low alcohol cocktails

Discover the cocktail world of non-alcoholic distillates

The growing trend of nolo -no and low- promotes a healthier and more conscious tasting of both cocktails and non-alcoholic distillates.

Drinking can be considered for many as fun. For others it is an act of defiance, as when we are young and teenagers. But as time goes by, habits take shape and today we find that drinking alcohol translates into tasting. An art that we see represented in the cocktail industry with the creation of drinks with features focused on both aesthetics and taste.

By dint of wanting to maintain a healthier lifestyle or choosing to drive instead of alcohol that night out with friends, the nolo, non-alcoholic or low-alcohol trend has made its way into the world of cocktails and spirits. Although most non-alcoholic distillates are rather best mixed, such as non-alcoholic gin and even rum and whiskey. In this trend we also find beers with an alcohol content of less than 0.9%, while in the distillates we will find a degree of <0.5%.

It is the taste developed by their producers that makes these beverages a unique tasting moment.

Within the nolo trend, we find for example in France a new actor that takes its name from the same trend: nolow.

Photo: Nolow Spirit Free

A new player in the market

Nolow started on the market in December 2020 through Drinks & Co. a new liquor store in the city of Paris. The botanical distillate unites juniper, ginger, lemon and mint. On the nose, aromas of fresh mint and generous citrus notes accentuate the taste of Nolow Spirit Free. It is very smooth and also unsweetened. This will allow bartenders to cut back on sweetness when making non-alcoholic cocktails.

A novelty in the market that will have to compete with existing distillates from large groups such as Seedlip (Diageo), Ceder’s (Pernod Ricard), Atopia (William Grant & Sons). But also alongside French startups such as Jnpr and Djin.

In short, a novelty that will ensure the expansion of this trend. It is attracting more and more attention from professionals and enthusiasts alike.


Making Alcohol-Free Cocktails

This recipe is very easy to prepare. It will look great with a non-alcoholic distillate with mint and citrus profiles.

Basil Smash Cocktail with a twist

Photo by Edward Howell on Unsplash


4 basil leaves + 1 for garnish

45 ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed

30 ml of non-alcoholic distillate (gin)


Type of glass: rocks

Preparation: add all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Double strain into a rocks glass with ice cubes. Garnish with a basil leaf.


Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.



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