Going alcohol-free is easier than ever before. Even at the world’s top bars, there’s no shortage of non-alcoholic drink options. Still, you might feel like ordering an alcohol-free cocktail carries social stigma from friends and onlookers alike.
It doesn’t have to be that way, actor Regé-Jean Page of Bridgerton tells Men’s Journal. “In LA, people are almost over-supportive. They’re like, ‘Oh my God, you’re not drinking, good for you.’ When I’m in London or in Europe, that’s not the assumption at all, actually. Folks are generally just quite intrigued.”
Page joins non-alcoholic beverage company Seedlip for their latest campaign, “Choose Different.” Page and the brand look to take zero-ABV spirits to the natural next step in their evolution—becoming everyday bar ingredients.
Alcohol-Free Spirits Bring Balance to an Adventurous Life
Page bounces from London film premiers to award season red carpets in Los Angeles, events that usually have an open bar, which leads to too much time spent navigating social and professional conversations with a drink in hand. Sometimes, Page likes to have a drink that doesn’t leave him with a morning headache.
“It’s about empowering balance in your life,” Page says. “At any given moment you can participate in those social events that involve a drink … knowing you have a non-alcoholic option that still has that sophistication.”
Seedlip’s Choose Different campaign can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people. But to Page, it’s about open-mindedness. “It’s keeping your options broad, sophisticated, and adventurous,” he says. “I’m discovering new seas of cocktails each day. In restaurants, I’ll usually order whatever’s on the menu that I have no idea what it tastes like.”
In good news for all of us, non-alcoholic cocktails are becoming more accessible, as drinks menus around the globe begin using zero-ABV spirits as the basis for creative concoctions. They provide another option, one that allows you to better balance out busy evenings. It’s a surprisingly fresh opinion coming from Page, someone used to hectic Hollywood nights where the crowd is well-known for pushing limits.
Seedlip Garden Spritz
If you choose to go the non-alcoholic route, even if it’s just some of the time, Page has advice on how to enjoy Seedlip—particularly in his favorite cocktail, the garden spritz. While a typical recipe calls for gin, Page instead opts for a bottle of Seedlip Garden 108, an herbal non-alcoholic spirit made with peas, rosemary, thyme, and spearmint.
- Seedlip Garden 108
- Elderflower tonic or club soda
Glass & Garnish
- Rosemary sprig
- Wine glass
- Pour 2 oz. of Seedlip over ice in a wine glass.
- Top with Elderflower tonic or club soda. Garnish with rosemary sprig.
Seedlip Garden 108