The modern production methods of non-alcoholic beverages are gentler than those used previously. The original flavours and aromas are retained, but the beverages lack the sharpness or warmth of alcohol.
Non-alcoholic wines have a soft, juicy and often sweetish taste. Non-alcoholic beers are light and fruity.
Non-alcoholic beverages can be used in the same way as alcoholic beverages. Non-alcoholic wines and beers are ideal for light, fresh dishes.
Considerate hosts also offer their guests a non-alcoholic option. Many people want to lead a healthy lifestyle or enjoy life without alcohol for other reasons.
Non-alcoholic drinks are usually served well-chilled, at 6–8°C.
Examples of the methods used to remove alcohol are the spinning cone column, vacuum distillation and reverse osmosis.
Some of the products are naturally free of alcohol. They are made by adding extracted flavours to the beverage, which is then sweetened and, in some cases, carbonated.