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Health 15 Best Non-Alcoholic Gins

18:41  31 july  2022
18:41  31 july  2022 Source:   manofmany.com

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Make no mistake about it, gin is one of the most versatile spirits out in any mixologist’s arsenal. Perfect on its own, delicious in a cocktail or superb as a classic G&T, the spirit has for long been a favourite of the festive flavour hounds, but now you can enjoy it without the hangover! With non-alcoholic alternatives becoming more popular than ever before, it’s about time we did some digging into the best ones out there, starting with the best non-alcoholic gins.

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Best Non-Alcoholic Gins

From London Dry to a few more progressive flavour combinations, we’ve hit the bars and bottleshops to source the very best alcohol-free gins to put on your drinks list. We’re going to run through the pros and cons, so strap in and simmer down. Here is a list of the best non-alcoholic gins in Australia.

  • Best for Craft Spirits: Lyre’s Dry London Spirit
  • Best for Flavoured: Four Pillars Bandwagon Bloody
  • Best for Value: Gordon’s Alcohol Free
  • Best for Cocktails: John Ross The Herbarium Spirit
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1. Lyre’s Dry London Spirit

Best for: Craft spirits fans

This Dry London Spirit by Lyre’s perfectly captures the essence of the classic gin. At the same time, the flavours are unique, distinctly Lyre’s and contemporary. If this sounds intriguing, we guess you’re just going to have to try some! You can expect firm flavours with juniper and citrus, earthy notes and pepperberry which adds warmth and delivers a generous, dry finish. While we’ve definitely enjoyed a tipple or two of our own, we aren’t the only fans of this non-alcoholic gin. Lyre’s was awarded a slew of medals, including nods from the Melbourne International Spirits Competition, IWSC, London Spirits Competition and San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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What we like: Super premium release that is as close to the real thing as possible What we don’t like: Pepperberry can be an acquired taste Size: 700mL

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State: Victoria, Australia

Awards: Melbourne International Spirits Competition, IWSC, London Spirits Competition, San Francisco Spirits Competition

Flavour profile: Strong flavours of juniper and citrus with earthy mid-palate notes. Rich.

Price: from $47.99 AUD

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2. Four Pillars Bandwagon

Best for: Flavoured non-alcoholic gin

When it comes to producing killer spirits, Aussie favourite Four Pillars is among our top exports, so when they dropped a devilishly delightfully non-alcoholic gin, our ears picked up. Bandwagon comes in two different variations, each a play on the brand’s most revered drops. The Bandwagon Dry is a classic formula sans the spirit, while our top pick has to be the Bandwagon Bloody. An alcohol-free version of Four Pillars’ iconic Bloody Shiraz Gin, the release is rich and fruity will an incredible finish. We’ve been dropping generous amounts of this one in a tall glass with tonic, because well, why not?

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What we like: Rich flavour from an established gin favourite What we don’t like: Can be a little pricey and the Bloody definitely isn’t for everyone Size: 700mL

State: New South Wales, Australia

Flavour profile: Aromas of orange and lemon myrtle are obvious, and on the palate, there are notes of spice and some warmth.

Price: from $50 AUD

Buy it here (Sans Drinks) Buy it here (Four Pillars)

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3. Gordon’s Alcohol Free

Best for: Value

Gordon’s are experts in the craft of making gin, so it’s no surprise they’ve taken things up a notch with their non-alcoholic version. The new gin release has been made using distilled botanicals, just like the original Gordon’s London Dry Gin. You can still expect the bold, juniper-led character and flavours you’d get from Gordon’s. Whuile it might not have the depth of flavour that some of the more boutique options boast, it’s great value for money.

What we like: Great value, easily accessible and comes from a well-known name What we don’t like: Quality certainly isn’t as high as some of the more boutique brands Size: 700mL

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Country: England

Flavour profile: Juniper led as you would expect from Gordon’s.

Price: from $34.90 AUD

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4. Tanqueray Alcohol Free

Another long-time legend in the gin world, Tanqueray’s alcohol-free gin is one of the best non-alcoholic gins on the market right now. The gin is made with four perfectly balanced botanicals which give it a complex citrus style and juniper-led tasting profile. Tanqueray’s botanicals are individually immersed in water, heated, and then distilled to give a complex, delicious flavour.

