Over the past couple of years, the number of non-alcoholic bottlings has skyrocketed, including many designed to mimic the flavors of tried-and-true spirits. With so many zero-proofers now available, it’s a great time to consider adding a few to the home bar, whether as a considerate option for a guest who’s not drinking or as a little break for yourself. We asked experts to select a few favorites.
While some work well as neat pours, others can benefit from mixing, so we also sourced drink ideas from the pros.
“I liken it to a Beyond Burger, or a vegan cheeseburger,” says Douglas Watters, founder and owner of NYC booze-free bottle shop Spirited Away. Similar to a vegan patty dressed up with a bun, pickles “and the whole nine yards,” non-alcoholic drinks deserve adornment too. “If you make a nice cocktail with other ingredients, the garnish, a nice glass, you’ll have a much better experience.”
Here are four non-alcoholic spirit cocktail recipes to try.