Thursday, 1 February 2018

What's your tipple?


Lots of people were doing 'DryJanuary' - and are presumably enjoying a G&T tonight! - but it's dry all year round for me. I've been teetotal for many years. Alcohol gives me a migraine and for a long time, too, I've been taking migraine-preventative medication, which reacts badly with alcohol. So there is no temptation to stray... but I do get a bit bored with drinking juice or straight tonic or one of the many very sweet, fizzy alternatives. I was delighted therefore when a friend introduced me to Seedlip and then my lovely daughter gave me a bottle for a Christmas present. It is wonderful! It's a carefully crafted, distilled, non-alcoholic spirit, made from herbs, spices, fruit and berries. There are actually two flavours: Spice 94, a warm, aromatic blend and Garden 108 with a fresher, herbal taste. I've tried them both and they're both delicious. You drink them as you would gin, on the rocks and with a mixer. It's a very 'grown-up' drink. I like this one with orange and ginger ale, but it's also good with a slice of pink grapefruit and tonic. The only downside is that it is pretty expensive, marketed as a luxury product on a par with gin. But hey, I've saved so much over the years by avoiding wine and spirits that I think I deserve a little pampering.

What's your favourite tipple?

I'm posting this because the January theme in my online photo club was 'still-life'. I think it's a classy bottle and it seemed a good choice as the basis of an arrangement. I spent a while on a rainy day experimenting with different configurations, lights, reflectors (interesting what a subtle difference a gold reflector makes, over a white one). I liked this image the best.

6 comments:

  1. That sounds delicious -- I'm not teetotal but have cut way back in an attempt to lose weight. What's the calorie count on this? (And I wonder if it's even available over here.)
    Also, your picture is beautiful -- and enticing.

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    1. The drink itself is calorie free. So it depends on the mixer you use. I'm not sure if they export yet...

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    2. Just discovered you can get it in the USA via food52.com at $45 a bottle!

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  2. Your image works really well, Jenny! I've never heard of Seedlip.

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  3. A good shot!

    I don't drink- first, because I've sampled enough from wine up to whiskey to have decided that I don't care for the taste of the stuff, and second, because it's important to me to have a clear mind.

    I did some wine sampling at embassy events last year here, and found the taste of a Uruguayan wine to my liking though.

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  4. $45 a bottle? Maybe I will pass it up.

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