Caleno Dark & Spicy Non Alcoholic Drink Review

What type of drink is Caleno Dark & Spicy?

The bottle is branded as a non alcoholic spirit but in reality this is marketed as a non alcoholic rum. However unlike the pure non alcoholic rum plays on the market, Caleno has added a few extra and different ingredients to separate themselves from the field.

Caleno Dark & Spicy Ingredients

Rum should be made nearly exclusively from cane sugar giving it a distinctive molasses flavour. Caleno have added to a winning recipe with some extra tropical flavours that you might find where the cane sugar grows.

The main ingredients are…

  • Pineapple
  • Coconut
  • Kola nut
  • Black cardamon

Certainly pineapple and coconut are instantly recognisable as tropical flavours but how will they integrate into a rum type base?

Caleno Dark & Spicy Nutrition

One of the main appeals of non alcoholic spirits is the calorie saving versus alcoholic spirits. With all these added ingredients will Caleno still keep this benefit?

It’s nutrition stats are…

Values per 100ml or 100g
Calories 45kcal
Caleno Dark & Spicy Nutrition Stats

Nice states but i presume this means nothing to most readers, we need to get some context.

The USDA state a standard measure of spirit has 97 kcal per 1.5 fl oz (44ml). Let’s compare that, like for like with Caleno…

Drink Kcal per 1.5fl oz
Standard Rum97
Caleno Dark & Spicy20
Calories vs alcoholic gin

That is a huge calorie saving isn’t it. Even if you add in a mixer is is still a pretty low calorie drink. There will be lots of choice in mixers, i personally like a ginger ale with rum so if you get a light version of that, all the better.

Is Caleno Dark & Spicy alcohol free?

Not quite. To be called “alcohol free” the alcohol by volume (ABV) should be <0.05% whereas this has an ABV of 0.5%.

Although in practical terms here, there won’t be much difference between 0.05% and 0.5% ABV. Both are non alcoholic and won’t contain enough alcohol to affect you at all.

Consider that orange just has an ABV of over 0.5% too. So having a drink of this is the equivalent of diluting a shot of orange juice down with tonic and drinking it. Would you worry about the alcohol in that? I doubt it.

You can find a full article of the surprising alcohol levels in foods and drinks here, i think you will be shocked.

Labelling in the non alcoholic and alcohol free world are very confusing, with different countries having different rules.

My article on how to navigate your way around the terminology and labelling can be read here

The Look

The bottle has a nice tropically styled theme and colours that suggest a nice rum within.

The spirit is golden rum coloured which is a good start i suppose!

The Aroma

Ohhh it is very tropical smelling. There is bags of pineapple and coconut with some sweetness coming through.

The Taste

I like this. It is one of the better non alcoholic rum or spirits i have tried recently. There are a few more flavours going on than a pure rum which can be a good or a bad thing but on this occasion, i’ll allow it.

One thing i’ve noticed is you have to pour it reasonably concentrated to get a really potent drink so one of these 500ml bottles doesn’t last long.

As for the flavours, they are pretty much as you would expect. Tropical fruit flavours, pineapple citrus and toasted coconut. There is a nice sweetness you would get from a rum but with these other fruit flavours which you wouldn’t normally get.

It is different from a rum, it is marketed as a tropical drink with rum in mind but its slight different flavours but I like it. 

I got engaged in the Dominican Rep and I can just imagine myself sitting in the evening at the hotel drinking this.

The Verdict

It’s a great little drink and they must be doing well as it is in all the big supermarkets and online. It is different from a rum but i think they have managed the extra bits well enough.

The Score

8.5/10 – I think it has a bit more about it than the gin styled Light & Zesty (review here).

Where to buy

You can find out the tastes prices on Amazon by following my link here

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

*Affiliate Disclosure – if you click on the links and buy from these providers, i might receive a small commission*

Does Caleno Dark & Spicy get you drunk?

No, you can not get drunk drinking Caleno Dark & Spicy

I crunched all the numbers and have written an article about how you can’t get drunk on 0.5% gin here

In general you are unable to get drunk from non alcoholic (<0.5% ABV) gin and it is impossible to get drunk from alcohol free (0.0%) gin. The volume of non alcoholic gin required to raise your blood alcohol concentration to the legal intoxication level is not possible to consume or digest.

Can you drink CalenoDark & Spicy and drive?

You can drink any amount of Caleno Dark & Spicy and be safe to drive.

You can reasonably drink up to 320 measures of Caleno Dark & Spicy (<0.5% ABV) without increasing your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08%.

This equates to about 30 bottles. Aside from the amount of fluid that it, you would be spending a lot of money to drink that amount.

Some factors such as size, age and sex and can have an affect on this.

I have crunched all the numbers for you to see my working out in this article

Is Caleno Dark & Spicy Gluten Free?

Caleno Dark & Spicy is gluten free

Is Caleno Dark & Spicy Vegan?

Caleno Dark & Spicy is vegan and confirmed on

For a full overview of why a non alcoholic gin may not be vegan then read my article on it here

Review Overview

A really good, tropical rum like non alcoholic spirit


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