How are we all doing? You know, the New Year, New You thang where you promise yourself; ‘I will achieve a zen-like state and keep it going before it becomes necessary to dive into the celebratory/compensatory Valentine Day chocolate box in February’. How’s it going really? If you’re doing Veganuary or the more traditional Dry January, then this post is for you! We promise you cocktails which are both vegan (no sneaky egg whites here…mostly…) and non-alcoholic fun for all.
Before you think ‘Ah, a mocktail’ (AKA a tween-tastic, sickly sweet combination of brightly coloured mush), we say ‘No’ to the mocktail, and a rather coquettish ‘Well, hello’ to grown-up, sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks.
Claire and I were treated to a rather lovely lunch (more of that from Claire later) and a cocktail combo at Bustopher Jones in Truro. You might remember that I was first introduced to Seedlip cocktails at Bustopher Jones back in the summer of last year. Since then, I’ve asked at every single bar I’ve been to for a Seedlip Spice and tonic and there haven’t been many who have been able to accommodate my request, although I think this will change in 2018.
Seedlip’s story begins in 1651 with a copper still and a document called ‘The Art of Distillation’. Using barks, spices, peels and herbs, the founder, Ben has re-created and re-imagined non-alcoholic spirits for a modern age. And ‘Hurrah’ for that – at last a grown-up drink which solves the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking.
Bustophers has a page of their cocktail menu dedicated to 0% proof cocktails. You can choose from Seedlip Garden served with Fever Tree Tonic and, get this, sugar snap peas. Or Seedlip Spice with tonic and grapefruit or Rosemary. Since I bought Mr Secret Truro a large bottle of Seedlip Spice for Christmas, we’ve been smugly glugging down Seedlip and tonic for a few weeks, so I fancied a gander down to the bottom half of the page. Here we found a virtual Apothecaries cabinet of goodies to try. (One of them did contain egg-white, just in case you’re doing Veganuary – and egg white’s in drinks doesn’t float my boat if I’m honest. Omelettes – yes, drinks – no)
Claire chose ‘Curds Away’ while I selected ‘Madame Eliza’.
Curds Away is based on Seedlip Garden and contains Lemon Curd, Lemon sorbet amongst other things. Madame Eliza was Seedlip Spice and enough Marmalade to make Paddinton Bear put down his sandwich and lick his lips.
Both tasted delicious, pudding-y, intriguing and had a depth of flavour you don’t normally get with your standard non-alcoholic beverage. This is all down to Cocktail Master, Ian and his veritable cornucopia of tinctures, syrups and spices. The Curd was how you would imagine a liquidised tarte-au-citron, but yet had a depth of flavour to it, possibly due to the spearmint in the Seedlip. Madame Eliza was full of Marmalade-y goodness, jammy and tangy at the same time with the spices from the Seedlip ringing through.
Bustophers are launching their lunch time menu and they’ll be promotions on Seedlip – pop in to see Ian and his team for a tasty treat. Don’t tell Paddington. Word gets round, you know – even to Darkest Peru.
Thank you Bustopher Jones – it was delicious! #sponsored