CITRUS Botanical


restore balance 

Our award-winning products are inspired by the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom in the Western Cape, South Africa - the smallest yet most diverse

floral kingdom in the world!

ABSTINENCE is a range of sophisticated, layered, complex non-alcoholic spirits & aperitifs made using an artisanal hydro distillation process.

Our Distilling Process

our distilling process 

Distillation is a method of extraction and separation of components based on different boiling points —a process by which you capture flavour.


Our proprietary, artisanal hydro distillation process is remarkably similar to making craft spirits. The lack of alcohol as an extraction medium requires that even more of each of the botanicals are needed to end up with the desired extraction levels to deliver aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. Testament of our commitment to making superior, balanced products that cut no corners and requires the same, if not more, love and attention than their alcoholic counterparts.


our botanicals 


Each of our spirit variants has its own distinctive selection of botanicals and flavour profiles and is inspired by the incredible biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom and its people. A distinct, indigenous hero ingredient shines through for each respective variant, providing unmistakable South African authenticity to each respective liquid.

The Cape Fynbos showcases

Rose Geranium as the hero.

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Abstinence Cape Fynbos
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Abstinence Cape Citrus
The Cape Citrus with Buchu
and Western Cape Citrus.
   The Cape Spice by way of a medley
of Spices and Honeybush.
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Abstinence Cape Spice

our distillER 

Our distiller is the multi-talented and serially creative James. Internationally renowned electronic DJ-turned family man and full-time distiller. James has always had a fascination with the alchemy inherent in the creation of intricately crafted, superior quality products. Liquid excellence is the only language James speaks, a pursuit of excellence that is confirmed by the string of awards in the ABSTINENCE trophy cabinet.

Our Distiller