Apparently 1 in 8 of us in the UK don’t drink enough water, and I’m definitely one of those people. I hate it. I find it a real struggle. My doctor regularly gives me a telling off over it and Tim says I’m like a camel, storing up liquids, because I never drink! I’ve got into sparkling water recently, which I’ve found much easier to drink (mostly, I think, because my brain is being tricked into thinking I’m drinking a savagely unhealthy fizzy drink!)
I first came across Elderbrook Drinks at the Tastesmiths cooking event I attended recently. They were providing the non-alcoholic beverages for the evening, but at the time, after a busy few days, the wine was calling to me! Luckily the guys at Elderbrook sent me some bottles of their cordial tonics to try out at home.
Elderbrook want you to drink more water by making it more exciting! They explain how the first cordials were blended by apothecaries in Renaissance Italy, who used botanicals to create health-boosting drinks designed to make their drinkers feel better, which is what the team at Elderbrook are trying to do for today’s consumers.
Importantly, they don’t add any artificial preservatives or sweeteners, and they also don’t use processed sugar – they use coconut nectar to sweeten the cordials naturally. This is high in vitamins, has a GI almost half that of processed sugar and is also more sustainable.
There are three different flavours available – Lime, Mint & Baobab, Raspberry, Cranberry & Blueberry and Mango, Passionfruit & Goji Berry.
While they haven’t officially launched yet, Elderbrook plans to work on a subscription model, sending you a bottle every two weeks for £4.79 (you can switch flavours at any time). Each bottle will make ten drinks and they recommend that you consume it within 14 days – at which point, your next bottle will be winging its way to you. And you can cancel at any time if you’re not satisfied.
They recommend pouring just enough to line the bottom of a tumbler and add water. However, I like my squashes/cordials quite strong, so I needed to add a bit more. My favourite was the Lime, Mint & Baobab, as I found it incredibly refreshing!
I normally buy a large bottle of squash in our weekly food shop, which costs around £2.00 depending on what offers are available. But while Elderbrook’s cordial tonics are more expensive, they’re a lot nicer, both to drink and to look at. I much preferred having one of their petite glass bottles sitting on my desk at work than some of the unsightly plastic numbers I’ve been known to buy in the past. I only wish the bottle was slightly bigger, so it would last a bit longer!
Elderbrook are currently crowdfunding, so if you’d like to get involved, you can find out more here. There are lots of great perks for people who pledge, including discounts off subscriptions.
The plan is for the cordials to officially launch in June, so I’ll update this post again then, and keep you all in the loop!
I was given some samples by Elderbrook to try, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.