Non-alcoholic spirits brand Seedlip has unveiled its new, eagerly anticipated range of distilled no-alcohol aperitifs, Æcorn Aperitifs.
Inspired by the 17th century English herbal remedies, the three-strong collection is made from 100% English grown grapes, which are pressed and blended with herbs, roots and bitter botanicals.
Aperitifs are an age-old European tradition, regularly taken before a meal to whet the appetite, and have typically contained alcohol. Now, Æcorn Aperitifs is taking this ever-popular tradition into the non-alcoholic arena.
Three variants make up the range: Æcorn Dry, Æcorn Bitter and Æcorn Aromatic.
Æcorn Dry is “dry, floral and herbaceous”, with notes of clary sage, chamomile, black tea, quassia and oak.
The second variant, Æcorn Bitter, is “complex and citrusy” yet “bold and bittersweet”, and features grapefruit, bay leaf and orange, combined with quassia, honeycomb and oak.
Rounding up the trio is Æcorn Aromatic, with notes of smoked cherrywood, vanilla, kola nut and chinotto. The liquid is “full-bodied” and “smooth”, with a warming finish characterised by clove, cassia and oak.
Each Æcorn Aperitif is recommended served as a spritz over ice with a splash of soda or tonic and garnished with a slice of lemon or orange, but can also be used within a variety of no or low-alcohol cocktails.
The brainchild of Seedlip’s Ben Branson, Æcorn Aperitifs is headed up by Claire Warner, a tireless advocate for better health and wellness within the hospitality industry, and aims to “change the way the world drinks”.
Claire said: “We are thrilled to be following in Seedlip’s footsteps and breaking new ground in the category they created.
“Since Seedlip’s launch, the world of non-alcoholic has shown itself to be dynamic and exciting, and we hope that the introduction of Æcorn Aperitifs will now give everyone who is not drinking, a seat at the table.”
The bottle designs for Æcorn Aperitifs are inspired by nature, featuring oak leaves, butterflies and the powerful symbolism of the oak tree bearing the acorn.