Our Drinks

JUICES

We make ten premium fruit juices and juice-based drinks that come in both small and large bottles. From traditional favourites to wonderful alternatives, such as pink lemonade and elderflower, there is something for all tastes.

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A group shot of 4 250ml cans of Folkignton's sparkling Presses in a garden.

SPARKLING PRESSÉS

Our premium gently sparkling natural pressés are available in four tempting flavour combinations including rhubarb & apple and lemon & mint, alongside our traditionally hot ginger beer and English elderflower pressé. Across the range there are fewer than 100 calories per can.

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TONIC WATERS AND OTHER MIXERS

We make four different tonic waters. In addition to the traditional Indian tonic water and Light alternative, we have two completely unique tonic waters which are just as good with gin, as they are without: English Garden tonic water, made with cucumber, rosemary and mint, and Earl Grey tonic water made with bergamot and tea. We also offer three other mixers as part of our artisan range.

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Mr Mitchell, one of our British farmers who grows our apples & pears.

Pear - Conference & Comice Variety

The Conference pear is now the UK’s most widely grown pear, having first been cultivated in 1884 by Mr Thomas Rivers of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. It was first exhibited in the following year at the British International Pear Conference from which it took its name. The Comice pear originates from 1849 when it was cultivated in the Loire Valley in France. It derives its name from the French phrase, Doyenné du Comice, meaning, “top of the show,” as they are often celebrated as the best pear variety.

Pictured: Mr Mitchell, one of our British farmers who grows our apples & pears.

Valencia oranges in an orchard, with blue skies and mountains in the distance.

Orange - valencia "Late" variety

The Valencia Late variety originates from Portugal & the Azores Islands. In 1865 the variety was imported by Englishman, Thomas Rivers, and given the name Excelsior. He sold trees to a number of growers in the USA including Mr A. B. Chapman in California, who renamed it Valencia “Late” at the suggestion of a Spanish visitor who pronounced it similar to a late-maturing variety from Valencia.

Picking beautiful tomatoes in Spain

TOMATOES - FROM THE EBRO VALLEY

In Spain tomato growing represents the most traditional horticultural crop in the Ebro Valley’s irrigated land and is dominated by small traditional family farming businesses, providing much needed work for the elder generation. There are an estimated 3,500 tomato farmers in the Ebro Valley working over 5,100 hectares and harvesting mostly by hand.

LEMON - Femminello Variety

Femminello lemons can be traced back to Roman times as evidenced by wall paintings and mosaics found in Pompeii and Herculaneum (Naples). Making up over 75% of Sicily’s lemon crop, Femminello lemons can be harvested year-long because each sub variety blossoms & matures during different seasons. Typically Femminello Comune lemons are medium sized, oval shaped and have a distinctive sourness.

Blackcurrant harvesting in the beautiful Kent countryside.

Blackcurrant – Pixley Noir variety

The Pixley Noir variety was originally identified in 2003 by Herefordshire farmer Edward Thompson who took the next 10 years to then propagate, plant and crop it. It has incredible colour intensity, unusually low acidity and a gentler flavour than most other blackcurrant varieties.

Cranberry − Stevens variety

The Stevens variety of cranberry was first developed in the USA by H.F. Bain in the 1940s. Its principle characteristic is its size, being a larger berry than most other North American varieties. Quebec’s cooler climate creates an environment that is less dependant on the use of pesticides while also providing a fruit that is slightly sharper in taste.

Image of rhubarb fields stretching into the distant treeline.

Rhubarb – Timperley Early

Rhubarb is one of the most prolific varieties grown in Northern England. It matures in February at the start of the season and is characterised by its thin tender stems.

A large number of incredibly colourful Magdelena Mango's growing against a backdrop of vivid green leaves.

Mango – Magdalena River variety

The Magdalena River mango variety is indigenous to Colombia and has been cultivated over the centuries, originally by the ancient Pijao people of Colombian Andes mountains. Together with papaya and guava it was their staple fruit and remains among the most flavoursome of all mangos.

A view of harvested Golden Sweet pineapple's.

