The recent dry January was by far the most popular.
Lots of people are cutting down on drinking, or even quitting altogether. But, until recently, doing so meant switching to soft drinks or boring old water. Worthy alternatives to booze just didn’t exist. But now, there are incredible alcohol-free drinks, including spirits, beers, wines and more. There are also low-alcohol options like 0.5% beers.
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Another new trend is so-called ‘adult soft drinks’. These are slightly more interesting alternatives to classic softs like Diet Coke or Fanta. Think tonic water but more interesting. There are fiery ginger beers, tangy shrubs, playfully pink rose lemonades, new creations like ‘soft punch’ with flavours like blood orange, and even drinking vinegars (much nicer than they sound).
We were sceptical - as many were - about all these alcohol-free drinks. But, some have impressed us. We’ve gathered our absolute favourites into this list, in the hope of spreading the word about companies that are getting it right. There are some alcohol-free beers, for example, where you can’t actually tell the difference. There are even alcohol-free spirits that will enable you to create seriously classy mocktails for your friends.
We’re not saying drinking is going out of fashion. After all, who doesn’t love an ice-cold pint, a glass of wine or gin and tonic after a long day at work? And when out for the night, the occasional cocktail can be a real treat. But drinking a little less could do most of us some good health-wise. And what better way to do so than a top-notch alcohol-free alternative. That way, you won’t miss out on the fun, just the hangover.
So, without further ado, here they are. The cream of the crop when it comes to low or no alcohol drinks. We’ve split them into four categories to make things a little easier to find.
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- Best non-alcoholic and low alcohol spirits
- Best adult soft drinks
- Best non-alcoholic and low alcohol beer
- Best non-alcoholic and low alcohol wine
If you have ditched the sauce or simply want to cut back on your intake, you’ll be glad to know that there are a whole host of alternatives out there. Read on for our pick of alcohol-free spirits.
New London Light
What: Olympic medal hopefuls Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre find the likeness to an alcoholic G&T incredible. For us, its herbaceous nose entwined with ginger spice and capsicum pepper introduces a drink that is confident and refreshing, while on the palate it’s linear and precise with a spicy botanical depth. There's a dry but smooth finish.
How much: £27.50
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Caleno Dark & Spicy
What: The first rum alternative on the list, Caleno Dark & Spicy is a blend of pineapple, coconut, ginger, black cardamom, vanilla, kola nut and lime. Serve with ginger beer and ice.
How much: £18
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Sea Arch Coastal Juniper
What: Packaged in a stylish marine blue bottle, this gin alternative is crisp and refreshing. Serve with tonic as a ‘sea and T’ or mix it up into an alcohol-free cocktail.
How much: £24.95
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Atopia Spiced Citrus
What: Created by Hendrick’s master distiller, Lesley Gracie, this gin-style ultra low alcohol spirit features notes of orange and lemon, alongside angelica root, coriander, juniper and wormwood.
How much: £32.95
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Lyre’s Pink London Spirit
What: An excellent pink gin alternative, Lyre’s Pink London Spirit has a floral palate with notes of summer berries, juniper and rosehip. Perfect with tonic or in a fruity mocktail.
How much: £20.95
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Haysmith’s Rhubarb & Ginger Spirit
What: Aldi, having won awards for their extremely affordable gin, have entered the ‘low and no’ game with this rhubarb and ginger concoction. At £7.99 for 70cl, this is by far the best value spirit on here.
How much: £7.99
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Clean V Spiced Apple
What: Another one from Clean Co. This take on vodka has aromatic touches of apple and cinnamon and is best served over ice with soda and a wedge of lime.
How much: £19
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What: Made with juniper and citrus, this gin sans alcohol is perfect with a light tonic and slice of grapefruit.
How much: £22.45
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Tanqueray Alcohol Free
What: This tasty sip balances four botanicals which give the refreshing, citrusy taste that Tanqueray is famous for - just without the alcohol. Simply serve with your chosen tonic and garnish over ice.
How much: £16
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What: This peppery botanical spirit is the result of foraging around the headlands near Polzeath – think rock samphire, sage, a lick of fennel and a sprinkling of sea salt. It’s a grown-up drink best served with soda water and orange peel or a light tonic water that balances the drink’s herbaceousness. Garnish with rosemary or a slice of orange peel.
