Looking for a non-alcoholic whiskey recipe you can try with your new bottle of Spiritless Kentucky 74? You’re in luck. Today, we’re going to share our 5 favorite non-alcoholic bourbon recipes that will allow you to experience the full flavor notes of this best-selling alcohol free whiskey!
Whether your drink of choice is a classic old-fashioned or manhattan, or you want to try something new and flavorful like a whiskey smash or mule - we’ve got something you’re sure to love on this list below. You’ll have to try them all to determine which one is your favorite!
Before we get into unveiling our favorite alcohol free bourbon recipes, we need to address the elephant in the room. Can you really make non-alcoholic cocktails taste good? Let’s unpack this highly-debated question.
Can You Really Make Non-Alcoholic Bourbon Cocktails Taste Good?
Can you really make nonalcoholic bourbon cocktails taste good? This is a question everyone asks before taking a leap of faith and trying them out once and for all. And to be entirely honest, this isn’t something we can answer for you definitively. Taste is subjective - so while we (and millions of other people around the globe) love the taste of these alcohol-free cocktails, you’ll have to take a sip yourself and let your taste buds decide. What do you have to lose? You may just find your new favorite after-work drink or weekend sipper!
To answer your question the best we can, yes - these cocktails are both alcohol-free and delicious. They embody everything you love about classic cocktails without the negative effects of alcohol.
However, you must set your expectations going in. One thing you may miss in these non alcoholic whiskey recipes is the bourbon bite. Many bourbon connoisseurs love the heat of certain varieties - and you won’t be able to replace that in alcohol-free bourbon. With that said, you can still enjoy the full flavor of your favorite bourbon cocktails in these recipes. It’s something you’ll have to experience yourself to really form an opinion.
Why Use Spiritless Kentucky 74 Makes In These Non Alcoholic Whiskey Recipes?
In each of these five non alcoholic whiskey recipes below, we use Kentucky 74. Why? Simple - this bourbon replacement perfectly embodies everything you love about whisky with none of the things you hate. It delivers a high-quality, smooth finish with familiar notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak. The only thing missing? That alcohol bite you’re accustomed to. But for many people, this is just another reason to love Spiritless Kentucky 74.
Whether you are diluting bourbon with this alternative to make lower ABV cocktails, or you want to go entirely spiritless, you can’t go wrong with this choice. So, head over to our site and grab a bottle of Spiritless Kentucky 74 Bourbon. Then, proceed onto the next section and see which of these recipes calls out to you first!
The 5 Best Non Alcoholic Whiskey Recipes You Need To Try (Using Spiritless Kentucky 74)
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. We’re ready to reveal our five favorite non alcoholic whiskey recipes to you! Here are the specific alcohol-free cocktails we’ll cover:
- Non-Alcoholic Old Fashioned
- Non-Alcoholic Manhattan
- Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Sour
- Non-Alcoholic Kentucky Mule
- Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Smash
While all of these are great, we’re going to start with perhaps the most classic whiskey cocktail - the old-fashioned.
Non-Alcoholic Old Fashioned
- Spiritless Kentucky 74 (2.5oz)
- Simple Syrup (.25 oz)
- Angostura Orange Bitters (3 dashes)
- An orange peel
- Ice Ball/Large Cube
This is one of the simplest non alcoholic bourbon recipes you can start out with. You will use two cocktail glasses to craft this cocktail. One for stirring ingredients and a second for stirring. Remember - an old-fashioned is stirred, not shaken. Add your liquid-based ingredients to the first glass with ice in it, and use a stirring utensil to mix and chill the cocktail. Then, pour it into your second glass - over the ice ball/cube. Add your orange peel and enjoy!
- Spiritless Kentucky 74 (1.5oz)
- Non alcoholic sweet vermouth (1.5oz)
- Angostura bitters (3 dashes)
- Maraschino cherry
The manhattan is another classic choice when it comes to bourbon cocktails. This recipe is also pretty simple to bring to life. The key difference between this recipe and the traditional manhattan is that you also need nonalcoholic vermouth. Many manhattan lovers will use less vermouth to really bring out the bourbon in this cocktail - consider trying that if you aren’t a huge fan of sweet vermouth.
Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail glass. Then, add ice to the drink. Stir it up - like the old-fashioned, you do not want to shake this cocktail. Grab a strainer and pour the manhattan into a martini glass. Add your cherry garnish and enjoy!
Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Sour
- Spiritless Kentucky 74 (2oz)
- Simple syrup (.75 oz)
- Fresh lemon juice (1oz)
- Egg whites (.5 oz) *optional
- Orange wheel
Looking for something a bit smoother than the two classic cocktail recipes above? Consider our non alcoholic whiskey sour recipe. This refreshing, smooth cocktail goes down easy on any day, any time of year - but we really think it shines on those warm summer evenings outdoors.
Add all your ingredients to a shaker and mix them up. Then, strain the cocktail into either a tall martini glass or a double rocks glass - depending on your preference. Add your garnishes and enjoy! Note - the egg whites add an interesting creamy complexion to this cocktail, but if you want to omit them you can. Some people love them included, others won’t even take a chance on them. We encourage you to try this recipe both ways and see which you prefer!
Non-Alcoholic Kentucky Mule
- Spiritless Kentucky 74 (2oz)
- Ginger beer (.75 oz)
- Lime juice (.5 oz)
- Mint sprig
- A mule mug
This bourbon-inspired take on a Moscow Mule is one you have got to try. Sometimes referred to as a Kentucky Mule, it uses bourbon in lieu of vodka. And in this alcohol-free variant, we’ll use Spiritless Kentucky 74. Gather your ingredients and start by pouring your lime juice and Spiritless Kentucky 74 into a mule mug. Stir them together, and then add a generous portion of ice to the mug. Then, top off the cocktail with as much ginger beer as necessary to fill the glass or reach your desired flavor. Finish the cocktail by garnishing with a fresh mint sprig. Note that you can technically make this same cocktail in any glass, but a mule mug is the traditional way it’s enjoyed. We encourage you to craft it the way it was intended for the right experience!
Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Smash
- Spiritless Kentucky 74 (2oz)
- Simple syrup (.75 oz)
- Lemon wedges (3)
- Mint (2 sprigs)
We’re going to wrap things up with perhaps the most refreshing non alcoholic bourbon recipe out there - the whiskey smash with Spiritless Kentucky 74. These are one of our personal favorites for those hot summer days sitting around the pool and soaking up some sun. But, there is really never a bad time to whip one of these up! Start by adding the ingredients (save one sprig for a garnish) into a shaker tin and grabbing a muddler. Mash them up real good, and then add some ice to the shaker tin. Shake it and then strain the liquid into a double rocks glass with crushed ice (preferably, but cubes work too). Top it off with the second sprig and enjoy the most refreshing, flavorful non alcoholic whiskey smash you’ve ever tried!
Additional Tips When Crafting These Non-Alcoholic Bourbon Recipes
Trust us when we say you’re going to love trying these non alcoholic whiskey recipes with friends and family. You can’t go wrong with any of the five - in fact, we encourage you to try them all to find your new favorite! With that said, we want to leave you with a few parting tips to ensure you craft the best alcohol-free cocktails possible.
First and foremost, use the best quality ingredients. You already should have some Spiritless Kentucky 74 in your cart by now - but be sure to add the right vermouth, bitters, simple syrup, and other ingredients. If you go cheap, you can expect low-quality flavor - and that can ruin the whole experience. Secondly, pay close attention to whether the recipe calls for shaking or stirring. If you shake a recipe that is meant to be stirred, it will greatly impact the flavor by diluting with too much ice. Speaking of ice, note that not every cocktail on this list needs ice added to it. We’ve seen people add ice to manhattans as they serve them, and this is something you want to avoid. Ice is great for getting the temperature right, but it can drastically affect the flavor - so be careful. In summary, follow these recipes closely - and use the best ingredients possible. Do that and you’ll be known as the top mixologist in your crew!
Parting Thoughts On Our Favorite Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Recipes
We’ve shared our favorite non alcoholic bourbon recipes with you today, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Whether you’re looking to live a sober lifestyle or you just want to dilute your favorite cocktails a bit to enjoy a lower ABV per serving, Spiritless Kentucky 74 is our go-to product. And once you’ve tried it yourself, you’ll see why.
But, it’s just one of the many alcohol-free spirits we carry at Boisson. There, you’ll find all your favorite non alcoholic wines, non alcoholic beers, and other spiritless liquor like non alcoholic rum. Shop now online and experience all we have to offer - or visit us in person at a location near you!