The history of the Ivy’s Jamaican Roots Drink started from the doctrine rising from the As You Delight Camp in Willpit, high in the hills of St. Andrew, Jamaica by Louva Williams and George Baker Ivy.
The roots drink was first made by George Baker Ivy to be used as a ritual drink by the Brothers and Sisters of the Niahbinghi Faith and the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church. The apostles of the Faith from that time to the present existed totally on a natural and spiritual lifestyle which consisted of a diet of natural, organic food and non-alcoholic drinks which were all a part of the daily ritual of self-preservation – living under the banner ‘let true louv and friendship reign’. In 1962 when Jamaica gained independence, George Baker Ivy celebrated the Independence Day with friends and family and amongst his brethren in true love and friendship reign with his drink called ‘Roots Drink’. After George Baker Ivy passed away in the 70’s, the ‘Roots Drink’ continued with the Niahbinghi brethren and family members of George Baker Ivy.
The owner of Ivy’s Roots, the first son of George Baker Ivy, continued the making of the product in his traditional way coming up with new ideas for future generations to have this product in the food supply. We find traditional ways of preserving the product naturally and use the preserved product as a preservative for what we eat and drink. In a part of the new creation of new products within Ivy’s Roots we created a bitters called Zig Zag. Zig Zag is a natural drink for those who do not like to have a lot of sugar in their drinks and like to have a taste of something bitter. You can drink 50ml or 150ml naturally or as a chaser any time of the day. The Ziggy Up Hot was created to warm you up in the cold winter time. One of the ingredients that is found in Ziggy Up Hot is a nice pepper and mint flavour that keep you warm. We also have the regular Ivy’s Roots Drink that is with sugar or sugar-free. Classic Ivy’s Roots Drink says it all. It is a product that is cured for 2 years or more and can be used as a flavour for porridge, soup, steamed fish or vegetable, puddings and cakes, as flavouring into other drinks such as punch, ice-cream mix with milk, orange juice, lemonade, and other drinks that children drink. It can be chased with Jamaican coconut water and mixed with carrot or beetroot juice, apple, pear, sugar cane liquid and many other natural drinks. You can also drink it naturally. It is all about being natural and traditional. For some people it gives them a good appetite and for some it makes their body feel relaxed.
For everyone who drinks Ivy’s Roots Drink, Ivy’s Roots Company try our best to make sure that we do not use any endangered species or any contaminated material to pass through our food and drink supply. We rely on reputable companies to supply us with raw material and we also rely on traditional people who eat, drink and harvest our supply in due season traditionally which is then checked by the Bureau of Standard before it is passed on to us.
I want to inform every customer that drinks Ivy’s Roots Drink that this is just a drink. It is not anything to do with pharmaceutical or anything for a cure. If you are sick please see your doctor, don’t rely on Ivy’s Roots Drink as a medicine or a cure.
After having a busy day there is nothing nice like a cool drink of Ivy’s Roots Drink. When you are cold warm up with a Ziggy Up Hot or if you are hot cool down with a Ziggy Cool. Relax and have a good time, it is only a natural tradition. Let true love and friendship reign, the origins of Ivy’s Roots Drink.