NOTHING BEATS a cool drink on a summer’s evening in the garden. We’ve found the best non-alcoholic gins for 2021 to make it even more refreshing.
Maybe you just want a relaxing drink or are planning a party and a late night for a real soiree! But sometimes a hangover is not what we want at the end of a great celebration and that’s where non-alcoholic gin comes in- delivering a delicious taste without the hindrance of a headache in the morning.
Gin derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries and is a distilled alcoholic drink that originated as a medicinal liquor. It has been around for hundreds of years and is popular as a cocktail base too. But instead of drinking actual gin, an increasing number of shoppers are now shunning the alcohol element in favour of something a little lighter.
‘Clean gin’ as it is known as, has all the bursting flavor of normal gin and is still traditionally distilled but without the hangover or high calorie intake that some alcoholic drinks have.
Quench your thirst with our best non-alcoholic gins to see you through the summer and beyond…
1. Juniperl Alcohol Free Gin
- Juniperl Alcohol Free Gin, £17.99 from Amazon – buy here
With hints of Juniper Berry, Cardamom, Cassia, Rosemary and Grapefruit, the Juniperl Gin is the perfect addition when you want to enjoy several ‘G and T’s!’
It is the perfect treat but as it’s 100% non-alcoholic you can still drive with it, and has zero calories. Simply pair it with your favourite Tonic Water or even better try it in a fruity summer cocktail in a gorgeous glass! It also comes in a vintage style bottle which we think looks great on any shelf!
2. Gordon’s Alcohol Free Gin
- Gordon’s Alcohol Free Gin, £12 from Amazon – buy here
Gordon’s has been around for approximately 250 years creating and selling alcoholic beverages worldwide. But now they have added zero alcohol products to their collection, which look and taste exactly the same!
Their alcohol free Gin has 0.0% alcohol but has the same vibrant authentic taste and apparently the special recipe they used to create it is a closely guarded secret!
They even have other flavours of their alcohol-free gin collection including pink gin, dry gin, lemon gin, white peach and more. Gordon’s recommend to enjoy your gin just as you would your normal G & T by pouring 50 ml over ice with your chosen tonic and garnish. Then simply sit, sip and enjoy!
3. CleanCo Clean G
The Clean Liquor Company was founded by ‘Made in Chelsea’s’ Spencer Matthews in 2019, and he wanted to create authentic products that were full flavoured alternatives to your favourite full strength spirits. And achieve that he did, with the Clean G being their hero Gin drink that has become widely popular.
Clean G bases its taste on a classic London dry gin and has no sugar or sweeteners with a perfect balance of botanicals.
The alcohol volume is just 1.2% and it is also lactose free, gluten free as well as vegan. We also think the bottle looks pretty stylish too!
4. Caleño Light & Zesty
- Caleño Light, £18 from Sainsburys– buy here
Although not officially called a gin, the Caleno Light has a strong sense of it with its mix of Juniper berries, which are classically used to make normal gin.
They also include 10 other botanicals with no artificial colours, sugar or sweeteners. It has a zingy fresh taste with only 39 calories per 100ml and zero alcohol- meaning you can definitely indulge in more than one for your evening out. Just add tonic and ice!
5. Sea Arch Alcohol-free Gin
Inspired by the glorious Devon coastline, Sea Arch is a great alternative for people who are a gin devotee.
One fan cites it as ‘a great taste and clean fresh flavour’ while it is made using traditional distillation techniques.
It even includes infusions of sea kelp, samphire, blood orange along with classic Juniper for that refreshing gin taste. Suitable for vegans we think it makes a great summers drink or a classic mocktail. Ima-gin that!
6. Warner’s Double Dry Gin
- Warner’s Double Dry Gin, £17.99 from Laithwaites – buy here
Like your gin really dry? Then look no further than Warner’s double dry alcohol free gin. Started in 2012 by Tom Warner who is now a top, award winning gin producer, this refreshing drink gives you all the taste of your favourite G and T but without the alcohol, which comes in at just only 0.01%
Its notes are described as citrusy, herbal with sweet spices and a warm woody finish which we think sounds delicious!
7. Ceder’s Wild Non-Alcoholic Spirit
- Ceder’s Wild Non-Alcoholic Spirit, £12 from Morrisons – buy here
Originating from Sweden, but inspired by the Cape mountains in South Africa, Ceder’s Wild Gin gives an infusion of juniper, clove and rooibos to your glass. Coming in at just £12 it is also a bargain buy for those days you want an alcohol-free tipple at a good price. Gin devotees will have their taste buds satisfied with this invigorating beverage and they recommend adding tonic, a slice of grapefruit, and a sprig of basil for the ultimate finish.
8. Salcombe Distilling Co ‘New London Light’
- Salcombe Distilling Co ‘New London Light,’ £27.50 from John Lewis – buy here
Make the most out of life (but without the hangover) with Devon based Salcombe Distilling Company. Their ‘New London Light,’ was Winner of the 2021 People’s Choice Spirits Award for the ‘Mindful Drinking’ category and their gin like drink is critically acclaimed.
It has zero alcohol and is gluten-free while being suitable for vegans too. The end result? A long and smooth drink with sweet orange and star anise lengthened with floral coriander and lemongrass. Make it a double then!
9. Stryyk Not G*N
- Strykk Not G*N, £18 from Tesco – buy here
Strykk’s slogan is all the spirit, none of the alcohol and with its combination of coriander, sage, basil and juniper, we think it has the perfect base for a delicious cocktail! It has no fat, saturates, sugar, artificial Flavours, or allergens and is suitable for vegans. One fan says, ‘This is a fine substitute to while away the evening with. Keeps the wife happy and keeps the hangovers at bay, it hardly seems like a compromise to me!’
10. Seedlip Alcohol-Free Spice
- Seedlip Spice 94 Non-alcoholic Spirit, £20, from Amazon – buy here
Seedlip is the company behind some of the best non-alcoholic spirits. With ingredients such as Allspice berry and cardamon, they are a unique take on gin. While they do not taste exactly like a classic gin, they have the hints of gin as the base of the drink, and then add other botanicals to create their own unique take on it. They suggest serving with tonic water, ice, and a slice for the ultimate chilled beverage. Delish!
11. Clean G Pink
- Clean G Pink, £19 from CleanCo – buy here
CleanCo has featured once already in this list, but here it is again, this time with its delicious pink gin alternative. Fans of sweeter, fruiter gin, will love its refreshing hints of strawberry, raspberry, juniper and pink peppercorn.
It has less than 0.5% alcohol, 13 calories per 50ml serving, and, like the Clean G above, is vegan, sugar-, sweetener-, lactose- and gluten-free
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