What we like: Great value, easily accessible and comes from a well-known name What we don’t like: Doesn’t quite capture the traditional Tanquerey flavour, however, it’s still great Size: 700mL

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Country: Scotland

Flavour profile: Classic juniper and citrus character that made Tanqueray famous.

Price: from $23.26 AUD

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5. Clean G Gin Alternative

Clean G is all about crafting delicious alternatives to alcoholic spirits and has spent years mastering the process, so it’s no surprise that their gin alternative is one of the best out there. A Gold Award Winner in the IWSC (International Wines and Spirits Competition) in 2021, the gin is a take on London Dry Gin, offering an intense juniper experience balanced with botanicals which are mixed with other ingredients to create the oh-so-tasty end result.

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What we like: Beautiful presentation and great value What we don’t like:Super intense on the juniper, so be prepared Size: 700mL

Flavour profile: Maybe the most traditional London Dry Gin on this list, crisp flavour with balanced botanicals.

Price: from $29.99 USD

Buy it here (Clean) Buy it here (Liquorama)

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6. Monday Non-Alcoholic Gin

Ah, gin, the ever-so-trusted beverage that sits nicely at any time of the day. Now, you will never have to decline a good old G&T ever again, thanks to Monday. Monday is one of the best non-alcoholic gin and spirits that stocks up on all the good stuff without compromising on flavour. The gin is made from a blend of juniper, natural botanicals, citrus and spices and contains zero carbs, sugars and calories. If you’re on a diet, we recommend this gin.

What we like: Aussie brand that makes great low-calorie, boutique spirits

What we don’t like: A little harder to find stockists Spirit type: Gin

Brand: Monday

Country: Australia

Price: AUD$40

Buy it here (BWS)

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7. John Ross The Herbarium Spirit

Best for: Cocktails

John Ross The Herbarium Spirit is one of the best non-alcoholic gins to have with your mocktails. The Herbarium contains subtle green colour notes that you’d expect from a plant-based drink. We would say the flavour profile is unique and complex, made with rosemary and sage, giving a refined, sophisticated touch to your mocktail or G&T.

What we like: Rich, flavourful gin that captures the traditional G&T experience What we don’t like: Definitely on the higher end in terms of price point. Size: 750mL

Country: South Africa

Flavour profile: Hints of Rosemary and Sage, our favourite to pair with Indian tonic and lemon.

Price: from $49.90 AUD

Buy it here (John Ross) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Sans Drinks)

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8. ALTD Spirits Golden Emperor

ALTD Spirits make alt-gin spirits that are unmistakably Australian and distinctly unique, taking out Australian non-alcoholic producer of the year in 2021 alongside a host of medals overseas. If this isn’t enough to persuade you, perhaps their gin’s unique flavour will – made with orange highlights, hints of roasted spices, native botanicals and dark roasted cacao husks, just to name a few. The best bit? Their gin is mindfully crafted, copper distilled and ethically sourced.

What we like: Award-winning Aussie-made spirit that has a subtle citrus flavour What we don’t like: One of the more bespoke, expensive releases. Can be a little harder to source. Size: 700mL

State: New South Wales, Australia

Awards: New York International Spirits Competition 2021 – Alcohol-Free Spirits Producer of the Year; New York International Spirits Competition 2021 – Silver Medal; London Spirits Awards 2021 – Silver Medal.

Flavour profile: The most experimental on the list with more than six botanical blends including Bush Orange, Blood Orange, Wattleseed, and Dark Cocoa.

Price: from $54.95 AUD

Buy it here (ALTD) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Sans Drinks)

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9. Seedlip Garden 108

You can thank Seedlip for one of the best non-alcoholic gins in Australia right now. Seedlip Garden 108 offers a powerfully refreshing, herbal-infused take on traditional gin. The floral blend includes peas and hay with traditional garden herb distillates. To serve, they recommend adding it to tonic water and adding a garnish of a sugar snap pea or mint sprig – delish!

What we like: Really unique flavour profile What we don’t like:The garden herb botanicals aren’t the most versatile in cocktail making Size: 700mL

Country: England

Flavour profile: Floral, not our favourite by any means, but a good choice for virgin Margaritas.

