It was named Best Adult Drink and Best New Drink Concept at the Zenith Innobev Awards*, beating strong international competition.
Like Dry Drinker, the judges must have loved the tonic carefully infused with botanical extracts - orange peel, all spice, star anise, clove, cardamom - blended with re-distilled juniper berries.
And The Duchess is barely a year old. Founders Johannes le Roux and Inus Smuts were thrilled by their win, Johannes saying: ‘We are so pleased that, shortly after a year of launching, The Duchess is already surpassing our expectations.’
Dry Drinker founder Stuart Elkington said: ‘Well done Duchess! This is deserved recognition of a drink that I knew I had to stock as soon as I’d tasted it. And it’s great to see a small independent business win over larger more established brands.’
Big Drop in final
Dry Drinker likes to back - and stock - winners, and so they're also excited about the success of Big Drop.
Big Drop - the UK’s first brewing company to exclusively make <0.5% ABV beer, and stocked by Dry Drinker - has been shortlisted in the BBC Food & Farming Awards 2018. It’s 1 of 3 finalists in the Best Drinks Producer category and the only one that produces alcohol free drinks.
Big Drop are on a winning streak - Big Drop Pale Ale was Style Winner in the World Beer Awards 2017, while its Stout won Silver in the same awards and Gold in the International Beer Challenge.
How to nominate Big Drop in the Food and Farming Awards
*Zenith Innobev Awards
- are organised by global food and drink experts Zenith
- judge creativity, innovation, marketing and sustainability
- attracted more than 100 entries in 15 categories
- were held at the 14th Global Soft Drinks Congress (yes, there is such a thing) held in Prague