Articles about Alternative Alcohols

Expertly Crafted Alcohol-Free Drinks​

When it comes to brewing and distilling, we have the topics of technique, and history. Both of these contribute a great deal to how we perceive the beverages we tend toward. The natural processes of both brewing and distilling have created rich flavors full of unique qualities. These qualities, until recently, have only existed in their respective categories. A rich flavor of Oak, is not something you would say about many beverages other than wines or whiskies.  Rich and deep, to those whose pallets are less accustomed to these flavors, it could be off-putting. However, to those who embrace the delicate nature of crafted beverages, the nuances can not only be detected but embraced as part of the whole. This is similar to those who enjoy ripe cheeses, if you step away from the experience before you can enjoy it, you’ll never know what can be gained.

The problem with expertly crafting Alcohol-free beverages comes because of the exact nature of a beverage that has been distilled or brewed. The delicate nuance that alcoholic beverages have been experimenting with for millennia have become part of the fabric of drinking culture. Like coffee before the push to become part of the cultural identity, it was something more people drank more than enjoyed. Today with coffee, cheese, spirits, other things nuance, and depth are being sought out.

Nuance, balance and depth are great and to seeking out varied flavor profiles needs to be championed.  There is a downside to all of this, however. As we continue to advance as a species we are beginning to step away from alcohol, and all its trappings. We are evolving but, in doing that we do not have to drop all that we’ve learned about flavor and enjoying a beverage.

Fake alcohols or spirit alternatives as have been produced by ArKay since 2011, are finally getting an opportunity to embed into the cultural fabric. As people continue to step away from alcohol and look to replace their cocktail they are finding an option in ArKay. The oldest Alcohol Alternative company on the market, ArKay is the gold Standard in flavor and experience. Making their newest formula, which has been being bottled for over 2 months now, is by far the new gold standard.

Having honed their craft of mimicking the nuance of great alcohols like, Gin, Vodka, Bourbon, and others, ArKay uses the olfactory senses of one of the greatest perfumers in the world Reynald Grattagliano to find the depth and nuance of anything from barrel aged whiskies to triple distilled vodka and on each count he is not only finding the flavor he is creating the options that more people are looking for every day.

alcohol-free non-alcoholic arkay cocktail

Alternative Alcohol-Free Cocktail recipe by Arkay 

  • 1½ oz. Arkay version of Alcohol Free Vodka Flavored drink
  • ½ oz. Arkay version of Alcohol Free Blue Curacao Flavored drink
  • 1 oz. Sweet Sour Mix
  • Splash of Lemon Lime Soda
  • Garnish Lemon Wedges

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Alcohol is one of those things. It is persistent in our culture and almost a foregone conclusion that we will be having some soon. This age-old identity with alcohol has been challenged by a number of individuals and institutions as of late. The resistance against mommy wine culture and daddy beer culture is just about won. This should be celebrated, especially as we are leaning the effect alcohol has on the body and mind. Luckily our options have been growing. 

Over the past couple of years increasing numbers of alcohol-free spirits hit the shelves. Not all of these are equally alcohol free, no matter the legal claim that is being made. Legally, in the United States, and other countries as well, any product with 0.5%ABV can legally claim it is alcohol free. This designation is due to the idea that you cannot get “drunk” on a product with so little alcohol. It is also the amount of alcohol you may find is fermented foods, such as kombucha. The problem remains though, are there benefits to ingesting this amount of alcohol? When it comes to kombucha, or other fermented foods and beverages, that is a yes. Due to the bacteria benefits that you receive from the product the body is being aided and the alcohol, like sugar in fruit, can be seen as “good.”

The problem we face with Alcohol Free products that are not alcohol free is that the same argument cannot always be applied. Without the beneficial aspects of fermented foods, beverages that have a 0.5%ABV only weaken the body, with no gains. The ability to get drunk on a product is not the point of the label “Alcohol-Free.”

When you’re looking for true alcohol alternatives, don’t settle for those that only weaken your system. Great tasting options that will give your 0 Proof Cocktails the kick and burn you’re looking for are out there, and with absolutely no alcohol. ArKay has been producing Alcohol Free Options since 2011 and today their products sell around the world to the most demanding mixologists.