The Best Non Alcoholic Cocktails

Whether you're abstaining from alcohol or simply looking for a refreshing alternative, non alcoholic cocktails can be just as satisfying as the original versions. With a variety of ingredients and creative recipes, you can enjoy delicious and flavourful drinks without the need for alcohol. Discover some of the best non alcoholic cocktail options and start mixing up your own tasty creations today.

The best non alcoholic cocktails start with a good base

The key to making non alcoholic cocktails that taste like the real thing is to start with a good base. This means using high-quality ingredients that provide the same depth and complexity in flavour as alcohol. Luckily, we’ve got a huge range of options available for you to choose from. 

When it comes to selecting your base for making non alcoholic cocktails, we recommend you go with a botanical distilled non alcoholic spirit such as Seedlip, Bax Botanics or for a similar, New Zealand made option there’s Ecology & Co.  These distilled spirits provide the depth of flavour, complexity and mouth feel similar to alcoholic spirits with a herbal, zesty citrus or warmly-spiced profile. They are also super versatile and can be used in traditional cocktail recipes anywhere that calls for gin, vodka, or white rum, making them the perfect base for any non alcoholic cocktail and the ideal ingredient to have in your liquor collection.

If you have a specific cocktail in mind that you want to create, check out the recipe and use our online store to find a specific non alcoholic spirit to match the alcoholic ingredients. There are plenty of non-alcoholic options available to substitute for gin, vodka, whiskey, rum and bourbon, as well as liqueurs like Triple Sec, Cointreau, Amaretto, Coffee Liqueur, Campari, Aperol and more. Experiment with different combinations to find the perfect base for your favourite cocktail. Remember, the base sets the tone for the entire drink, so choose wisely!

Add fresh fruits and herbs to your non alcoholic cocktails for more flavour

Adding fresh fruits and herbs to your non alcoholic cocktails is a great way to enhance their flavour and make them more interesting. Consider using citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges, as well as berries like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. You can also try adding herbs like mint, basil, and rosemary to give your drinks a fresh and aromatic twist. Experiment with different combinations of fruits and herbs to find your perfect flavour profile.

Add a touch of sweetness with syrups or juices

If you want to add a little sweetness to your non alcoholic cocktails, consider using syrups or juices. Simple syrup, which is made by dissolving equal parts sugar and water, is a great option for adding sweetness without overpowering the other flavours in your drink. You can also use fruit juices like pineapple, cranberry, or pomegranate to add a natural sweetness and depth of flavour. Just be sure to taste your drink as you go to avoid making it too sweet.

Don't forget the garnish!

Adding a garnish to your non alcoholic cocktail not only makes it look more appealing, but it can also further enhance the flavour. Try using dehydrated fruits – these not only add a beautiful visual element to your drinks, but they also impart a concentrated burst of flavour that really elevates the entire drinking experience. You can experiment with different types of dehydrated fruits, such as lemon and lime wedges or orange slices to add a unique twist to your cocktail. Parched have an excellent range of these - ready to go in sealed pouches. Experiment with different garnishes to find the perfect combination for your non-alcoholic cocktail.

Just because you’re going alcohol free doesn’t mean you have to miss out. With the huge range of non alcoholic spirits and liqueurs available at Clear Head Drinks, creating delicious and satisfying non alcoholic cocktails is easy.  No matter your reason, we’ve got you covered.