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Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Gin Review

Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Gin Review

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:

 

ideas for non alcoholic drinks when out | Married To A Chef Blog

Hands Free

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.  

Eureka

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’”

Non-alcoholic Gin Review| Seedlip Distillery | Married To A Chef Blog

 

Non-alcoholic Gin | Seedlip Distillery | Married To A Chef Blog

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?!

Non-alcoholic Gin | Seedlip Distillery | Married To A Chef Blog

The Verdict

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?

 

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