Melati is Asia's first non-alcoholic aperitif made in Singapore and it's loaded with health benefits

Melati is Asia's first non-alcoholic aperitif made in Singapore and it's loaded with health benefits

Drink to good health

Text: Cheryl Lai-Lim

There are plenty of reasons why people don't drink, whether it's due to health complications or the desire to wake up without the agony of a hangover. With the sober-curious movement in full swing, the number of non-alcoholic drinks entering Singapore's market has been extensively growing. It comes as a surprise then that there hasn't been an Asian non-alcoholic answer to the aperitif  until now.

Meet Melati, Asia's first non-alcoholic aperitif that's born and bred here in the 65. Besides being a simple non-boozy alternative to the popular 'before and after dinner' drink, Melati is also infused with complex herbs and botanicals to help restore health. "Growing up in Singapore, going out and socialising over drinks is the hallmark of our youth," says founder Lorin Winata. "A few years ago, when visiting my ancestral farmland in Jatiluwih, Bali, it struck me that the Asian botanicals that I had been fed all my life held the secret to making unique and restorative drinks for the modern consumer, who may be looking for a non-alcoholic beverage that is sophisticated, satisfying and healthy to be enjoyed at parties, or to unwind after a long day at work."

Melati drinks

These traditional Asian medicinal remedies inspired Winata to create flavourful non-ABV beverages that are restorative and uplifting. The first offering by Melati is the Classic, a refreshing and elevated mood-setter. Hand-crafted from 26 healing botanicals with mood-boosting and detoxifying compounds, each botanical was traditionally cold-extracted to help retain its restorative benefits. After being infused for up to six weeks, the botanicals were then hand-blended here in Singapore.

Amongst the 26 chosen, some of the health botanicals infused in the Classic includes goji and choke berries, combined together with hibiscus to release a fragrant aroma. Raw cacao and exotic spices like star anise and cinnamon lends a complex bittersweet touch to the drink. The intricate ingredients leads to a complex taste with fruity, floral and spicy notes. Tied together as a booze-free health drink, the ingredients help detoxify the liver, increase blood flow, spark digestion and support general wellbeing.

Melati drinks

For those who prefer an alcoholic twist but desire the restorative benefits of the Melati, you can also combine it with alcohol for a low-ABV cocktail. If you prefer having a taste before your meal at a restaurant, make your way down to establishments like three Michelin-starred Odette and two Michelin-starred Restaurant Zén. Otherwise, snag a bottle for yourself and have a pour of this restorative drink the next time it's Apéro hour at home. Fastest fingers first though  there are only 500 bottles of this premium product to ensure optimum quality and freshness.

Melati is available to purchase online here and retails at $68 for a 500ml bottle.

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