How much: £24.95
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What: Feragaia meaning ‘wild earth’ is a deliciously herbaceous, slightly malty and, yes, earthy liquid that is a delicate mix of land and sea botanicals from Scotland – think seaweed, Cayenne pepper, and sweetly oiled lemon verbena. Add in a bit of green tea, some crisp citrus notes and a hint of fruit-forward hibiscus and you’ll be swilling and sniffing it like a whisky or fine wine.
How much: £23.94
What: Boasting the classic piney juniper lead character of Gordon’s gin, but minus the alcohol content, this sip makes a great base for mocktails, but also works when simply mixed with tonic.
How much: £14
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What: Former Made In Chelsea party boy Spencer Matthews isn’t the first person that comes to mind when you think of going teetotal, but he in fact ditched the booze a few years back and created his own non-alcoholic drinks line - Clean G is a botanical sip with less than 0.5% ABV.
How much: £19
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What: This non-alcoholic aperitif features a blend of 12 sustainably sourced botanicals including rosehip, strawberry and cherry blossom. It makes for a great alternative to pink gin and can be used on its own or as a base for mocktails.
How much: £19.95
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Lyre’s Italian Spritz
What: This bittersweet non-alcoholic spritz, with its notes of rhubarb, orange and mixed herbs, makes a great base for a whole number of refreshing mocktails, but it also works when paired simply with soda or tonic water.
How much: £22.95
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Clean G Pink
What: Pink gin is wildly popular these days and now teetotallers can get in on the action. This no-alcohol sip boasts fruity strawberry and raspberry notes, so is ideal for mixing with tonics and lemonades. It’s sugar-free and vegan too.
How much: £19
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What: We love the attractive packaging of this non-alcoholic aperitif almost as much as we love its bittersweet character: flavoured with botanicals such as vanilla, gentian and liquorice. Best when mixed with soda or tonic water.
How much: £19.95
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What: This crisp and refreshing drink boasts notes of pineapple, umami and salty sea breezes. It can be used as a base for mocktails, but the flavour of Marine is distinct enough to enjoy on its own too.
How much: £19.95
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Staying sober doesn't have to mean settling for Diet Coke and 7Up. These days, there are plenty of premium adult soft drinks on the market which feel special enough for parties and other social occasions.
Crodino 1965 Aperitivo
What: Perfect for a pre-dinner drink in the sun, Crodino hails from Crodo in Italy, and has been made there since the sixties. Pour over ice and serve with a wedge of orange - bellissimo.
How much: £5.95
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What: These trendy cans are more than just a pretty face, they taste great too. Branded as a soft punch, it comes in blood orange, bitters and cardamom; cucumber, yuzu and rosemary; or peach, ginger and chai.
How much: £12.12 for six cans
Bundaberg Ginger Beer
What: Made from locally grown ginger and sugarcane, this is the best ginger beer around in our humble opinion. Pour over ice and add a wedge of lime for a virgin mule.
How much: £4.75 for a four-pack
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Real Kombucha Royal Flush
What: If you’re looking for a grown-up soft drink, look no further than Real Kombucha’s Royal Flush. This sip is gluten-free, alcohol-free, low sugar and vegan-friendly, but what it lacks in nasties, it more than makes up for in flavour - why not try it for yourself and see?
How much: £8
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Fentimans Rose Lemonade
What: If you’re not looking for a great pretender, but rather a sophisticated soft drink to sip on, check out Fentimans Rose Lemonade. Made with real lemons and pure rose oil sourced in Bulgaria, it’s a light and refreshing sip that will remind you of hot summer afternoons.
How much: £2.95
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Alcohol-free beers were once avoided at all costs, but there is now a new wave of low and no alcohol beers that are taking the teetotal community by storm. Check out our favourite non-alcoholic and low-alcohol beers.
San Miguel 0.0%
What: Proving that no alcohol doesn’t have to mean no flavour, this alcohol-free version of San Miguel’s popular beers is golden in colour and boasts floral and herbal notes. A great alternative for any designated drivers at the pub.
How much: £3.00 for a pack of four
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Adnam’s Ghost Ship 0.5%
What: One of the lesser-known brands with a low-alcohol option is Adnam’s. Its Ghost Ship beer has a malty, biscuity smell, while the flavour features notes of citrus and grass. It’s a great alternative to a regular beer and cheap as chips.
How much: £1.30 per bottle
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Big Drop Brewing Co Galactic Milk Stout
What: We know what you’re thinking - an alcohol-free beer with a silly name and loud packaging? Surely this is a case of all style and no substance? You’d be wrong though as this delicious, rich and indulgent beer from Big Drop Brewing Co. is seriously impressive stuff.
