Created by gin distillers Surendran & Bownes, Edition Zero: Labdanum is described as mimicking the “aromatic profile and complexity of gin,” particlarly London Dry gin, but with 0% alcohol content. The “spirit” uses Labdanum to make the drink, a sticky brown resin sourced from specific Mediterranean plants, used a lot in perfumery.
Designed to be used in long drinks with mixers, the tipple includes flavours of tonka beans, juniper, cardamom, pink pepper, cranberry and cinnamon.
The makers recommend serving the drink in something like a Virgin Tom Collins cocktail, garnished with orange peel and small amount of star anise.
But before you go rushing out to try some, Surendran & Bownes made a limited amount, meaning the £20 bottle is currently out of stock. But you can still add it to your wish list via the Borough Wines website for when it's available again.
And if you're after something a little stronger, the brand also has its own Santal Gin (£39), that's made using wild honey, lush sandalwood and ethically sourced rare flowers.
This isn't the first non-alcoholic spirit to come to market. Seedlip was the world's first, now served in some of the best cocktail bars and restaurants across the globe. The non-alcoholic spirit is distilled using carefully sourced botanicals, and are calorie free.
You can buy Garden 108, a herbal “spirit” that includes peas, hay, spearmint, rosemary and thyme (£26), or Spice 94, which has an aromatic profile containing all spice, cardamom, oak, lemon, grapefruit and cascarilla (£25).
And while these options are unlikely to replace their alcoholic counterparts, they're definitely a great alternative for those wanting a booze-free version (and no groggy head).
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