapefruit does.

The tonic did take the edge off it, but it enhanced the floral notes and left a dry, lingering taste in my mouth.

Harriet said she found the gin pretty tasty and that the pink colour made it perfect for Instagram

Hayley said the smell of the gin put her off and it left a dry taste in her mouth

Harriet (left) said she found the gin pretty tasty and that the pink colour made it perfect for Instagram while Hayley (right) said the smell of the gin put her off and it left a dry taste in her mouth

I was surprised the gin is alcohol-free – I never suspected I was being duped for a second. I think its sharp, tart taste makes it very gin-like. 

When I tried it on its own without the tonic I found it too strong, which also made me assume it was booze-laden. 

I almost feel like giving it another mark for its duplicitous skills, but I think I’ll stick to my original score based on taste alone.

2/5

BHVISHYA  

I’m not really a fan of gin, but was pleasantly surprised with the one I tried.

It was not too bitter (which tends to be the reason why I steer clear of the spirit) and also had a touch of sweetness about it.

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All in all not bad at all.

I thought it was strangely lacking in the usual bitter taste that gin tends to have, but was sure I has tasted a hint of alcohol. I’m definitely surprised.

3/5 

Bhvishya said she liked the gin, but was surprised it was alcohol free

Luke thought the tipple smelt like haribo and said he would order it in a bar

Bhvishya  (left) said she liked the gin, but was surprised it was alcohol free. Luke (right) thought the tipple smelt like haribo and said he would order it in a bar

LUKE

It smells like Haribo, or something very sweet when you pick it up. 

There is also a very slight sweet taste before it bounces back to the bitter flavour. 

The drink itself is Barbie pink, which is unusual. It’s not bad this drink. Maybe best served in a bar that has something pink?

Sarah was very shocked to discover the gin was alcohol free - and said she thought it was more summerty than a winter drink

Sarah was very shocked to discover the gin was alcohol free – and said she thought it was more summerty than a winter drink

I was surprised and relieved to find out that it was alcohol free, seeing as I’d drank quite a bit and had to go back to work.  

You definitely would be able to comfortably camouflage with it in a bar 

4/5 

SARAH   

Gin is normally my go-to drink, especially on a summer’s day, but I found this gin quite sharp.

It also felt very summery, and less like a drink we should be consuming on the run up to Christmas.

I was very shocked to find out that it was alcohol-free – you couldn’t tell and I wouldn’t have known otherwise. 

3/5 

VERDICT: 27.5/40