How much: £1.55
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Brewdog Nanny State
What: You can always count on controversy courting Brewdog to come up with a fun name for its beers. Nanny State’s snarky moniker is backed up though, by a beer that’s malty, bitter and brimming with hoppy flavour.
How much: £4.00 for a pack of four
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Adnam’s Wild Wave 0.5%
What: If you’re looking to cut down on alcohol, rather than cut it out complete, low alcohol beers are a great shout. At just 0.5% abv, Wild Wave is a suitable alternative and feels distinctly British too, with its light and refreshing crunchy apple flavour.
How much: £1.30
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Beavertown Lazer Crush 0.3%
What: In a stroke of genius, the Beavertown brewers have managed to find a strain of yeast that fully ferments without producing alcohol. It even adds a hit of peach, rounding out the flavour profile.
How much: £1.60
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Wines and fizz are the go-to drinks when it comes to social celebrations, so what happens when the non-drinkers in the group want something a little more special than a Diet Coke? Allow us to introduce you to some of our favourite non-alcoholic and low alcohol wines.
Saicho Sparkling Tea
What: For some occasions, only bubbles will do. If you’re not drinking it can be tempting to plump for a bottle of non-alcoholic Prosecco, but what if we told you there was something altogether more exciting? Saicho makes sparkling no-alcohol teas which take the place of Prosecco beautifully. The team behind the brand is headed up by Matthias Lattaile, an award-winning mixologist and industry expert well-used to working with Champagne houses. So, he knows a good serve when he sees one. You serve this chilled, in a champagne glass, just like the real thing and there’s a true sense of occasion when you crack a bottle open with that signature hiss of bubbles. We loved the floral notes and gentle acidity these brought, and thought they made an exciting alternative to the usual supermarket options without falling into the sugary pitfal that many others fave. There are three flavours to choose from – jasmine, Darjeeling and hojicha – and each bring a unique and complex profile which work equally as well as an aperitif or paired with food.
How much: £49.99 for three bottles
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Fortnum’s Rose Sparkling Tea
What: Best served chilled, this 0% ABV sparkling tea makes a fun alternative to bubbles, boasting a pale pink hue, crisp taste and flavours of tropical fruits along with cranberry and hints of ginger. Sort of like a sophisticated, grown-up version of Shloer.
How much: £17.95
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Eisberg Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol-Free White Wine
What: Fresh and aromatic, this alcohol-free white wine from Eisberg is teeming with gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours. Wine without the inevitable wine hangover? Sign us up.
How much: £3.00
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La Gioiosa Alcohol-Free 0% Sparkling
What: An alternative to sparkling wine, this light and sweet sip reveals notes of apple, white grape and elderflower. It makes a great base for cocktails and at just £5 a bottle, is great value too.
How much: £5
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What: Gimmicky name aside, we think you’ll be impressed by Nozeco. Pale yellow in colour, it features intensely fruity notes and just the right amount of fizz. A great alternative for a sober party - mix with fresh orange juice to make first-rate Mimosas.
How much: £3.75
Freixenet 0.0% Sparkling Rose Alcohol-Free
What: Customers rave about this alcohol-free rose from Freixenet, which is both good value and delicious. It’s definitely one for those who prefer sweeter drinks, but makes for a perfectly adequate alternative to Prosecco and doesn’t need to be paired with anything else to be enjoyable.
How much: £4.50
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Thomas & Scott Noughty Chardonnay
What: Award-winning, this tipple offers a crisp flavour and a touch of sweetness. It's perfect for sipping through dry Jan or as an enjoyable way to cut down on alcohol over the course of the rest of the year.
How much: £8.99
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If you prefer socialising outside of the house, check out these bars in London that do great alcohol-free options. If you're planning a bash this year, with or without alcohol, it's probably best you read this list of the best summer party venues in London.
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- Sparkling water.
- Cranberry or pomegranate juice.
- Tonic water.
- Non-alcoholic spirits.
- Decaf Coffee.
Water is, by far, the most consumed non-alcoholic beverage in the world.What drink has the lowest percentage of alcohol? ›
- Seedlip Garden 108 Non-Alcoholic Spirit. ...
- Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative. ...
- Wilderton Earthen. ...
- Hairless Dog Non-Alcoholic IPA. ...
- Kin Euphorics, Kin Spritz. ...
- Curious Elixir No. ...
- TÖST Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Beverage. ...
- Soda and fresh lime. Proof that simple is still the best.
- Berries in iced water. This summery drink will keep you refreshed and revitalised.
