Farro X Seedlip Mocktail Evening

I got an email from Farro (from being a ‘Friend of Farro‘) inviting me to a Mocktail evening at the Grey Lynn store and I was so intrigued. I can’t drink alcohol due to my arthritis medication and it’s not common that non-alcoholic drinks get emphasised or celebrated, so I knew it was something I wanted to attend… although I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect.

First off, let me just mention how perfect Farro Grey Lynn is for holding this sort of event – the space was well suited to having small ‘stalls’ around the store, with room for people to mingle in between. It was also rather funny being in a supermarket while it was technically closed! My friend and I were greeted at the door with the invitation to attend the Six Barrels stall first (it was the second stall, but they were wanting to spread us around), along with receiving a piece of paper that we were to use as a form of voting (for our favourite drink at the end of the night).

Our first drink was:

FEIJOA SOUR
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Seedlip Garden 108
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 25ml Six Barrel Feijoa Syrup
  • 25ml Egg Whites (if vegan, switch out egg whites for aquafaba)
  • Ice cubes
  • Rose petals or buds for garnish

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker
  2. Dry shake (shake without ice)
  3. Open shaker, you should see a foamy head
  4. Now add a good amount of ice
  5. Shake once more vigorously
  6. Strain into a coupe glass
  7. Garnish with rose petals or buds

After this delicious beverage, we told where the other four stalls were and we decided to go back to the first stall, which was the East Imperial stall.

Our second drink was:

SEEDLIP & TONIC
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Seedlip of choice
  • 150ml East Imperial Tonic of choice
  • Ice cubs

Depending on your choice of Seedlip, garnish with the following

  • Seedlip Garden 108 – snap pea
  • Seedlip Spice 94 – Grapefruit twist
  • Seedlip Groce 42 – Orange peel

Method:

  1. Build in a highball glass, over cubed ice
  2. Garnish with one of the above items

After a few nibbles from the scrumptious grazing platters available (I particularly liked their salami!), we headed to the third stall – which was made using Hakanoa Chai Concentrate.

Our third drink was:

SPICED SHAKE
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Seedlip Spice 94
  • 30ml Hakanoa Chai Concentrate
  • 50ml Coconut milk
  • 50ml Oat milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Grated nutmeg
  • A cinnamon quill

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker full of ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Pour all contents into a tall glass, including shaken ice
  4. Garnish with grated nutmeg and a cinnamon quill

My friend and I enjoyed trying to find places to take some photos of the drinks, as Farro has definitely got a variety of backdrops with their beautiful displays! The fourth stall was run by Harpoon Cold Brew.

Our fourth drink was:

SEEDLIP SPICE ESPRESSO MARTI-NO
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Seedlip Spice 94
  • 50ml Harpoon Cold Brew Concentrate
  • 15ml sugar syrup or 5-10ml Heilala vanilla syrup
  • 3 x coffee beans

Method:

  1. Shake and double strain in a coupe glass
  2. Garnish with coffee beans

(Our drink was garnished with what I believe was some sort of berry powder instead of the coffee beans)


Finally, the drink I had eyed from the start as being the one I thought I would enjoy the most (mostly cause it was pink and I typically like pink flavoured things), was the All Good stall.

Our fifth and final drink was:

GINGER BERRY FIZZ
Ingredients:
  • 50ml Seedlip Grove 42
  • 1 tsp of Plum or Berry jam
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger (approx. 1cm thick)
  • All Good Apple & Blackcurrant Switchel
  • Ice cubes
  • Slice of fresh ginger
  • Slice of apple

Method:

  1. Add Seedlip Grove, jam and ginger into a shaker with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Double strain into a tumbler (double straining means you won’t have any bits of jam or ginger chunks in your drink)
  4. Add ice into a tumbler
  5. Top with Switchel
  6. Gently stir to mix
  7. Garnish with a slice of fresh ginger and apple

I thoroughly enjoyed my evening – trying new things and tasting Seedlip for the first time (along with a lot of the other drinks, too!) and of course, hanging out with my friend. My friend and I both purchased a few things before we headed home, and on the way we were given our goodie bags and they did not disappoint! Overall, Farro and Seedlip put on a stunner evening.
P.S Dry July starts tomorrow – check it out here to find out more information.

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