Price: from $49.99 AUD

Buy it here (Seedlip) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Craft Zero)

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10. Seadrift Classic

Sydney’s northern beaches distillery Seadrift sure knows how to make a refreshing gin, and we can’t go past their classic non-alcoholic gin. They combine fresh coastal and sea botanicals with flavours like coriander, kaffir lime leaves and golden sea kelp, which is then distilled in traditional copper pot stills to create an intense, refreshing drink. We reckon a glass of this served on ice, or with tonic water would go down a treat with some fresh seafood or solo, for arvo drinks by the beach.

What we like: Locally-produced spirit with a traditional twist What we don’t like: The botanicals can be a little overpowering Size: 700mL

State: New South Wales, Australia

Flavour profile: Refreshing, the best on the list for afternoon G&T’s thanks to top notes of lime.

Price: from AUD$55

Buy it here (Seadrift) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Sans Drinks)

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11. Sipsmith FreeGlider

The team at Sipsmith are self-proclaimed perfectionists when it comes to alcohol-free spirits. They believe it’s pretty easy to make gin, but to make delicious non-alcoholic gin requires skill, patience and craft. FreeGlider is what they’ve created, with flavours including eucalyptus, with spicy juniper undertones and zesty citrus balanced by a full-bodied capsicum heat, it is undeniably sippable.

What we like: Zesty and citrus laden flavours What we don’t like: Quite challenging to source Size: 700mL

Country: England

Flavour profile: Zesty. An all-around citrus overload for those who love it.

Buy it here (Sipsmith)

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12. Clovendoe Distilling Co. Zero

This is one of the healthiest non-alcoholic gins out there, and don’t worry, this doesn’t mean it compromises on flavour! The Clovendoe ZERO alcohol is a botanic distilled spirit that has been handcrafted in traditional copper pot stills. It is 100% sugar, gluten & carbohydrate-free, and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavours or additives. That means you can enjoy glass after glass and don’t have to worry about feeling guilty!

What we like: Super healthy and guilt-free What we don’t like: Not the stronger flavour, can get lost in cocktails Size: 700mL

Country: Australia

Flavour profile: Flavours come through strong with infused lavender, rosemary, lemon thyme, myrtle, orange and lemon peel.

Price: from $39.99 AUD

Buy it here (Clovendoe) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Craft Zero)

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13. Banks Botanicals Non-Alcoholic Spirit

Another Aussie legend in the non-alcoholic spirits world, the Yarra Valley-based Banks Botanicals’ unique spirit is a bold blend of five ingredients – each individually distilled to ensure that the flavour and essence of each botanical are captured in their purest form. You can expect cinnamon notes of cassia combined with the fresh high notes of lemon myrtle and lime. And, if you need a bit of extra temptation to buy a bottle, they give ten cents for every bottle sold to Bush Heritage Australia. How good.

What we like: Locally-produced spirit with a bush twist What we don’t like: A little difficult to source and the lemon myrtle is a bit overpowering Size: 700mL

State: Victoria, Australia

Awards: Winner of the Regional Producer of the year – New York International Spirits awards 2021

Flavour profile: The most sophisticated on the list, expertly blends through five botanicals.

Price: from $49.99 AUD

Buy it here (Banks Botanical) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Craft Zero)

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14. Srykk Not Gin

The team at Srykk like to keep things simple, and the same goes with their ‘Not Gin.’ The gin boasts the same distilled flavour profile as a top-notch alcoholic one – think botanical hits of juniper, coriander, sage and basil. It is also 100% natural with no sugar, no fat and no artificial flavours, so it’s just as tasty as it is good for you.

What we like: Beautiful presentation and an ultra-premium spirit What we don’t like: Coriander! Size: 700mL

Country: England

Flavour profile: One of the best on the list for mixing, Tom Collins anyone?

Price: from $26 AUD

Buy it here (Srykk) Buy it here (Dan Murphy’s) Buy it here (Master of Malt)

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15. Pearsons Rhubarb & Ginger Non-Alcoholic Gin

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, try Pearsons Rhubarb & Ginger non-alcoholic gin. The gin is full of sharp rhubarb and warm ginger flavours, blended with juniper and cassia to create this smooth spirit experience. We especially love this gin for its classic gin flavour profile with a unique back-of-mouth warmth similar to traditional spirits – the perfect replacement.

