Some of these ingredients may be hard to source at home, but work with what you've got. The essential being the Seedlip base.
30ml (1 fl oz) Seedlip Garden 108
20ml (¾ fl oz) Fresh Lime Juice
15ml (½ fl oz) Chamomile Syrup*
15ml (½ l oz) Aloe Juice
4cm (1½”) cucumber chopped
50ml (1¾ fl oz) Seedlip Spice 94
15ml (½ fl oz) Cascara Syrup (this is the outside casing of the coffee bean and probably not easy to make at home. You could use Six Barrell Sarsparilla Syrup instead)
15ml (½ fl oz) Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice
6 drops Coffee and Pimento (Elemental bitters which is available through Mineral distributors)
Large clear ice cube
50ml 1¾ fl oz)Seedlip Grove 42
20ml (¾ fl oz) Ginger Honey Syrup (special French Café blend using honey from the restaurant)
20ml (¾ fl oz) Lemon juice
Shiso from The French Café garden
Blood orange powder (or another citrus powder - we use Fresh As)
Glorious cocktails, what fun to share with friends. Here are three from Seedlip, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits, which I enjoyed at The French Kitchen @ Sid at The French Café recently. You can enjoy these there, too, throughout the month of July, and other Seedlip creations at these restaurants in New Zealand.
· Hawke’s Bay: Black Barn Vineyards, Craggy Range, Elephant Hill, Malo, Smith & Sheith Oenotheque and Picnic
· Wellington: Logan Brown, Flaming Joe’s and The Borough
· Christchurch: OGB, Barberra and Sawyer
· Dunedin: Moeity
· Central Otago: Bannockburn Hotel, RATA, Eichardts Private Hotel, Madam Woo, The Nest and La Rumbla
· Hamilton: Hayes Common, Mr Pickles and Palate
AND at Augustus, Burger Burger, Cassia, Clipper, Culprit, Fed Deli, Gerome, HI-SO rooftop bar, Fukoko, Kitty Hawk, Madam Woo, MASU by Nic Watt, Mudbrick, Ostro, Sidart, The Grange, The Engine Room, The Sugar Club and The Vintry in Auckland.
Muddle cucumber, add all ingredients, shake, double strain, top up with soda.
Glass: Champagne flute, garnish, flower and cucumber.
1 cup (220g/7 ½ oz) sugar
1 cup (250ml/ 8½ fl oz) boiling water
3 x chamomile tea bags – leave to steep for 1 hour. Strain and put in fridge. Will keep refrigerated for two weeks.
Build in glass with plenty of ice (or large ice cube).
Grapefruit peel, express and discard.
Glass: short tumbler glass
Shake & strain into coupe.
Pre decorate coupe glass with powder swoosh.
Glass: Coupe Glass
And for the Seedlip story …
Seedlip is a nature company on a mission to change the way the world drinks by solving the ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’ dilemma with the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits.
Served in the best restaurants, bars and hotels in the world, Seedlip is inspired by founder Ben Branson’s family’s 300 year farming heritage and “The Art Of Distillation” a book written in 1651 detailing the distilled non-alcoholic herbal remedies produced by apothecaries.
The three Seedlip spirits – Spice 94, Garden 108 and Grove 42 – are blended and bottled in England. Seedlip has created a bespoke maceration, copper pot distillation and filtration process for each plant to capture and celebrate the true flavours of nature. All three Seedlip spirits are free from not only alcohol, but also sugar, sweeteners, calories and allergens, making them the ideal grown up option if you’re not drinking – whatever the reason.
Seedlip is available nationwide via cookandnelson.comand is also available at all good liquor stores, supermarkets, food stores, design stores, bars and restaurants. RRP 64.99.
Six facts about Seedlip
- A seedlip is a sower’s basket. Seedlips were used by Ben’s family more than 300 years ago to hand-sow seeds.
- Carolus Linnaeus – the ‘godfather of botany’ gave 4,000 animals their Latin names, including the fox, the hare and the squirrel that feature on the front of Seedlip’s bottles.
- Some of Ben’s ancestors’ initials are hidden in the fox illustration on Spice 94.
- Seedlip is the proud owner of a copy of The Art of Distillation that dates back to 1664. The original copy can be found in the British Library and used to belong to King George III.
- At launch in 2015 in the UK, the first 1000 bottles of Seedlip sold out in three weeks, the second in three days and the third in just 30 minutes.
- At launch in 2018 in NZ, the first shipment sold out in just one week.