I’m Nicole with Sedition Brews. I’m a mother of two rambunctious boys living in the Northern California Wine Country.
I grew up with a mother who was an herbalist and a grandmother who was a professional chef in San Francisco. It wasn’t until I had children that I found my way back to my roots and reignited my passion for the herbal and culinary arts. Food is definitely my love language!
I remember buying elderberry syrup from a local mom when my oldest was starting preschool and constantly fighting colds. It was an Olympic feat to actually get him to take it. I was determined to find a medicinal syrup that my kid would love and that would pack a punch against his sniffles.
After trying syrups from multiple people as well as store bought I decided I would have to make my own. I started small, making a batch here and there experimenting with recipes my mom used.
Nothing was quite what I was looking for. Over the next year I probably tried and tested a hundred different recipes and variations.
Then in one glorious batch it all came together and my special elderberry syrup recipe came into existence. It was the perfect balance of flavors from a culinary perspective that beautifully melded with the functionality of centuries of herbal wisdom.
I went from making small batches for just our family to then making larger batches for eager friends and family. At their urging I decided to scale up and start offering my syrup to our local community through farmers markets and local craft fairs.
In the search for a business name I came across a poem by Sharon Owens (I’ve included it at the end of my introduction) which really resonated with me and Sedition Brews was born.
I have since expanded my offerings to other seasonal syrups, Fire Cider, probiotic sipping vinegar, spice blends, and a line of custom tea blends. I use locally sourced (as much as possible) organic ingredients in all my products.
Someone clever once said
Women were not allowed pockets
In case they carried leaflets
To spread sedition
Which means unrest
To you & me
A grandiose word
So ladies, start sewing
Made of pockets & sedition