It almost seems unnecessary to say, but there are many alternatives to drinking alcohol. None, however, offer what Seedlip does. Producer in copper stills just like a premium alcohol, Seedlip is a non-alcoholic spirit quite reminiscent of gin. With no sugar added, and no artificial additives, there are two iterations: the Spice 94 and the Garden 108. The former is a bit warmer, employing all spice for depth, but plenty of citrus notes for levity. The latter is a botanical wonder with herbs aplenty. Both have been made with care and inspired by history: apothecaries in the 1600s, according to The Art of Distillation, used small stills to make alcohol-free herbal remedies.
Neither variation of Seedlip is meant to be consumed neat or even alone over ice (though, we suppose you could). It’s a thinner spirit and light regarding mouthfeel, pairing well with many cocktails components, including tonic water—making for an impressive G&T. (The team at Seedlip also provides recipes online for those looking to experiment.) Some may wonder what to do with a non-alcoholic spirit—we’ve found that it’s quite helpful when you like to taste of a hearty botanical spirit, but simply don’t want to drink.
Seedlip can be purchased stateside, online, for $39.
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