No.1 Rosemary Water

Rosemary is a medicinal herb that is reported to contain unique anti-carcinogenic, anti-oxidant and memory-boosting properties. We are excited to work with the wonderful people of No.1 Rosemary Water who have managed to bottle this super herb and produce the only drink of its kind.

The Story

In the peaceful coastal hamlet of Acciaroli, villagers enjoy the good life – and they enjoy it for longer than most of the rest of us. More than 1 in 10 people live beyond 100 years, and without many of the problems that plague ageing populations elsewhere around the globe. Connoisseurs of food, drink, and tobacco, their zest for life’s pleasures is as famous as their longevity. So why do these people live so long, and so well?

When scientists visited Acciaroli and spent 6 months studying the residents, they identified that the Rosemary herb is an integral part of their diet. They almost all ate the herb rosemary on a daily basis, either infused in olive oil, cooked in sauces, or in the oven accompanying meat, fish and vegetables. Many even chewed the bark raw. Experts became convinced a combination of the Mediterranean diet, daily exercise and extensive use of the herb rosemary has been responsible for extending lives in Acciaroli almost two decades beyond the national average in Italy of 83. 

These findings were picked up by global newspapers and caught the interest of David Spencer-Percival. A visit to Acciaroli with his wife Bonita turned David’s interest in rosemary into an obsession. There was, however, one problem: he didn’t really want to eat it, and there were no rosemary drinks available on the market. Desperate to somehow integrate the plant into his diet, he decided to create his own rosemary drink.

David designed No1 Rosemary Water as a drink to remember; something that would provide a convenient means of incorporating this reinvigorating herb into conventional Western diets. Bottled according to strict quality standards, the drink contains pure 4% rosemary extract, concentrating the essential properties of the plant into a refreshing, luxurious still or sparkling beverage – retaining the distinct Mediterranean flavour.

Drink it sparkling or still, on its own or with a splash of gin - this magical drink contains absolutely no sugar of any kind.

“A man may esteem himself happy, when that which is his food is also his medicine.” - Henry David Thoreau