Have you ever been out at a bar to socialise with a friend, wanted a non-alcoholic beverage, but quickly realise your only options are gaudy mocktails or sugary soft drinks? You’re not alone. Ben Branson experienced the same dilemma whilst he was out to dinner one night. Wanting a drink to complement his meal, Ben was disappointed with the options he was presented with.
Ben quickly realised there isn’t anything dignified about sipping from a high-ball glass filled with sugary pink liquid and garnished with a miniature umbrella. Disappointed with his lack of options, he created the solution to the age-old question of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking?’
The Plus Ones were to hear Ben tell us about his passion for botany and hear the Seedlip story at Sydney bar Maybe Sammy.
Hailing from a ninth generation farming family, Ben, armed with a copy of the 17th-century book, The Art of Distillation, spent the next two years working with distillers, growers and historians to create the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled spirit, Seedlip.
The recipe of Seedlip is top secret. Bottled in England, the concoction of botanicals undergoes a six-week, copper pot distillation and filtration process. Designed to be mixed with tonic water, Ben has created three varieties of his spirit – herbal, aromatic and citrus.
The herbal expression, Garden 108, pays homage to Ben’s English countryside upbringing featuring the top notes of fresh peas with complex spearmint, rosemary and thyme base.
Spice 94 features a blend of allspice berries, cardamom, lemon & grapefruit peel top notes complemented with a long bitter from the highest quality Oak & Cascarilla barks.
Lastly and certainly not least, we have the citrusy Grove 42. This celebration of the orange, featuring bitter orange, mandarin, blood orange lemongrass, ginger and lemon.
As a nod to his professional design background, the label on each variety features an animal that can be found on his family farm. The animal is pictured using images of the ingredients that make up that particular blend.
The award-winning drink is served in 15 international cities, 250 Michelin starred restaurants, and the world’s top bars.
Seedlip varieties are available online and at www.seedlipdrinks.com, or at selected outlets with an RRP of $49.99.