If you’re having a month off the booze, these drinks deliver maximum taste with none of the usual side effects.
MF BEST BUY:
Sea Arch Coastal Juniper
£24.95 (70cl), seaarchdrinks.com
Worth buying for the bottle alone, but with plenty of flavour to match, Sea Arch is the standout spirit we tested.
It’s made up of six distinct and distilled botanicals – sea kelp, juniper berries, cardamom, angelica root, cucumber, grapefruit and blood orange – to deliver a crisp, fruity taste that pairs perfectly with your favourite tonic.
Sugar- and calorie-free, Sea Arch is as good for you as it is for the planet, with each bottle designed with solvent-free paint, each box made from recycled cardboard, and not a single-use plastic in sight.
Salcombe Distilling Co. New London Light
£27.50 (70cl), salcombegin.com
Sweet, sour and sophisticated, New London Light is the ideal alternative to gin when you want a night of sobriety.
Made from a base of juniper berries, ginger, and habanero capsicum, the result is a smooth, refreshing drink that mixes a dream.
Lyre’s Italian Orange
£23.50 (70cl), lyres.co.uk
With a dominant blood orange base and a slightly sweeter citrus follow-up, Lyre’s tells the truth when it compares its Italian Orange to ‘a bitter orange aperitif’ – made to mix with soda, tonic, or a night-out negroni.
Warner’s 0% Botanic Garden Spirits
£18 (50cl), warnersdistillery.com
Pairing spicy cinnamon and cardamom, with fresh lemon verbena and lemon thyme, as the name suggests this is
a bitter spirit that packs a (booze-free) punch.
Mix it with tonic or serve on the rocks with a slice of lemon.
Caleño Light & Zesty
£18 (50cl), calenodrinks.com
Sweet and tangy, Caleño’s tropical infusion makes a pleasant change from gin alternatives to provide a taste that’s not easily compared.
With pineapple, mango and citrus fruit flavours, it makes for a nice after-dinner palate-cleanser.
£26.80 (70cl), pentiredrinks.com
As fresh and clean as the bottle it’s housed in, this spirit is made from plants native to the North Cornwall coastline – including rock samphire and sage – that combine to deliver a coastal crispness perfect for blustery evenings by the sea.
£10.95 (70cl), thewhiskyexchange.com
This alcohol-free aperitivo is made with the same wines as Martini’s classic vermouths, with that alcohol carefully removed to leave the same distinct taste.
Top with tonic water and orange, or see martini.com for more inspiration.