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Botonique is a new sparkling soft drink made using botanical extracts and rich in nutrients. It was created by myself, a wine merchant, to give the kind of crisp dry refreshment, complex flavours and long finish you normally only get from a good wine or other alcoholic drink. It isn’t wine though – no grapes and no alcohol. The taste is completely unique, reminiscent of dry white wine or Prosecco with hints of gin, Pimms and vermouth.
Botonique is food-friendly, makes a great aperitif, and can
form the basis of many great mocktails, so it’s perfect for when you are
It can also help you just cut back, as it makes a delicious wine spritzer or pacer drink between glasses, and can mix superbly with a whole host of spirits too, making a little alcohol go a long way. For me, the best thing is that once I’ve had a couple of glasses of wine, I can happily switch to Botonique and continue to get the same kind of satisfaction.
As well as helping you drink less alcohol without loss of pleasure, the product is enhanced with botanicals such as ginseng and milk thistle seed, plus the Prelixir® nutrients – a special blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Botonique contains just 14 calories per 100ml, one sixth the calories of wine, and 2.1g total carbs, so it’s great for diabetics too. The touch of sweetness comes from a little pear juice. It contains:
Our first drink is Botonique Crisp Dry White, described above. Next we want to bring out a Rosé version, then a robust red, then a full oaked white and a lighter red, so that between them most food situations can be covered, without alcohol. And of course we want to sell globally. Everything including the bottle is made in Britain (though some spices and vitamins have to be imported), and we want to become a great British export success story.
But first we need to sell lots of Botonique Crisp Dry White, and to do that we need money, including:
If we go into over-funding, we would use the money:
Your rewards will come in varying combinations of personalised thank you’s, including engraved Champagne glasses, gift boxes and bags, party and tasting experiences, and of course Botonique itself.
Rewards will be delivered in good time for Christmas by UKMail to any mainland UK address excluding the Highlands. You can re-schedule deliveries to suit you. Other addresses cost extra – please ask.
So please make a pledge and pick your reward, to make your or someone else's Christmas that much better!
Please check out our social media pages and our website, packed with information:
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To all our lovely backers – greetings and thanks!
The campaign for Botonique has just ended, comfortably over target, so we are looking forward to sending you your rewards. We don’t have the 6-bottle box yet, and the Champagne flutes need to be engraved, but one thing we can deliver promptly is that personalised thank you. So do please email us at Rewards@botonique.com to tell us how you would like to receive yours – options below. Your email address will also enable UKMail to notify you when your real rewards are to be delivered.
Recipes & serving suggestions
We would also like to email you recipes and serving suggestions to enhance your enjoyment of Botonique. Do please let us know if you’d rather we did not. And we would like to send you the very occasional newsletter with special offers, stockist information etc. Again please let us know if you’d rather we didn’t.
Thank you comes in many forms
Your personalised thank you can be delivered in any of these ways:
Use of your funds
Thank you so much for your support, which has enabled us to commission some beautiful branded protective boxes, and to get more bottles sleeved, so protecting the nutrients from light (as well as making the bottle look great).
And a big thank you to all of you who left lovely comments about Botonique. If you are new to Botonique, I hope it gives you as much pleasure as it clearly gives to these people, and to me, along with all that goodness.
Please remember to email Rewards@botonique.com so we can send your thank you and serving suggestions.
All the best
A great many thanks to all who have pledged and helped us to reach our first target in less than 13 days!
Please keep helping us spread the word, in whatever way comes naturally to you. We now hope to raise another £2,000, with which we can either print the Botonique Book of Mocktails and Cocktails* (*low alcohol), or create a series of informational videos. If we get to £6,000 in total, we can do both! And of course BackIt is also helping us make more people aware of Botonique as an alternative to alcohol, which can only be a good thing.
To make it easy to help, we’ve created a Thunderclap campaign to “save the nation’s liver” one sip at a time:
So please link through and register your support. No money needed, but we need 100 registered supporters by 3rd November (11 days time) to create a “Thunderclap” of social media awareness 4 days before this BackIt campaign closes.
We’ve never done a crowd-funding or Thunderclap campaign before, but it does seem like a great way to spread the word for new little businesses!
Thank you once again for your support
Well after a one-week scramble to get our campaign and video together (thanks to the wonderful people at DanDan Digital) it went live on Friday evening 7th October. We sent out an email on Saturday morning telling people who we know are already fans, and by Sunday evening we were over half way to our threshold!
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped. It's a great feeling!