The Best Non-Alcoholic Negroni Recipe (If You Insist On Trying)

Alcohol Free Negroni

First, let’s set the record straight. The negroni is an iconic classic. A powerful, bold, and bitter union between Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth, distributed in equal parts. The recipe template is versatile and adapts well to experimentation, just be wary of naming any riffs a negroni lest you offend the members of the cocktail’s cult-like following.

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Shaman’s Medley – A Complex and Bitter Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

Shaman's Medley non-alcoholic cocktail

It can be a challenge to match the complexity of a well-made (alcoholic) cocktail. However, when one considers all the elements that contribute to make cocktails enjoyable, it’s simpler to create non-alcoholic counterparts. The Shaman’s Medley is the perfect example because it incorporates egg white to give it that silky mouthfeel you find in so many classics. The highlight of this recipe is DHŌS Bittersweet, a non-alcoholic aperitif.

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South Bend – A Non-Alcoholic Southside Riff

South Bend non-alcoholic cocktail

This non-alcoholic cocktail is a riff on the simple Southside. Non-alcoholic spirits often use either capsicum or menthol to simulate the burn of alcohol. I find that crafting a recipe that plays to that factor helps zero-proof options come closer to replacing their alcoholic counterparts.

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Era of Light – A Non-Alcoholic Sunflower Riff

Era of Light non-alcoholic cocktail

This non-alcoholic cocktail is a riff on the Sunflower created by Sam Ross of Attaboy. It uses two of DHŌS Spirits’ alcohol-free products. The use of the Belvoir Elderflower Cordial is a great alternative to St. Germain, and the Pastiche bitters take the place of the absinthe rinse. Of course, the bitters do contain alcohol, so simply remove that element if you prefer.

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Italian in Rio

Italian In Rio Cachaça Cocktail 03

This cachaça cocktail almost reminds me of an El Presidente (white rum, blanc vermouth, curaçao, and grenadine) just more complex and with a balanced bitterness. However, upon further consideration, this is clearly a negroni riff, and an excellent one at that! This recipe is also a great excuse to dust off that bottle of celery bitters.

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Tangled Up In Blue – Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial Meets Charanda

Tangled Up In Blue Cocktail

It’s been four years since I first reviewed Tamworth Distilling’s Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial, and their spirits lineup has matured substantially since. You’ll now find over 40 bottled products, all organized into themed collections. The Art In The Age lineup is their first collection that interested me. Their discontinued lineup of Snap, Root, Sage, and Rhubarb first captivated me with their unique formulations based on historical recipes and quality ingredients. While those specific bottles are no longer available, I think their new expanded lineup offers much more. 

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