If you’ve ever been at a bar and been served a Diet Coke because it was the only non-alcoholic option available, this one’s for you. I’ve already written about the various low-alcohol beers you can get your hands on as well as the problem with most (but not all) non-alcoholic wine, however, this guide to the best non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs goes out there to the cocktail and amaro lovers who want something nice and not-sweet to drink at the end of the day.
The issue I find with most of the non-alcoholic cocktails you’ll find at bars is that they’re pumped with sugar and fruit flavours to mask the lack of alcohol. One of the ways of avoiding that is by opting to make your own cocktails at home instead using one of the many bitter and complex alcohol-free spirits now available. From Crossip and Seedlip to Lyre’s and Wilfred’s, I hope you’ll find at least one of these drinks is to your liking.
Dry January is obviously a great time to give your liver a break and reassess your own personal relationship with alcohol but whether you’re sober, sober-curious, or simply looking for something nice to drink that won’t make you feel awful the next day, these alcohol-free spirits and aperitifs should all whet your whistle. These are the best non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs out there, peruse at your pleasure.