Alila Botanicals: an artisanal homemade spirit

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Exciting news comes from Alila Villas Uluwatu, the five-star luxury resort atop the southern cliffs of Bali, as they launch their homemade artisan spirit: Alila Botanicals.

In recent years, Bali has seen its local alcohol industry flourish as island producers have developed exceptional qualities to match even some of the global brands. In support of this celebration of this local product, Alila Villa Uluwatu liquid artist, The wayHe developed Alila botanistsa specially prepared arrack that pays homage to its traditional roots.

The art of distillation in Bali has been around for centuries. The local Balinese spirit is known as arak, which has long been an integral part of the island’s traditions and daily life, used in both religious ceremonies and celebrations. Arak is obtained from the distillation of palm toddy, the sweet sap that is tapped and collected high in the foliage. Traditionally it was distilled with ceramic vessels and bamboo shoots.

In crafting his bespoke creation, Putu has preserved this local tradition of distillation by elevating the process through modern tools and equipment. Supporting the zero waste efforts of Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Botanicals is made using local ingredients and recycling leftover fruit from the resort’s restaurants and bars.

The production of Alila Botanicals involves a three-week process on site at the resort, which begins with the fermentation of the leftover fruits, followed by the first distillation. Then, the liquid is infused with 11 different botanicals including frangipani, chamomile, sencha, jasmine, red pepper, lavender, bergamot, licorice, angelica root, calendula and absinthe, before undergoing the second distillation process. The last step is a final distillation and filtration process to obtain the finest and purest spirit that combines a very subtle and exquisite taste with a complex flavor profile.

Boasting a dry, smooth and aromatic spirit, Alila Botanicals features light and sweet hints of floral notes that are best enjoyed poured over ice and topped with tonic water for an invigorating sip anytime, especially during hot sunny days at the resort . The brand new Artisan Spirit is now available as a complimentary in-villa service for guests staying at Alila Villas Uluwatu.

Alila Villas Uluwatu
Jl. Carambola Sari Tambiyak, Pecatu
+62 361 848 2166

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