Spiritless Cocktails in Time for Winter

  • , by Hannah Lee Leidy
  • 2 min reading time
Low ABV/no ABV drinks are on the rise, and we’re not mad about it.When you want a sexier option than seltzer with lime, skilled beverage pros have redefined the non-alcoholic landscape with artisan mixers, wines, beers, and bitters.
We caught up with Lauren Chitwood, one of the founders of Spiritless, a Kentucky-based company that proves it’s possible and delicious to have a whiskey big on oak, vanilla, and spice but low on booze. Their first product, Kentucky 74, offers a realistic alternative for making non-alcoholic old fashioneds or simply sipping neat—and still feel perky the next morning. “There’s a now a growing demand and awareness of how we feel and what we’re putting in our bodies,” Chitwood says.
In the spirit(less) of Dry January, we asked Chitwood about her favorites she's stirring up this winter.
Spiritless cocktails


Hot Toddy

2 ounces Spiritless Kentucky 74

½ ounce Falernum Syrup 

Lemon peel 

Cinnamon stick


Combine all ingredients in a mug and add 6 ounces of hot water.


Spiritless cocktails

Milk Punch

2 ounces Spiritless Kentucky 74

1 ounce simple syrup

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ ounce milk or a dairy-free alternative (Chitwood recommends oat milk)

Nutmeg for garnish


In a cocktail tin filled with ice, combine all ingredients except nutmeg and shake. Fill a rocks glass with fresh ice and strain cocktail into glass. Grate fresh nutmeg on top to garnish.


Spiritless cocktail

Brown Derby

“A less-known classic cocktail”

2 ounces Spiritless Kentucky 74

4 ounces Fever-Tree Sparkling Grapefruit

½ ounce Honey syrup (recipe follows)

Grapefruit peel for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a highball glass over ice. Stir to mix all ingredients well, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Honey Syrup:

Combine equal parts honey and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely before using.


Looking farther ahead in 2022, Spiritless plans to pour more than whiskey. Later this year, they’ll introduce a non-alcoholic tequila, Jalisco 55, as they research non-alcoholic alternatives to provide all the elements for a stocked bar. And, by the time we’re preparing to hit the beach again and have outdoor picnics, consumers can hopefully take canned cocktails from Spiritless for whiskey sours, old fashioneds, margaritas, and palomas.


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