By definition, a cocktail is a mixed drink, and while there are plenty of cocktails composed entirely from alcoholic beverages, many of the best involve a mixer — a nonalcoholic juice, syrup, carbonated drink, or some other addition. A mixer’s job may be to twist the flavor of the cocktail in a different direction or to reduce the overall amount of alcohol in the cocktail — or both. While many mixers (like lime juice or simple syrup) can be easily made at home, there’s a cottage industry dedicated to ready-to-use mixers, ranging from artisan ginger ale to exotic, spiced syrups.

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Review: Clean Co Clean G and Clean T Spirit Alternatives

By Christopher Null | January 24, 2023 |

Clean Co produces a range of non-alcoholic “spirit alternatives” — including a non-alcoholic vodka, even — and while I’d like to tell you how they’re made, the company behind them doesn’t share a lot of information on that front. Available primarily in the UK, the Clean Co lineup is made without sweeteners or gluten and…

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Review: Fever-Tree Blood Orange Ginger Beer

By Christopher Null | January 13, 2023 |

Take Orange Crush and mix it with Fever-Tree’s winning ginger beer and you’ve got this unique yet versatile mixer, which was created in partnership with Maker’s Mark for its Blood Orange Kentucky Mule (1 part bourbon, 3 parts mixer). It doesn’t particularly evoke the Italian blood oranges with which it is made, but rather a…

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Review: 1934 Bloody Mary Mix Original

By Christopher Null | December 31, 2022 |

1934 produces barbeque sauce and bloody mary mixes — which, when you get down to it, aren’t all that different. Today we busy ourselves with the latter, of which 1934 only makes one variety at present. It’s solid stuff, not too thick, and clearly loaded with Worcestershire, horseradish, and a vinegary kick. Plenty of garlic…

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Review: NV Giesen 0% Dealcoholized New Zealand Riesling

By Monica Uhm | November 18, 2022 |

Hailing from New Zealand, Giesen 0% is a recently released line of no-/low-alcoholic wines launched in 2020 by the eponymous vineyard that has been producing notable wines in the Marlborough region for decades (a few of which we covered in our profile of New Zealand wines in 2018). The 0% line actually starts with their…

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Review: Parch Agave Non-Alcoholic Cocktails – Prickly Paloma and Spiced Pinarita

By Monica Uhm | July 9, 2022 |

Parch is a new line of non-alcoholic, agave-based, ready-to-drink canned cocktails with such careful consideration of approach to the ubiquitous NA category that I will let them introduce themselves: In developing Parch, we studied ancient beverages, rituals and botanical infusions across Mexico and the Southwestern US, drawing inspiration from traditional plant-based beverages enjoyed as alternatives…

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Review: Som Vinegar Cordials

By Christopher Null | June 26, 2022 |

Portland, Oregon’s Som makes its mixers not from alcohol but from vinegar (and cane sugar), which sets up a sweet and sour base that can conceivably be confused for booze. Crafted by James Beard-winning chef Andy Ricker, they provide a healthy, zero abv alternative to traditional liqueurs. But… how do they taste? Spoiler: Some work…

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Review: The Pathfinder Hemp and Root

By Christopher Null | June 10, 2022 |

The Pathfinder Hemp and Root is a unique little oddity: fermented from hemp and then distilled, the non-alcoholic spirit is then infused with a variety of botanicals, including wormwood, angelica root, ginger, sage, juniper, saffron, orange peel, and Douglas fir. Note that though it’s made from hemp, there’s no THC in the product. The Pathfinder…

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Review: All the Bitter Alcohol-Free Bitters, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | June 6, 2022 |

Bitters are traditionally made, quite simply, by steeping botanicals in alcohol for a length of time, then bottling the finished product. Bitters add a lot of flavor to a drink, but they also add a bit of booze — most bitters are actually very high in abv — so for folks looking to limit or…

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Review: Enroot Cold Brew Teas

By Christopher Null | June 3, 2022 |

These cold brew iced teas are lightly sparkling, caffeine free, and lightly sweetened — to the point that a 12 oz bottle offers only 25 calories. Funded in part by Brad Pitt, the line is available in at least five different flavors, including a variety pack. Enroot Cold Brew Tea Strawberry Lavender Rosemary Tulsi –…

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Review: Hella Cocktail Co. Bitters & Soda, Complete Lineup

By Monica Uhm | May 18, 2022 |

Hella Cocktail Co. is leaning into the spirits-alternative category with five bitters-centered non-alcoholic sparkling beverages. The Bitters & Soda expressions all feature “gentian tincture,” aka a tincture (medicine) made from the root of flowering plants in the Gentiana genus. Gentian root has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries across the continents. Let’s dig right…

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