Kate Dingwall - Contributor - Sep 25, 2022
Over the last few years, the non-alcoholic scene has burst open. Pre-pandemic, non drinkers were largely relegated to sodas, sparkling waters, or Seedlip at select bars.
In the last few years, the category has grown past its infancy and consists of a spectrum of sans-booze bars, from canned cocktails to zero-proof wines to no-proof spirits.
That said, it’s a tough category. Sure, you can launch a no-alcohol product, but capturing the piquancy, intensity, length, complexity and texture of a regular-proof drink isn’t easy.
These three beverages — all new releases — do just that. They bottle the energy and the excitement of the best boozy beverages while bringing bold, balanced flavors with no-ABV. In short form, they’re delicious and well worth stocking up on.
Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitivo
While there are no-alc beers and spirits aplenty, brands have been slow to capture the culture of aperitivo in a bottle. The newest launch from Wilderton — a Portland-based non-alc spirits company — channels just that. Basically, it’s a golden hour in a bottle, a sip-it-in-the-sun spirit.
Wilderton Bittersweet Aperitivo blends grapefruit, Italian lemon, orange blossom, and aromatic herbs for a bittersweet but bright flavor – think Aperol meets red vermouth.