A new year, a new decade and a fresh chance to blow out the glittery cobwebs of Christmas and set some good intentions for the next twelve months. After the excesses of the festive season, for many that might mean drinking less, or even not at all. With this in mind, we have created the curiously named ‘Seedlip aux Myrtilles’.

This non-alcoholic cocktail is our seasonal apéritif for January, consisting of a generous measure of Seedlip’s ‘Spice 94’, mixed with a spoonful of our artisan myrtilles (blueberry) jam, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of apple juice. All ingredients are shaken briefly over ice and then finely strained into a Martini glass.

But what, you may be asking, is Seedlip? The world’s first ever distilled non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip has been taking the drinks world by storm since its launch in 2015. It was born out of a demand for a grown-up, alcohol-free drink that wasn’t a fruit juice, fizzy drink, or a predictable lime and soda. The answer to the dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking’.

It is based on the distilled, non-alcoholic remedies from ‘The Art of Distillation’, written by John French in 1651 – a time when it was common for physicians to distil herbal remedies using copper stills, in order to harness the power of nature and alchemy to solve medical ailments.

Centuries later, a farmer’s son named Ben Branson stumbled across these recipes and began experimenting with them in his kitchen, using a small copper still and herbs from his garden. Ben combined his farming heritage, with his love of nature and these forgotten recipes in order to create an exciting non-alcoholic drink option that would revolutionise the way that we drink.

‘Spice 94’ is a complex blend of the aromatic Jamaican Allspice berry and Cardamom distillates, with two barks (Oak & Cascarilla) and lemon and grapefruit peel. These individual ingredients are macerated with a neutral grain spirit to extract flavour, before a primary distillation to remove the alcohol, and then a secondary one to extract everything else. These concentrated distillates are then blended to create the final spirit. The resulting taste is fragrant and citrussy, with warm, smokey spice and a long, bitter finish.

Fresh fruit is not in great abundance in January, so when looking for the right flavour to complement the Seedlip, we turned instead to our ‘confiture de myrtilles’. You may recognise this wonderful blueberry jam from our breakfast tables, these artisanal jams have been made by André Guepratte in Normandy since 1946. Like Seedlip, they follow traditional recipes, to make small quantities of jam in old-style cauldrons.

So this January, if you’re not drinking, order our ‘Seedlip aux Myrtilles’ when you dine with us for a delicious, guilt-free alternative that will help you stick to your goals, whilst ensuring that you are still firmly part of the party.