- Kombucha. ...
- Virgin bloody Mary. ...
- Virgin Mojito. ...
- Half soda/half cranberry juice and muddled lime. ...
- Soda and fresh fruit. ...
Drinking kava has the same positive effects of alcohol without any of the downsides. Similar to alcohol, Kava relaxes the mind and body. After a glass, you feel lightweight and all the stresses of the day start to fall away. And a drink of kava will certainly give you a happy buzz.Is there a drink that tastes like alcohol but isn t? ›
Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks that look and taste like a particular alcoholic cocktail. They even have names designed to remind you of the original cocktail.Which non-alcoholic drink has least sugar? ›
Sparkling water with fresh lime, mint, apple, feijoa, kiwifruit or slices of ginger – or whatever fruit you like: 0 kJ, 0 sugar. Iced tea made with still or sparkling water and an iced teabag (Red Seal and Healtheries do great ones): 0 kJ, 0 sugar.What is the number 1 drink in the world? ›
Water. Water is the most popular beverage on the planet. This is such a simple drink, but no one can live without it. It is important for your health to drink plenty of water every day.What is the number 1 soft drink in the world? ›
Coca Cola Classic is the world's most popular caffeinated soft drink and it is made by the Coca Cola Company,…Are low alcohol drinks better for you? ›
In general, No-Alcohol & Low-Alcohol drinks are not damaging to your health when enjoyed in moderation. This is particularly true when compared to their alcoholic counterparts; opting for the No or Low version of a drink will always be less damaging to your health than choosing the full-ABV version.
On average, the liver can metabolize 1 standard drink per hour for men, or about 0.015g/100mL/hour (i.e., a reduction of blood alcohol level, or BAC, by 0.015 per hour).How can I be happy without alcohol? ›
- Find New Hang Outs. That doesn't necessarily mean an establishment that doesn't serve alcohol, but someplace where you can redefine fun for yourself. ...
- Fill Your New Fun Hangouts With Supportive Friends. ...
- Redefine Fun For Yourself. ...
- Mock It Up. ...
- Find Healthy Ways to Destress.
- 1) Read a good book. Sounds obvious I know but it's one I often put off in favour of scrolling through my phone. ...
- 2) Take a long bath. Baths are often my go-to way to relax without alcohol. ...
- 3) Get outside and go for a walk. ...
- 4) Practice yoga or any exercise you enjoy. ...
- 5) Meditate.
- Tea (hot or cold)
- Fruit and herb-infused water.
- Sparkling water.
- Coffee (hot or iced)
- Club soda with flavored syrup.
- Spiced apple cider.
- Soda water and herbs.
- Rum and Diet Coke. Well drinks are great. ...
- Gin and Diet Tonic. ...
- Sparkling Wine. ...
- Light Beer. ...
- Vodka Soda. ...
- Red Bull and Sugar-Free Vodka. ...
“Seltzer and club soda are by far the best, hands down,” Gans says. “Add a squeeze of lemon or lime, or throw in a wedge of either for a burst of flavor. Tonic may seem healthy, but it has added sugar, so it's a step below.” Diet sodas aren't too bad.What should I order at a bar if I don't like beer? ›
- Shandy. PIN IT. Photo courtesy of Traveler Beer Co. ...
- Sangria. PIN IT. Photo courtesy of thecrepesofwrath.com. ...
- Dark 'n' Stormy. PIN IT. Photo courtesy of foodietails.com. ...
- Cider. PIN IT. ...
- Snakebite. PIN IT. ...
- Bellini. PIN IT. ...
- Summer Shack. PIN IT. ...
- Guinness Cream Soda. PIN IT.
Summary. Across the month, your body is likely to have benefitted greatly from giving up alcohol. Better hydration and improved sleep will have increased your productivity and daily wellbeing. Your liver, stomach and skin will also have benefitted from not dealing with alcohol.What happens to your body and brain when you stop drinking? ›
Withdrawal. If you're a heavy drinker, your body may rebel at first if you cut off all alcohol. You could break out in cold sweats or have a racing pulse, nausea, vomiting, shaky hands, and intense anxiety. Some people even have seizures or see things that aren't there (hallucinations).What cocktail tastes the least like alcohol? ›
- Cosmopolitan. Ingredients: Vodka Triple Sec + Cranberry Juice + Lime Juice. ...
- Screwdriver. Ingredients: Vodka + Orange Juice. ...
- Fuzzy Navel. ...
- Sex On The Beach. ...
- Pina Colada. ...
