Alter, which hails as the first herbal martini on the market is a nonalcoholic beverage that be can be drank alone as an alternative to consuming alcohol, or mixed with fine spirits to create a complex and creative cocktail. The concoction consists of fruits, vegetables, single-estate teas, spices, and botanicals. The past five days I have had Bliss, Chi, and Restore in my refrigerator, and I have come up with numerous food and cocktail recipes that could only work with these complex and layered flavors. Watch for later post on the recipes I created with Alter’s beverages.
Each bottle contains a plethora of ingredients from all corners of the world. Restore, a savory concoction, possess such culinary infusions as heirloom tomatoes muddled with tomatillos, cucumbers, Spanish lemon thyme, smoked sea salt, linden berry, and Alter’s own white Worcestershire sauce .I use this one for a Bloody Mary mixer or as a base to sauces, stocks, and marinades. Bliss, the sweetest of the refreshments, contains a base of white grapes with German chamomile flowers, sweet rose petals, Hibiscus, and Elderflower. The botanical aspect of bliss encompasses Osmanthus Oolong layered with lemon balm, L-Theanine, rose flower, tea flower, and passion flower. I like to drink bliss on its own or mixed with premium vodka and a twist of lime. Chi, my man’s favorite, includes cherries, hyssop, Hawaiian ginger, Oregon spearmint, juniper berries, Sumac and Ver Du Vietnam green tea with a herbal tonic of white ginseng, astragalus, kola nut, and watercress. I fancy Chi mixed with mineral water or shaken with gin and pineapple juice and served over ice. The other two flavors, Chill and Aphrodisiac, which are also interesting and complex, mix well with whiskey or tequila.
The simple but elegant packaging boasters each flavor’s striking color (the pigment comes from the ingredients not artificial dyes). The label on the bottle apprises each exotic ingredient put into every recipe, and a small quote and photo of the founder Jagatjoti. However, the selling point for me are all the delectable and mouthwatering ingredients and how each curated bottle tastes. Pick up Alter online at altarco.com or check your local specialty market.