This summer is all about the alcohol-free spirits – there will be 13 of them at our next Mindful Drinking Festival. The idea that you can enjoy all the cocktails in the world with no alcohol, but without changing the taste seems like a tall feat, but one that us at Club Soda know is possible. That’s why we’re so delighted at the success of CEDER’S Distilled Non-Alcoholic Gin. Made by the lovely Maria and Craig Maria, it is available in all the major UK supermarkets, as well as online at Dry Drinker and Wise Bartender where you get 5% off using our discount code clubsodavip.
Craig and Maria developed CEDER’S when Maria discovered how poor the non-alcoholic drink options were when she was pregnant. To solve this problem they bought a valley nestled in the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape, South Africa (I know, Laura our founder bought a soda stream when she gave up!). But this valley provides them with the exotic Cape botanicals, including rooibos and buchu, which they use to distill their alt-gins using pristine Swedish water.
CEDER’S comes in three fantastic flavours of non-alcoholic spirits – Wild, Classic and Crisp. We have picked three cocktail recipes to try from their website, and definitely recommend trying them out.
The CEDER’S spin on the classic Tom Collins, this swaps out lemon juice for lime and results in an
amazingly refreshing taste. The ingredients are:
- 50ml CEDER’s Crisp
- 10ml Lime juice
- 10ml Elderflower cordial
- 5 droplets rosemary non-alcohol bitters
- Top with soda water.
Method: Pour all ingredients (except soda water) into glass and stir. Fill glass with ice, top with soda water and stir gently. Garnish with rosemary and mint sprigs.
CEDER’S on the Beach
CEDER’S has also taken on creating their own version of the Sex on the Beach, with extremely impressive results. This time they’ve mixed out the orange juice with lemon for a delightfully light drink including:
- 65ml CEDER’S Wild
- 50ml Cranberry juice
- 5ml Melon syrup
- 7.5ml Lemon juice.
Method: Pour all ingredients into glass and stir. Add cubed ice to fill and stir gently to chill to perfect temperature.
Easily the most sophisticated of the three cocktails here, the Disarmed 75 is an almost perfect recreation of the French 75. You can definitely play around with this recipe and find all sorts of deliciousness to garnish it with, but the primary ingredients are:
- 50ml CEDER’S Classic
- 10ml Lemon juice
- 10ml Gomme
- Top with sparkling white grape juice.
Method: Shake all ingredients (except sparkling grape juice) with cubed ice and fine strain into a chilled flute. Top with sparkling grape juice and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lemon twist and a cocktail cherry on a cocktail stick.
And here’s Craig’s personal invitation to come and try CEDER’S at the 20 July Festival: