Whether you're sober, sober curious or not drinking alcohol for any other reason, you have options. Demand for non-alcoholic (NA) beverages was up 60% from July 2020 to 2021, and Statista estimates the category will grow 7.1% annually by 2025.\r\n\r\nAs NA brands and bars debut, and established companies launch booze-free subsets, it\u2019s useful to have a roadmap to navigate the space. Here are some of the leading names in NA drinks.\r\n\r\n\r\nNon-alcoholic Spirits\r\nFor those who love cocktails, the no-alcohol route presents challenges. Take a close look at so-called \u201cmocktail\u201d recipes. Often, they\u2019re more complicated than standard cocktail recipes.\r\n\r\nSome call for shrubs, syrups and other housemade components to coax out complex flavors. That may be fine for bars and restaurants that have plenty of time and ingredients, but what about for home bartenders seeking an easy end-of-day drink?\r\n\u201cGreat drinks don\u2019t have to contain booze any more than great food has to contain meat.\u201d \u2013Derek Brown, owner,\u00a0Columbia Room\r\nThe past year, a growing number of non-alcoholic bottlings were introduced to sip during Dry January, or any time a short detox is needed. Some mimic traditional spirits or pre-mixed cocktails, while others have flavors that are harder to pin down. But all provide a faux-spirit base toward zero-alcohol options that are more than just fancy juice boxes.\r\n\r\n\u201cYou\u2019re trying to create an elevated, complex drink,\u201d explains Chris Marshall, founder/CEO of Sans Bar, a venue in Austin that serves only zero-proof cocktails. \u201cTo do that, you need a base to build your drink around.\u201d\r\n\r\nWe asked bartenders of both boozeless and traditional venues to share their favorite non-alcoholic bottles and help avoid the many clunkers.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a minefield out there,\u201d says Derek Brown, owner of Washington D.C.\u2019s Columbia Room, though he admits that options have improved. Today, \u201cgreat drinks don\u2019t have to contain booze any more than great food has to contain meat,\u201dhe says.\r\n\r\nOf note, many favored secret-weapon bottles still are difficult to obtain in the U.S., a trend we hope will change in the year ahead.\r\n\r\nConsider these bottles for a booze-free bar.\r\nAbstinence\r\nSans Bar\u2019s Marshall recommends this gin-like South African brand. It comes in two varieties, citrus and spice, though it\u2019s currently hard to find in the U.S.\r\nArkay\r\nThis brand was first launched in Dubai, where many locals and visitors forgo alcohol for cultural reasons. It\u2019s now making inroads in the U.S.\r\n\r\n\u201cI like their products because it has some of the burn you\u2019re accustomed to [in a traditional spirit],\u201d says Marshall. Among the wide range of faux spirits, which even brazenly mimic Scotch and Tequila, Marshall\u2019s pick is the \u201calcohol-free rum,\u201d mixed Cuba Libre-style with Coke and a squeeze of lime, or pineapple and coconut for a Pi\u00f1a Colada-like drink.\r\n\r\n\r\nBorrago\r\nA gin-like \u201cbotanical spirit\u201d that hails from England. \u201cI do a Paloma with Borrago and thyme-infused simple syrup,\u201d says Marshall.\r\nCurious Elixirs\r\nA line of pre-mixed cocktails, rather than a single spirits-style option. The No. 1 bottling is similar to a Negroni, while the ginger-flavored No. 2 is akin to a non-alcoholic Dark & Stormy.\r\nKin Euphorics\r\nBrown suggests mixing the smoky, earthy and spicy Dream Light bottling with hot water to stand in for a classic toddy.\r\n\r\n\r\nLyre\u2019s\r\nThis Aussie company makes a remarkably wide range of no-alcohol spirits meant to mimic everything from gin and liqueurs to absinthe. It even has an ersatz dry vermouth, which makes a virtuous martini a possibility.\r\n\r\nListen Bar, which hosts monthly booze-free events in New York City, has a partnership with Lyre\u2019s and will feature a drink with their products at each event. For New Year\u2019s Eve, menu director Eamon Rockey built a spritz-style sipper through a mix of three offerings from the brand: bittersweet Italian Spritz (Aperol-alike), Italian Orange (another bitter, in the style of Campari) and Dry Vermouth (which he infused with cardamom), topped with seltzer.\r\nMeMento\r\nMade in Italy, this bottle is recommended by Sam Thonis, co-owner of Getaway Bar, an alcohol-free bar in Brooklyn, New York. \u201cIt\u2019s floral, aromatic, and has that pungent, alcohol kind of attack,\u201d he says. When mixed with other ingredients, \u201cit feels like a cocktail.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\nProteau\r\nLaunched in November by Momofuku bar veteran John deBary, this \u201cbotanical aperitif\u201d hits the right notes for those seeking a vermouth-style sipper. Robust Ludlow Red (blackberry, dandelion root, licorice) is the brand\u2019s first offering, while bubbly Rivington Spritz (strawberry, rhubarb, hibiscus) is expected to launch in 2020.\r\n\r\n\u201cProteau is the real deal,\u201d says Brown. He suggests that more bartenders should make zero-proofers. \u201cWe know how it works.