About Specialty Spirits

The specialty spirits category includes some of the more unique and individualized spirits that don't fit into traditional spirits categories. Pomace brandies such as grappa and marc are included as part of this category as are aquavit, dry schnapps, and certain flavored spirits from around the world.

Top Picks for Specialty Spirits

Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
98 points
$28
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet roasted agave, horchata with nutmeg, roasted pineapple, pickled jalapeño, and hints of smoked kiwi with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, distinctive, very long finish. A spot-on Tequila alternative that thus far, can’t be beat. Make margaritas, palomas and more and delight your guests with this non-alcoholic spirit.
Ish Spirits Gin-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
96 points
$25
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cracked juniper, black pepper, fresh parsley, fresh coriander seed, and lemon zest with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish. This spirit alternative offers the classic London Dry botanical profile and satisfying perceived heat; a raging success for the category, enjoy as liberally as your heart desires.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Ish Spirits Rum-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
94 points
$25
Best Buy
Golden amber color. Aromas of hints of copper pot still, dry spice blend, and roasted mango with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, long hints of espresso bean, leather, spicy ginger, and black pepper finish. An impressive impression of pot still rum; a delight in cocktails for those choosing to abstain.
94 points $25 Best Buy
New London Light Non Alcoholic Spirit
94 points
$34.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass, ylang ylang, fresh sugar snap peas, pink grapefruit, and sage with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of cucumber, melon rind, and hints of coriander. A springy, fresh-from-the-garden styled spirit alternative that’s clean, bright and stylish.
94 points $34.99
Muaddi Artesanal Levantine Arak
93 points
$43
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of artisan licorice, sandalwood incense, dates, and soy with a creamy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, intricate, long finish that shows overtones of shortbread, taffy, and candied aniseed. A concentrated Arak with a transporting, all-natural flavor that happily lingers.
Lyre’s Apéritif Dry Non Alcoholic Spirit
93 points
$35
Golden yellow color. Aromas of orange peel, violet, honey, vanilla, and hints of sesame with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length bitter lemon, cucumber, gentian, bay leaf, chamomile, and candied ginger finish. A floral, herbal, slightly bitter Spirit Alternative that will create balanced spirit-free cocktails; a refreshing offering for the moments you choose to abstain from alcohol.
Lyre’s Italian Orange Non Alcoholic Other Spirit
93 points
$35.99
Medium salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of gentian, ginger, orange peel, angelica, cinnamon stick, and tonka bean with a round, vibrant, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of ripe strawberry, orris root, and jasmine tea finish. A round and highly pleasing non-alcoholic spirit that elevates the no-ABV sipping experience; a round, refreshing, palate-opening beverage for spirit-free aperitivos.
93 points $35.99
Château Ksara Arak-Ksarak
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of black licorice, black pepper, oregano, and tarragon with a velvety, crisp, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-long finish. A complex arak with subtle herbal nuance and in-check heat.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Lyre’s Italian Spritz Non Alcoholic Other Spirit
92 points
$35.99
Crimson red color. Aromas and flavors of marasca cherry, rose hips, fruit punch, watermelon, ginger, spiced honey, and lime peel with a supple, bright, sweet light body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of rhubarb. A bittersweet, somewhat tropical cocktail ingredient for summer spritzers, and poolside libations; a fun and complex option when you want a break from booze.
92 points $35.99
Ritual Zero Proof Gin Alternative Non Alcoholic Spirit
90 points
$28
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of mixed citrus marmalade, fresh herbs, and sweet green apple with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-length finish imparting notes of sweet tropical banana. A stylish non-alcoholic spirit that balances fruity and herbal notes in harmony.