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Non-alcoholic spirits and non-alcoholic "wine" on trend

by Yascha Roshani
Alkoholfreier Gin und alkoholfreie Wein-Alternativen im Trend

You can find a selection of non-alcoholic spirits and non-alcoholic wine in our store.

Alcohol-free wine alternatives or spirits such as alcohol-free gin certainly sound pretty weird to many people. But let me tell you: non-alcoholic beer used to be the unpopular and ridiculed drink that probably only aliens drank. Today, it has long been standard in bars, restaurants, supermarkets and even at parties.

Non-alcoholic spirits such as Laori Juniper No 1 are also becoming increasingly popular. Non-alcoholic wine is also experiencing a boom. Ten years ago, hardly anyone would have thought of making wine alcohol-free (#hä?!). However, the increasing variety of drinks and the wishes of people who always want something better and, above all, simply to enjoy them, have led us to the unthinkable.

Why non-alcoholic spirits or wine?

After all, everyone wants to enjoy themselves. Whether it's gin, red wine, rosé, beer or a bowl of rice - using our sense of smell and taste to enjoy delicious food and drinks is fun for almost everyone. It's the reward after a long day at work, the lifestyle feeling at the weekend or the indulgence on vacation.

For most people, enjoyment and alcohol go hand in hand. Of course, we're not talking about the one or two euro schnapps at the checkout at the bottom of the supermarket. But rather wine and spirits such as gin, whisky and rum, which can fill entire books and evenings with friends both neat and in cocktails.

Even if more and more wine is available at cut-price prices from discount stores or even drugstores, this in itself is just a sign that more and more people want to enjoy themselves. Such prices may not do the winegrowers any good, but they are actually catering to the general public, who want wine instead of cherry juice.

However, alcoholic drinks have their limits. It is impossible to drink alcoholic beverages such as wine, gin or whisky when pregnant, driving or during Dryuary (also known as Dry January).

Alkoholfreie Spirituosen: Alternativen für Gin und Wein haben nicht nur Vorteile für Menschen, die aktuell auf Alkohol verzichten (müssen) - auch der Kater bleibt erspart
Alcohol-free alternatives for gin and wine not only have advantages for people who (have to) abstain from alcohol at the moment - they also prevent hangovers

Spirits and wine without alcohol on a growth trajectory

Fortunately, drinks suppliers have recognized this need and have massively increased their range of non-alcoholic spirits and wine alternatives. Beer naturally had a considerable head start here, which is why we are still amazed at high-proof spirits and red and white wine without alcohol.

In fact, the market for non-alcoholic spirits and non-alcoholic "wine" is a huge growth market. As a reader who simply wants delicious, non-alcoholic alternatives, this may not matter to you. However, this bodes well for the fact that we will see some great innovations in gin, wine, whisky, rum, vermouth and so on in the coming years that won't give you a hangover.

One of the main tasks of distilleries, winemakers and brewers is production. Alcohol not only contributes important aromas during alcoholic fermentation, but is also an incredible storehouse of flavors. It is therefore possible to keep the alcohol content to a minimum or zero during fermentation or to extract the alcohol afterwards without any loss of flavor. This challenge gives rise to new innovations and thus new, even more authentic alcohol-free wines, gins and other alcohol-free spirits.

Non-alcoholic spirits - from whisky to gin

The first pioneers are already out there - and they are bringing a whole range of flavors to the world of non-alcoholic cocktails. Until a few years ago, virgin cocktails were mainly regarded as sweet, sticky drinks that were rather ridiculed when ordered. However, this is changing - thanks to non-alcoholic gin, rum and whisky alternatives. One of the pioneers among non-alcoholic spirits producers is Lyre's - an Australian producer that has made it its mission to make the essence of spirits enjoyable without alcohol.

The Lyre's range includes non-alcoholic versions of all the classic spirits - gin, whisky and even rum. The resourceful makers have also transformed various bitter liqueurs into aromatic liquids without alcohol. And thus paved the way for new virgin versions of old cocktail classics.

Here you can find the non-alcoholic spirit alternatives, which also taste great on their own: To the Lyre's range

Non-alcoholic spirits for non-alcoholic cocktails

The world of mocktails and virgin cocktails with non-alcoholic spirits is getting richer every day. The three variations we have selected here give a tiny taste of what is possible:

1. non-alcoholic whisky sour

Alkoholfreier Whisky Sour Rezept
Whisky sour can also be alcohol-free, as this recipe proves

Ingredients for 1 portion:

  • 75 ml non-alcoholic whisky alternative
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 5 ml sugar syrup (sugar syrup)
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 dashes of non-alcoholic bitters


  1. Pour all ingredients except the bitters into a shaker - the egg white last. Shake quickly and vigorously.
  2. Add ice cubes and shake again.
  3. Strain into a glass.
  4. Add 2-3 dashes of non-alcoholic bitter liqueur to the top of the foam and garnish with a slice of lemon or orange and a maraschino cherry if desired.

2. dark'n'spicy - spicy mocktail with non-alcoholic rum

Rezept für einen würzigen Mocktail mit alkoholfreiem Rum
Recipe for a spicy mocktail with non-alcoholic rum

Ingredients for 1 portion:

  • 60 ml non-alcoholic rum alternative
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 7 ml vanilla syrup
  • 90 ml ginger beer


  1. Pour all ingredients into a glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir.
  4. Serve.

This spicy virgin cocktail can be garnished with a slice of lime.

3. mimosa - non-alcoholic

Mit alkoholfreien Alternativ-Getränken lässt sich auch ein Virgin Mimosa super einfach zubereiten
A Virgin Mimosa is also super easy to prepare with non-alcoholic alternative drinks

Ingredients for 1 portion:

  • 30 ml non-alcoholic Vermouth
  • 30 ml alcohol-free gin alternative
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla syrup
  • 60 ml non-alcoholic sparkling wine alternative
  • Orange slice


  1. Pour all the ingredients into a glass and stir well.
  2. Add ice cubes.
  3. Serve garnished with a slice of orange.

As you can see, non-alcoholic spirits open the door to a whole new non-alcoholic drink experience. Instead of having to imitate flavors via complex ingredient lists, whisky, rum or bitter alternatives create exciting possibilities for an unprecedented enjoyment without a hangover - and inspire the creativity of bartenders. Whether virgin negronis, virgin dry martinis, alcohol-free spritz, fizz or even alcohol-free mai tai - anything seems possible.

Will we soon be sitting in bars ordering one non-alcoholic cocktail after another? As if there had never been anything else? It will be great fun to experience this development.

You can find out more about the production and our growing selection of non-alcoholic spirits and wines under non-alcoholic spirits and under non-alcoholic wine.


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Yascha Roshani

Yascha Roshani

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Mich begeistern Getränke aller Art. Ob Bier, Gin, Weinbrand, Cold Brew Kaffee oder Limo. Vor allem liebe ich die Kultur, regionalen Bezüge und Herstellung von Getränken. Selbst braue ich ab und an Bier, setze Liköre an und röste Kaffee in der Pfanne.