We love to keep our eyes peeled for new and exciting innovators, and one that’s had our attention for much of 2018 is Seedlip
. The exciting brand has achieved no mean feat; they’ve created the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. we sat down to talk botanical ingredients and floral artwork with founder Ben Branson who takes us on the Seedlip journey, from the 17th century to present day…Seedlip is the first non-alcoholic distilled drink. Can you tell us about its inception?
Seedlip’s story actually begins in the 17th century when my family had started farming, and apothecaries were distilling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic herbal remedies. In 2013 whilst researching herbs to grow at home, I came across a book written in 1651 called The Art of Distillation that documented these remedies. Out of curiosity, I began experimenting with a little copper still in my kitchen.
Three months later I was out for a meal, wasn’t drinking, and asked the waitress what non-alcoholic options they had. The pink fruity mocktail I was offered was the moment all the dots began to join up, and I decided to do something about it. The next two years were spent creating the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit.
It was the perfect opportunity to bring together my mother’s 300 year farming heritage, my love of nature and my father’s design expertise to solve the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking, and rid the world of poor, fruity and sweet options.