Trying SEEDLIP – a new alternative to alcohol
Seedlip is a range of the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits based on the distilled non-alcoholic remedies from The Art of Distillation written in 1651 and now re-purposed to pioneer a new category of drinks to solve the ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking dilemma’.
After being exclusively stocked in Selfridges for a while, the alcohol-alternative is now available at a variety of up-market places including Harvey Nichols, The Savoy and the Lancaster London hotel which is currently undergoing major cosmetic renovations. I went along to the Lounge Bar at the Lancaster Hotel on the last day of Dry January to sample some of these cool alcohol alternatives.
Seedlip carefully source and select herbs, spices, peels and barks and work closely with growers and fellow farmers. They are transparent about the ingredients being used but are keeping quiet about their methods as this is a new concept they want to keep closely guarded. The taste is very much organic and earthy with blends and spices that can taste different depending on what it is mixed with. It is an interesting experience.
I don’t think I will ever decide to trade in alcohol for an alternative like Seedlip but there is certainly a market out there for people who want to look like they are drinking a cocktail, when in fact they aren’t. If you want to try something a bit more swanky than your standard mocktails then treat yourself to some Seedlip. The taste may not be for everyone but you don’t know until you give it a go!
Also at the Lancaster London hotel is the Thai restaurant Nipa Thai which I reviewed last year. Take a look here