The idea for ALTD Spirits was born over Christmas lunch, sometime between the main meal and desert.
Having realised they were both increasingly starved of flavour when it came to alcohol-free drinking, they hatched a plan to change things. “I don’t particularly like sugar-loaded soft drinks, and ordering anything alcohol-free at a bar felt like I’d been relegated to the kids’ table” says Tim.
“Limited options aside, good health is also a big part of why we created ALTD Spirits. We enjoy the benefits of being alcohol-free. It’s not our mission to persuade others to do the same, we’re presenting an alternative beverage for anyone who, like ourselves, are rethinking their drinking. For whatever reason and even if it’s just for that day” says Tim.
The collection is inspired by the tastes and sounds of the Australian Bush. All of the botanicals are grown locally and wherever possible, sourced from indigenous suppliers. “It seems a fitting dedication to name each drink after an Australian cicada. Growing up when we did, collecting cicada shells was a summertime quest enjoyed by most kids. The challenge was to find the rarest, the most elusive ones”, says Jacqui.
Each of the drinks has its own unique flavour and personality. “They’re like little characters and are absolutely part of the family. I could never choose a favourite” Jacqui adds.
“Mum and dad could though, it’s always me” adds Tim, clearly deluded.