Seedlip is described as the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit to solve the “what-to-drink-when-you-are-not-drinking” dilemma, and fundamentally change the way we drink.
It is sugar and sweetener free, with only 0.2 calories per 50ml – which is like none! Victoria Stewart in The Evening Standard described it like this:
“ So this is not a spirit as you know it, yet it is clear like gin, made like gin — different botanicals such as lemon peel, cardamom and cascarilla tree bark are distilled individually then blended together — and you can drink it like gin, with tonic or in a martini and other cocktails. It is also sold in what could easily pass for a beautifully labelled gin bottle. So theoretically you could replace gin with Seedlip and no one would know.”
Ben, who makes Seedlip says:
“The simplest way of describing it is it’s kind of smoky, clove-y, citrusy. Because we individually distill everything, we can perfect the balance,” he says. “So you’ve got the bitter side coming from the barks, the clove-y aspect from the pimento berries and the cardamom, and then the lemon and grapefruit peels add some fresh zest.”
At Hix they recommend you drink it like a Martini – neat with a twist of grapefruit peel (just without the hangover the next day).
“To say it is a substitute for gin is a bit misleading, it has not got the juniper taste. As there is no sugar to create a syrup, it does not hold itself well against mixers. Having it on the rocks waters it down. A tonic is much better. But I would drink this neat and on a night out where I felt it was a treat and meant I was punching my own weight in the cost of a round. I enjoy asking bars if they have it!” Laura
“…all the taste of a good botanical gin but none of the downsides of drinking spirits either at the time or the following day…”
Bought Seedlip, tad disappointed as it’s got a distinctive ‘clove-like’ taste which is not to my palette but if you add a squeeze of fresh orange and tonic water on ice it can taste ok. at £30 a bottle feel I should drink it but would happily go without. If you’re a G and T drinker this could be an ideal substitute.”
For some it may be just the right thing.”
“The contents tasted very watery and neutral – not what I was expecting for £30!”