The Libation Library

New to the NA world? Been here a while but still don’t know what the heck an adaptogen is? We’ve got you covered.

As the non-alcoholic world continues to grow, so will our library. Check back often to stay in the know.

An acronym for “alcohol by volume.” It’s measured by the percentage of pure alcohol in a drink. Your average alcoholic beverage has between 5% - 12% ABV. Non-alcoholic beverages (like kombucha) have an ABV of 0.5% or less, meaning they don’t always contain zero alcohol.

You may have noticed we carry some functional beverages made with adaptogens. Adaptogens are active, plant-based substances believed to support your body’s stress management response. Examples of adaptogens include ashwagandha, ginseng, and CBD.

These wines are made using the same fermentation process as traditional wine, but the alcohol is removed afterward using a special pressurized boiling technique. Note: Alcohol-removed wines can still contain traces of alcohol (typically 0.5% ABV or lower).

Low- or no-ABV spirits traditionally served before a meal to kickstart the appetite. Aperitifs tend to be mixed with other ingredients and served in a cocktail format. Note: Aperitifs are considered alcoholic beverages, but non-alcoholic versions are available as well.

High-proof spirits infused with botanicals to add a burst of flavor and balance to mixed drinks. They’re used by the dropperful, so they add very little alcohol content. Note: Traditional bitters are alcoholic, but non-alcoholic versions are available as well.

An alcoholic beverage that contains 1.2% ABV or less. Note: Low ABV beverages are considered alcoholic.

Beer that contains 1.2% ABV or less. (Traditional beer usually contains 4% - 7% ABV.) Note: Low-alcohol beers are considered alcoholic beverages.

Any non-alcoholic ingredient in a mixed drink.

An acronym for “non-alcoholic.”

Beers that contain 0.5% ABV or lower. They’re made using one of four methods: Dealcoholization, dilution, controlled fermentation, or simulated fermentation.

Distilled non-alcoholic beverages that use botanicals, seeds, and spices to recreate the flavors of alcohol-based spirits. Note: Non-alcoholic spirits can still contain traces of alcohol (typically 0.5% ABV or lower).

A blanket term for wines that contain 0.5% ABV or lower. Some are made without the fermentation process, while others are fermented and the alcohol is removed afterward.

Some use this term to refer to beverages that have absolutely no alcohol in them. Others use it for beverages that contain 0.5% ABV or less. Note: If you’re looking to avoid alcohol completely, always read the label carefully on zero proof products.

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