New product Kolibri offers bespoke soft drink drama

Kate Malczewski

Kate Malczewski

11 June 2018

A new soft on the scene is looking to bring a more theatrical experience to alcohol-free offerings – without creating more work for bartenders.

Kolibri is a bottled drink that pairs botanical sparkling water with a cap containing agave-based syrup. Guests remove the cap and squeeze the syrup into the water, allowing for the customisation of sweetness and a bit of spectacle to boot.

‘The craft of making bespoke coffee, decanting with elaborate wine tasting, or the artistry involved in cocktail making are hugely satisfying for guests,’ said Kolibri’s co-founder Kamila Sitwell. ‘Until now soft drinks offered no such experiences.’

In addition to this theatrical element, Kolibri is meant to give health-conscious customers a sweet drink option without having to turn to artificial sweeteners.

‘Sugar, like any ingredient, is only a problem when it’s over-engineered in recipes,’ Sitwell commented. ‘Kolibri drinks empower each customer, giving him or her choices and control of sugar and calories.’

The drink clocks in around 40kcal per bottle with all the syrup added, and is available in three flavours: Strawberry & Basil, Cardamom & Chilli and Elderflower & Lime. The brand expects each bottle to sell for £6-7 on menus.

‘Modern customers want a healthy, great tasting and indulgent drink. They also want experience, ritual and theatre.’ With a healthy dose of soft drink drama, Kolibri aims to offer both.

RRP £6-7,


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