A pioneering non-alcoholic drinks brand, Eceaux, has launched a range of ‘Loqueurs’, which aims to use the power of botanical nervines and adaptogens to deliver the relaxing and stimulating power of alcohol, with none of the side effects.
Inspired by Europe’s legendary café culture, ‘Loqueurs’ reimagines the ancient tradition of liqueurs. Originally created by apothecaries and monks to make healing potions more palatable, these spirits later fuelled the creativity of artists and intellectuals at the heart of 19th Century Bohemian Paris.
Traditional liqueurs must contain at least 15% alcohol. However, Eceaux has attempted to replace the functional effects of alcohol with carefully crafted, complex combinations of restorative or relaxing plant-based ingredients that together deliver a sensual experience, but no ‘morning-after’ ill effects.
There are two Eceaux ‘Loqueurs’ in the range: the invigorating Vitalité and the relaxing Tranquilité (RRP: £34.99 per 70cl bottle at www.eceauxdrinks.com and Amazon). Because of their complex flavour profile, both can be enjoyed straight up over ice, or drinkers can get creative: adding their favourite mixer of blending the spirit into a cocktail.
- Vitalité – a non-alcoholic spirit of Joie de Vivre, that delivers all the energy of a Parisienne evening full of promise. Vitalité is crafted from an invigorating blend of natural botanicals and extracts, including the fortifying Panax ginseng, wormwood, gentian, and spirulina.
Tasting Notes: A fresh, vermouth-style pick-me-up, that boasts an invigorating, and bittersweet grassy nose of herby citrus, that will put a floral spring and spice into anyone’s step.
- Tranquilité– the perfect way to SLEAUX down, ponder life and watch the world go by. Tranquilité is calming blend of naturally relaxing botanicals including the legendary valerian, soothing chamomile and passionflower.
Tasting Notes: A rich, spicy nose-invigorating Christmas pudding. A sharp welcome gives way to a smoky, lingering fishing with a proper alcohol-like bite.