From concept to creation, we wanted to include some info on how Mockingbird Spirit came to life. The intention to create the first alcohol free Tequila ‘Alcoternative’ using authentic Blue Weber Agave (the ingredient that gives the former its trademark taste), straight from the source in Mexico.
Mockingbird Spirit came from the idea of capturing the spirit of the mockingbird by humbly mimicking the taste of tequila in the same manner a Mockingbird would mimic the calls of other birds. Mockingbirds also represent innocence like in the tale of To Kill A Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize winning, 1960 novel by Harper Lee, so we wanted to use the symbolism as the converse to the guilt that sometimes comes from ‘having one too many’.
Plus, Tequila Mockingbird is a pretty fun pun.
Through the experience of growing up spending time between family in both Somerset & San Diego, Mexican food, drink and culture was always present and celebrated. The decision to create an alcohol-free Tequila was accelerated by the pandemic and meant there was more time and energy to focus on the dream of finding a drink equally as delicious as ‘The Real McCoy’ but a lot kinder on the mind, body and soul.
Next it was important to find the right suppliers and contacts to work with on getting the precious Blue Weber Agave from the source in Mexico over to the UK to distil alongside the other ingredients. Blue Weber Agave only really grows in Jalisco, Mexico, it’s also referred to as Agave Tequiliana, for obvious reasons. The Blue Weber Agave is what gives us the authentic taste that’s synonymous with Tequila and it’s also what makes the recipe so unique.
We wanted to create a new alcohol-free spirit that had the familiarity of a drink many know and love but also make it functional. It’s all very well having a non-alcoholic spirit but what about if it could actually make you feel better?
So, we added the ancient herb Ashwagandha, an adaptogen which helps your body and mind manage stress and anxiety. Basically, the exact opposite to what alcohol does. Ashwagandha was decided as the hero ingredient due to it’s immune boosting benefits to both the mental and physical aspects of our human physiology.
Developing the recipe was the most time-consuming part of the process, especially during Covid-19. Ingredients were trapped in China, bottles were locked down in Italy, but actually perfecting the recipe was as we saw it, the most important part of the journey. Yes, we needed it to look pretty for the ‘gram but it was all going to come down to the taste. For several months we dialled up the spice, dialled down the sweetness, heightened the heat and lowered the smokiness… Until we were 100% happy that we had a drink that mimicked the taste of Tequila.
Mockingbird Spirit is a labour of love, a tale of true dedication to the cause and something we are extremely proud to share with our amazing customers.
What you’ll taste: Earthy Blue Weber Agave, sweet vanilla and cinnamon with a healthy hint of habanero – evocative & moreish!
What you’ll feel: An energizing, tension-reducing effect when consuming it. Typical results are that you feel productive and creative, not bored or lethargic. Perfect for both a sober night and even a sober life.
If you ever want to reach out, give any feedback or have a chat about whatever you feel like, whether that’s to do with our spirit and our products or not, you can do so via the Contact page.
Thank You & Peace Out.