Whiskey is a spirit that calls to mind the Old West and the heart of America. Since bourbon can only be made in the United States, it's uniquely American, much like tequila is to Mexico.
So, if you're looking for a non-alcoholic whiskey, you need something that gives you the same bite and flavor as your favorite rye or barrel-aged spirit. Fortunately, Mashville is up to the challenge, and it delivers a taste experience that feels like the real thing when used in mixed drinks, all without the extra calories, sugar, or hangover.
As a whiskey alternative, Mashville works best when mixed in cocktails, not "on the rocks." Fortunately, there are tons of whiskey cocktail recipes out there, and all of them can trade non-alcoholic spirits for the real deal. If you're looking for a way to enjoy a nice, crisp whiskey drink after a long day, we've got you covered with eight mocktails that'll make you swear you're at an old saloon, playing poker with some unscrupulous locals.
A Brief Intro to Mashville and Seir Hill
These days, non-alcoholic spirits are trending. There are several reasons for the boost in alcohol-free options, but most people want to stay healthy and enjoy their favorite cocktails without worry. Seir Hill began as an alternative for those who knew their spirits and wanted something flavorful and authentic while removing the alcohol.
At the time, non-alcoholic beverages were pretty limited, and those that existed didn't capture the essence of their respective liquors. Founder Brian Miller sought to make something that everyone could enjoy, even those who still like to imbibe from time to time. Mashville was the first product created due to Brian's desire to make a high-quality Old Fashioned that tasted just as good as the real thing.
After months of research and development, Mashville was born, and Seir Hill was ready to take the alcohol-free world by storm. Since then, the company has also developed a tequila and rum alternative (now a gold medal winner!).
Mashville Whiskey Alcohol-Free Recipes
One of the great things about whiskey is that it's a classic spirit that adds richness to any drink. Regardless of what you're sipping on, it's always easy to tell when whiskey is in the mix. However, it doesn't overpower other ingredients, which is why there are so many whiskey cocktails. We could spend hours writing hundreds of recipes, but we've decided to pare it down to our top picks.
We must also note that Mashville is meant for mixing. While there's a certain appeal to enjoying a whiskey on the rocks, Mashville tastes best when added to your favorite mocktail recipe. We have plenty of options to choose from on this list, including:
- Old Fashioned
- Man O' War
- Cinnamon Maple Sour
- Giro D'Italia
- Rob Roy
- Whiskey Smash
- Citrus and Whiskey With Plums and Sage
- Hot Toddy
Additionally, since Mashville works so well in cocktails, we'll be adding more mocktail recipes regularly, so check back to see what else we're serving. Bottoms up!
This is the drink that started it all. If the Old Fashioned wasn't such a rich and delicious drink, Seir Hill might not even exist. The story of the Old Fashioned goes back to 1862 and Jerry Thomas' Bartender's Guide: How to Mix Drinks. The book had a recipe that called for all the same ingredients but used Holland Gin instead of Whiskey. Whiskey became synonymous with the Old Fashioned thanks to bourbon aristocrat James E. Pepper, who refined the recipe at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. A legend was born.
Since this cocktail is named after the city in New York, it's pretty easy to tell where it originated. However, the story of how it came to be is about as muddled as the fruit in an Old Fashioned. The first time a Manhattan was mentioned in print was in 1882 in the Sunday Morning Herald. However, the paper also called the drink a Jockey Club and a Turf Club Cocktail. However, Manhattan sounds better, so that name stuck, and it's been the same ever since.
You can also try different variations of the Manhattan, such as a Perfect Manhattan, which uses dry and sweet vermouth, or the Rob Roy Manhattan, which uses Scotch instead of rye whiskey.
If you're familiar with marine life, you may think the Man O' War cocktail is named after the jellyfish. However, its origins are actually tied to a racehorse from the early 20th century. Man O' War was the sire of War Admiral, a Triple Crown winner and legendary horse in its own right. Man O' War won 20 out of 21 races during his career, losing only the Kentucky Derby. This loss must've especially hurt because the horse was from Kentucky.
It's unknown who created the cocktail, but it was likely a horse racing enthusiast or historian who also knew how to mix drinks. This cocktail is sweet and delicious with a sharp bite from the whiskey.
