ArKay came about due to the lack of options in the alcohol-free adult beverage market. Adults enjoy the vast flavors of alcohol, but today, less and less people are drinking. So, the question arises “what constitutes an adult drink today?” ArKay is a zero-proof beverage flavored to resemble all the alcohols you‘re familiar with, Brandy, Vodka, Rums, Gins and Whiskies of all sorts and even more. Utilizing an extract of capsaicin to create the burn and kick that is so synonymous with alcohol, ArKay is leading the way to the redefining of “Adult Drinks.”
In 2011 wine culture was growing and it was still a foregone conclusion that everyone was drinking alcohol. This was when Reynald Grattagliano introduce ArKay, the first ever alcohol-free spirit substitute, to the world. In the US his product was met with ridicule and resistance. Why? Because it had never been considered, “Alcohol-Free Whisky?” No one would have thought that could be possible and new ideas are always met with resistance. ArKay, having survived those early days through the passion and determination of Reynald Grattagliano, is able to see the fruits of its labor even though an idea that was almost a decade ahead of its time.
Today we’re hearing customers ask for alcohol-free options everywhere and juices and sodas no longer cut it. Wanting an alcohol-free option doesn’t mean they want a juice box, nor does it mean they have a problem with alcohol. It means they want something with all the flavor and complexity of a traditional alcoholic beverage and want to keep their clarity. For years ArKay looked to position themselves as an option for those who had to abstain for medical, religious, or addictive reasons. Today, ArKay is looking at the growing market it forged and is seeing that, finally, people are beginning to see the difference between a great adult beverage and alcoholic one. Those two can be the same thing but no longer have to be thanks to ArKay.
ArKay has been honing its formula and is providing a beverage that can offer an option for those open to taking it. The world is catching up and we are seeing more alcohol substitutes on the market all the time. ArKay is the grandfather of the Alcohol-Free movement. With 33 different alcohol alternatives, ArKay is the most experienced and is leading the way to the future of the alcohol-free adult beverage industry.
Behind the product is a mission to create this option. “When we create an option, where there was none previously, we open people, and thus communities, to new ideas.” Says ArKay’s founder and Vice President Reynald Grattagliano, while sipping a ArKay Rum and Cola at a café in Arandas, Jalisco where they bottle and ship products to over 44 different countries. The passion that kept Reynald going through the early years, as the rest of the world caught up, is still alive as his conversation is always looking to include the question “What other options are there?” He can see that when it comes to alcohol, although it forged the way forward with its flavors, he can now take the baton and present the world with another option as to where to get those flavors.