What to buy in M&S (spoiler – not a lot!)

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Unlike other supermarkets we’ve reviewed, Marks and Spencer’s don’t sell the kinds of popular and easily recognised brands we are used to, so we were interested to see what M&S had on offer.

Plus points:

Lots of room for improvement:

Low-alcohol M&S wines?

Described on their website as ‘The Non-Alcoholic Refresher’, M&S do indeed have a range of sparkling juices, some of which would be a good substitute for wine. They have rosé grape and white grape flavours in particular, which might be a closer alternative to everyday wines.

M&S also stock a few Alain Miliet drinks, one of which features similarly a ‘Merlot Red Grape’ flavour (which Laura’s tasted and found it was very nice, not too sweet). But these are more of a nectar for topping up with fizzy water, rather than a real de-alcoholised wine like Eisberg or Torres’s, but they do make for a mature alternative to alcoholic wines.


Cocktail mixers

We found some Owl’s Brew, a ‘tea crafted for cocktails’ and some Blossoms Syrup in grenadine flavour. If you check out their website, you can find a few mocktail recipe suggestions that sound pretty decent – Owl’s Brew’s recipe ‘The Cleanse’ for example, sounds like it could be interesting. As a mocktail ingredient or mixed with fizzy water or tonic, these are a great alternative to traditional cordials.

M&S beers and ciders

We could find nothing under 3%, and definitely nothing at 0.5% or below. All that craft ale and they could not find one non-alcoholic beer to sell – tut tut M&S…

Soft drinks

This is where M&S really do well. They have such a range of soft drinks in store that you’ll surely be able to find something you like. They have the fairly common flavours like elderflower alongside more risque ones like ‘hibiscus and lemon’ which is also sugar-free.

Our verdict

Marks and Spencer’s non-alcoholic drinks choice – so disappointing! It’s a shame about M&S’ lack of low alcohol beer and cider options, but you are okay if you want some fizzy soft drinks – unless you want to order them online for a party, then you just won’t be able to find them.

For more drink ideas, why not read some of the blogs from our Drinks section?

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