- Caipirinha. ...
- Malibu Rum With Pineapple Juice. ...
- Strawberry Margaritas.
The Three Spirit Livener is said to be “the pick-me-up and energizer”. Made with high levels of natural caffeine, 57.5 mg per 1.7 fl oz, from guayusa and green tea. With less caffeine than a cup of coffee, the Livener gives you a bump of energy without the crash.What is a cocktail without alcohol called? ›
In simplest terms, a virgin drink is a drink that does not contain any alcohol. It's also known as a mocktail. Often, when making mocktails and virgin drinks, one will replace the alcohol with a flavored mixer like ginger ale, ginger beer, or tonic water.Which alcohol is lowest in sugar? ›
If you're looking to go low sugar, then there are some basic approaches you can take. Your best bet is to stick with hard spirits like gin, vodka, whiskey and rum, but watch your mixer. Wine is a good option, but it's best to go for a red or a dry white. Beer might be good for low sugar, but it can be high in calories.What is a drink without alcohol called? ›
In simplest terms, a virgin drink is a drink that does not contain any alcohol. It's also known as a mocktail. Often, when making mocktails and virgin drinks, one will replace the alcohol with a flavored mixer like ginger ale, ginger beer, or tonic water.What is alcohol free spirit? ›
Non-alcoholic spirits are drinks made to appear and taste as closely as a real spirit but with low to no alcoholic content at all. The ABV of this new form of drink is generally between 0% and 5%.Is there non-alcoholic gin? ›
FREE OF ALCOHOL, FULL OF SPIRIT
Monday Gin is a complex aromatic blend of juniper, natural botanicals, citrus, and spices that satisfies like a classic London dry gin.
Water is the best choice for quenching your thirst. Coffee and tea, without added sweeteners, are healthy choices, too. Some beverages should be limited or consumed in moderation, including fruit juice, milk, and those made with low-calorie sweeteners, like diet drinks.What is the number 1 soft drink in the world? ›
Coca Cola Classic is the world's most popular caffeinated soft drink and it is made by the Coca Cola Company,…What drinks hydrate you best? ›
Water is your best bet for everyday hydration, since it is free of sugar, calories, and caffeine. All of your daily food and beverages contribute to your daily fluid needs.Is there a drink that tastes like alcohol but isn t? ›
Mocktails are non-alcoholic drinks that look and taste like a particular alcoholic cocktail. They even have names designed to remind you of the original cocktail.
- “I'm driving.”
- “I don't drink.”
- “I want to keep a clear head.”
- “It makes me sick.”
- “I'm too busy to be hungover tomorrow.”
- “I have more fun sober.”
- “I'm in recovery.”
Stryyk Not Vodka is an alcohol-free vodka, made from cucumber, coriander and apple. This drink is not only 100% alcohol-free, but also 100% natural and contains no added sugars or artificial flavours. Our alcohol-free vodka is particularly suitable for making alcohol-free cocktails.What is a good non-alcoholic substitute for rum? ›
- Lyre's Spiced Cane Spirit.
- Lyre's Dark & Spicy.
- Lyre's Dark Cane Spirit.
- Monday Dark & Stormy.
- Ovant Royal.
- Lyre's White Cane Spirit.
- Fluere Spiced Cane.
MORE THAN A RITUAL - Arkay Alcohol-Free Vodka Award winner by Scottish Spirits Association. Arkay is crafted, not distilled, meaning truly 100% Alcohol Free. Flavors and ingredients are all-natural with no allergens, no sugar, not fat, no carbs, no sweeteners, no alcohol.What gives you a buzz like alcohol? ›
Drinking kava has the same positive effects of alcohol without any of the downsides. Similar to alcohol, Kava relaxes the mind and body. After a glass, you feel lightweight and all the stresses of the day start to fall away. And a drink of kava will certainly give you a happy buzz.What tastes like gin but is non-alcoholic? ›
For the adventurous drinker in search of a warm, aromatic twist to the classic gin profile, Ceder's Wild Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit features ginger, rooibos, and clove. With this spicy take on the classic juniper flavor, Ceder's Wild is perfect for autumnal versions of your favorite gin drinks.Is there a non-alcoholic gin that actually tastes like gin? ›
The answer is, technically, no! Non-alcoholic gin drinks are specially designed to look and taste very similar to real gin, but with very little to no alcoholic content. Legally, real gin must have an alcohol level (ABV) of at least 37.5%, whereas non or low, alcohol gin typically has an ABV of between 0 and 5%.