Edi’s Spirited Euphoria
Co-founded by French racing driver Jean-Éric Vergne and Formula E executive Alexander Jakobi, Edi – which, rather splendidly, stands for Endorphin Dealer Institute – creates ultra-premium spirits which induce feelings of pleasure and well-being without an iota of ethanol entering the bloodstream
Their inaugural product, Spirited Euphoria, is made from high-quality, naturally uplifting ingredients, including those extracted from the hemp plant cannabis sativa (your olfactory senses will definitely pick up a hint of an altogether unhealthier indulgence which, unlike this, contains the ingredient that makes users high, THC).
With the number of people using CBD oil in the UK estimated at around 1.3 million – making us one of the largest markets in Europe – this is a way to enjoy the same benefits but with all of spirit drinking’s ritualistic pleasures: and with a highly elegantly bottle design for your fridge thrown into the mix. As with CBD oil, regular usage will yield maximum feel-good factor – not least because there are only two calories per serving.
£40 for 70ml, BUY NOW
Kolibri Tales Cocktails
This London start-up describes its wares as “Bar-quality, customisable non-alcoholic blends inspired by gourmet tales from around the world”. “Tales Of Marrakesh”, for example, features tinges of aromatic cardamom with clove and red chilli as well as juniper and spice; for some botanical nuances literally closer to home, try “Tales Of Somerset”, with its crisp flavours of elderflower and lime.
It’s testimony to how much these makers want to integrate their products into the culture of high-end alcohol appreciation that they come with loquacious tasting notes (“Long sensation of fruit and herbaceous notes”, in the case of “Tales of Tuscany”) and, in the case of some outlets, food pairing suggestions.
£27 for a pack of six single-serving bottles, BUY NOW
Pentire’s Botanical Spirits
This Cornish brand’s mission is to offer that county’s lifestyle in a bottle: the result is products such as “Adrift” (which blends rock samphire, sage, plant blend, citrus and Cornish sea salt with grassy, crisp, citrusy results); and “Seaward” (a new addition to the range this Spring, which according to the brand, is “zesty and verdant” with “leading notes of grapefruit followed by green freshness and herbal notes of sea rosemary”).
Pentire’s sustainability ethos is impressively authentic – all ingredients are Fair Trade and Organically Certified, accredited by the Soil Association and extracted naturally – and the products pack a hard nutritional punch too (think vitamins, carotenoids, flavornoids, antioxidants, fatty acids and omega 3).
From £27 for 70ml, BUY NOW
Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Spirits
What’s different about this UK brand, which launched in 2019, is that some of their products unashamedly ape classic spirits with which we’re all familiar (no prizes for guessing which tipples “Dry London Spirit” and “Spiced Cane Spirit” seek to emulate). Hence, it is named after the Australian Lyrebird – nature’s greatest mimic.
The repertoire includes 13 different spirits and liqueurs to enjoy in all, including equivalents to gin, whisky, rum, Campari, Absinthe, Orange Sec And Amaretti.
It’s a brand whose gongs to date (including trophies at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, whilst its American Malt was recognised as the Best Dark Spirit within the “no and low” category at the inaugural Imbibe Awards) haven’t quelled its ambitions: expect the roll-out of several ready-to-drink products in the offing this Spring and Summer.
From £23 for 70L, BUY NOW
Three Spirits’ Potent Tipples
If Lyre’s makes the boldest claims about emulating the taste of alcoholic drinks, this London-founded brand puts the most emphasis on its products’ effects: they’re keen to emphasise that their drinks are made from plants that are “functional” and compounds that are “active” and the names – “The Party Starter”, “The Mood Booster”, “The Dream Maker” – also hint at intoxication, albeit of a cleaner, kinder-to-the-liver nature.
The thing is though, they do have an effect: if taking all three of the above, we strongly advise taking them in the order listed, if you intend to sleep well. Created in a collaboration between plant scientists and career bartenders, they also taste exceptional as well.
£65 for the full collection (3 x 50ML), BUY NOW