The idea of a “non-alcoholic spirit” seems at best counterintuitive and at worst ridiculous. High alcohol content is often the first thing I think of when I hear the word “spirit,” typically followed by the words, “Oh lord.” But what really sets spirits apart from other alcoholic beverages is distillation, a process that can actually be applied to most liquids. So based on that logic, a UK-based company created Seedlip – billed as the “world’s first non-alcoholic spirit.” And this month, the liquor alternative is set to arrive in the US for the first time.
Though Ben Branson, the man behind Seedlip, certainly sees his product as unique, he admits he didn’t come up with the idea out of nowhere. “[I was] looking into different herbs to grow at home and I came across a book on the Internet written in 1651 that documented distilled herbal remedies that were non-alcoholic,” he told BevNET. After some deeper digging, he set up a small copper still in his kitchen and Seedlip was born.
The zero-calorie product – made from six-week distillations of different ingredients like thyme, rosemary, orange peel, hay and oak that are then individually mixed together – comes in two varieties. Spice 94 uses all-spice berries as its most dominant ingredient; Garden 102 focuses, unexpectedly, on peas hand-picked from Brandson’s garden in England.