Spirits are special characters. They enjoy mixing but they're more than ready to go it alone, maybe with a chunk of ice for company.
They've got distinctive flavours and aromas that take charge. While mellow and relaxing, give them the right bubbles, juice or bitters, and they'll get the party started.
So, how to make these shape shifting spirits alcohol free? Using traditional distilling methods, sourcing and matching the best natural flavours, and a lot of hard work is the answered.
And the added benefits? Alcohol free spirits are low in sugar, low in calories (none in some cases!), with no artificial flavours or additives and some natural ingredients so rare you might not have heard of them.
Dry Drinker has got an excellent range to choose from – see our spirits.
But here are a pick of spirits that are made to help you keep calm and collected, without the 'giggle juice'.
Soothing plant power
Three Spirit Nightcap contains Valerian, Lemon Balm and Ashwagandha, all known to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and boost mood
Three Spirit also use rare, high quality herbals to make Livener – a perfect pick-me-up before a party, and Social Elixir which will keep you buzzing – with no alcohol involved. They call it alchemy. We call it delicious!
Three Spirit Livener, Social Elixir and Nightcap - £24.99 for a bottle and £74.97 for a mixed case.
Step into the garden
Seedlip Garden 108 is a floral blend of peas and hay with garden herb distillates. A gentle drink with a strong, flavoursome finish.
Seedlip were the front runners. Ben Branson created the world's first distilled non alcoholic spirit in his kitchen with an old copper still. Along with Garden 108, enjoy Spice 94 and Grove 42.
Seedlip £23.99 a bottle, or £77.97 for a mixed case
Comforting sweet flavours
Impossible? Poppycock! That's Lyre's response to the claim that you can't create spirits and liqueurs that taste just like the classics.
One to note is the Lyre's Amaretto Non Alcoholic spirit – which gives you the yummy almond, tangy spice and vanilla while keeping it medium-sweet. Delicious.
Another to savour is Lyre’s Coffee Liqueur Non Alcoholic Spirit – rich expresso, spice and caramel flavours. Pass me the ice-cream!
Other Lyre's flavours include: Dry London Spirit, American Malt, Italian Spritz and Italian Orange
Bottles cost £23.99 each.
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