Carisips, an artisan spiced drinks brand, has launched its first crowdfunding campaign, to relaunch its ready to drink product range. The target, set at £25,000 on Crowdfunder UK, will allow the business to outsource manufacturing which, since the company was founded in 2019, has been done by founder Aisha Jade who hand makes all of the products at her home kitchen in South London.
Over the past year Carisips drinks have been sold to thousands of customers at markets in Brixton, Belgravia, Croydon and Peckham as well as pivoting online, at the start of lockdown, to sell across the UK. Outsourcing production will allow the business to gain distribution and reach more consumers who connect with the flavours – Sorrel Spice, Zesty Tamarind and Ginger Zing (formerly Honey Ginger).
All products are vegan friendly and contain botanical extracts that are known to aid digestion. They are still, non-alcoholic and can be served hot, cold or as a mixer – a range of versatile products used by mixologists, non-drinkers, epicureans and the health-conscious.
At 20 Aisha travelled to cities such as Paris, New York and Toronto to explore Caribbean food. She realised that other cultures used the same ingredients for example, sorrel is called hibiscus in the UK, karkade in Egypt and zobo in Nigeria. “Many people from these countries reside in the UK yet these products are not widely available. Carisips reminds people of their childhoods, holidays and good times with friends and family. They provide the ultimate drinking experience that allow you to live in the moment,” says Aisha.
Any amount over £1 can be donated to the campaign, Carisips: an exotic drinking experience, through www.crowdfunder.co.uk/carisips. The rewards for donations are: a personalised thank you email – £5, 500ml spiced drink – £13, drinks gift set – £34 and an invitation to the official launch event – £150. The campaign ends 12/04/21.
Visit www.carisips.com for more information.