Bottoms Up

For someone who rarely drinks alcohol, I’m always looking for something to drink that’s a bit different to the usual flat lemonade or cheap orange juice I usually end up with. I don’t ever feel like I miss alcohol, but I do wish I had a little more choice when out and about. Imagine my joy when I came across Club-Mate and Fritz Kola at the last Manchester Vegan Pot Luck at V Revolution. I’ve never seen such a tempting range of vegan drinks on display before. Fritz Kola particularly made my eyes boggle, with flavours such as Kola-Coffee-Lemonade, Melon and Apple-Cherry-Elderberry there was no way I could say no to trying them.

After seeing such a great new range and noticing they were following me on Twitter, I couldn’t stop myself getting in touch. Good thing I did, as they’ve sent me a lovely selection of their drinks.

Fritz Kola

The first drink I tried was the Sugar Free Fritz-Kola. I’d had it before at V Revolution and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it again. I love this stuff. Obviously, because it’s sugar free, it’s not overly sweet but it’s just as refreshing and delicious as the original Kola. As my other half tries to be as sugar free as possible (which is particularly hard as he lives with me), this is a brilliant option for him.
I haven’t tried it yet, but for anyone who is into the whole Stevia thing, there is a Stevia Kola in their range as well. I cannot wait to get myself back to Manchester to try all of the other flavours. I had a sip of the Kola-Coffee-Lemonade at the Potluck and it was out of this world! Melon is the next flavour on my hit list.


I have to admit, I was a little wary of the Club-Mate range. I wanted to try them when I saw them back at V Revolution, but I have had a terrible experience with Mate tea at my local tea house. I really wanted to like it because it came in a fancy mug and I got to drink it out of a metal straw-like contraption but, to me, it tasted like the contents of an ashtray. But, a blogger has to do what a blogger has to do and I’m glad I finally got over my fear of Mate, because these drinks are incredible.
My favourite was the Cola flavour because although the entire range is low sugar, it was actually sweet! I find myself constantly frustrated with brands of cola that promise the sweetness without the sugar and never deliver. Not anymore, this stuff was delicious. The original Club-Mate was another surprise. I didn’t really know what to expect but it was lovely. I’m still not sure how to describe it, it was like an iced tea but tastier and more refreshing.
I was very impressed with these drinks, not only are they full of natural, organic ingredients and low on the sugar, but they taste fantastic too. A win win all round.
Although I don’t drink much alcohol, if you fancy something a bit different and want to have a bit of booze, there are some great looking recipes on their website that you can try.
I’m really happy that Fritz-Kola and Club-Mate have become available in the UK. The only problem is that they’re not stocked in every single pub or bar in my area. Now that I’ve found such great drinks, I want to be able to drink them everywhere I go!

Anyway, check out the website below for details on where you can buy these amazing drinks!



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