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How it's made

Decision

Vera Spirits is a non-alcoholic distillery founded and operated by Luka Nagode, Urska Dvoracek, and Jernej Peterlin – chefs and restaurateurs.

Inspired by Vera’s lifelong travels along the Mediterranean coast, we have decided to continue her mission and explore flavors, ingredients, and distilling methods to create our unique blends.

Timing

The distillation process begins by carefully choosing our ingredients. We outsource botanicals based on quality and perfect timing, ensuring we rely primarily on local and seasonal ingredients. For production, we use spring water that comes directly from the Alps.

After studying each ingredient and its optimal distillation conditions, we develop recipes and procedures for each product. We distill our botanicals with great care, giving them the perfect conditions to extract wanted aromatic compounds. We use two different methods.

Production

We use two different methods depending on the part of botanical: maceration and vapor infusion.

Maceration involves soaking and cooking the botanicals in a still. We use this procedure for softer botanicals and their juices.

During vapor infusion, we place botanicals in the path of the vapor coming off the still before the steam is condensed. The moisture picks up the flavors from the botanicals as it passes by. The resulting product is considered by many to be more fresh and delicate than that produced by maceration.

After distillation, we carefully blend our distillates to achieve harmony between aromatics. The final product is then filtered, pasteurized (to ensure quality and safety), and finally, bottled.

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