Caleño Light and Zesty

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A review of Caleño Light and Zesty - a non-alcoholic spirit flavoured with cardamom, lemon and Inca berries.



ABV: 0%
Calories: 39 (per 100 ml)

This has to be one of the most interesting additions to the alcohol-free spirits range. Caleño founder Ellie Webb took her inspirational from Colombia – a country that’s clearly close to her heart – to create this intriguing mix of fruits and spices.

Unlike many of the other drinks in this category, it’s nothing like gin. Although it has juniper in it, there are other flavours that come through more strongly – cardamom, lemon, and Inca berries. It’s got a lovely fruity flavour – not too sweet and genuinely refreshing. It’s a subtle flavour, and although the producers recommend serving Caleño with tonic, you might also want to try it with soda, as tonic can sometimes overwhelm it.

The packaging suggests this is a high-end drink, in a similar class to Seedlip, and you can probably expect to see it in bars that specialise in cocktails. It would be great to see it in a few supermarkets too, to add to the choice for consumers in this growing market. We found it on sale in Sainsbury’s.

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