Julian and Helen live in the beautiful South Tipperary countryside, very close to the River Suir and the Waterford border. For years, we have used the produce of the hedgerow to create interesting foods and drinks for ourselves and our family and friends. In 2013, we started our company, Irish Hedgerow, and crafted our range of Sparkling Elderflower Refresher Drinks, to share our passion for the fabulous flavours of nature that we enjoy from the plants that surround our house.
Irish Hedgerow Sparkling Elderflower Drinks are an exciting way to experience the delicacies that grow naturally in the Irish countryside. The wild elderflowers from which we craft our drinks are handpicked from hedgerows near Drangan, Cloneen and Newcastle and further afield in South Tipp and North Waterford. The water we use for our drinks is certified Irish mineral water and we take time to ensure that our other ingredients are GMO-free. Nature produces such marvellous flavours, fragrances and textures that we feel it is a shame to mess with them!
In 2015, Julian attended the Food Academy programme run by Musgrave Retail, Bord Bia and Local Enterprise offices. We started selling our Sparkling Elderflower Refreshers in the 6 Tipperary SuperValu stores in September 2015 and in 2016 we expanded throughout Munster and arrived in Dublin at the end of that year. In the summer of 2017 we added Irish Tonic Waters with Quinine and Elderflower to our product line and today our Refreshers and Tonic Waters can be found in SuperValu stores throughout Munster, Leinster and most of Connacht. Our drinks are also available in many smaller independent fine-food stores. We are still working with new flowers, leaves and fruits from our local fields and hedgerows and we plan to sell our cordials more widely in the coming year and continue to supply other drinks manufacturers with our high quality, delicious natural extracts.