The ‘Société des Vieux Copains’ was founded by longtime friends Olivier and Estelle in 2015 with a vision to create adult beverages that are “best in world” quality with a “better for the world” attitude. The name translates to The Old Friends Company (it sounds better in French, right?). They started with two products: Archibald, a nonalcoholic distilled tonic, and Folle Envie, an aperitif wine infused with lemon peel and cardamom inspired by an old recipe from Estelle’s great-grandmother, Zilda.
These can be enjoyed together as a low ABV cocktail, and work equally well on their own. Archibald tonic can be used as a mixer like any other tonic, but also is incredibly delicious on its own as a non-alcoholic adult beverage. Folle Envie is also delicious plain over ice or can be mixed like other well known white wine-based aperitifs.
The distillation and blending are all done using a beautiful copper still dating back to 1830, located midway between Cognac and Bordeaux. All flavorings are made on-site in small batches from whole organic ingredients using traditional maceration and distillation methods.
The Société des Vieux Copains aims for positive social and environmental impact in everything they do, from the design of the products (which uses local and organic ingredients, as well as ecological packaging), to their relationships with their team, customers, and suppliers. Since July 2019, they have been B-Corp Certified, which is a proof of their commitment to sustainable business and transparency.
“Folle Envie was inspired by an old recipe from Zilda, my extravagant great-grandmother who ran a country store and mixed up this homemade drink to share with her neighbors and customers every Saturday afternoon. Eight years later, I was inspired b...
Traditionally, tonic water derives its signature bitterness from quinine bark, which grows in India and in South America, but of course not in France. To create an entirely french tonic water, The Société des Vieux Copains chose to use gentian root...