A clever Brit has turned his family’s 300-year-old English pea farm into an entrepreneurial 21st century agricultural innovation company where botany, alchemy, and a bit of ingenious branding strategy have successfully distilled the world’s first non-alcoholic spirits. Setting about to solve the riddle of “what to drink when you’re not drinking,” Ben Branson grows, blends, and bottles alcohol free, sugar free, calorie free, and allergen free distilled spirits into grown up zero proof, perfectly balanced cocktail blends for any non-drinker. The Garden Sour is made with the Garden 108 blend, a reference to “the average number of days it takes to sow, grow, and hand-harvest” the peas growing on his farm three hours north of London. This is a pucker-up recipe that is every bit as wonderful as creations made by the world’s best mixologists. Served at NoMad in New York City, one of the world’s best bars, should be proof enough that it a cocktail with serious credibility.

 

KITCHEN NOTES

Cloudy apple juice has four times the health benefits of  clear apple juice. Cloudy apple juice has more antioxidants, or chemicals that help control free radical molecules that can damage cells and cause disease, than the clear juice. When clear apple juice is produced, an enzyme is introduced that essentially strips the juice of its natural antioxidants. To make cloudy apple juice at home, simply toss an apple that has been cut in half and the seeds removed into a juicer and whir.

 

cuisine American
difficulty Simple
makes 1 cocktail
season Summer

Ingredients

3 1/2 tablespoons Seedlip Garden 108 2 1/2 tablespoons cloudy apple juice 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 rosemary sprig 1 thyme sprig 2 teaspoons simple syrup 1 egg white Ice cubes

Directions

  1.  Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice & shake.
  2.  Double strain into a coupe glass
  3.  Garnish with a rosemary sprig