12 sophisticated soft drinks for Dry January

Fentimans Sparkling Lime & Jasmine

And finally, while Fentimans is perhaps better known for its pretty pink rose lemonade, we’re rather partial to its lesser-known but equally elegant sparkling lime and jasmine number.

The lightly cloudy grown up softie is light and refreshing, and boasts a hint of bitterness “balanced by the botanical sweetness of hyssop, lime flower and juniper berries”, according to its makers, who create the drink’s unique aroma through a mix of botanical infusions, one of which includes white jasmine flowers. The sophisticated sip is best enjoyed in a tall glass over ice with a wedge of lime.

Founded by Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton, in 1905, the company began by selling botanically brewed ginger beer housed in handmade stone jars, which were delivered door to door via horse-drawn cart. If you’re wondering who the handsome hound is on the label, it’s Fearless, Fentiman’s beloved dog, who won the obedience class at Crufts in both 1993 and 1934.

Hearteningly, Fentimans remains a family-owned company and is currently presided over by Thomas’ great grandson. The glass bottles he uses are modelled on the shape of the original stone jars his great grandfather used. RRP: £1.25 / 27.5cl at Ocado.

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