12 sophisticated soft drinks for Dry January

Luscombe Wild Elderflower Bubbly

This is a sparkler with a serious history. Luscombe estate in Devon has farming roots stretching back to 1087, and even pops up in the Domesday Book. The commercial drinks side of the business wasn’t developed until 1975, though cider has been made at the estate since the 12th century, and workers were paid in part with cider until as recently as the ‘70s.

Luscombe launched its first soft drinks back in 1997, making it one of the first to champion sophisticated soft serves. Inspired by a stint in Sicily, on returning to England in the late ‘90s owner Gabriel David got to work making Sicilian lemonade free from concentrates and additives.

The estate’s soft drinks range has since grown to include an orangeade made from oranges grown in Etna’s volcanic soils; a ‘crush’ range of sparkling fruit juices in lip-smacking flavours like raspberry, lime, rhubarb, and cranberry; a delicate Damascene rose sparkler that marries Muscat grapes with Sicilian lemons; and a quintessentially English wild elderflower fizz made with elderflowers “picked in the June sunshine”.

The floral fizz is said to pair well with savoury snacks like smoked salmon canapés and mini quiches. RRP: £6 for four x 27cl at Abel & Cole.

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