A Guilt Free G&T with the Pizza Express Autumn Menu

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Would you miss alcohol if you gave up drinking? When I was pregnant, I tried quite a few non-alcoholic cocktails but there was only one that I felt really worked. Most were overly sweet and just didn’t have that refreshing taste that I look for in a drink. And a lemonade or an orange juice lacks the glamour of  a wine glass or a cocktail glass – especially when they get served up in a pint glass!

I was kindly invited to an evening with Pizza Express and Seedlip Drinks, whose Garden 108 non-alcoholic spirit is one of the new additions on the Pizza Express autumn menu. Seedlip are the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits and the Garden 108 is a herbal and floral blend of hand-picked peas. I have to admit that I was intrigued as to whether a non-alcoholic spirit could ever taste as good as the real thing, and more than a little bit sceptical!

 

Seedlip Drinks Garden 108 and Spice 94 bottles, on marble table next to glasses with different cocktails

 

We were introduced to the guys from Seedlip Drinks, who introduced us to Seedlip and gave us a little cocktail masterclass. I love the story behind Seedlip. It was created by Ben Branson, who comes from a family of farmers and fascinated by nature. And it really shows – the Garden 108 smells like a herb garden in a glass and the Spice 94 has a distinctly Christmassy feel, with tones of clove. I have to admit that I expected to enjoy the Spice version based on the smell, but I loved the refreshing taste of the Seedlip Garden 108 served with Fevertree tonic – it was like a twist on a gin and tonic and really different to anything I’ve tried before. I think a non-alcoholic cocktail is far more difficult to balance the different flavours, and the gardener in me loved how fresh and herbal this tasted.

It would be the perfect drink, not only if you’re pregnant, but if you’re the designated driver, teetotal, or if you just don’t fancy drinking!

 

The Garden 108 in a wine glass on marble table

Seedlip booklet with Garden 108 logo

Beetroot martini

 

Then it was onto making our own pizza! We were each given an apron and hat, and our own pre-made dough to make our pizza base. Turns out, it’s harder than it looks! We were shown how to stretch the dough into a lovely round circle, and how to toss it in the air. I started off really well and my base was a perfect circle, but somewhere along the line it all went wrong, and it was so bad it had to be taken away for one of the chefs to redo it for me!

 

Table laid out with little circles of dough, ready for making pizza

Flat lay of two decorated pizzas, capers, pepperoni, and tomatoes

 

When it comes to toppings, that’s much more my thing, and we had a whole array of them to choose from. I went for artichokes, black olives, onions, lots of cheese and a drizzle of olive oil to finish it off!  We all handed over our pizzas to the chefs to cook them and sat down to get to know each other. It was a lovely group of bloggers and we easily got chatting about our families, our blogs, and our careers.

 

Dinner table at Pizza Express, with pizza, wine glasses, blue water glasses, and red pepper mill

My artichoke and black olive pizza at Pizza Express, with blue water glasses and wine glass in background

 

It felt like the evening flew by, and before I knew it it was time to be heading home!

 

Thank you so much to the team at Pizza Express Gloucester Road and Seedlip Drinks for a lovely evening.

 

Disclosure: I was invited to this event by Pizza Express and compensated for this post, however all words and opinions are my own.

 

  • Laura | Little Ladies Big Worl

    These look amazing, I love a drink but I also love not to drink out of choice and it’s brilliant to find that you can still feel like a grown up (minus the pint glass of cordial!) without using all your daily sugar allowance too. Will definitely give these a try. X

    • That’s it exactly – it’s just lovely to find an alternative that still feels grown up, and isn’t just overly sugary. I hope you find you like them!

  • Laura Dove

    Ooh I love this. I don’t tend to drink unless I’m on a big night out, I get drunk off one glass and nobody needs to be drunk on a school night, so something like this would be perfect! I love Pizza Express, even more because they do gluten free pizzas! x

  • Kira

    Yum!! I haven’t had a drink since before being pregnant , Nila is 4 months old . Alcohol and pizza – the perfect combo x

  • Catriona Woolner

    Pizza Express are in the vanguard. Adults who don’t drink alcohol (for whatever reason) do not want diet coke on a night out, simples.

    • Exactly! So lovely to have an option that feels grown up, and isn’t crammed with sugar. This feels sophisticated, tastes great, and you don’t feel you’re missing out by not having a drink

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany

    What a fab night! We are big fans of Pizza Express and always seek them out wherever we are. I don’t really drink a lot and often get bored of just soft drinks, this would be perfect for me to have something different and feel a bit more like an adult!

  • Natalie @memeandharri

    This sounds fab!! We love Pizza Express and when we go as a family I often feel like a drink but am usually driving – this sounds perfect. Oh and yes ideal for when you are pregnant – soft drinks just get so boring!

  • Island Living 365

    Oh this looks like an amazing event! The drinks sound perfect too. It’s always a plus when you can get a good selection of drinks that are the usual boring soft drinks x

  • What a good looking G&T looks like the regular gin version & all. How fun to make your own pizza – yours turned out fab!

  • Amy Mighalls

    I’m currently pregnant and even though I don’t drink much normally, I do miss having a glass of something if we go for a meal, this sounds perfect! looks like you had a fab time too!

  • Mrs H

    Wow, those do look and sound yummy. And it’s so nice to have alternatives to soft drinks on a menu if you don’t want to drink alcohol. I’m also loving the look of your pizza. I’m quite hungry now. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  • I don’t drink very often, and find it really difficult to find something to drink that isn’t overdosed with sugar. This sounds brilliant. The food looks delicious as well!

  • ShinnersandtheBrood

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as non-alcoholic spirits! These sound interesting. We’re big Pizza Express fans too. It’s called Milano in Ireland. Wonder do they have them here?