The L-Plate Vegetarian
Drink And Be Merry!
Too much to think about? Don’t panic! Obviously, most
drinks are completely vegetarian and all supermarkets provide
a wide selection of everything so you’re spoiled for
But if you fancy a change from the normal cup of tea or coffee,
why not try some of the huge range of herbal teas? There are
loads of flavours – from calming chamomile to zingy wake
up drinks! We like the Clipper range, with their great selection
of organic and fair trade products. But if you’re feeling
fruity then what you need is a delicious and nutritious smoothie.
Use whatever fruits you want because any combinations go! Blend
them up and mix in some orange juice, milk or natural yogurt
for a refreshing drink; or simply check out your supermarket’s
chiller cabinet and buy a ready-made bottle. Alternatively
try a Frijj Fresh Thick Milkshake in chocolate, strawberry,
chocolate and white chocolate flavours. Or tasty soya strawberry,
chocolate or banana shake made by Provamel.
See, easy! A couple of things for you to watch out for though
as you scan the ingredients lists:
- In soft drinks watch out for colourings, such as
(E120 – a dye made from insects) which is occasionally
- Sugar-free cordials contain lanolin (a sebum extracted
form sheep’s wool).
- Many wines are fined using one
of a whole range of nasty bits: blood, bone marrow, chitin,
fish oil, gelatine and milk casein. It’s difficult
to tell from the bottle, but some supermarkets such
as Tesco and Co-op do label them clearly. Wine merchants
such as Oddbins and also health food shops will be able
to tell you which wines are suitable for vegetarians.
too can be cleared with isinglass (obtained from the air
sacs of freshwater fish). Keg, canned and some bottled
usually okay but Guinness, Scottish & Newcastle and
Bass (except Grolsch and the bottled Staropraman) are out.
Vintage Roots have a worldwide selection of organic wines,
beers, ciders, spirits and juices available by mail order.
Also check out the Viva! Wine Club for a choice of 100
veggie organic wines, beers and spirits. For a free wine
catalogue call Viva! on 0117 944 1000!
If you are concerned the easiest solution is to contact the
manufacturers or look them up in the Animal Free Shopper, a
but handy book published by the Vegan Society and available
from Viva! (call
0117 944 1000).
Before you set off to buy your crate of grape juice all is
definitely not lost because most spirits are fine! (Be warned
Campari contains cochineal for colouring and Warninks contains
eggs). Let’s party!
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