Discover the Refreshing Drink Inspired by the Iconic Leader

Today, we’re delving into a fascinating twist about the late British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Renowned for his statesmanship and leadership during World War II, Churchill was equally famous for his love of alcohol.

But what if I told you that there’s an intriguing non-alcoholic concoction bearing his name? Let’s dive into the story of the refreshing “Churchill” drink and how it’s the perfect choice for staying hydrated this summer.

Churchill was equally famous for his love of alcohol (Credit: Vincent Creton, Unsplash)

Churchill’s liquid legacy: from spirits to sparkle

We all know the tales of Churchill’s fondness for whisky and his affinity for Pol Roger Champagne. But the coastal Turkish region of Izmir offers an unexpected twist to this narrative. It’s here that a pick-me-up drink, known locally as Churchill or Çörçil, has gained popularity. Unlike the alcoholic beverages Churchill was known for, this delightful concoction consists of mineral water, lemon juice, and salt — a refreshing blend with a hint of tanginess.

The origins: Ahmet Pendikli and his alcohol-free triumph

This charming tale takes us back to the town of Karşiyaka, where a man named Ahmet Pendikli crafted this alcohol-free masterpiece. Ahmet initially created the drink as a digestive tonic for his family, but it didn’t stop there. The hardworking crews of local fishing boats, worn out from battling the summer heat, sought solace in Ahmet’s revitalizing brew. As a popular name during Winston’s post-war era, Ahmet playfully adopted the nickname “Churchill,” giving rise to the drink’s unique moniker.

Raising a glass: how to craft your own Churchill

Curious to try this refreshing drink that honors the iconic leader? Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 1 Highball glass, Tumbler, or SOLO Cup
  • 1 Unwaxed Lemon (For Slicing & Zesting)
  • 1 Unwaxed Lemon (For Juicing)
  • 1 Large Pinch of Salt (Use Kosher Salt or Salt Flakes, not Iodized Salt)
  • 8 fl oz (250ml) Chilled Mineral Water (Choose Still or Sparkling)


  • Begin by cutting three lemon slices and place them at the bottom of your chosen glass.
  • Give the lemon slices a gentle muddle to release their invigorating juices.
  • Juice one unwaxed lemon and add the juice to the glass, enhancing the drink’s zesty goodness.
  • Now, it’s time to top the glass with chilled mineral water, giving the Churchill its refreshing sparkle.
  • To add a final touch of elegance, garnish your creation with fresh lemon zest sprinkled on top.

A finished Churchill made with sparkling water

(Credit: Mineragua Sparkling Water, Unsplash)

A toast to the past and the present

As you sip on this delightful Churchill, take a moment to appreciate the ingenuity of Ahmet Pendikli and the charm of this non-alcoholic tribute to Sir Winston Churchill. Whether you’re combating the scorching summer heatwaves or simply seeking a rejuvenating drink after a lively evening, the Churchill has got your back.

Churchill has got your back (Credit: Kristin Snippe, Unsplash)

So, dear VinoVossers, let’s raise our glasses to history, innovation, and the joy of discovering unique beverages. Cheers to a summer filled with delightful sips and fascinating stories!

by Matthew Cocks

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