If you are a regular reader of this blog you cannot fail to have noticed I have been on a 6 week self-imposed booze ban.
For me, there were a couple of the major issues with not drinking alcohol. The first being, what the heck do you drink in its place? I am not a fan of fizzy drinks or overly sugary drinks so the choice is pretty limited. I put the following question to my Instagram followers “What is your non-alcoholic drink of choice?” and here are some of the answers:
The second, probably bigger issue is, I am so used to having a glass of something cold in my hand in the evening as I attempt to unwind from the day. I suppose it is similar to when a smoker gives up smoking, they don’t know what to do with their hands! In other words, drinking has become a habit.
A friend of mine was very excited when she found a non-alcoholic Gin! It even looks all grown up in a proper gin bottle & everything. So I had to buy me a bottle. Seedlip markets itself as the producer of “The world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits, solving the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’”
The beautifully branded marketing material that comes with the beautifully branded bottle, goes on to tell me how it is served in some of the best restaurants, bars & hotels in the world. I have to admit,it is about time pubs & bars upped their game when it comes to options for non-alcoholic drinks.
Seedlip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Gin
There are 2 choices; Spice 94 & Garden 108. Spice 94 is described as “aromatic” containing All Spice, Cardamom, Oak, Lemon & Grapefruit. Seedlip suggest serving Spice 94 with Indian Tonic Water & a Red Grapefruit twist.
Garden 108 is their newest flavour, described as “herbal” & its flavours are Peas, Hay, Spearmint, Rosemary, Thyme. This is the bottle I bought. The suggestion is to serve it with Indian Tonic Water & a handful of peas. I will say, a handful of peas was not for me. I tried it, but ended up with a gob full of uncooked peas! I would suggest mint leaves instead! But hey, what do I know?!
Does it actually taste like gin? Yes! Garden 108 is light & very refreshing. The taste of pea is quite a strong one, even without a gob full of actual peas! It’s a lovely drink & great to have in at home as a substitute for alcoholic gin. As well as tasting nice, it is also
- Sugar free
- Calorie free
- Artificial flavour free
- Sweetner free
So no nasty saccharin after taste!
A bottle of Seedlip is £27.99, which is not much less than alcoholic gin. Would I be tempted to buy a glass in a pub or restaurant? Possibly not as I imagine they would charge me the same as a glass of the alcoholic version. However, would I buy another bottle to have in at home to satisfy the need for the taste of gin? Yes, highly likely I would.
I should add, I bought & paid for this bottle of non-alcoholic gin myself & this is not a paid or sponsored post. Though of course, if anyone gin suppliers out there want to supply me with a bottle to review – I will happily oblige!!
If you are socialising alcohol-free what is your drink of choice?