18 of the best non-alcoholic spirits to enjoy this season

The best non-alcoholic spirits can be a great replacement for your favourite gin, tequila or whisky - even the experts say so

A selection of the best non-alcoholic spirits, including Whitley Neill gin, Pentire Spritz, and more
(Image credit: Clean Co, Whitley Neill, Pentire, and Lyre's)

With so many of the best non-alcoholic spirits now on the market, there has never been a better time to cut down or even give up drinking completely. From big distilleries like Gordons producing alcohol-free versions of classic gins to small-batch brands with a focus on unique flavours, there's plenty of choice out there. 

In years gone by, the alcohol-free spirit options were mixer-only drinks. These days, the best non-alcoholic spirits can become alcohol-free versions of your favourite tipples. So if you've decided to learn how to cut down on alcohol or given up drinking completely, you can still enjoy your favourite drink. 

But of all the best non-alcoholic spirits to pick from now, which should you choose? Whether you like your spirit as part of a cocktail, with a mixer, or just over ice, we've got a replacement for you. Here, we round up the top alternatives to alcohol from Amazon and other online retailers and speak to two nutritionists to reveal what you need to know about making the swap. 

The best non-alcoholic spirits

Non-alcoholic gin

Non-alcoholic rum

Non-alcoholic tequila

Non-alcoholic whisky

Non-alcoholic cocktails

Non-alcoholic aperitifs

Is alcohol free really alcohol free?

When a product is labelled as 'alcohol-free', it often means it contains an extremely low or negligible amount of alcohol, says certified nutritionist Adele Johnston. "They are [often] never 100% free of alcohol as it can be challenging to completely remove all alcohol during the manufacturing process," she explains. "The specific definition of 'alcohol-free' can vary by country and regulations, but it often means the product contains less than 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV)."

Some beverages, such as those designed specifically to be alcohol-free like aperitifs made from distilled herbs, for example, will be totally alcohol-free as they never had alcohol in them to begin with. Others, where alcohol has been removed by various processes from the spirit, may still contain trace amounts. 

But these, the nutritionist says, "are designed to have minimal or no intoxicating effect."

Adele Johnston
Adele Johnston

Adele Johnston is a certified nutritionist, leading perimenopause and menopause expert, positive psychology coach, and advanced trauma informed breathwork facilitator. Combining her personal experience and her expertise in nutrition, hormones, women’s health and menopause, she started The Menopause Coach to help others to navigate menopause and turn the whole experience into a positive, vibrant phase of life full of opportunity.

Who are non-alcoholic spirits made for?

Alcohol-free drinks are generally suited to most people, says Lauren Johnson Reynolds, a certified nutritionist who is also known as the London Wellness Coach. "Whether it’s a short-term detox or a longer lifestyle choice, they can be a great alternative that still gives the experience of drinking alcohol," she says. 

However, there are a couple of things to bear in mind. While the best non-alcoholic spirits may not take away your morning with a hangover, they can leave a surprising dent in your bank account. Being premium spirits more often than not, you could end up paying the same price for your alcohol-free beverage as you would for an alcoholic one. The cheapest and some of the best non-alcoholic spirits tend to sit among the low-calorie non-alcoholic drinks in a can, or be the alcohol-free versions of in-demand spirits made by big distillers like Gordons and Diageo USVI (Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum). 

There are also some people who non-alcohol spirits won't be suitable for. This includes those with a drinking problem, an issue around alcohol generally where even the look, bottle design, and vaguely similar taste of the drink may be a problem. 

"These drinks can still be a concern for individuals who need to avoid alcohol completely, such as those in recovery from alcohol addiction, individuals with certain medical conditions, or people whose religious beliefs prohibit alcohol consumption," says Johnston. 

If you have any concerns about your relationship with alcohol, it's always best to just consult your doctor. 

Lauren Johnson Reynolds
Lauren Johnson Reynolds

Lauren Johnson Reynolds is a fully-qualified, registered nutritional therapist, and PCOS expert. After years of working as a backing singer, Lauren turned to natural medicine to manage debilitating PCOS symptoms and heal ailments caused by a busy lifestyle on the road. 

Benefits of alcohol-free alternatives 

  • No hangovers: One of the biggest benefits of not drinking alcohol is the lack of hangovers in the morning."We all know the familiar hungover feeling - foggy head, dry mouth, an upset stomach, maybe a touch of hangxiety - these are all messages from our body that it is struggling to process and detoxify alcohol," says Johnson Reynolds. 
  • May help improve long-term mental health: "Reducing or eliminating alcohol can benefit mental health by decreasing the risk of depression, anxiety, and mood swings associated with alcohol consumption," says Johnston.
  • Improved gut health: Both experts agree that drinking alcohol every day or even a couple of times a week can have a serious impact on the microbiome in your gut, potentially leading to a range of other issues. 
  • Better option for those going through menopause: "Some women become quite alcohol intolerant in perimenopause and postmenopausal years. Having an alcohol-free alternative can ensure enjoyment is still there when socialising but that health and happiness are never impacted as a result," says Johnston. 
  • Better option for those looking to lose weight: "Alcoholic beverages can be calorie-dense and choosing non-alcoholic options can assist in weight management and overall calorie reduction," says Johnston. 
  • Advanced alcohol-free options may offer a similar effect: "Brands like Three Spirit offer spirits to suit any mood, containing ingredients that provide a soft caffeine boost such as cacao, the nootropic Lion’s Mane, the aphrodisiac Damiana and rest-inducing valerian and lemon balm," says Johnson Reyolds, meaning you can get the buzz without the hangover.
Grace Walsh
Health Channel Editor

Grace Walsh is woman&home's Health Channel Editor, working across the areas of fitness, nutrition, sleep, mental health, relationships, and sex. She is also a qualified fitness instructor. In 2024, she will be taking on her second marathon in Rome, cycling from Manchester to London (350km) for charity, and qualifying as a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. 

A digital journalist with over six years experience as a writer and editor for UK publications, Grace has covered (almost) everything in the world of health and wellbeing with bylines in Cosmopolitan, Red, The i Paper, GoodtoKnow, and more.