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7 Best Non-Alcoholic Rum Alternatives

Of all the classic spirits, rum is one of the most versatile - essential for everything from a Dark and stormy to a Mojito. Here we look at the best alcohol-free Rum alternatives the market has to offer.

Rum is a versatile spirit with a rich history. It plays a part in the culture the West Indies, as well as the Navy and piracy. It’s made by fermenting and distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice, so it’s popular in places that grow sugar.

Rum is also a staple in terms of the classic spirits – so, on World Rum Day, I’m delighted that when it comes to alc-free Rum alternatives, there are plenty to choose from to make your favourite rum inspired drink or rum mocktails

Cheers to rum

Here is a run-down (or should that be rum-down?)

1. Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit 

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The Blurb: Made in Sydney, Lyre’s is an award winning range of non-alcoholic spirits, each perfectly crafted with natural extracts and distillates to match the aroma, taste and appearance of the classic spirits.

The Taste: Full flavoured on the palate with distinct tones of caramel, molasses and toasted nuts and a hit of spiced vanilla on the finish.   

Worth noting: Vegan, low sugar and less than 6 calories per serve which is 90% fewer calories than traditional rum.

Try this recipe: Lyre's Dark and Spicy Cocktail

What customers are saying:  “Would buy it again without hesitation.” 

2. Lyre’s Dark & Spicy 

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This is available as Dark & Spicy pre-mixed, ready to drink cans which is a delicious blend of Spiced Rum, Ginger Beer & Lime. 

Lyre's Dark & Spicy Cans


3. Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit

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The taste: Full flavoured with notes of caramel, fudge, fig and toasted nuts, all enhanced by a long finish of maple and vanilla.

Worth noting: Vegan, and contains 90% fewer calories than traditional rum. 

What customers are saying: “It has a warmth, slight sweetness and spicy notes that you'd associate with drinking a rum and mixer.”

Try this recipe: Lyre's Cuba Libre Cuba Libre

4. Monday Dark & Stormy

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The blurb: Based in Geelong, Victoria, Monday Distillery brings ready-to-serve non-alcoholic beverages that are lovingly crafted and true to taste.

The taste: With all the mood of a Dark & Stormy, this pre-mixed drink perfectly blends the zing of fiery ginger beer with a hit of citrus and undernotes of spiced rum.

Worth noting: Free from sugar, calories and anything artificial

Try this: Serve in a copper cocktail mug with ice with a wedge of lime

What customers are saying: “Wonderfully complex flavour makes for a seriously adult drink.”

Rum and lime the perfect combination  

5. Ovant Royal

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The blurb: Based in Margert River, Western Australia, the Ovant team are passionate about creating alc-free drinks that are memorable and elegant.

The taste: With aromas of cinnamon, star anise and subtle notes of ripe elderberry, this rum alternative is complex on the palate and intense on the nose with a textured, juicy mouthfeel.

Worth noting: Vegan, and free from sugar, calories and gluten

Try this recipe: Ovant Bright and Bitter

What customers are saying: “So glad that I discovered this, perfect over ice.”

6. Lyre’s White Cane Spirit

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The taste: Oak and sugar cane flavours are complemented by tones of marzipan, orange and coconut, all rounded off with a light, peppery finish.

Worth noting: Vegan, low in sugar and less than 5 calories per serve

What customers are saying: “I like a number of the Lyres range , but this is my favourite”

Try this: Mojito Mocktail

7. Fluere Spiced Cane

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The blurb: Inspired by ancient Roman texts, FLUÈRE from the latin ‘to flow’, is designed to elevate the drinking experience. Made in the Netherlands with botanicals sourced from four contestants.

The taste: With a full-body and well-rounded, complex flavour, this rum alternative has notes of dark roasted coffee, delicious cocoa, tangy liquorice, tonka beans and caramelised toffee

Worth noting: created with botanicals and a unique hydro steam distillation process.

