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11 Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Pair with Dessert

11 Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Pair with Dessert

Picture this: You’re out for dinner at your friends’ house. They’ve made a selection of wonderful desserts. We all know after dinner drinks go hand in hand with a lovely apple crumble or sticky toffee pudding.

But what if you’re alcohol-free? The designated driver? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

The best non-alcoholic drinks to pair with dessert are usually non-alcoholic wines and champagnes. Alcohol-free Wines and champagnes are a great end to an evening and accompany the taste of most desserts better than anything else with their complex flavours and fruity aromas. Certain sweet alcohol-free cocktails will work perfectly with an after dinner treat too.

We have an excellent selection of Alcohol free wines and champagnes here at Zero Zilch Zip.

All of which have been carefully selected by our Zerologists to offer you only the finest options if you’re leaving out the alcohol. Alongside this, in our Zerology Zone, we have amazing alcohol-free cocktail recipes if you’re looking for a little inspiration.

Non-alcoholic drinks that go with chocolate desserts

Chocolate. Arguably the pinnacle of all things sweet. The best non-alcoholic drinks for chocolate-based desserts are either wines, whiskeys or smooth mocktails, all depending on the style of dessert.

Here’s our favourite alcohol-free pairings with certain chocolate desserts.

1) Chocolate cake and Ariel 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon 

Ariel are a pioneer of non-alcoholic wines. This choice contains aromas of berries and chocolate. Making it the perfect combination for your after-dinner chocolate cake and ice cream/custard. 

2) Chocolate fudge cake and Gnista Barreled Oak

Gnista Barreled oak is a smokey, alcohol-free whiskey alternative that accompanies a hot, creamy chocolate fudge cake perfectly. Its warm spices and chocolate rye ensure it’s the perfect match for this classic dessert.

3) Chocolate souffle and Chateau del ISH Sparkling Rose

With both Souffle and Rose being of French origin, it’s only right that they go perfectly together. Its fruity blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir grapes complement the liveliness of the Souffle and its moderate acidity and flavour give you that classic rose experience, without the alcohol.

4) Chocolate fondue and Thomson and Scott Noughty Organic Chardonnay

The rich flavour of this alcohol-free chardonnay matches perfectly with the smooth, rich nature of the fondue. Its bubbles complement the melt-in-your-mouth sensation and ensure that this pairing tingles your senses. If this isn’t up your street, try a smooth alcohol-free espresso martini with Lyre’s Coffee Originale. 

All of these chocolate dishes will perfectly match non-alcoholic whiskey/bourbon mocktails with the use of Caleno dark and spicy or Crossip dandy smoke as the fiery nature of these drinks balances the smoothness of chocolate desserts.

Non-alcoholic drinks that go with cakes

Whether homemade, shop bought or part of the three course menu, cake is the ultimate comfort food. The best non-alcoholic drinks that go with cakes are usually fruity, sweet alcohol-free wines, but it depends on the style of cake you’re eating.

Here’s our favourite pairings:

1) Strawberry or Lemon Cheesecake and Van Nahmen Fruit Secco

With its sparkling nature and fruity tones, Van Nahmen Fruit Secco is the perfect partner to a lemon or strawberry cheesecake. Reminiscent of a ripe riesling, the taste combinations are bound to start a party for your palette.

2) Red velvet Cake and Jose Maria da Fonseca

With its smooth and creamy taste and texture, it’s only right to pair red velvet cake with a light, soft and fruity alcohol-free wine to restore balance. Jose Maria De Fonseca is the pinnacle of alcohol-free wines and ensures all is right when tucking into your cake.

3) Victoria sponge cake and fruity gin mocktails 


An absolute staple of the cake world. Granny’s favourite. For a classic victoria sponge, try alcohol-free mocktails using Xachoh Blend Number 5, fruit juice and soda water, just to add that hint of fizz. You can even add a hint of Wilfred’s Bittersweet for that extra fruity kick.