The whiskey sour is a classic drink that was born out of necessity. Sailors on long journeys needed citrus to combat scurvy, and they also loved to imbibe with liquors like whiskey or rum. So, it didn't take long before these seamen merged the two ingredients to make a delicious and (relatively) healthy beverage. This recipe is a variation of the whiskey sour that adds cinnamon and maple syrup to create something heavenly. You must be careful when drinking these as they have sugar. However, you can knock back a few without getting tipsy, all thanks to Mashville whiskey alternative.
It's interesting that a cocktail with Italian origins tastes so good with American whiskey. Technically, you could use whiskey made anywhere in the world, but most connoisseurs prefer American rye, which is why Mashville works so well. This beverage is also unique because it's more savory than sweet, so it pairs best with food. The name comes from the Giro D'Italia bicycle race, which started in 1909. This cocktail is best for summer as it's cool and refreshing.
We mentioned this cocktail briefly above, but it's unique enough that it's worth making an entire entry about it. The Rob Roy is technically named after a play, but the play was named after a 17th-century Scottish outlaw, so the drink is as well. Rob Roy the person helped the Scottish fight against the British (much like William Wallace), and the play premiered in New York in 1894. To celebrate the play's opening, a bartender at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (sound familiar?) made a Manhattan but substituted American whiskey for Scotch. And another legend was born.
If you're familiar with the Mint Julep, you'll already know how to make a Whiskey Smash. However, while these two cocktails are very similar, they're not identical. Also, a Mint Julep is a type of Whiskey Smash, but a traditional Smash is not a Mint Julep. This beverage dates back to 1862 and Jerry Thomas' Bartender's Guide. The original guide only talked about the Mint Julep, but the revised version from 1887 mentions the Smash. This fruity and summery drink is perfect for long, hot days.
What's the point of having a brand-new whiskey alternative if you're only going to make old-fashioned recipes? This recipe is a new addition to the mocktail list, and it combines delicious fruity flavors with the strong undercurrent of Mashville. This cocktail works well for spring and summer, thanks to its light and juicy taste.
If you're feeling a bit chilly on cold autumn or winter nights, nothing can warm the spirits (and the body) like an old-fashioned Hot Toddy. This cocktail is served hot, making it the perfect addition to cozy evenings by the fire. The history of the Toddy dates back hundreds of years to when the English occupied India. The locals would make a drink called a Taddy by using fermented palm sap.
Although the English co-opted the Taddy with their own ingredients, the name "Hot Toddy" wasn't made official until 1786. Since then, there have been quite a few variations of the beverage, but the main ingredients are honey, whiskey, spices, and hot water. For many years, the Toddy was prescribed as a health elixir to help those ailing from the common cold. These days, we know better, but the smoothness of the drink can still help soothe your soul.
Why Make Non-Alcoholic Whiskey Drinks?
These days, alcohol-free spirits are much trendier than in decades past. However, what's interesting is that many people are switching to products like Mashville for various reasons, not just to stay sober. While those with alcohol dependence can enjoy cocktails without worry, there are actually several benefits, including:
Enjoy Cocktails Anywhere, Anytime
As the saying goes, "it's five o'clock somewhere." However, when using a whiskey alternative like Mashville, you don't have to feel guilty about drinking earlier in the day. Now, you can mix your favorite cocktails and enjoy them for lunch, dinner, or as a nightcap. It also doesn't matter where you are since you won't be getting inebriated.
Socialize Without Restraint
We've all heard stories about someone who had a bit too much to drink at a party and wound up looking foolish. With Mashville or other Seir Hill products, you can spend more time enjoying the party and not worrying about making headlines the next day. So, whether it's a holiday gathering with family or an office party with co-workers, you can drink and socialize as much as you want. In fact, you may even get a few people to jump on the non-alcoholic craze with you!
Healthier for Your Body
Alcohol can exact a heavy toll on your body, especially if you drink regularly. Everything from your liver to your heart has to work hard to process and remove alcohol from your internal organs. Also, Mashville doesn't have any sugar or gluten in it, so you're not adding unnecessary calories, either. Overall, if you like to take a sip but want to put less stress on your body, non-alcoholic cocktails are the best way to go.