With their range of non-alcoholic distilled spirits, Seedlip has created delicious cocktails for the last four years. Earlier this year, the launch of sister brand Æcorn Aperitifs unveiled three varieties of non-alcoholic aperitifs for the pre and post-dinner drinking occasion. Their latest release – a non-alcoholic take on the classic negroni cocktail – is the brand’s latest foray in ready-to-drink (RTD) offerings.
Pearlfisher’s challenge in designing the new brand extension was to bring the dry drinking occasion into consumers’ homes. The NOgroni is comprised of equal parts Seedlip Spice 94, Æcorn Bitter and Æcorn Aromatic. Maintaining the rule of thirds, Pearlfisher utilised the recognisable brand elements from each of the three ingredients – the nature-inspired colour palette, font style and symbols – to communicate the NOgroni in simple terms.
“Our strategy here was really to continue to define the bold graphics and visual language that we’ve established for the non-alcoholic space with Seedlip and Æcorn Aperitifs in a way that complements the mobility of the NOgroni drinking occasion and the bold flavor of the cocktail itself,” says Hamish Campbell, Creative Director at Pearlfisher. “The Seedlip brand places priority on experiences, so we also established the straightforward nature of NOgroni through added touchpoints, like posters and coasters, to bring the brand to life.”
With the simple swap of one vowel for another, NOgroni’s name becomes a clever suggestion of a negroni cocktail without liquor. This personality is continued in the identity where the diagonal detail in the ‘O’ doubles as a “no” symbol to represent the zero percent alcohol level or a cocktail stirrer sitting in a glass being viewed from above. The package design brings a bold, straight-forward graphic language to the brand.
“We are so happy that the look of NOgroni captures just how unapologetic we are about our non- alcoholic take on a classic cocktail,” says Ed Collins, Design Manager at Seedlip. “We look forward to seeing how NOgroni grows and hope to see it rival some of the most famous cocktails in the world!”