Seedlip at the Ordinary

Seedlip Garden 108 at the Ordinary. Staff/Stephanie Barna

Ordinary and FIG co-owner Adam Nemirow traveled to Britain last year and says he encountered gin and Seedlip everywhere. Gin goes without saying, but Seedlip was something he'd never seen before. Seedlip is a distilled nonalcoholic water that comes in two versions. As Nemirow says, "One tastes like Christmas and the other tastes like you're drowning in a garden."

Garden 108 is described on the Seedlip website as, "A floral blend of hand-picked peas and homegrown hay from Ben’s farm with traditional garden herb distillates in celebration of the English countryside."

Spice 94 is more aromatic with flavors of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon, grapefruit and cascarilla, a plant native to the Caribbean. 

The tagline for Seedlip is "What to drink when you're not drinking." Cut it with tonic or soda, and you've got a refreshing drink that feels like a cocktail. Bartender Patrick Walton also mixes it up with simple syrup and lemon juice to create a drink called the Garden Gnome, a clean, tart and grassy mocktail that goes perfectly with a spell on the Ordinary's new outdoor patio.  

And if mocktails aren't your thing you can also add gin to the mix to enhance the herbal aromatics.

— Stephanie Barna  

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