\u201d\r\nRitual\r\nIt\u2019s \u201cnot meant to be an exact copy of liquor,\u201d says Marshall, but the brand\u2019s \u201cgin alternative\u201d and \u201cwhiskey alternative\u201d offer vibrant flavors to build drinks around.\r\nSanbitter\r\nMade by Italy\u2019s San Pellegrino, these teeny bottles of bitter scarlet liquid are an ideal alternative to Campari. \u201cIt\u2019s one you can pour over ice, add a twist and it feels like a Negroni,\u201d says Thonis.\r\n\r\n\r\nSeedlip\r\nThe first in the current crop of non-alcoholic distillate set was mentioned by every professional. It\u2019s the most widely available option, often mixed into drinks that resemble gin & tonics.\r\nThree Spirit\r\nA favorite at Getaway bar, which imports the brand from Britain. Thonis likens the dark, herbal Social Elixir to amaro, which he mixes into the Light & Stormy. It\u2019s a Dark & Stormy variant filled out with ginger syrup, lemon and alcohol-free black bitters from Dram Apothecary. \u2014Kara Newman\r\nNon-alcoholic Beer\r\nNA beers are not a new category in the U.S. O\u2019Doul\u2019s, called a \u201cnear beer\u201d since it contains 0.4% alcohol by volume (abv), was released in 1990. However, the space is evolving in conjunction with consumption trends.\r\n\r\n\u201cEstablished breweries owned by large companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev, Heineken and Boston Beer (makers of Samuel Adams) are all making big pushes into the non-alcoholic space in the coming months,\u201d wrote John Holl, Wine Enthusiast\u2019s beer editor, in January 2021. \u201cThe same is true for smaller breweries that experiment with different methods to remove alcohol while still retaining flavor and general beer hallmarks like mouthfeel and aroma.\u201d\r\n\r\nHere, six notable brands nationwide.\r\n\r\n\r\nNA Citra Lager, Hairless Dog Brewing Co.\r\nSweet malt-forward, with a snap of citrus and dry, tea-like finish, this lager is a fine replacement while you watch the game, after you shovel snow or whenever the mood strikes. Contains 70 calories per 12-ounce can.\r\nStrapless IPA with Electrolytes, Bootstrap Brewing Co.\r\nWhile it might not offer the full hop punch that many expect from an IPA, this offering from a Colorado brewery that makes plenty of higher-abv IPAs has enough lupulin presence to work in a pinch. With robust carbonation, it\u2019s a refreshing pick-me-up that won\u2019t put you down. Contains 100 calories per 12-ounce can.\r\n\r\n\r\nHyper Cold, Fair State Brewing Cooperative\r\nThis Minneapolis brewery uses vacuum distillation to remove the alcohol from its lager at a low temperature. The result is a full-flavored, crisp beer without the booze. Grab a six-pack and head to the lake for ice fishing. Calorie info not available.\r\nIPNA, Lagunitas Brewing Co.\r\nThe California-based brewery is owned by Heineken, which knows a thing or two about non-alcoholic beer. Its NA IPA includes Mosaic, Citra, Columbus hops as well as English crystal malt and Alberta barley. This has all the hop bite one would expect from a West Coast brewer. Contains 80 calories per 12-ounce bottle.\r\nWeizen-Radler, Paulaner\r\nA hefeweizen-lemonade hybrid with banana and clove aromas, this is something to sip on while you think about spring. Effervescent and thirst-quenching, this offering from the German brewer has 8.1 grams of carbohydrates per serving, plus mild citrus notes with rounded sweetness and a touch of tart acidity. Contains 102 calories per 11-ounce bottle. \u2014John Holl\r\n\r\n\r\nNon-alcoholic Wine\r\nIn previous years, some wine experts viewed NA wine as \u201ca bleak realm.\u201d Now, however, the category has evolved beyond cloying concoctions or childhood mainstays like Champagne flutes filled with sparkling apple cider.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt is exciting to see the world of non-alcoholic options become more detailed and expansive,\u201d Sommelier Cara Pelletier told Derek Brown in December 2020. \u201cI believe the only limits to these products in comparison to something like Martinelli\u2019s is the accessibility and affordability.\u201d\r\n\r\nSome producers remove the alcohol via vacuum distillation, a process they feel respects the aromas and flavors of traditional wine.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you're curious about this emerging category, check out these digital NA retailers:\r\nBetter Rhodes\r\nNA canned drinks, spirits, beers and wines headline this self-described "non-alcoholic marketplace\u201d that also offers monthly subscriptions and a wine club. Shipping costs vary by product, but wine club members receive two or six bottles monthly with free shipping.\r\nBeClink\r\nThis digital retailer sells an array of still and sparkling red, white and ros\u00e9 NA wines, including some in 200-mililiter bottles for those shopping for smaller portions.\r\nNo & Low\r\nIn addition to still and sparkling bottles from Thomson & Scott\u2019s Noughty, Empress and more labels, No & Lo offers \u201cbundles\u201d of NA wines and spirits, plus free U.S. shipping on orders over $65.