Three Spirit – Social Elixir

Here’s one for you. Have you ever come across the term botanical alchemy? If you haven’t you’re not alone neither had I. It’s a term used to explain the blending and combination of plants and herbs to stimulate the palate, body and mind … and the Three Spirit company are renowned for their alchemy skills.

Three Spirit are renowned for their botanical alchemy skills and have crafted three different alcohol-free spirits (typically come as a set) each of which has a different reaction to the body and mind. There’s the ‘Livener’ to help create a sense of euphoria and energy, there’s the ‘Nightcap’ which is drunk to help achieve restful and solid sleep and the ‘Social Elixir’ which I reviewed below.

Social Elixir is consumed to help elevate your mood and reduce inhibitions. Perfect for starting an evening especially if you are a bit of an introvert like me. So what ingredients do Three Spirit use to achieve this botanical ‘dutch courage’? Well, there’s Damiana (a woody shrub to make you feel a little flirty), Tulsi (aka Holy Basil) and Cacao for that bit of lift.

I mixed a shot of the Social Elixir with a bottle of Fever-Tree Ginger ale and added some ice (aka Light and Stormy). So did I become the life and soul of the party or did I want to curl up in the corner? Well, you’ll just need to read my review to find out.

drinking social elixir

Is Three spirit social elixir any good?

Taste

I didn’t know what to expect taste-wise when I tried my drink but it was pretty tasty. There are certainly some complex flavours in Social Elixir but you do get hints of the bitter cacao as well as dark fruits (plums and blackberries) and medicinal herbs. The addition of the ginger ale was also a good idea as it helped to bring the ingredients together and give it that subtle fizz. I did try it neat but the bitterness was a little overwhelming. Overall this was an exceptionally refreshing drink.

Aroma & Appearance

The aroma of Social Elixir was a bit like opening a jar of artisan plum jam with bold fruit and bitter smells escaping from the bottle. As you can see when poured into the glass the liquid itself is dark burgundy in colour.

Bonus points

Social Elixir is suitable for most alcohol-free drinkers. The drinks are vegan-friendly and gluten-free and there are no artificial flavours or colours and packaging is ethically sourced & sustainably packaged. So not only do they taste good you know you’re buying into a responsible drinking business. Availability-wise Three Spirit is becoming more ubiquitous among alcohol-free drinkers and you can find this at Three Spirit’s site or via online specialists. 

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Key information for
Social Elixir

– per 50ml 

CreatorsThree Spirit

Country – UK

Alcohol content – 0.5%

Calories –26

Ingredients
Filtered water, agave nectar, botanical extracts of (caraway seed, damiana leaf, lion’s mane mushroom, yerba mate, passion flower, tulsi, cacao bean, green tea), coconut vinegar, molasses, black carrot concentrate, preservative; potassium sorbate, antioxidant; ascorbic acid, vitamins; B3, B6, B7 and B12.

Vegan friendly? – yes

Gluten-free? – yes

Availability – easy/ medium

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HOW TO MAKE A HERBAL STIMULANT COCKTAIL

As mentioned I drank Social Elixir as a Light and Stormy (ginger ale + social elixir) however try this recipe out for another create mocktail from Three Spirit.

Ingredients

50mL Three Spirit Social Elixir

25mL espresso coffee

7.5ml – maple syrup

Method
Add the ingredients together in an ice-filled shaker, shake hard, strain and enjoy an alcohol-free espresso martini.

Check out ThreeSpiritDrinks.com for more great recipe ideas.