Much to most people’s bemusement I don’t really drink and often joke that I’m teetotal (as I pretty much am!). Whilst I love a gin and tonic every now and again, I am wary of drinking too often. So, what can you drink when you’re not drinking? After doing a little bit of research, we came across Seedlip’s beautiful website boasting the world’s first non-alcoholic spirits and just had to try them! They’ve created two award-winning flavours – Spice and Garden and even provide 10 lovely little drink recipes – 5 for each flavour. The spirits are made in a copper distil, inspired by those used to make non-alcoholic herbal remedies.
We were lucky enough to have been sent some beautiful micro basil and flowers from Nurtured in Norfolk to garnish our drinks with. The flower wheel we received included: Buzz Buttons, Lavender, Violas, Cornflowers (petals can be pulled off for a different kind of decoration), Snap Dragons (one of their larger flowers), Tiny Tagetes (orange in colour and one of their smaller flowers) and Bellis Daisies (small/sturdy daisies).
The Cress/Leaves wheel we received included: Lemon Balm, Micro Thyme (to compliment the drink with Thyme in), Butterfly Sorrel Leaves, Cut Tendril Peas, Peruvian Marigold Cress (small delicate cress with a citrus flavour), Bronze Fennel (small bushy leaf) and Amaranth (small red cress).
Seedlip Spice & Tonic
We paired this with a curl of orange peel and tiny tagetes flowers from Nurtured in Norfolk, which looked amazing. The Lemon balm is also a perfect accompaniment for this drink with it’s citrusy flavours.
Seedlip Garden & Elderflower Tonic
We paired this with curls of cucumber and a buzz button per drink which, when eaten, give off the strangest tingling sensation on the tongue. We also suggest adding Micro Thyme to this drink, to bring out the botanical thyme flavour.
We love that Seedlip are challenging the notion of feeling like we have to drink alcoholic, sugar filled drinks by giving us an alternative and Nurtured in Norfolk’s beautiful flowers and micro-cress provide the perfect finishing touch.