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Seeing Double with Double Dutch Drinks

A colleague of mine recently told me about a new drinks company they’d come across that they thought might be of interest for my blog. And it certainly was! As you know, I love writing about businesses with a great story, and this one is no exception. ‘Double Dutch’ was founded by Dutch twin sisters, Joyce and Raissa. See what they did there? Incredible name for a business! They felt that while the quality and choice of spirits kept growing, the market for accompanying sodas was rather bland and boring. And so, after much research and experimentation, Double Dutch drinks were born! There are two flavours – Pomegranate & Basil and Cucumber & Watermelon. The flavours themselves excited me, because they’re some of my favourites in general. Basil is my ‘go to’ herb for cooking (particularly Italian and Greek food) and I find that cucumber in any drink makes it instantly taste better! Joyce and Raissa kindly sent me one bottle of each flavour and I tried a bit of each with both gin and vodka, …

A Spooky Ale for Halloween – Old Spirited Hen

You may have read in some of my previous posts that I love Halloween! This year it has come around so quickly that I haven’t done anywhere near as much as I would have liked to for it. But earlier in the week, I learned of a Limited Edition ale from Old Speckled Hen, aptly named ‘Old Spirited Hen’ – obviously I had to try it! Old Spirited Hen is a Toffee Apple flavoured ale; at first you experience the richness of the toffee, followed by the fruitiness of the apple and then kick of the liqueur. Presented in the iconic ale bottle, but with new orange and black hues, it fits the spooky theme! It’s really tasty, and the perfect beverage from today through to Bonfire Night. *Image from Metro.co.uk If you fancy giving it a go, it’s available at Tesco in-store and online for £1.79 for a 500ml bottle. Have a great Halloween everyone, don’t eat too many sweets! 😉 _____________ I was sent samples by Old Speckled Hen and Popcorn PR for review purposes, …

Tea & View ‘Pairing’ with Dragonfly Tea

What is your favourite view? This was a question posed to me recently by Dragonfly Tea. They’ve been researching the best views in Britain and have put together a clever tea and view ‘pairing’ method, to celebrate these views with the perfect cuppa! Along with the British Guild Of Travel Writers, they have travelled around the UK with their yellow chair, snapping beautiful photos representing the perfect view and tea moments, which have now been made into a beautiful book. Here’s the chair at the Roman Baths in Bath, one of my favourite UK cities: The tea suggestion given for this location is Big Red Robe, imperial in its own right and hailed as a life-saving elixir during the Ming dynasty. After it revived the Emperor’s sick mother, the bushes were cloaked in rich red robes in honour of the tea’s restorative qualities. And another at The Japanese Garden in Tatton Park, Cheshire: Here, Gyokuro Green Tea (also known as the ‘Dew Jewel‘ of Japanese tea gardens) is recommended. The process to create the flavour involves …

Iced Green Tea on the go!

I’ve mentioned quite a few times on here that I’m really bad at drinking water. The Coke addiction (of the Cola variety, of course!) is hard to kick, and I’ve tried all kinds of healthier drink alternatives but I’ve generally found them boring or I didn’t like the taste. I’m a big tea fan but I’m not a huge hot drink lover, so I normally let it go a bit cold before drinking it (much to the disgust of my colleagues in the office!). I recently found out about a new company creating Iced Green Teas, established by two ladies called Hua He and Sophia Nadur. Hua qualified as a doctor in Shanghai and settled in the UK around 9 years ago, while Sophia was born in Trinidad and studied and worked in Latin America and the US before moving to the UK in 2001. With Hua’s medical background and Sophia’s corporate food and drink experience, the pair teamed up to bring a brand new product to the UK market, and Tg was born. There …

CELIA: Gluten-Free, Organic Lager

You may have read some of my recent posts about gluten-free food products. It’s something I’m trying to learn more about, especially when I discovered just how horrible coeliac disease can be. I’m keen to share my ‘gluten-free finds’ with you, in the hope that they will reach those who suffer with coeliac disease. I hope I managed to do that with my post about Coori foods, bringing staple Italian products back into the lives of those who can’t eat gluten. Now I’m moving over to the alcohol side, with CELIA gluten-free lager.  CELIA is a Czech lager brand, producing an organic and a dark lager (both gluten-free). The organic version is only 136kcal (labelled ‘one of the healthiest beers‘ by Men’s Health) and is brewed in the walls of a 14th century castle, from just three locally sourced ingredients; malted barley, saaz hops and water from the Žatec foothills. They have a patented ‘de-glutenisation’ process which (in technical terms) produces an ELISA tested value of <5 parts per million for a truly light lager, and because of their silicone …

Discovering Maple Water

Recently I was asked if I would like to try maple water. If I’m completely honest, I’d never heard of it, but I was intrigued. Coconut water, on the other hand, I was well aware of and had tried, and thought was ok (apart from when they handed out strawberry flavoured coconut water at the end of a 5K colour run I took part in – the least thirst quenching drink ever!!) DRINKmaple are the creators of said maple water and the faces behind the brand are Katie and Jeff. It was after racing an Iron Man in Quebec that they came up with the idea.      Native Americans and North American explorers first began tapping maple water hundreds of years ago. So what is so good about this drink, that made this health and fitness conscious pair want to bring it to market?  It contains less sugar than coconut water. It contains more manganese than a cup of kale. It contains nutrients including antioxidants, prebiotics, minerals and electrolytes. It provides natural hydration. It …

Sipping Spirits ‘On The Go’ With SWIG

When I was at University, the hip flask was a vital belonging for the savvy student – despite the alcohol being insanely cheap at the student bars (I cry inside when I think about the £1 vodka & cokes we used to be able to buy), we still carried hip flasks with us, although usually concealed somewhere clever, to avoid the detection of the bouncers’ hawk eyes. As we’ve grown older, the hip flask has become a respected household item. My husband and his groomsmen had their hip flasks with them at our wedding, sipping away nervously/excitedly before I came down from my room for the ceremony.         There are lots of great uses for hip flasks, here are a few examples I’ve come up with; Wedding presents: I’ve been to a few weddings recently where the groomsmen have been given an engraved hip flask as a gift. Sports matches: They’re perfect for taking to sports games – in the past, we’ve used them for rugby matches at Twickenham in the winter. Picnics: …

Le Tea en Rose: Afternoon Tea at Sofitel St James Hotel

I adore afternoon tea, having been to a number in the past few years, which I’ve been meaning to blog about for some time in one of my Throwback Thursday posts. I mean, what’s not to love about Afternoon Tea? Lots of sandwiches with different fillings to try, fluffy scones with various toppings, and cakes galore! With the widest range of tea you could possibly ask for! So I was very excited when I was invited to an exclusive preview of ‘Le Tea en Rose’ Afternoon Tea at the Sofitel St James Hotel, marking the arrival of Spring and the Chelsea Flower Show. The hotel, located at Waterloo Place, is beautifully decorated by French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, and The Rose Lounge is a tea lover’s dream! As some of you will know, I’m a bit of a Francophile and studied Renaissance France at university, so I was certainly in my happy place!     We were introduced to the Afternoon Tea by Julie from Dammann Frères. The business was established in France in 1925 but has been …