The Complete Guide to Non-Alcoholic Tequila: Recipes, Where to Buy it, & More! - Boisson

The Complete Guide to Non-Alcoholic Tequila: Recipes, Where to Buy it, & More!

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Do you love the smooth, distinct agave flavor of tequila but want to avoid the many health consequences associated with this spirit? Whatever your reasons may be for living a sober life, you don’t have to starve yourself of that delicious tequila flavor you crave. With alcohol-free tequila, you can enjoy a glass on the rocks of whip up a guilt-free margarita without any of the adverse effects! 

Here in this complete guide, you’ll discover the magic behind this non-alcoholic spirit. We’ll talk about how it's made and what the benefits are while sharing some of our personal favorite non-alcoholic tequila recipes you can try yourself. 

We’ll also point you in the right direction, if you’re wondering where to buy non-alcoholic tequila by offering recommendations for some of the best non-alcoholic tequila on the market, so you can enjoy this spirit to the fullest. 

We’ve got a lot to cover, but let’s start with a basic question we get all the time: is there non-alcoholic tequila out there? 

Is There Non-Alcoholic Tequila?

is there non alcoholic tequila

While alcohol-free tequila is a relatively new concept, yes — it exists. And it’s more accessible than you may think! You can find this guilt-free spirit online here at Boisson, or you can visit us in one of your many in-person storefronts. More on that later. Let’s first discuss what this spirit is and how it’s made. 

What Exactly is Alcohol-Free Tequila?

Traditional tequila is crafted from the agave plant. The juices from this plant are extracted and put in barrels for some time to ferment. This process results in that unique tequila flavor you’ve come to know and love — but it also creates the alcohol that you want to avoid. So, what is alcohol-free tequila, exactly? 

There are two ways tequila makers can go about the process. They either remove the alcohol after the fact or create a unique botanical blend that closely resembles the tequila experience without introducing alcohol to the equation at any point in time. We prefer the latter, and chances are, you will, too. 

Creators will choose ingredients and then extract them using techniques such as distillation, maceration, or infusion. The goal is to extract the essential oils and other flavor compounds from the ingredients and create a concentrated liquid that can be used to flavor the non-alcoholic tequila.

We know what you’re thinking…sounds good — in theory. But does it actually result in a spirit that’s anything close to tequila? It sure does. In fact, we’d be willing to bet that in a blind taste test, you’d struggle to identify which bottle is alcohol-free. The only difference is that the burning sensation is lacking in a zero-proof or 0.5% ABV tequila replacement. This is just another reason people love this spirit though — you’re able to fully appreciate the unique flavor profile that the makers have crafted for you. And with that said, let’s unpack a few of the other benefits of alcohol-free tequila.

What are the Benefits of Alcohol-Free Tequila?

From the health benefits of non-alcoholic red wine to non-alcoholic alternatives to beer — all these 0% ABV drinks have one thing in common: they’re a healthier way to enjoy your favorite drinks. That’s really the biggest reason to ditch your traditional tequila for an alcohol-free alternative. 

You can say goodbye to debilitating hangovers and brain fog the morning after a night of drinking. You’ll also be able to enjoy peace of mind as you imbibe knowing you’re not compromising the health of your liver, brain, and other organs that alcohol takes a toll on. 

But beyond being a healthier alternative, an alcohol-free tequila replacement is a great choice for social events where not everyone is of drinking age - or wants to drink in the first place. You can still whip up a batch of delicious margaritas for all to enjoy. You won’t have to stress about designated drivers either!

These are just a few of the reasons to try non-alcoholic beverages like spiritless tequila. There are plenty of others. Now, though, we want to let you in on some of the most simple, delicious ways to enjoy alcohol-free tequila yourself.

Non Alcoholic Tequila Recipes You Can Try Yourself

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Once you discover the magic behind non-alcoholic tequila, you’ll be eager to try it yourself. And we’re here to help with some of our personal favorite non-alcoholic tequila recipes. Whether you’re drinking solo or have a crowd to entertain, you can’t go wrong with any of these! Let’s start with the one drink everyone envisions when thinking of tequila…

Non-Alcoholic Grapefruit and Sage Tequila

Sure…you can stick with the classic lime margarita if you’d like. But we wanted to put a special spin on this non-alcoholic tequila recipe for you - and we can’t wait to hear what you think of it. 

It's the perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors with a fresh herbal twist from the sage leaves. The grapefruit juice adds a bright and citrusy note, while the honey provides a subtle sweetness that balances out the flavors. And don't forget about the lime juice, which adds a refreshing and zesty kick to the mix. 

