Low- and No-Alcohol Options for the Sober Curious
An increasing number of millennials and Gen Z-ers are embracing lifestyles that completely eliminate alcohol from their social scenes, a trend expected to continue for at least the next three years. This cool new choice comes with the confidence of sharp focus and deep conversation, as well as a sophisticated new menu of chic distillates.
Boasting low or no alcohol, little or no sugar, and fewer calories, the new power brokers and social shakers are sipping on this new wave of spirits for a number of reasons, but taste and health top the list. Availability can make the choice a challenge, but everyone has access to Amazon. Here’s the best of the list from the world’s favorite online resource.
Monday Zero Alcohol Gin
Handcrafted in San Diego, California, of juniper, botanicals, and citrus, Monday Gin is built with intentionally loud natural flavors. The Paloma blend packs in natural flavors with juniper, coriander seed, monk fruit, and cucumber extracts, delivering a robust aromatic profile.
Zero sodium, zero carbs, zero sugar, and zero alcohol, Monday was made for those who want to stay sharp while living a vivid social life without compromise. Best offer? On Amazon, if you are not all in with this legitimate, bold, hangover-free gin, let the company know and they’ll take care of you.
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Seedlip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirits
Seedlip claims to be the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Inspired by the 17th-century book, “The Art of Distillation” by John French, founder Ben Branson was tinkering in his kitchen with peas and herbs from his family farm. After a terrible taste experience with a syrupy pink non-alcoholic drink at a local restaurant, he knew his hobby must become his mission: create something respectable for those seeking something to drink when not drinking.
Branson developed a bespoke distillation process for each item listed on the label, mixed and matched various components until they simply sang, and developed a non-alcoholic repertoire. Seedlip sold out of the first 1,000 bottle shipment in three weeks at Selfridges. The second 1,000 shipment sold out in three days. The third? Gone in less than 30 minutes. Seedlip is now a staple at Buckingham Palace as well as renowned establishments like The Fat Duck, The Savoy, and The Ritz Carlton, with enviable worldwide demand in just 140 weeks of production.
Farewell to sugary sodas and fruit drinks. Here are grown up, complex, non-alcoholic options full of extraordinary flavors and herbs. Choose from Spice 94, an aromatic, woodsy, citrus burst; Garden 108, blending the freshness of garden peas with hay, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, and hops; or Grove 42, a lively mix of blood orange, mandarin, lemon, ginger, and lemongrass. Seedlip is set on changing our habits. Let’s thank them for giving us something interesting to drink when we need to stay sharp.
Ritual Zero Proof Spirits
The first spirit alternative to be distilled in America, Ritual Zero Proof was founded in Chicago by a triumvirate of pals who love to drink together but also love to take a night off now and then. They know a good drink when they taste one, which is why Diageo took notice when Ritual sold out of what they thought would be a six-month supply in little more than five weeks.
Choose between Ritual Gin and Ritual Whiskey alternatives, both made with all-natural botanicals and both presenting aroma, flavor, and texture profiles that mimic their alcoholic counterparts. They even have the burn built-in for an authentic spirit profile, but alcohol and calories have split the scene.
The Gin Alternative puts forth English cucumber and juniper berries as high notes. Botanicals shimmer in the mid-palate, rounding out the finish with mint and basil. Bright and crisp, the herbs and florals work beautifully as a gin stand-in.
The Whiskey Alternative features all-natural botanicals mixed with orange, bitters, and vermouth, complemented by American Oak, sugar floss, and vanilla with hints of peppercorn and hemp. Warm and straight, on the rocks, or holding up its end of the bargain in an Old Fashioned or Manhattan, Ritual Zero Proofs do so with a good burn, no alcohol, and a minimum of calories.
From a group of guys that care what they put in their glasses, these two bottles deliver a masterful blend of ingredients, tested by Chicago’s best bartenders. Cheers!
Xachoh Non-Alcoholic Spirits
Carefully crafted with Silk Road botanicals, Xachoh (say “Za-Ko), shares ancient health remedies and spirits of six generations from exotic Persian provenance. Not just a sip, but a combination of spiritual lift and enlightenment, Xachoh Non-Alcoholic spirits are free of sugar, sweeteners, calories, and extracts.
Xachoh’s white spirit, Blend No. 5, features a warm, heady, star anise backbone imparting slightly sweet strength that opens the palate. Ginger root relaxes and soothes digestion, leading to long pepper, boosting the absorption of turmeric and acting as an antioxidant for adds depth on the mid-palate. A quick follow up of lightly sweet creamy chamomile reduces stress. Lingering through to the end, refreshing rosemary boosts memory and focus, while tart barberry provides an intense finish.
Xachoh’s darker spirit, the amber Blend No. 7, is a spicy burst of relaxing ginger and warm, destressing mace. That introduction leads to memory-boosting cinnamon sweetness balanced with good-mood saffron and exciting spice. Toasty, dark crystal malt deepens the flavor profile echoing that of a fine, aged spirit. Blend No. 7 finishes with a long, smooth brush of sumac known for its refreshing acidity and also believed to lower cholesterol.
Either Xachoh choice delivers the “enlightened spirit of Persia” to your glass, without alcohol, sugar or artificial sweeteners, calories, extracts, carbs, or gluten. The packaging is as elegant as the spirits, flashing a label printed directly on the bottle in 24 karat gold. Enjoy as a simple sip, or with a splash of lemon for a truly elegant refresher.
Burrago #47 Paloma Blend Alcohol-Free Spirit
A non-alcoholic spirit to use like gin or vodka as a cocktail base, Burrago #47 takes six botanicals and turns them into a classic floral sip. Blending flavors of cardamom, lemon verbena, basil, rosemary, and lemongrass, this no alcohol, no sugar, low calorie, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free mashup delivers a complex, layered drink with a long finish. A great base for unique recipes, this English export makes a divine cocktail with tonic and an orange slice or crushed basil.
Caleño Non-Alcoholic Distilled Spirit
Inspired by its native Colombia, Caleño fuses juniper berry, citrus, Inca berries, spices, and botanicals in stainless steel drums, steam distilling them for a great pour over ice, or with an added splash of tonic. Lemongrass, licorice, clove bud, coriander, and cardamom round out the palate. Founder Ellie, from Latin America, puts her sunny culture into the recipe for a refreshing drink for the sober curious.