A Guide to Seedlip Garden 108
We understand the esoteric flavor of Seedlip Garden 108 may do with a bit of explaining. So, here’s a handy guide on our herbal blend.
‘The one with the Peas’ is a phrase we hear often at Seedlip. Our second distilled non-alcoholic spirit was launched in 2016 and ever since, its hero ingredient, the humble Pea, has stolen the hearts and taste buds of so many–but it’s still a bit esoteric for some.
Our founder, Ben Branson created Seedlip Garden 108 to recreate memories of sitting in the fields on his family farm in Lincolnshire, England, eating freshly picked Peas with his grandfather.
The taste of Seedlip Garden 108 isn’t like a gin–deliberately so–as there isn’t any juniper, the ingredient legally required to call a product a gin, in the blend or other traditional gin botanicals. Instead, it’s an entirely new, sophisticated flavor profile that celebrates the essence of the English countryside. For our friends, Stateside, that’s akin to freshly harvested produce at the farmer’s market beaded with cool morning dew.
Savory top notes of Peas, Hay and Hops are followed by a complex herbal base character from traditional garden herbs: Spearmint, Rosemary and Thyme.
The bright, verdant flavor of this Seedlip non-alcoholic spirit is a delicious way to moderate your alcohol intake any day of the week and it’s our go-to when we need a refreshing drink on a warm, sunny day. Simply topped with a splash of effervescent Ginger Ale or Tonic, Seedlip Garden 108 offers a nuanced, flavorful non-alcoholic cocktail that’s incredibly easy to make. It can also be used as the base spirit in elegant, elevated serves such as the Garden Eastside, Garden Sour or Teatime Cooler.
How is Seedlip Garden 108 made?
Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits are big on flavor, made using only the highest quality, globally sourced botanical ingredients. To extract maximum flavor from each botanical, we macerate each by steeping them in water and a small amount of Neutral Grain Spirit [ NGS ]. The liquid is then distilled twice, in a bespoke process, during which any residual alcohol from the maceration stage of the process is removed. Followed by filtration, these first few phases apply to each individual botanical. Those distillates are then blended, bottled, and prepared for distribution worldwide.
The exact blending process of the six ingredients that make up Seedlip Garden 108 is a well-kept secret. But what are those six botanical ingredients that give Seedlip Garden 108 its unique flavor profile?
Think freshly cut grass and savory flavors, Peas are the hero ingredient and they bring all the green notes to the blend.
The astringent flavor in Hops offers a particular mouth feel, similar to the experience of drinking red wine or tea. Most commonly used in beer, Hops add peppery and citrus-like elements to Seedlip Garden 108.
Unusual, sure, but the green and dry flavors of Ryegrass Hay are delicious–try baking vegetables in Hay –and compliment the fresh, brighter notes from the Peas and herbs.
Herbal and crisp, Spearmint offers menthol freshness at the fore of Seedlip Garden 108. If you ever opt to grow Spearmint in the garden, grow it in a pot as it has a habit of taking over when left to roam freely. Check out our new Garden Eastside bundle, with a packet of Mint seeds from our friends at Urban Leaf.
A woody perennial herb with fragrant leaves native to the Mediterranean region, Rosemary brings a defining herbaceous character to Seedlip Garden 108.
Fragrant and floral, Thyme is piney and peppery on the palate with Mint and bitter Lemon notes.
Complimentary ingredients and food pairing
Apple, Rhubarb, Basil, Cucumber, Elderflower, Lime. These are the ingredients you should reach for first if you’re thinking of making a seasonal shrub or syrup to accompany Seedlip Garden 108 in a cocktail recipe.
Or, if you’re hosting a pairing dinner, Seedlip Garden 108 cocktails work well when paired with starters, white fish, salads, palate cleansers, and sorbets. The refreshing and surprising flavor combination will offer intrigue and elegance to your evening.
Top tip: Use ingredients which reflect, without overpowering, a dish.
Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy Seedlip Garden 108. For more recipes visit our Cocktails page.
SEEDLIP GARDEN HIGHBALL
Seedlip Garden 108: 2 oz Fever Tree Ginger Ale: Top
GLASS & GARNISH
Build over ice.
Seedlip Garden 108: 2 oz Simple Syrup*: ¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice: ½ oz Cucumber Slices: 3 Mint Leaves: 5 Ice: Cubed
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Coupe Cucumber ribbon
Muddle Cucumber slices & Mint leaves in cocktail shaker. Add Seedlip Garden 108, Simple Syrup & Lime juice to shaker w/ ice. Shake & double strain into coupe glass. Garnish w/ Cucumber ribbon.
Simple Syrup - mix equal parts water & sugar.