PINEAPPLE - GOLDEN SWEET VARIETY

The Golden Sweet pineapple is a recent addition to the pineapple family and traces its origins back to the 1960s in Hawaii. 20 years later the Costa Ricans realised that they had the perfect habitat and environment for it and it now dominates pineapple growing in their country.

Man picking our Russet apples from pollinator trees in a Cox apple orchard in Kent.

APPLES - SELECTED VARIETIES

Russet variety (in our apple juice). The Egremont Russet has its origins in Sussex and was first cultivated on the Petworth House Estate of Lord Egremont in 1870. It has a distinctive “nutty” taste and a textured golden-brown skin that makes it unique among British apples. With its rich fruity taste it produces a creamy-sweet apple juice.

Jonagored variety (in our apple juice). The Jonagored apple is a recent cultivar, originating from Belgium. It was developed by a local apple farmer, Jos Morren, who in 1980 noticed that the top branch of one of his Jonagold apple trees had started growing dark red apples. He decided to propagate the branch and a new award winning variety was born.

Worcester variety (in our rhubarb & apple pressé). The Worcester Pearmain variety is an early season sweet apple.  It was first cultivated in 1873 in Worcester by a local apple grower, Mr Hale.  It is distinctive by it’s bright red colour, white flesh and intense sweet, almost strawberry flavour.

Scrumptious variety (in our rhubarb & apple pressé). The scrumptious apple variety is similar to the Worcester apple in appearance with its intense red skin.  It is an early-mid season harvester with a white flesh and hint of strawberry taste.  It was introduced by Hugh Ermen in 1980 and is bred from the Golden Delicious and Discovery varieties.

Quinine on a white background.

Quinine

Quinine is an extract from the bark of the Cinchona tree (“Cinchona officinalis”). The bark we use comes from India and can be traced back to the cinchona plantations established by the British Government in India in the 1860s.

Ginger Root with leaves on a white background

Ginger Root Extract

The ginger plant (“Zingiber officinale”) originated from the rainforest of South East Asia and is now cultivated in most tropical regions. The ginger we use is the Tafin-Giwa variety that is grown in West Africa and has a spicy, aromatic flavour with citrus notes.

Pile of Gentian roots on a white background.

Gentian Root Extract

Gentian (“Gentiana”) is a wild flower that grows in mountainous regions. In Roman times its roots were used to make medicinal tonics, but nowadays they are used to provide a natural bitter flavour. The gentian roots we use are grown in Spain.

Image of a vibrant myrtle-leaf bitter orange

Myrtle-leaf orange extract

The Myrtle-leaf orange (“Citrus myrtifolia”) is a small bitter orange that grows in Mediterranean coastal areas. Its leaves resemble those of a myrtle, from which its name is derived. The oranges that we use are grown in the Liguria Region of Italy and are considered to be the finest.

Sprigs of fragrant rosemary on a white background.

Rosemary

Rosemary (“Rosemarinus officinalis”) is curiously a member of the mint family originating from the Mediterranean region but has now adapted to cooler climates. It has been cultivated in England since the 14th Century. It produces little blue flowers between April and June. The rosemary we use is from England.

Mint leaves on a white background.

MINT

Mint (“Mentha”) has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years; its digestive calming properties have become popular as a tea drink but it remains a powerful and distinctive ingredient in food, drinks and aromatherapy.

3 dark green cucumbers on a white background

Cucumber

Cucumber (“Cucumis sativus) originated in India over 3000 years ago. It is part of the gourd family but grows like a vine. In botanical terms it is classed as a berry but grows from a flower and is eaten as a vegetable. A cucumber is 95% water when fully grown.

Fresh lemon, with skin peeled in a twirl showing the inside of the lemon.

LEMON ZEST EXTRACT

Lemon zest is the peel from lemons and contains the natural oils and vitamins from the fruit. Our lemons are grown in Spain.

Wild elderflower flowers on a bed of leaves.

ELDERFLOWER

There are various cultivars of the Elder shrub that grow wild in Britain, each producing similar white petal-heads with a fragrant aroma. The infusion we make is from the petals alone, after having carefully shaken them from their green stalks, to ensure absolute purity. The Cuckmere River valley, from which many of the flowers have been collected, is an environmental haven for wildlife since it remains uniquely free from any development along its banks from source to its mouth in the South Downs National Park.

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