What we like: Sharp flavour with a great warming finish What we don’t like: A strange flavour profile, but definitely not bad! Size: 700mL

Country: Scotland

Flavour profile: Cassia and rhubarb for an experimental, albeit delicious, gin.

Price: from $44.95 AUD

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How We Chose this List

When it comes to our list of the best non-alcoholic gins money can buy, it goes without saying, that expertise is key. While we’ve tasted every gin on this list, we’ve also turned to the wider public for their overall ratings. Our list takes into account three major perspectives to determine the overall rating. In addition to our own opinions, we take into account reviews via alcohol retailer Dan Murphys and the Australian non-alcoholic drinks retailers Sans Drinks and Craft Zero. We then collate the information together and measure the gins via overall flavour profile, reader ratings and commercial availability, meaning one-off special editions aren’t likely to top the list.

What is Non-Alcoholic Gin?

To get to really know non-alcoholic gin, it’s easiest to break it down into three parts.

How is Non-Alcoholic Gin Made?

The process of making non-alcoholic gin is very similar to alcoholic gin. Both rely on the same types of botanicals which are the fruity, floral, fragrant components that make up a gin such as juniper, (the one known for giving gin its ‘ginny’ taste) as well as fruit peels, spices and herbs.

While every manufacturer is different, some soak the botanicals in purified water until they take on that ginny flavour. Others begin the process with a small amount of neutral flavoured alcoholic spirit (alcoholic), then add the botanical ingredients. This liquid is then heated over multiple rounds of distillation to withdraw the flavours of the non-alcoholic ingredients. Then, vapours rise, condense and are cooled and diluted and separated from the alcohol into the result – a non-alcoholic gin.

The process takes about six weeks, which is a bit longer than it would take to make its alcoholic counterpart.

Is Non-Alcoholic Gin Good for You?

It is safe to say, non-alcoholic gin is definitely better for you as it contains no alcohol – which means it is not a depressant and won’t result in drunk food at 3 am, hangovers and all the other crap that comes with drinking lots of alcohol. Non-alcoholic gin, while some still contain sugars that can add up to some extra calories, is the way to go if you want a healthier option to regular alcoholic gin.

How Does Non-Alcoholic Gin Taste?

Just like normal gin, non-alcoholic gin varies in terms of taste, according to Ginned Magazine. In saying that, most non-alcoholic gins resemble the same flavour as traditional gin – think herbal, slightly citrus notes with spiced, and floral overtones. You can expect to taste the lack of alcohol, however, as it is near impossible to emulate that alcoholic burn – but you can expect all the other great flavours you find in gins.

Key Things to Consider for Non-Alcoholic Gins

When it comes to buying non-alcoholic gin, not all options are the same. It’s important to put a few key things into consideration if you want to get the best out of your G&T.

  • Base – While some producers will essentially create an alcoholic gin and then remove the spirit, others will start with a neutral base for their product. As a general rule, those made with juniper in the traditional gin-making process will feature a more rounded flavour, closer to the actual thing.
  • Flavouring – Like Four Pillars does with its Bloody Shiraz, gin producers love to mess around with flavours, and the same is true of the alcohol-free variation. You might find non-alcoholic gins with cucumber notes, strong juniper berries or any number of bizarre ingredients. Make sure you keep an eye on the flavouring.
  • Price – Just because a gin has no alcohol in it does not mean that its cheaper. In fact, more often than not, boutique gin producers will price their products above $50, so if you’re looking for value for money, stick to the tried and tested names like Gordon’s.

Alternatives to Alcohol-Free Gin

Ready to ditch the booze, but not sure if gin is your best bet? The good news is that there are a host of great alternatives to non-alcoholic gin, so you can still get out and be social without delving into the strong stuff.

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General FAQs

Do non-alcoholic gins use botanicals?

Yes, non-alcoholic gins use botanicals.

What is the best non-alcholic gin for cocktails?

The best non-alcoholic gin for cocktails is John Ross The Herbarium Spirirt.

What is the best non-alcoholic gin for gin and tonic?

The best non-alcholic gin for a gin and tonic is Seadrift Classic.

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