Nuisance: Edinburgh nettle drinks business launches three new soda mixers including 'Wild Nettle' with weeds picked from Capital estate

An Edinburgh-based nettle drinks business has launched three new soda mixers to keep options for a refreshing summer drink this year that bit more interesting.

Nuisance founded by Hugo Morrissey, takes inspiration from local Scottish produce, particularly one of the country’s most prolific weeds – the stinging nettle.

Just in time for summer, the company is launching three new cans headed by their flagship ‘Wild Nettle’, a ‘Bramble and Rosemary’ drink and finally a ‘Mint, Cucumber and Chilli’ option for those looking for a bit more of a kick.

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Hugo Morrissey, founder of Nuisance drinks and his new soda mixer range picture: Nuisance

The new range is to offer something a little different to tonic water for mixing spirits with, but can also be enjoyed just as they are.

Hugo said: “One of the positives to have emerged from the Covid-19 period has been the re-connection between many of us with nature and this is something we want to inspire and champion through our drinks.”

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Inspired by childhood memories creating nettle cordial with his mother in the Cotswolds, Hugo explained his interest in using nettles, which he picks from the 6,500 acre Hopetoun Estate near Edinburgh.

He said: “To many of us, the stinging nettle is a Nuisance; an uncontrollable weed and the silent assassin of the British countryside.

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"However, we are looking to shift the narrative away from seeing these botanicals as uncontrollable and invasive plants towards plants which can be championed and appreciated – through our light-hearted, fun and quirky content, we hope to inspire consumers to take an interest in the countryside and reconnect with nature.”

He added that one percent of Nuisance profits go to charity Rewilding Britain.

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