Give your fridge a revamp and offer your customers something fancy with these new soft drinks.
1. Cinchona Tonic
Square Root London
Last year’s winner of the BBC Food & Farming award for Best Drinks Producer, the fledgling company makes all of its drinks by hand from natural ingredients. This one is created with fresh lemongrass syrup, Sicilian lemon juice and cinchona bark. The latter is the original source of quinine, the anti-malarial with a bitter taste that led British colonialists in India to mix it with gin. The rest, as they say, is history…
2. Seedlip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirit
It’s not fruity, it’s not sweet and it claims to be at the forefront of a new “non-alcoholic spirits” category. Based on a recipe from the 1600s, Seedlip is already served at some of the best cocktail bars in the country (including The Savoy, Dandelyan, Hix and The Ledbury) and is made with “two barks, two spices, two citrus peels”, according to its creator. Serve long with tonic or short with olive brine, Martini-style.
3. Buddha Water
The UK’s first sparkling super-water, by all accounts. The special ingredient in each of the six flavours is Scandinavian birch sap, said to contain saponins (which purportedly reduce cholesterol), plus vitamin C and potassium. The line-up includes such flavours as hibiscus, mango, cherry and cranberry.
4. Purdey’s Rejuvenate
This blend of grape and apple juice, spring water, botanical extracts and B vitamins has been around for decades but owner Britvic is giving it a new lease of life this year with
a campaign featuring British actor Idris Elba, marking the biggest investment in the brand to date.
5. Franklin & Sons Sicilian Lemon Tonic
It’s not just lemons from Sicily that give this tonic an exotic edge but also the natural extracts of cinchona bark from Ecuador and root ginger. Lovely and refreshing on its own, of course, but also a winner with a dasheroo of sloe gin, according to chaps in the know.
6. Frobishers Classics Apple, Pear & Elderflower
While a pear and elderflower juice blend may not appear revolutionary on the face of it, at just 85 calories
per 330ml serve, this version is a game-changer for the company. Launched just last autumn, it even walked away with the Best New Product award at the inaugural Zero Alcohol Awards in February.
7. Monin Yuzu Purée
Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that is rapidly growing in popularity over here. This new purée can be used to make an unusual iced tea or
home-made lemonade with an “extra hint of fruity sourness” or, because of its marmalade-like texture, it can be employed as an ice-cream topping.
8. Orchard Pig Totally Minted
The craft cider producer also makes a range of apple juices, all of which come with a
little twist…Our favourite is Totally Minted, a lightly sparkling pink grapefruit and mint juice drink with a cheeky squeeze of lime.
9. Bottlegreen Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling Pressé
Made using traditional wine-making techniques, this sparkling pressé aims to tap into demand for retro soft drinks and will launch exclusively into the on-trade this spring. It follows last year’s launch of the Cotswold lemonade & mint, and mango & coconut variants.
10. Kitsch Rhubarb & Thai Basil Soda
Inspired by the world of cocktails, this craft soda company currently offers Just two sodas (this one plus Cucumber & Fennel Seed), both hand-made in Edinburgh using natural ingredients. This one contains British rhubarb, Thai basil, water, sugar — and that is all.
11. Coca-Cola with a twist
Proving that even licensees with the most mainstream of soft drink offers need not lack ambition, Coca-Cola Enterprises reports that it is
popular in bars across Europe for customers to personalise their glasses of Coke. Simply adding ingredients such as fresh mint, ginger slices or elderflower can create a drink that is unique to you.
12. Vimto Remix
Keeping with the brand’s “seriously mixed-up fruit” slogan, this is a blend of mango, strawberry and pineapple, plus the secret Vimto recipe. Aimed at children and
teenagers, a new version of the recipe is rolling out this month, in both still and fizzy versions.
13. Apple, Kale & Kelp smoothie
This range of functional smoothies contains two of your five-a-day. Three variants are available but this one purports to give you an energy boost with its blend of two super green veggies and good old apples, giving you a dose of magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B complex in one little bottle.