The Age Old Dilemma of What to Drink When You're Not Drinking
Posted on 22 March 2018
Ever suffered the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking … well you’re suffering is over my friend!
Seedlip has created the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits. Ben, Seedlip’s fearless founder, has a 300 year farming ancestry, a fascination for the art of distillation, a passion for Mother Earth, & a desire to change the way the world drinks. It was inevitable he would arrive at Seedlip, right?!
"I think of us as a nature company rather than a drinks company. I wanted Seedlip to use amazing ingredients & to capture the art of nature," says Ben.
Seedlip comes in two versions:
Seedlip Spice 94
Aromatic & woody. Oak, cascarilla bark, cardamom all spice, lemon & grapefruit.
Seedlip Garden 108
Herbal & floral. Hay, pea, spearmint, rosemary, thyme, hop.
Ben is also developing a third version of Seedlip, about which he's remaining fairly tight-lipped, other than to say it will be a dark spirit.
Served in the world’s best three cocktail bars, over 100 Michelin starred restaurants & luxury hotels … my humble opinion – it’s dreadfully good. And should you need more convincing, it’s rap sheet reads like a dream: sugar, calorie, & sweetener free, no artificial flavours, no allergens ...
A little while ago I became aware of the phenomenon of Seedlip, but it was only a month ago while in the UK, the birth place of Seedlip, that I decided I needed to find out first hand what all the buzz was about. So I dragged myself off to a rather swanky establishment to indulge in some well earned Seedlip mocktails … & my life hasn’t been the same since.
In fact, I was so taken with what I tasted that I brought out all my powers of persuasion to charm the barman into sharing his well-guarded recipes with me … so I can now share them with you, along with a few from Seedlip themselves. But before we kick off, here’s the recipe for Sugar Syrup, which you’ll find in some of the recipes:
1:1 ratio of brown sugar & boiling water, leave to cool. Bottle & used as needed.
Let’s start with a couple of rather straightforward recipes:
Seedlip Garden & Bitter Lemon
Seedlip Garden 50ml I Top with Bitter Lemon I Method: Build over Ice I Garnish: Highball (glassware) with Cracked Sugar Pea Snap
Ingredients: Seedlip Garden: 50ml I Mint Leaves: 3 I Cucumber Cubes: 2 I Apple Juice: 50ml I Lemon Juice: 25ml I Sugar Syrup: 25ml I Egg White: 1 I Matcha: tiny pinch I Ice For Shaker
Glassware: Martini Glass
Method: Chill martini glass. Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker & shake hard for 10 seconds. Discard the ice & then shake again to create foam. Strain into chilled martini glass.
Garnish: Very gentle sprinkling of matcha powder
Seedlip Spice & Tonic (an acquired taste)
Seedlip Spice: 50ml I Indian Tonic 125ml I Method: Build over Ice I Highball (glassware) with a Red Grapefruit Twist
For those feeling more adventurous & quite fancy their skills behind the bar or in the kitchen, here are some recipes for you. Don’t be put off by some of the more obscure ingredients - Google is your friend!
So is your next soiree a Seedlip one? Have fun creating your drinks, & who knows, you may even decide to take a walk on the wild side & come up with your own delicious concoction!
For more recipes see our Seedlip product pages:
Or our new blog post: Seedlip Recipes
By Kylie Banks