The best non-alcoholic spirits are way easier to find than they were just a few years ago. Back in the 2010s, you could perhaps find one or two bottles of non-alcoholic liquor at a store, but you were mostly relegated to drinking bitters and soda if you wanted to approximate a cocktail experience at home. These days there are full N/A spirits shops, devoted to non-alcoholic booze. And, while having options is great, it doesn’t mean you’ll instantly get the best non-alcoholic spirit by just picking a bottle at random. For that, you need experts (I’m talking about us, the taste testers at Sporked, we’re the experts). Here are all the best non-alcoholic liquors from our taste tests, so you can finally enjoy a booze-free cocktail hour.
- Clean Co Clean V
It’s hard to make a non-alcoholic liquor that tastes like vodka since vodka really shouldn’t taste like anything and when it does taste like something that something is pure alcohol. But Clean Co created a good approximation for making booze-free takes on vodka cocktails like Cosmos or Moscow Mules. On its own, it’s tart and dry, so I wouldn’t recommend drinking it straight. But in a mocktail it adds just the right amount of oomph so you know you’re not just drinking cranberry juice or ginger beer.
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- Free Spirits the Spirit of Bourbon
Though we still haven’t tasted a booze-free bourbon that really captures bourbon’s oak-aged quality, this one from Free Spirits comes close. It’s a little bit apple-y and a lot spiced. You get the sensation of an alcoholic burn when you sip this non-alcoholic liquor. You could drink it on its own over ice, but it’s even better mixed with ginger ale or some mulled cider. Looking for a cozy nightcap? This is the best non-alcoholic spirit for you.
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- DHOS Gin
Out of all the non-alcoholic booze we tried, the n/a gins were probably the best non-alcoholic spirits. They’re botanical-heavy and many were good enough to drink on their own—including DHOS, the best non-alcoholic spirit in the gin category. It’s packed with lots of juniper-heavy flavors. And it’s not too expensive! It’s definitely the non-alcoholic liquor for you if you’re missing G&Ts or even Martinis.
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- Clean Co Tequila Alternative
Finally, you can make a non-alcoholic Margarita that doesn’t just taste like limeade. This N/A tequila is made with real agave so it really tastes like tequila. It’s zesty and grassy and tasty—overall, one of the best non-alcoholic spirits we tasted. Plus, the bottle looks incredible. This is one of those rare cases in which form lives up to function.
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