Non-alcoholic gin and boozy kombucha: the new style of drinks trending at the bar
Move over Margarita! Whether it's kombucha going alcoholic or gin going booze-free, these trendy new-age drinks are good - and good for you.
- February 2020
Non-alcoholic gin, kombucha with added firepower and a vodka made with hemp. The summer season is a great time to taste-test new refreshments.
Brunswick Aces booze-free gin
If, like many Australians, your New Year’s resolution is to imbibe less, then Brunswick Aces non-alcoholic gin (actually an age-old drink style known as a sapiir) is a guilt-free treat. “The great thing is it is made using the same process as gin, just without any of the alcohol,” says Aces’ Stephen Lawrence, meaning it still has all the aroma and flavours of botanicals without the hangover. Try the Spades blend, a winning hand of green cardamom, native lemon myrtle and parsley notes.
Gut-boosting kombucha just got more interesting. Dirty Bucha, a premium range of pre-mixed alcoholic kombucha cocktails, are low-sugar and low-carb flavour bombs – think Ginger Spiced Rum, Tropical Vodka and Botanical Lemon Myrtle Gin.
With terroir suited to the environmentally beneficial crop cannabis sativa and the region’s pure water perfect for distillation, where better for a company to manufacture spirits made from hemp than the lush Gippsland hills of Victoria? The Natural Distilling Co’s vodka has notes of lavender and lemongrass and features myrcene, a clinically proven sleep and pain aid.
After something stronger? Here’s why pre-mixed cocktails should be on your radar.