Founder and CEO of Melati Drinks
We’re giving people the ability to enjoy a sophisticated adult drink with the same experience, just healthier.
Tell us your story, how did you get here?
There’s a distinct lack of zero-alcohol fine beverages for the discerning drinker. What defines a drink isn’t the alcohol content but the heritage, craftsmanship and quality of ingredients. I’ve worked on diving deep into my heritage to craft something uniquely Asian for the world. Alongside a food scientist and Ayurvedic specialist, we selected botanicals used since 1293 in Asia in tonic drinks. These recipes were written down on palm leaf manuscripts which are embodied in Melati Drinks’ logo.
Melati was born out of wanting to celebrate our rich history throughout Southeast Asia and also create a product that allows everyone to feel included in social situations.
What impact have you made in Singapore?
The ability to celebrate and enjoy a fine drink without alcohol. No one gathers over a glass of water, but just because you’re not drinking doesn’t mean you’ve changed your lifestyle or stopped socialising.
We’re giving people the ability to enjoy a sophisticated adult drink with the same experience, just healthier. At just 12 calories and absolutely 0.00% alcohol, we’re suitable for all dietary preferences from health to religious. Hopefully, we provide all drinkers with the ability to be included in the conversation.
What does 2022 look like for you?
This year is a great opportunity to interact more with all discerning drinkers in person as we share our story with more Singaporeans. We’re also focused on making an impact by sourcing 70% organic due to a zero tolerance for pesticides, with some products directly supporting women’s future in Indonesia. As we open up, hopefully we can offer exciting new products and experiences this year.
What do you love most about Singapore?
The amazing F&B scene has shown the true Singapore spirit of resilience and creativity during one of the toughest times. Teams have doubled down on refining their products and improving menus to include more zero-alcohol options and offer more holistic experiences to diners when we open up to the world.
Even though we’re a small country, we’re ranked in one of the top three bar scenes in the world and have an incredible gastronomic landscape. From hawkers to fine dining, you’re always well-fed in Singapore.
What are your first and last drinks of the day?
My first drink is plain water and my last drink is a Melati Spritz.
Who is your Local Legend, and why?
Peng Loh is a true local legend since day one. He’s helped to shape our food and drink industry so much while celebrating local heritage and beautiful architecture.