The world of non-alcoholic and alcohol-free beverages is growing. In recent years we have seen numbers shoot up but while this is certainly good news for people looking to stay healthy the market place is skewered towards beers.
Non-alcoholic and alcohol-free beers have seen huge growth recently which means people looking for healthier spirits will often find the search more difficult. Nowadays finding a non-alcoholic beer in a pub, restaurant or supermarket is often quite easy but the same can’t be said for spirits.
But if you would like to try some non-alcoholic spirits, this guide will help show you what is out there. But before we start examining what non-alcoholic spirits are available let’s break down what spirits exactly are. Yes, you might already know but for those aren’t sure this will be useful information going forward.
What Are Spirits?
Well we aren’t talking about ghosts, are we? Spirits are a group of liquors that have no added sugars or sweeteners. A spirit must have at least 20% alcohol by volume as well. While there are variations, the main six spirits are brandy, rum, gin, tequila, whiskey, and vodka.
So, if you are a fan of any of these spirits whether neat or as part of a cocktail/ mixed drink then you probably know they aren’t exactly the healthiest beverage. Many people want to cut down on alcohol and switching to non-alcoholic spirits is one great way to do this.
So, let’s get down to why we’re all here by looking at non-alcoholic spirits! We’ll take a look at what’s available, look at some of the most popular non-alcoholic spirits currently available, and examine the current market.
What Non-Alcoholic Spirits Are Currently Available?
While non-alcoholic spirits aren’t quite as widespread as non-alcoholic/ alcohol-free beers there are still quite a few available. The issue is many people don’t realise what these non-alcoholic spirits are. Many manufacturers use the term botanical spirit.
These beverages are quite similar to spirits but aren’t based on one specific spirit. But there are some non-alcoholic spirits that are designed to emulate the taste of their alcoholic counterparts. Let’s look at some names you should look out for if you want to give non-alcoholic spirits a try.
One of the botanical spirits we mentioned earlier Borrago is a non-alcoholic spirit that comes with a number of blends. It’s designed for cocktails or mocktails as they are known! While it can be used as a substitute for many different spirits when making cocktails we find it a great gin alternative.
Perhaps one of the biggest names in non-alcoholic spirits is Lyre’s. The Australian based company has made a huge number of non-alcoholic spirits some are completely original creations while others are based on their alcoholic equivalents. Their White Cane Spirit is one of our favourites which is a rum alternative.
If you like vodka then finding a non-alcoholic counterpart could be quite difficult. But Stryyk is a brand name worth looking out for! They have an impressive range of beverages including one that is designed to be an alternative to vodka. Their not gin is also worth looking for as well.
What Does The Future Hold?
So, that is a quick look at some of the more popular non-alcoholic spirits available, but what does the future look like? Well, the good news while non-alcoholic spirits are out numbered by beers right now they are growing more popular!
In fact, some industry experts think non-alcoholic spirits could be the next craze like craft beers where. Figures from GlobalData have also shown that sales of non-alcoholic spirits have grown significantly in the UK over the last few years.
When compared to 2014 sales of non-alcoholic spirits increased by a huge 506%! In total £37 million GBP was spent on non-alcoholic spirits in 2019 while this is lower than non-alcoholic beers it’s still shows huge growth.
So, if you want to enjoy a cocktail but cut down on your alcohol consumption there are non-alcoholic spirits out there for you to try. And we think it’s highly likely that there could actually be more of them coming in the future as well.