Get ready for the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit as Seedlip is about to launch in the UK.
Seedlip’s creator, Ben Branson who goes by the name Seedlip Ben came up with the idea from a 1651 book published in London called The Art of Distillation which has copper-stilled alcoholic and non-alcoholic remedies.
Seedlip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit is made from six individually distilled barks, spices and citrus peels. American Oak, Turkish Grapefruit Peel, Guatemalan Green Cardamom Pods, Jamaican Pimenta Berries and Bahamian Cascarilla Bark are distilled individually in Germany in a copper pot still. Lemon Peel from Tucuman Province and Northern Argentina are distilled in stainless steel pots at their source, and all the distillates are blended together in England to create Seedlip.
While it may sound like gin, there is no juniper or alcohol. The flavour profile of Seedlip is said to have strong clove and citrus top notes leading to a long finish. This alternative to alcohol has 0.2 calories per recommended 50ml serve, is sugar free, sweetener free, artificial colour and flavour free.
If you think we’re convincing you to forego alcohol, that’s not the point. Many of us have been in social or work situations where we can’t drink. We could be the designated driver, taking some medication, having an alcohol-free night, or simply giving the liver a rest from a massive workout. The alternative until now is usually a sweet, fruity or sugar-laden drink or a simply a glass of water.
Seedlip has an un-opened shelf life of one year and once opened, it doesn’t require refrigeration and has a shelf life of 4 to 6 weeks. The recommended serve is to be sipped long with tonic such as Fever-Tree or short with brine as a non-alcoholic Martini. While we are yet to taste Seedlip, we think it’s an innovative product well worth keeping an eye on in your travels or should it become available in Australia.
Seedlip is available in 700 ml bottles and available to purchase at Selfridges in the UK from 3rd November 2015 at a RRP of £29.99.
Photo Credit: Rob Lawson for Seedlip used with permission.