Struggling with Dry January? Craving a sip of that gin flavour? I’ve discovered the answer. Ceder’s Distilled Non-Alcoholic Gin.
An alternative to the hard stuff. Perfect for this month. And if you don’t drink normally. Or you’re trying to cut down but want something a little more sophisticated and fancier than a diet coke or appletizer.
Ceder’s was founded by married couple, Craig and Maria, and features a number of elements taken from both of their heritage.
Craig is from near Cape Town. As a boy he’d go hiking, and just a few years ago ventured back whilst taking a career break (a mindfulness adventure as he called it), and showed Maria the sites. They discovered a valley two hours north of Cape Town (actually after a row, which they now laugh about), and property up for sale with plenty of land. Land which once grew a number of botanicals Craig was keen to use – his heritage.
But being on an adventure focused on mindfulness, away from the hustle and bustle of his previous corporate career (and the alcohol we all know goes alongside) he wanted to aim for something non-alcoholic. Always a gin lover, they knew that’s what they wanted to create.
Maria on the other hand is of Swedish heritage, and thinks they have the best water in the world. With water such an important ingredient within gin, she knew she wanted to use the best. Alongside this, they used Mediterranean botanicals to help bring out the juniper taste. And now they have three varieties;
- Classic (floral and balanced) – A blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and coriander combined with hints of geranium and Cape floral fynbos
- Crisp (refreshing and tranquil) – A refreshing blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and citrus combined with cucumber and calming camomile.
- Wild (spicy and intriguing) – An intriguing blend of classic gin botanicals such as juniper and ginger, combined with clove and rooibos.
The wild is definitely my favourite.
It has a slightly spiced edge, and tasted almost a little warmer. Perhaps even a tiny bit festive with cranberry juice. The classic is fab too. You can’t expect an exact replica of a gin, but it’s super close. It’s light, crisp, and delicious with a tonic and fresh slice, but also in mocktails!
The bottles are pretty pricey in the supermarket (I wouldn’t usually spend the same on non-alcoholic alternatives as I would a bottle of actual gin) but this is definitely something I’d treat myself to when dining out every now and then. It went beautifully with our feast at Hawksmoor – the first restaurant it was available in.
One of the things Craig kept mentioning was escaping the every day. Enjoying a mindful moment. I like that mantra, and that’s something I’m going to try and do a little more often. Perhaps with a non-alcoholic drink in hand more than an alcoholic one too!
- Quality: Great quality. Delicious.
- Best bit?: It’s refreshing, and a fantastic alternative with tonic and a slice of fresh fruit. Just as delicious within a mocktail too.
- Price: At £20 for a 50cl bottle, it’s a little pricey for a non-alcoholic drink in my mind. But definitely something I’d consider purchasing when out.
- Would I recommend trying? – Yes, it’s definitely worth a try if you’re dining out and it’s on the menu.
- Availability: Tesco, Sainsbury’s Whisky Exchange, Amazon y the bottle, and at Bill’s and Hawksmoor on the drinks menu.
What are your favourite alternatives to alcohol? Are you doing dry january this year?
*I was invited along to an event as part of the East London Girl team. All views my own.