Plant forward non-alcoholic cocktails from Seedlip & Æcorn Aperitifs to help you re-charge in January
January the first always feels like an anti-climax after the whirlwind of Christmas and New Year. Most of us will have over-indulged and begin to feel it when reality descends, and we return to our desks.
It’s a month that gets a lot of bad press, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We suggest using this quiet time of year to indulge in a little guilt-free luxury by making delicious, non-alcoholic cocktails for yourself at home.
These cocktails use Seedlip Spirits & Æcorn Aperitifs to make refreshing, sophisticated drinks that taste great and leave you feeling energised the next morning.
All cocktails, especially the classics, are up for interpretation and they have been for centuries. Interpretation is what drives innovation in mixology. We wouldn’t have many of the cocktails we know and love today if bartenders toed the line of tradition.
The NOgroni is a twist on the classic Negroni, made with a perfectly balanced mix of Seedlip Spice 94, Æcorn Bitter and Æcorn Aromatic. It’s a complex, bitter and citrusy blend with hints of chinotto orange, grapefruit, allspice and gentian, a flavour-full herb. It’s an appetite-stimulating before-dinner drink, but it can also be enjoyed as part of a meal.
Seedlip Spice 94: 25ml
Æcorn Bitter: 25ml
Æcorn Aromatic: 25ml
Pour each ingredient over ice, into a stemless wine glass. Give the mix a quick stir and garnish with an orange slice or wedge.
When it comes to cocktails, the Martini is a grand dame behind the bar. Despite the phrase “shaken not stirred” made famous by the Vodka Martini in the James Bond films, the Martini is a classic cocktail that needs only a simple stir for the ingredients to come together.
If you’d rather leave the alcohol out of your Martini, you’re in the right place. Our take on a classic Martini uses Seedlip Garden 108 and the Dry variant from Seedlip’s sister company Æcorn Aperitifs.
Garden 108: 40ml
Æcorn Dry: 40ml
Give the ingredients a short stir over ice and strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or a discarded olive (olive on a stick).
Like many early 20th-century cocktail recipes, the origins of the Bronx cocktail can be traced back to multiple different sources, but the most likely story is that it was invented by Johnny Solon, a bartender at The Waldorf Hotel.
A softer, slightly sweeter version of a Martini, Johnny named this drink after the famous Bronx Zoo. Claiming that after a few too many, his guests also had a habit of behaving like animals. Now, thanks to Seedlip & Æcorn you can get all the delicious flavour and avoid the unfavourable consequences. The trick with this cocktail is to make sure you use freshly squeezed orange juice and snap a ripe piece of zest over the drink at the last minute for extra intensity.
Seedlip Grove 42: 40ml
Æcorn Aromatic: 25ml
Æcorn Dry: 15ml
Freshly squeezed orange juice: 20ml
Fill a wine glass full of ice. Pour in each measured ingredient and give them a quick stir. Garnish with an orange slice or wedge.
A big thank you to the team at Seedlip and Aecorn for creating 3 drink which are guaranteed to lift your dry January blues. To find out more about Seedlip Spirits or Æcorn Aperititfs, follow the links below.