By definition, a spirit is a distilled alcoholic drink, but the burgeoning non-alcoholic “alcohol” category in recent times has made the term more nebulous than ever. Thanks to brands like Seedlip, zero proof spirits now exist to offer those who abstain from alcohol an option to imbibe alongside drinkers without getting drunk. Still, one can argue that when it comes to drinking, inebriation is part of the fun — a factor that teetotallers do not get to enjoy because ethanol remains the necessary ticket to that state. Or so we assumed until Three Spirit entered the market.

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Three Spirit.

Three Spirit is zero-alcohol spirit distilled with 11 plant-based ingredients that interact with your nervous system to mimic the heady effects alcohol has on the body. These include yerba mate, cacao, lion’s mane, damiana and more. The intoxicating properties of these natural ingredients are not entirely unknown, especially with in the realm of plant medicine, which the brand carefully researched to create the recipe. What you get when you drink Three Spirit is a mild high that you can enjoy sans hangover.

This curious elixir is the flagship product of Beyond Alcohol, a company that comprises experts across the cocktail, bartending and phytochemist spheres. A lot of thought and effort was placed in creating the right balance of flavours for Three Spirit, with the final result tasting like a combination of amaro, Coca-Cola, Dom Benedictine and bitter liqueur. If that isn’t enough to give you an idea of the balance between bitter and saccharine that this spirit touts, then the tasting profile should — on the nose, one gets whiffs of stewed fruit, spice and banana. Sip it on the rocks or with soda and enjoy as hints of chocolate and coffee come through. You can also use it to make certain non-alcoholic cocktails, like an espresso martini, sours and spritzes.

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Three Spirit is best enjoyed over ice or with soda.

“This is not an imitation of an alcoholic drink,” states Dash Lilley, one of the co-founders of Three Spirit, on Instagram. “It is something that aims to stand out on its own, [that] creates another option.”

The parameters of what a spirit can be continue to expand with disruptive products like Three Spirit, and the wipeout sales on its first batch further proves that liquor alternatives of its kind are meeting a strong demand previously untapped, so much so that we ought to question whether alcohol will forever dominate the landscape on long nights out.

For more information, visit www.threespiritdrinks.com.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.