But what if you don’t have the particular spirit called for in a recipe?
In savory recipes, you can use a non-alcoholic version of wine or choose chicken broth instead of a white wine and beef broth instead of a red wine. The primary purpose is to replace the liquid volume in a recipe; it is not a flavor substitute, so expect a different taste.
Substitutions in baking are more complex. Some extracts can be used in place of alcohol, for example, rum extract plus water in place of rum. Other substitutes include coffee creamers and coffee syrups. However, amounts vary widely and are not equal. It’s best to test, beginning with small amounts and increasing as necessary.