A Guide To Seedlip Spice 94: All You Need To Know About This Non-Alcoholic Delight
Even though many of us love our cocktails, there are as many who may not imbibe alcohol for a variety of reasons. And even though aerated beverages, fresh fruit juices, tea, and coffee do a great job of compensating for that void, sometimes everyone wants that something extra. Seedlip Spice 94 is just that. It’s the non-alcoholic spirit that is designed to lift your drink!
This beverage is crafted through a very complex distillation process. It involves allspice berries, cardamom, oak, lemon, grapefruit peel, and several other ingredients. Each is first individually macerated (softened by soaking in liquid), and distilled to extract its essential oils. The flavour profile of this beverage is robust: it’s warm, aromatic, and tastes tangy and citric, while also offering earthy notes on account of the oakwood. All in all, it’s fabulous.
If you’re wondering why the history lesson is taking so long, don’t worry – it’s right here. So, this non-alcoholic spirit isn’t as ancient as most other spirits. It’s as new as 2015, in fact, when British entrepreneur Ben Branson sold his first 1,000 bottles of Seedlip Spice 94 at Selfridges. Branson was inspired by the recipes of physician John French, who was involved in the art of distillation and had written a book extensively on it. The reason we can enjoy this non-alcoholic spirit is because Branson ordered a non-alcoholic cocktail at a restaurant once and was served an underwhelming sugary pink drink that didn’t even pair well with his meal. And so, after two years of meticulous experimentation, he came up with a liquid devoid of alcohol and sugar yet thoroughly delicious and enjoyable.
The drink is not just for teetotalers but for anyone looking for a non-alcoholic spirit that isn’t a cola. Since its launch, Seedlip Spice 94 has gained tremendous popularity for its elegance, flavourful taste profile, and adherence to health-conscious people’s needs. It has also shaped the landscape for premium non-alcoholic beverages. Its success urged several others to follow its footsteps and provide people with non-alcoholic spirit options. It’s also crucial to attribute Seedlip Spice 94’s success to its creator who was so passionate about creating something for a large but ignored customer base.
While this spirit can be enjoyed on its own, ironically, it also goes really well in cocktails. You can use it in Sours, or Collins, but that’s not really why it was made, so you should refrain from doing that if you can. However, you can certainly make a couple of tasty mocktails with it! Here’s how.
Seedlip Spice 94 Garden Fizz
For this, you’ll need 50 ml of Seedlip Spice 94, 20 ml of elderflower cordial, 20 ml of fresh lime juice, a dash of soda water, fresh basil leaves, and cucumber slices. First, in a shaker, combine the Seedlip Spice 94 with the elderflower cordial and lime juice, and shake well. Then in a highball glass, pour the drink on ice. Top it off with the soda water and garnish with basil leaves and cucumber slices.
Seedlip Spice 94 Spiced Mule
For this recipe, you’ll need 50 ml of Seedlip Spice 94, 150 ml of ginger beer, 20 ml of fresh lime juice, Angostura bitters, a lime wheel or candied gingers for garnish. In a copper mug, pour the Seedlip Spice 94, add the fresh lime juice, and then the ginger beer. Finally, add the Angostura bitters, and garish with a lime wheel or candied ginger.