Seedlip makes non-alcoholic distilled spirits designed to change the way the world drinks, and this review is designed to test that notion. It is my hope that through tasting brand recommended Seedlip Garden 108 cocktails and creative beverages, we might better understand how best to use this non-alcoholic spirit.
Bottom line: Whether or not you usually drink alcohol, I highly recommend trying Seedlip Garden 108. Pour it over some ice cubes with tonic water and you’ve got yourself a very refreshing beverage.
Seedlip Garden was crafted with the English countryside as its inspiration, and it remarkably captures this in its flavor. Garden 108 has a refined herbal flavor, with a touch of grass and peas, and a deliciously bitter bite.
Seedlip spirits are designed to be enjoyed in alternative beverages, not to taste like the classic alcoholic spirits. That means with Seedlip, you won’t find any non-alcoholic cocktail substitutes in flavor. I have found two so far that slightly hint at the spirit of a particular cocktail in flavor, but all have been unique beverages.
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Pairing non-alcoholic spirits with a single mixer is the easiest way to enjoy them, so I always test that. However, that’s just a baseline test. Keep reading for all the Seedlip cocktails tested, as some are incredibly unique and tasty, but not all of them were perfect…
Best enjoyed in: Garden & Tonic
In order to thoughtfully review a product, it must be tested. Here’s the method used for taste testing each non-alcoholic spirit:
What does Seedlip Garden 108 taste like…
- On ice
- On ice with tonic or appropriate single mixer
- Brand recommended mocktails
- Get creative
Very herbal, grassy, dry. I can taste fresh peas. Seedlip states these flavors: peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary, and thyme in it. On its own, this blend of botanicals tastes very sophisticated.
#2 On Ice
Seedlip Garden on ice is fresh. It opens up to be a bit brighter on ice, but the flavors remain the same as neat.
#3 On Ice with Tonic
With Fever Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic Water, bitterness of the quinine is a perfect match for the herbal, grassy taste of Garden 108. I did not have a Seedlip recommended pea on hand, but a rosemary sprig worked well. Seedlip calls this Garden Tonic, and it has been added to the mocktail recipe collection because it is a deliciously refreshing beverage, and it will be a go-to for gin and tonic cravings without the alcohol.
The subtle flavor of peas in this beverage is really sophisticated. I might even prefer it to a real gin and tonic. Grab a bottle here (link to Amazon) and try it yourself.
#4 Brand Recommended Mocktails with Seedlip Garden 108
It’s part of my standard test to try out brand mocktails that they think best highlight their non alcoholic spirit. After all, we’re here for tasty beverages, not cool-looking drinks. Here are a few more Seedlip cocktails featured on their website and what they actually taste like:
- 2oz Seedlip Garden 108
- .75oz simple syrup
- .5oz fresh lime juice
- 3 cucumber slices
- 5 Mint leaves
Muddle cucumber slices & mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add Garden 108, simple syrup, & lime juice to the shaker with ice. Shake & double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon.
Verdict: Very refreshing. I think you could serve this on ice as well, but it looks sophisticated served up in a coupe glass. With all Seedlip spirits, you don’t get a bite like alcohol.
Since they aren’t claiming to be alcohol substitutes, they shouldn’t really be judged as such. Seedlip Garden 108 is a sophisticated flavor, and this refreshing mocktail is the whole herb garden in a glass.
- 2 oz Seedlip Garden 108
- 1 oz cloudy apple juice
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- Sprig of rosemary and thyme
- 2 tsp simple syrup
- 1 egg white
Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake. Double strain into a coupe glass.
Verdict: This is a nice beverage. Richer than the last. The cider vinegar is a tad overpowering. You can still taste the spirit, but the cider vinegar doesn’t seem to blend with the other flavors.
That being said, I’d drink this if it was handed to me. It’s full of herbal flavors and delicately sour. It’s an interesting beverage.
- Seedlip Garden 108: 2oz
- Seedlip Grove 42: 1/2oz
- Agave Syrup: 1/2oz
- Fresh Lime: 3/4oz
- Saline: 2 drops
Shake all ingredients. Strain over ice.
Verdict: This is fresh. It’s actually an interesting contender for a non-alcoholic margarita. The saline takes it up a notch, for sure. Turns out Seedlip Grove has found a place as a possible sub for cointreau or as a non-alcoholic triple sec in mocktails.
If you love margaritas, you should try these non-alcoholic margarita recipes.
#5 Get Creative with Seedlip Garden
Inspired by booch recipes from Seedlip, I tried my own. Using GTS Synergy Passionberry Bliss and topped with club soda to cut the strength of the booch. Garnish with mint.
Verdict: I had my doubts, but Seedlip Garden was still detectable in this booch beverage. It added an herbal quality to the kombucha, and it’s pretty to boot! Perfect drink for a warm afternoon…could be served like a punch.
Seedlip Garden: Non Alcoholic Alternative Spirit for Everyday
Seedlip Garden 108 is truly a unique non-alcoholic spirit, and makes new and interesting alternative beverages.
Update: It’s been a few months since these mocktail tests, so I wanted to share an update. While Seedlip Garden 108 makes some solid mocktails, I keep grabbing for it when I’m craving a gin and tonic. I love the herbal flavor, and this is the best way to enjoy it. I might even prefer this to an alcoholic gin and tonic.
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Water, Natural Botanical Distillates & Extracts (Peas, Hay, Spearmint, Rosemary, Thyme & Hops). Preservative: Potassium sorbate. Acid: Citric acid
Sugar and sweetener free with no artificial flavors
Nutrition: Serving size: 50ml | 0 calories; Fat 0g; Carbohydrates 0g; Sugar 0g; Sodium 0g; Protein 0g*
*Nutrition information was found on the bottle and might be subject to change.
Storage:Refrigeration is not necessary, but Hackamore recommends keeping it cool so you can quickly mix a cold drink.