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Best Alcohol Free Spirits

Alcohol-free spirit alternatives are growing in popularity - and it's about time! As more and more people choose to reduce, or eliminate, their booze consumption, that doesn't mean we just want to drink soda or juice. Thankfully, a number of creative entrepreneurs have begun to fill the void with all kinds of delicious alcohol free spirits. After many hours of tasting the products available, here are our top picks.

Best Alcohol Free Gins

Gin is the most common alcohol free spirit you'll find, perhaps because it's relatively easy to mimic the traditional gin production process of infusing a base distillate with juniper and other botanicals. What's NOT easy is creating the right balance of flavors and achieving the same character as the alcoholic version. Our favorites are:
  • Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative: London Dry with a vegetal note and spicy kick
  • Free Spirits Spirit of Gin: Citrusy London-Dry style that's great for a wide range of cocktails
  • Ceder's Crisp: For all the Hendrick's fans out there, this one is for you (coming soon!)
  • Ceder's Wild: When you want something different, this gin alternative delivers flavors of pine, clove and South African rooibos
  • Seedlip Grove 42: More mellow and citrus-forward

Best Alcohol Free Whiskey

It is HARD to imitate the distinctive taste of whiskey, which is probably why so few are available. The best we've found is Ritual Zero Proof Whiskey Alternative, which has good weight on the palate, some smokey cherry notes and nice burn on the finish. Recommended in a classic Whiskey Sour, with club soda for a highball or with ginger beer for a spicy Whiskey Mule.

Best Alcohol Free Tequila

Tequila is another alcohol-free spirit option that is hard to recreate. It takes skill to find just the right balance of sweet agave and subtle smoke. Both of these options are excellent in a Paloma or Margarita.

Other Alcohol-Free Spirits We Love

In addition to the usual suspects, there are a number of non-alcoholic spirits that defy traditional categories. Here are our favorites.

  • Bax Botanics Verbena and Sea Buckthorn: If you love high-quality, complex spirits these are for you. The Verbena is zingy and bright while the Sea Buckthorn is savory and bittersweet. Great with tonic as a G&T alternative.
  • For Bitter For Worse Saskatoon: This is for the Negroni fans out there. Bitter flavors can be hard to find in the non-alcoholic space, and this one really scratches the itch!
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