Roots Divino Aperitif
Here’s another interesting alcohol-free aperitif I found – Roots Divino. You may not have come across Roots before but it was set up by two Greek brothers in 2013 – Manos & Nikolas Smyrlakis – who created a distillery and made a number of alcoholic liqueurs. Recently though they launched a Roots Divino, their alcohol-free offering which includes a couple of aperitifs (Bianco and Rosso).
Just like absinthe and vermouth Divino takes its inspiration from ancient Greece using classic, natural ingredients. To create their aperitif they produce vermouth by infusing wormwood, rosemary & other greek herbs into sweetened wine. This mixture is then dealcoholized using reverse osmosis before being bottled.
To serve I had a shot of Bianco along with a chilled bottle of ‘Le Tribute’ tonic water and a few ice cubes.
So their halo shaped logo is meant to symbolise “the divine effect of drinking without alcohol” so is it a heavenly drink or a devilish concoction? Well, you’ll just need to read my review below to find out.
Is Roots Divino any good?
One answer – yes. It is one of the best alcohol-free aperitifs I’ve tasted. If you are familiar with the bittersweet taste of Cinzano or a classic Bianco vermouth you’ll have a good idea of the expected flavours. The herb flavours are pretty subtle but they help to balance the flavours. When I added the tonic and ice it really did taste like an alcoholic cocktail. Very refreshing and perfect for sipping in the sun.
Aroma & Appearance
Neat out the bottle it has a slightly acidic Vermouth aroma but when mixed in with the tonic it becomes a lot less intense. In the glass and mixed with other ingredients it looks like a GnT.
This alcohol-free aperitif is 0% alcohol but there is no further info on whether it is suitable for vegans or gluten-free drinkers. When it comes to calories it is a little high compared to other alcohol-free spirits (54 per 100ml). Roots Divino isn’t the easiest AF spirit around so you’ll need to buy it from an online specialist.
Buy Roots Divino
As mentioned above it isn’t the easiest alcohol-free aperitif drink to find but you can buy it from the retailer below.
When it comes to alcohol-free spirits, Masters Of Malt has a great selection on offer. Choose from premade cocktails as well as bottles of non-alcoholic spirits.
– per 100ml
Brewery – ROOTS
Country – Greece
Alcohol content – 0%
Calories – 54
Ingredients – water, sugar syrup, non-alcoholic fermented grape juice, natural flavourings, preservatives
Vegan friendly? – unknown
Gluten-free? – unknown
Availability – medium/hard
“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”
-Seneca, AD 50 BC
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