A good cocktail can make an evening and change your mood. It feels decadent and calls to mind patio weather and better times. But there is an art to the perfect cocktail and even more so to the perfect mocktail. Not everyone can or wants to imbibe, but that doesn’t mean they should miss out on the fun.
Seedlip has created three unique blends of distilled non-alcoholic concoctions using plant-based botanicals—the world’s first. They closely resemble gins but can’t legally be called that as they aren’t distilled with juniper. The three complex mixes cover flavour profiles from herbal (Garden 108) to spicy (Spice 94) and fruity (Grove 42) and were made as an antithesis to sickly sweet or boring mocktails that are common on restaurant menus. Grove 42 is made with mandarin, blood orange, bitter orange, lemon, and ginger for citrus drinks; Spice 94 has cardamom, allspice, and grapefruit for aromatic flavours; and Garden 108 has rosemary, thyme, peas, hay, and hops, which is verdant and unusual.
Seedlip’s website also has recipes for how best to elevate your non-alcoholic cocktail game. They include suggestions that will have even traditional cocktail-lovers thinking twice. Here are a few mocktail inspirations for your next mid-week non-alcoholic beverage that will make even a Wednesday feel special.
2 ounces Seedlip Grove 42
¾ ounce Prosyro passion fruit
Dash fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Method: Combine ingredients in a chilled flute, top with cold soda, garnish.
2 ounces Spice 94
1 teaspoon marmalade
Charred cassia bark (to char, light the end until it begins to smoke)
Method: Add Spice 94 and marmalade to a shaker with ice, shake for 30 seconds, strain into glass, top with soda, garnish with charred cassia bark.
2 ounces Garden 108
Method: Fill a tumbler with ice, add Garden 108, top with lemongrass kombucha, garnish with a mint leaf.
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