Simple Starter Seedlip Recipes - Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
November 23, 2019
I make hundreds of non-alcoholic cocktails each year for tech events, at which a fair percentage of event attendees do not consume alcohol. I've made it a policy to have drinks that are of equal quality to the alcoholic ones, and for that Seedlip has come in very handy.
Many people have issues with Seedlip - it's pricey for one, they call it a "non-alcoholic spirit" which annoys people, and more importantly people tend to try it as a gin and put it into tonic water so I think it's mostly a lack of understanding. Trust you me that is not its best use! So below I've put some super simple recipes I often make with Seedlip. These are so good!
In general, I find Seedlip can be a touch perfumy which is both its strength and weakness. The trick to using it is usually to put it up against strong flavored syrups - below I use maple syrup and passion fruit syrup in drinks. But that Daiquiri is just terrific with simply lime and sugar.
This is merely a Daiquiri using Seedlip Garden, and it is magnificent - it will convert all skeptics. If I were making something like a Mojito at the event I would toss in some soda water and mint in this recipe much like converting a standard Daiquiri to a Mojito.
1 oz Lime Juice
.75 - 1 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Seedlip Garden
Shake with ice or just mix together (for events I never shake cocktails but I may add some dilution, this one can take some water)
Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wheel
This drink pairs Seedlip Spice's "winter spice" notes with passion fruit, much like you can do with Angostura Bitters. If I'm doing an event with drinks served over big 2-inch ice cubes, I'll use this drink as the non-alcoholic "stirred" cocktail despite its ingredients. I'm a huge, huge fan of Small Hand Foods passion fruit syrup so I'd definitely stay on-brand with this if you can.
I used to also add The Ginger People's ginger juice to this drink, but about a year ago their juice started tasting really pasteurized (I assume it is pasteurized, it just didn't taste like it). It's a great improvement to add something spicy against the passion fruit so you may consider an alternative or infusing ginger into Seedlip perhaps?
2 ounces Seedlip Spice
.75 ounce Small Hand Foods Passion Fruit Syrup
.75 ounce Lemon Juice
Shake (or just mix) with ice and pour over a large ice cube. (Regular ice cubes are fine too.)
Garnish with a lemon peel expressed over the top of the drink and dropped in.
N/A Maple Cooler
I make a super popular Rye Maple Sour for events (rye whiskey, maple simple, lemon) and this is my non-alcoholic alternative with a similar taste profile. Honestly it might be better than the boozy version.
1.5 oz Seedlip Spice
.75 oz Lemon Juice
.75 oz Maple Simple Syrup (1:1 with water)
Shake (or just mix) with ice and pour over ice.
Garnish with a lemon peel expressed over the drink and dropped in.
Please give these drinks a try- they not only validate Seedlip, they are delicious on their own and will please drinkers and non-drinkers alike.
could you explain me how seedlip is done? Would love to understand that...
Posted by: Joerg Meyer | November 25, 2019 at 09:30 AM
The best explanation I've seen so far: https://www.popsci.com/engineering-alcohol-free-drinks/
Posted by: Camper English | November 27, 2019 at 08:45 AM
Thanks for this, Camper! Am doing some playing with Seedlip this month (not doing Dry January, just trying to work in more non-alcoholic options to my repertoire), and I had some leftover maple syrup from waffles this morning, so was casting about for options and found your Maple Cooler recipe — it was delicious! Looking forward to trying the other recipes, too.
Posted by: Genie | January 20, 2020 at 10:45 PM
Awesome, thanks for letting me know!
Posted by: Camper English | January 21, 2020 at 03:34 PM