Your At Home Booze Cabinet: Alcohol Free Edition

The bottles you need in your home bar when you're off the booze but still want cocktails in your casa

Whether you're craving a cocktail but gotta drive later,  got your preggo mate round for a catch-up or just fancy something more than orange squash while riding that wagon, hit up a few of these bottles for that booze-free buzz.

Botonique

Usually, if you're off the sauce but wanna cheers an occasion with a flute of fizz, you have to settle for carbonated grape juice. Nice, but not the same. Now you can chuck Botonique into a flute and party with the rest of 'em. This non-alcoholic British-made natural, dry, sparkling plonk is for lovers of wine and other sophisticated forms of booze, who are seeking a low or no ABV alternative.  Serve it right and it resembles traditional fizz. Win! While Champers has some mood-enhancing benefits, this stuff has perks of its own. We're talking anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, alkalising, detoxifying and hydrating benefits. And you skip that 2-day champagne hangover, too. F*ck yeah to that.

Everleaf

What do you do when you're a conservation biologist who owns a bar? You create a non-alcoholic aperitif.  Obviously. Paul Matthew is all about that plant life. And sustainability. Turns out when you know your sh*t about botanicals, it's easy to create something which tastes f*cking delicious and doesn't rely on an alcoholic buzz to catch a drinkers eye.  In terms of taste, Everleaf is all about bright, bittersweetness. It's brimming with botanicals which gives it a tropical forest smell (!) and turns the taste to wild 'n juicy. It makes for a pretty epic spritz in the summer when all your pals are on the Aperol.

Nine Elms

Sometimes food just doesn't taste as good without a drink by its side. Non-alc No. 18 by Nine Elms has been designed to complement good food and its as complex & balanced as a Fleetwood Mac album. Like the best of 'em, they've taken this down the botanical road with 20 different flowers, herbs and spices, and the juice of 4 types of berry. Makes it easy to pair with a sh*t loada diferent dishes. Serve it straight or whack it into a cocktail  - it's got more versatility than a swiss army knife. But less pointy and with fewer screw heads.

 

Three Spirit 

You know what they say: "Once a BarChick, always a BarChick". Not only is Three Spirit a pretty f*cking tasty natural alternative to booze, but it was also created by one of our OG's, so we're gonna lay a bit of claim to it, even if we technically have nothing to do with it. This plant-powered ‘social elixir’ combines eleven herbs and plants which have naturally blissful qualities of their own. It's bittersweet with a curious savoury bite. Sounds right up our Straße. And then there's the effect. You know that kinda giddy, kinda talkative feeling you get after two cocktails? This concoction gets you there, booze-free. Like a social lube that doesn't get you sticky. 

Seedlip

This one is probs the best known of all the booze-free bottles. Seedlip was the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, and the stand-out hit of the last three years for anyone seeking cocktails without the alcohol hit. They use herbal remedies (no, not those herbal remedies) and distillation techniques that date back to the mid-16th century (old school) -- but in layman's terms, it's pretty much made the same way as gin. It's also spenny enough that you'd be forgiven for thinking you were buying a premium gin in a supermarket. But you're not - this IS NOT gin sans alcohol; Creator Ben combined six botanicals to make Seedlip: allspice, grapefruit, lemon peel, cardamom, American oak and cascarilla bark. Not a juniper berry in sight. 

Æcorn

Prepare to be dazzled, ‘cos this new range of British aperitifs can truly call themselves pioneering. They were the world’s first range of non-alcoholic aperitifs. The idea? To change the way the world drinks. So you can now sip their varietals of Dry, Aromatic and Bitter in a cocktail, a spritz, or even neat. Æcorn is the sister brand of Seedlip, designed to enhance and compliment Seedlip. The idea? To allow you to create killer non-alcoholic cocktails - start to finish. Yes, great for bartenders, but just as important for when you wanna get your groove on in your casa. 

Ceder's

Ceder’s describes its range of three drinks as “alt-gin”, so if that's the spirit you're craving, this is the one to go for. It was created by hubby and wife pair Craig & Maria when Maria was up the duff and missed the "sophisticated" adult drinking experience. Apparently, soda and lime just didn't cut it. Totally fair, babe. It's designed to either be served on the rocks or with a tonic. We go for the latter with the Ceders Classic. It's the closest you get to a G&T without the G.

Rum-ish

There'll be no Jack Sparrow style swaying after a few measures of this bad boy. This non-alcoholic RumIsh has all the characteristics of rum, without the balance impeding qualities of its boozy counterpart. RumISH is made from Madagascar vanilla and nutmeg – similar notes that you’ll find in a typical dark rum. It's not 100% alcohol-free... 0.5% ABV snuck through. The process of extracting an aroma from its natural state occasionally requires a small amount of alcohol to release its full flavour. Fair play. This is why ISH is labeled with 0.5% alcohol, but at such an ultra-low percentage, it's still considered alcohol-free.

Stryk - "NOT VODKA"

We've all followed the siren call of a night fuelled by Vodka Martinis & Long Island Iced Teas, and has lead us all into the dark pit of a two-day hangover.  Stryk's solution is a combo of warming spice of capsicum with the cooling notes of cucumber and menthol, which emulates the characteristics of a classic pure vodka but with none of the bad decision inducing alcohol. They've gone au naturel with it - we're talking no sugar, no artificial flavours and no allergens, so you can power through the party and still burn bright like the god damn star you are the next day.