So, what exactly is a nonalcoholic spirit? It’s a way of concentrating and separating out the components of a liquid through boiling and condensation. Branson individually distills each ingredient, using a small bit of alcohol to pull out the flavors. The alcohol then gets burned off (alcohol’s boiling point is lower than water). Each ingredient’s distillation is then combined.
Seedlip has three expressions, all alcohol-, sugar-, and additive-free.
Branson uses six botanicals in each expression of Seedlip. In addition to Garden 108, the Seedlip lineup includes Spice 94, based around Jamaican allspice berry, and a new launch called Grove 42, with three types of citrus.
Seedlip isn’t meant to be sipped by itself, but rather used as a building block for a nonalcoholic cocktail, in the way one would use tequila or bourbon. It gives the experience, ritual and complexity of flavor you would get from alcohol. It’s not trying to replicate a taste or flavor of a particular spirit. It is not alcohol-free gin.
The ideal consumer of the drink is someone who has a palate for alcohol. Could a child drink it? Sure. Would they want to? No. The profile is meant to be complex and bitter. It’s lighter on the palate than it smells, but the gentle, pervasive flavors shine through when mixed in a cocktail. There is no burn, and it’s free of additives and sugar.
Interested in shaking things up with Seedlip at home? Mix it with a high-quality tonic for an easy cocktail. It works well as a replacement for alcohol in a sour, such as the Garden Sour recipe below. Seedlip Spice 94, in particular, lends itself to tiki applications, and gives teetotalers a similar taste experience — sans the alcohol.
1.8 ounces Seedlip Garden 108
1.2 ounces cloudy apple juice
½ ounce lemon juice
.2 ounces cider vinegar
Sprig of rosemary
Dash of sugar
1 egg white
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Serve in a coupe glass, with a rosemary sprig as garnish.
Where to find Seedlip in Atlanta
Decatur Package Store. 1220 Clairmont Road, Decatur. 404-633-5250, decaturpackagestore.com.
Where to drink Seedlip cocktails in Atlanta
Bacchanalia. 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atlanta. 404-365-0410, starprovisions.com/bacchanalia.
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