Try this: Fluere Old Fashioned

What customers are saying: “Simply delicious!”

Rum is a versatile spirit with a rich history. It plays a part in the culture the West Indies, as well as the Navy and piracy. It’s made by fermenting and distilling sugarcane molasses or sugarcane juice, so it’s popular in places that grow sugar.

Rum is also a staple in terms of the classic spirits – so, on World Rum Day, I’m delighted that when it comes to alc-free Rum alternatives, there are plenty to choose from to make your favourite rum inspired drink or rum mocktails

Cheers to rum

Here is a run-down (or should that be rum-down?)

1. Lyre’s Spiced Cane Spirit 

The Blurb: Made in Sydney, Lyre’s is an award winning range of non-alcoholic spirits, each perfectly crafted with natural extracts and distillates to match the aroma, taste and appearance of the classic spirits.

The Taste: Full flavoured on the palate with distinct tones of caramel, molasses and toasted nuts and a hit of spiced vanilla on the finish.   

Worth noting: Vegan, low sugar and less than 6 calories per serve which is 90% fewer calories than traditional rum.

Try this recipe: Lyre's Dark and Spicy Cocktail

What customers are saying:  “Would buy it again without hesitation.” 

2. Lyre’s Dark & Spicy 

This is available as Dark & Spicy pre-mixed, ready to drink cans which is a delicious blend of Spiced Rum, Ginger Beer & Lime. 

Lyre's Dark & Spicy Cans


3. Lyre’s Dark Cane Spirit

The taste: Full flavoured with notes of caramel, fudge, fig and toasted nuts, all enhanced by a long finish of maple and vanilla.

Worth noting: Vegan, and contains 90% fewer calories than traditional rum. 

What customers are saying: “It has a warmth, slight sweetness and spicy notes that you'd associate with drinking a rum and mixer.”

Try this recipe: Lyre's Cuba Libre Cuba Libre

4. Monday Dark & Stormy

The blurb: Based in Geelong, Victoria, Monday Distillery brings ready-to-serve non-alcoholic beverages that are lovingly crafted and true to taste.

The taste: With all the mood of a Dark & Stormy, this pre-mixed drink perfectly blends the zing of fiery ginger beer with a hit of citrus and undernotes of spiced rum.

Worth noting: Free from sugar, calories and anything artificial

Try this: Serve in a copper cocktail mug with ice with a wedge of lime

What customers are saying: “Wonderfully complex flavour makes for a seriously adult drink.”

Rum and lime the perfect combination  

5. Ovant Royal

The blurb: Based in Margert River, Western Australia, the Ovant team are passionate about creating alc-free drinks that are memorable and elegant.

The taste: With aromas of cinnamon, star anise and subtle notes of ripe elderberry, this rum alternative is complex on the palate and intense on the nose with a textured, juicy mouthfeel.

Worth noting: Vegan, and free from sugar, calories and gluten

Try this recipe: Ovant Bright and Bitter

What customers are saying: “So glad that I discovered this, perfect over ice.”

6. Lyre’s White Cane Spirit

The taste: Oak and sugar cane flavours are complemented by tones of marzipan, orange and coconut, all rounded off with a light, peppery finish.

Worth noting: Vegan, low in sugar and less than 5 calories per serve

What customers are saying: “I like a number of the Lyres range , but this is my favourite”

Try this: Mojito Mocktail

7. Fluere Spiced Cane

The blurb: Inspired by ancient Roman texts, FLUÈRE from the latin ‘to flow’, is designed to elevate the drinking experience. Made in the Netherlands with botanicals sourced from four contestants.

The taste: With a full-body and well-rounded, complex flavour, this rum alternative has notes of dark roasted coffee, delicious cocoa, tangy liquorice, tonka beans and caramelised toffee

Worth noting: created with botanicals and a unique hydro steam distillation process.

Try this: Fluere Old Fashioned

What customers are saying: “Simply delicious!”

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