Zero proof spirits

Designated drivers and pregnant ladies, rejoice!

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The alcohol-free are no longer relegated to boring old cran-and-soda, not now that that Seedlip is available in our market.

Seedlip is an alcohol-free spirit invented in England by Ben Branson, who was keen to create something “to drink when you’re not drinking.” Using a 1651 book called The Art of Distillation, he taught himself how to distill an alcohol-free herbal remedy that he called Seedlip. The first 1,000 bottles sold out at London’s Selfridge’s store in three weeks; the second batch was gone in three days. Now you’re seeing it behind the bar at tony establishments throughout the UK and here in B.C. as well.

There are two varieties of Seedlip: the warm, toasty Spice 94; and bright, grassy Garden 108. These are not meant to be enjoyed on their own like, say, a nice single malt, but are excellent mixed with soda, citrus and other fruit juices.

Seedlip is available for $49.95 for a 700 mL bottle through Mikuni Wild Harvest.

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