The muddled sage leaves really take this cocktail to the next level by adding a fragrant and savory aroma that complements the other ingredients perfectly. This is an amazing choice for a hot summer day kicked back by the pool or any social gathering where you want to show off your mixology skills. For best results, stick with fresh ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 oz non-alcoholic tequila
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit wedges and sage leaves for garnish

Once you have your ingredients, grab a cocktail shaker and muddle the fresh sage leaves with the honey until the leaves are fragrant and slightly mashed. Next, add the non-alcoholic tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and ice cubes to the shaker. Shake everything thoroughly until all ingredients are mixed and chilled. 

Now that the hard part is done, strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice cubes, garnish with grapefruit wedges and sage leaves, serve, and enjoy!

Non-Alcoholic Tequila Sunrise

One of the great realities of having alcohol-free tequila on hand is the fact you can mix up a drink morning or night without worry. And what better way to start a lazy day on the weekend than with a non-alcoholic tequila sunrise? 

This fruity, refreshing drink is perfect for warm summer mornings on the porch - but there’s never a bad time of year for it! The fresh orange juice provides a sweet and tangy citrus flavor, while the pomegranate juice adds a slightly tart and fruity note. This coupled with the bubbles in the sparkling water makes this one of the most delicious, refreshing alcohol-free tequila recipes you can try:

  • 2 oz non-alcoholic tequila
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slices and pomegranate seeds for garnish

We recommend using a tall glass for this drink. Fill it full with ice cubes and pour in all the ingredients except the sparkling water. You can then stir the mixture gently until the ingredients are uniformly distributed in the glass. Pour the sparkling water over top, allowing it to settle on the bottom to create the classic sunrise effect. Just garnish with orange slice and pomegranate seeds and you’re ready to enjoy!

Non-Alcoholic Tequila Soda

Sometimes you just want something quick and easy - and nothing checks those boxes quite like the good ol’ alcohol-free tequila & soda cocktail. This is a perfect drink for any occasion where you just want to sip on something light. The sparkling water provides a bubbly and effervescent base, while the fresh lime juice adds a zesty and tangy kick to the cocktail. Here’s a simple recipe you can bring to life yourself:

  • 2 oz non-alcoholic tequila
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Fill a tall glass just below the brim with ice cubes. Then, pour in your alcohol-free tequila along with the sparkling water, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar. Take a bar spoon and gently mix the ingredients together. You’ll know the job is done when the agave nectar is fully dissolved. At that point, you can finish up with some flair by garnishing the glass with a lime wedge. It’s that easy!

Where to Buy Non Alcoholic Tequila Online

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Now that you have the knowledge necessary to craft these non-alcoholic tequila recipes, just one thing is missing…the 0.5% ABV spirit itself! So if you’re wondering where to buy non-alcoholic tequila online, it’s time to head over to Boisson: your go-to source for non alcoholic liquor. 

While ordering traditional tequila online is a bit trickier, you can easily buy non-alcoholic tequila online and get it shipped to your doorstep in just a matter of days. It’s never been this easy or accessible to get your hands on a top-quality alcohol-free spirit. 

But if you want to get your bottle even quicker, you can visit us in person. We have storefronts throughout NYC, LA, and San Francisco. And for a specific product recommendation, keep reading below…

What is the Best Non Alcoholic Tequila at Boisson?

The non-alcoholic tequila recipes we shared earlier are to die for, but to enjoy them to the fullest, you need quality ingredients. And as you can imagine, the alcohol-free tequila you keep stocked in your bar cart is the most important consideration. 

So, what is the best non-alcoholic tequila at Boisson? Below, we’ll share a few of our personal favorites from the most respected brands in the industry: 

  • Ritual - Tequila Alternative: As one of the first to offer a 0.5% ABV tequila, you can trust that this bottle by Ritual will delight your senses. It’s made for margaritas, but you can try it out in other recipes as well!
  • ISH - Non-Alcoholic Mexican Agave Spirit: Another great option for those who crave that familiar flavor of a classic reposado-style spirit. The combination of agave and oakwood creates a smooth finish with aged, oaky notes you’re sure to love. 
  • Lyre's - Non-Alcoholic Agave Blanco Spirit: We love a good reposado, but for those instances when you’re craving a blanco, you can’t go wrong with this bottle. It’s filled with unique, complex flavors that will leave you craving another –– and you can give in to those cravings guilt-free.

These are just a few of the many alcohol-free tequila options at Boisson. Head over to our site and learn more about what we have in store for you, as you dive deep into the world of alcohol-free tequila!

Wrapping Up Our Beginner’s Guide to Non Alcoholic Tequila

At this point, it’s time to bring our conversation on alcohol-free tequila to a close. This beginner’s guide addressed many of the questions you came here with, like is there a non-alcoholic tequila? Where can you buy non-alcoholic tequila –– and which bottle is best

We’ve also provided a few of our favorite alcohol-free tequila recipes so you can set off on the right foot enjoying all this 0.5% ABV spirit has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Head over to Boisson and pick up a bottle of Ritual, Ish, or Lyres and see what you’ve been missing out on all this time!

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