Old tree drinks
We make an expanding range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The main drink types we produce are:
Botanical cordials -
Pink Lemonade – Lime and Ginger – Blackcurrant, Mint and Lime – Elderflower and Apple – Mango and Orange – Wild Rosehip – Nettle Ice Tea – Beetroot, Rosemary and Citrus, Redcurrant & Raspberry, Strawberry an Kiwi...
Fermented soft drinks
Our plan is to focus on the fruits & herbs that grow regionally to the land we are producing in. This is currently Britain, so our drinks involves the ingredients that grow most abundantly here – Elder, Apple, Rosehip, Blackberry, Meadowsweet, Gooseberry, Redcurrant, Blackcurrant, Rowan, Medlar and Rosemary, to name but a few. Our beers involve English hops and grains and with our emphasis on funding food forests, we aim to be able to forage all of the ingredients for these delicious drinks, from landscapes all around us in the future.
Presently, our ingredient sourcing is always an adventure, as the forest gardens we are planting haven't matured yet (and the south downs is still covered with sheep devouring potential food forests) – we mainly forage and intercept the fruits and herbs that we use to make all our drinks.
For example, we organise apple scrumping trips to abandoned orchards to glean the apples that we end up using for our Apple Ebulis and Organic Ciders.
As the cost of organic or Soil Association produce is so often prohibitively expensive, our order of ethics in sourcing goes like this:
1. Locally foraged - from hedgerows and forest gardens
2. Intercepted or surplus fruit from grocers and markets
3. Locally grown by farmers or gardeners that share our values
Since making the drinks for the restaurant Silo in 2014, we realised that a real gap in the market is in health drinks, which we now produce as much as our alcoholic drinks. We are Brighton based producers of Kombucha, Water Kefir and Nettle Ice Tea, all of which are refreshing, delicious and incredibly healthy drinks.
We are expanding our range to include unrefined sugar-free drinks and are soon to be launching our new energy drink in Brighton's ethical supermarket - Hisbe.