Our regular yoga contributor Ruth from Yogaru writes a wonderful post once a month over on her blog about her favourite new things she’s enjoying. Here’s her December favourites.
What do you drink when you’re not drinking? Inspired by The Art of Distilling published in 1651, Ben Branson has invented the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. It has been a long time coming and on behalf of all non-drinkers, thank you Seedlip! But this isn’t just hitting the spot with the non- drinker, it is sweeping through top-rated restaurants, the world’s best cocktail bars and luxury hotels with the most incredible success story, selling out in Selfridges in less than half an hour. Seedlip is on a mission to change the way the world drinks with the highest quality non-alcoholic options.
It initially caught my attention with it’s striking packaging. The illustrations are stunning and the logo tips it’s hat to the historical craft of distilling. Their website is worth a visit too – simple to navigate, it tells the story of Ben’s journey, gives information about the ingredients, lots of ideas for non-alcoholic cocktails and a list of stockists. I first tried the Garden 108, drawn to it for its kindred spirit in the sacred 108, served simply with tonic water and a pea shoot at The Ivy. It was incredibly refreshing and was a revelation to finally being able to join in with the gang and get in the festive spirit without the spirits! As a complete spice addict, I’ve treated myself to a bottle of Spice 94 and have been experimenting with lots of Instagram-able mocktails over the Christmas period…
Seedlip is available in selected off licences and as a special treat for a post-shopping cocktail in The Ivy Dublin. You can also order direct from their website and see the full range of their products.
White Mausu Peanut Rayu
This little condiment is fast becoming a cult product and I’m giddy at the thought of our girl Katie Sanderson expanding the range. It makes the foods on your plate all dance together and your taste buds sing with glee! A little drizzle over any Buddha bowl combination, or even our Saturday weekly beanie hotpot, is heaven on a plate. It works with just about anything, I’ve even been known to sneak it on to my savoury porridge! It’s in hot competition with our other family staple, hummus, which as a plantie based house, we go through by the lorry load.
Katie spent her early years in Hong Kong and has used this to influence her creativity and her incredible palette for flavour. I’ve had the pleasure of sampling her menus at a yoga immersion in Fumbally Stables and it was elegantly breathtaking and like nothing I’ve ever tasted before (or since!).
White Mausu Peanut Rayu is available in The Hopsack, Fallon & Byrne, Avoca, & Brother Hubbards to name but a few. You can also find a full extensive and growing list of stockist from their website and see the full range of their products.
I am totally obsessed with Dr Bronner’s liquid soaps. Only the purest organic and fair trade ingredients go into their products. They are mainly vegan and certified to the same organic standards as food, with no synthetic preservatives and no foaming agents. Dr Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third-generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family. They are still a family run company with an ethos for working hard on sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint which is definitely an area I will be focusing on for 2019.
My current favourite is the Lavender Liquid Soap. Unlike some other soaps it is scented with pure lavender and lavandin oils that are very calming and soothing to the mind and body. It is concentrated so a little goes a long way. I got one of their 32oz bottle and it lasted for months of family showers and multiple other uses. They are called 18-in-1 Pure-Castile Soaps for very good reasons. They are up for just about any cleaning task with the added bonus of leaving a lovely scent. Along with showering I use the lavender liquid soap to clean my yoga mat, add it to a bath with epsom salts for a long soak, or for a foot soak after a long run or a busy day.
Written by Ruth Delahunty of Yogaru.