With my latest bottle of Lyre’s Italian Orange Non-Alcoholic Spirit going down far too easily, I’m convincing myself that it is all in the name of providing you with the most detailed non-alcoholic drink review possible! So let’s look into the 2022 update of what this alcohol-free spirit is all about.
The Lyre’s Italian Orange earns an 8.5/10 due to its bright citrus profile that is led by flavours of blood orange & tart cherry before moving through to a polished & bitter finish. The body & mouth feel are rich, weighted & full which makes this a worthy option to mix into low or no alcohol cocktails.
|Calories:||22.5 calories per 30ml|
|Main Notes:||Blood Orange. Bitter.|
|Cost:||$44 – $49|
|Rating:||8.5 / 10|
READ THE FULL REVIEW DOWN BELOW
- Lyre’s Italian Orange Taste.
- Who are the Lyre’s Italian Orange Stockists?
- Lyre’s Italian Orange Calories.
What Does Lyre’s Italian Orange Taste Like?
Can you remember it? Italian summer vacations, slow and endless afternoons and Campari and Aperol by the glassful (FYI hold on to this thought, it will come in handy later!). Thankfully, the Lyre’s Italian Orange taste is designed to give you some of that back however you choose to consume it – be it in a non-alcoholic cocktail or a low alcohol cocktail!
The flavour of the Lyre’s Italian Orange is layered, deep and complex, all while being designed in a way that will leave you with a glass that brings:
- an initially sweet and smooth liqueur profile
- bright blood orange and citrus notes including for me a tart dark cherry
- full body that carries with it all those deep and complex citrus notes
- a refined bitterness and almost woody dry finish.
When poured in your glass neat or over ice, you’ll find the Italian Orange from Lyre’s is a beautiful fire red and carries a great weight and presence in the glass.
|What I Like||Things to Consider|
|The way the Italian Orange mimics the bitterness and polish you get from alcoholic drinks.||To achieve all the things I love about this drink Lyre’s use around 5.4g of sugar per 30ml. So something to consider if you’re cutting back on sugar.|
|The taste and how closely it aligns with your traditional alcoholic aperitif options.|
Lyre’s Italian Orange Stockists.
The Lyre’s Italian Orange is available globally in countries from the USA to the UK to Australia, New Zealand and beyond. It has a great level of in-store and online distribution across and some Lyre’s stockists are down below.
If you are looking to try a bottle of Italian Orange yourself, the stockists down below can help you out:
|Australia & NZ||UK||USA|
If you get your hands on a bottle I’d love to hear your thoughts so drop me an email over at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you thought of it.
Who Would Enjoy Lyre’s Italian Orange?
Remember at the top of the article we chatted about how the Lyre’s Italian Orange brought with it all the Aperol and Campari holiday vibes? If not click here and you’ll, by internet magic, scroll back up to the spot on the page!
But if you’ve still got that thought, the person who will enjoy Lyre’s in their glass is the person who loves crafting a good spritz whether it is an Aperol, Campari, Pimms and everything in between, the depth and complexity of the Lyre’s plus the way it balances sweetness and bitterness means it makes a great mixer in a whole host of cocktails which we will touch on down below.
Click here and let’s get you scrolled down to the ways in which you’ll want to drink the Italian Orange!
Alternatively, if this doesn’t quite sound like your spirit of choice or you’re looking to go in a different direction, take a look at the other non-alcoholic spirits I’ve reviewed over on Tipple Zero down below:
How Many Calories Does Lyre’s Italian Orange Have?
Each 30ml serve of the Lyre’s Italian Orange has 22.5 calories per and 5.4 grams of sugar. This comes out to 75 calories and 18 grams of sugar per 100ml.
While the sugar numbers might seem high compared to other options, there is no denying that the depth and complexity of flavour and mouthfeel is driven by the sugar profile. While a range of other non-alcoholic spirit options go the sugar-free route, there is no denying that sugar plays a fantastic role in really giving flavour and depth to each mouthful.
If you are looking for the full context and breakdown of calorie and nutrition information the complete nutritional table is down below for you to read through.
Per Serving (30ml)
|Protein||0.0 g||0.0 g|
|Fat, total||0.0 g||0.0 g|
|— saturated||0.0 g||0.0 g|
|Carbohydrate||5.4 g||18 g|
|— sugars||5.4 g||18 g|
|Sodium||2.4 mg||8 mg|
How Do You Serve Lyre’s Italian Orange?
All the things we’ve touched on above around flavour, depth and weight make this the perfect companion for both alcohol-free cocktails as well as those low alcohol cocktails. The versatility of the Italian Orange is what had me most excited to rewrite this review as it was missing from my initial thoughts.
Over the course of the last six months I have used the Italian Orange in so many different ways and would recommend using it in the following ways:
- Over ice by itself.
- In a low alcohol or no alcohol spritz.
- Pairing it with a non-alcoholic spirit that mirrors a dry London gin (Lyre’s have their own option Find it in the UK here and the US here) .
- Equal parts non-alcoholic gin and Italian orange and topped up with some tonic.
- In a non-alcoholic negroni.
- In a lower alcohol negroni.
- If you’re feeling adventurous against a warmer spiced non-alcoholic gin like a Brunswick Aces Hearts Sapiir.
I could go on, but I think you get the point, this spirit is versatile and easy to drink making it a great mixer no matter where you sit on the alcohol-free spectrum. Personally I quite like drinking this when wanting a drink but don’t have the ‘time’ for the limits that alcohol brings.
The Round-Up: Final Thoughts
While this was one of the first non-alcoholic spirits I tried, it has remained one of my favourites due to the consistency, complexity and versatility it brings to my glass. That said I think it is important to note that there are cheaper options out there that also do a great if not an entirely comparable job.
Based on all the above, the Italian Orange is well worthy of its 8.5/10 and makes for a perfect mixer in situations where that citrus, blood orange or bitter note is called for.
If you’re after a bottle, whether it is your first, your second or just a top up the international links are down below!
|Australia & NZ||UK||USA|