Lyre’s Italian Spritz

I reviewed Lyre’s Coffee Originale (a coffee liquor alternative) some weeks ago and it got a very strong score indeed (44/50) thanks to its flavour and similarity to an alcoholic version. So it was with high anticipation that I tried out Lyre’s Italian Spritz … a take on the hugely popular aperitivo Aperol.

Like many other Lyre products you can drink them neat from the bottle but it is recommended to pair the alcohol-free spirit with a decent quality mixer. In this case, I filled a glass up with ice and went for a slightly left-field option, pairing the Spritz with a bottle of Double Dutch’s cucumber and watermelon tonic … why not experiment I say.

As a fan of Aperol Spritz (especially on a hot summer’s day), Lyre’s were going to have to pull out all the punches to impress with their Italian Spritz. How did it go down? Well, you’ll need to read my review below to find out.

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Is Lyre’s Italian Spritz any good?

Taste

I came into this with high expectations and am glad to say I was not disappointed. Taking a small sip of it neat was just like taking a sip of Aperol. Ok, it was marginally more subtle on the bitterness compared to the alcoholic version but it was still an incredibly realistic experience. As a cocktail with the basil and watermelon tonic it made for an exceedingly refreshing and tasty alcohol-free cocktail and on completion was almost tempted to go for another. If you’re after a well-balanced bitter-sweet drink that won’t disappoint then this is for you.  

Aroma & Appearance

When taking a whiff from the bottle your mind immediately gets fooled into thinking this is actually Aperol. The aroma of tangy, fruity oranges mixed with tart rhubarb and the complimentary aromas from the tonic created a perfect balance.  As you can see when poured into the glass it has a rich red color very similar to an alcoholic version.

Bonus points

Lyre’s have made a great effort with their packaging so always get extra marks on the branding front; in the case of Italian Spritz, it features a vintage rabbit with her parasol. The good news is that this drink contains no alcohol, is suitable for vegans and those who are gluten-free, and is only 70 calories (per 100 ml) … so you can drink guilt-free. Italian Spritz is a fairly accessible spirit and you can find it from a range of online stockists; I do hope that they start stocking more UK supermarkets so others can find out about this brand.

Where can you buy Lyre’s Italian Spritz?

It is a fairly tricky drink to locate on the high street but it is available from the following online drinks specialists as well as on Lyre’s own site.

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UK

If you are located in the UK or EU then check out the following online alcohol-free specialists. At the time of writing, you could purchase this drink from these companies but make sure you check availability and price.

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master of malt

When it comes to alcohol-free spirits, Masters Of Malt have a  great selection on offer. Choose from premade cocktails as well as bottles of non-alcoholic spirits.

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The Dry Drinker is a great allrounder when it comes to alcohol-free drinks with a great range of wines, beers and spirits.

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Wise Bartender
is a very well-respected alcohol-free retailer with a great selection of booze-free drinks and an easy-to-use site.

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If you are located in the USA or CANADA then check out the following online alcohol-free specialists. At the time of writing, you could purchase this drink from these companies but make sure you check availability and price.

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proof no more

Proof No More is a great new alcohol-free retailer that brings all the latest and greatest beers, spirits and more to your door. Check out their extensive collection of non-alcoholic drinks.

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drizly

Drizly is one of the USA’s leading online alcohol retailers with a burgeoning number of alcohol-free products to choose from. If you’re after drinks delivered to your door within 60 minutes then this is for you.

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nano bar
NANOBAR
is one of the largest alcohol-free retailers in the US with a considerable choice from beers and cocktails to wine and spirits. NanoBar should certainly be a destination if you’re looking for this drink

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Key information

– per 30ml 

CreatorsLyre’s

Country – UK

Alcohol content – 0%

Calories –25

Ingredients
Water, Sugar, Natural Flavouring, Sunset Yellow Colour (E110), Azorubine Colour (E122), Acidity regulator (Phosphoric Acid), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – yes

Availability – easy / medium

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HOW TO MAKE AN ALCOHOL-FREE AMALFI SPRITZ

(mocktail recipe found on Lyres.co.uk)

Ingredients
60 ml Lyre’s Italian Spritz
60 ml premium alcohol-free prosecco
30 ml soda water
Cubed ice

Method
Add all the above ingredients into a glass and stir well
Add orange peel as garnish
… enjoy 🙂