All posts tagged: Drinks

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, …

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 …

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 …

A Whole New World Of Flavours From Bluebird Tea Co

A good cup of tea is part of our British culture – the first thing my mum does when getting back from a shopping trip is to whack the kettle on and get out the Yorkshire Tea! But funnily enough, I never really got into it (shock horror!) – I think largely because in Cyprus, it was just too hot, so we would drink iced teas and frappes. But when I moved to London, I started to get into flavoured teas. To begin with, it was just the usual green tea, strawberry tea etc. Then I learned of some companies that produced much more creative flavours and combinations – one of these, is the fabulous Bluebird Tea Co, which sells some of the most inventive teas I’ve ever come across! Bluebird Tea Co is a Brighton-based business, owned and run by young couple Krisi and Mike who met at University. They saw a gap in the market for a loose-leaf tea brand and are now the UK’s expert tea mixologists, with over 50 tea flavours blending …

Jazz Up Your Tap Water With Elderbook Cordials

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​ ​t​he first cordials were blended by apothecaries in Renaissance Italy, who used botanicals to create health-boosting drinks designed to make …

I’m going to River Cottage for #BlogCamp!

I’ve got some very exciting news! I’ve won a competition to attend #BlogCamp with Foodies100… at the one and only River Cottage! For those of you who don’t know, Foodies100 is a directory of UK food and drink blogs, that ranks the blogs using a unique scoring algorithm, which reflects each blog’s popularity, influence and engagement.  There are over 5,000 blogs signed up to it, and after three months of blogging, I’ve already made it to 718 – I went up 104 places between March and April, and 150 places between April and May. So I’ve still got a long way to go, but this bodes well for my little blog 🙂 And this week, I entered a competition to attend ‘Blog Camp’ – a day organised by the lovely people at Foodies100 where bloggers get together to network, learn more about blogging from expert speakers and generally have lots of fun and merriment.  This year, #BlogCamp is being held at the renowned River Cottage, made famous by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. And I’m going!! I’m so excited to …

A Taste Of French Flair With Teisseire

As I’m sure you’ll know by now if you’ve been reading my blog since I started it a few months ago, I love everything French. French food. French culture. French everything! Every time I go to St Pancras station (which is fairly often, as I live and work near it), the temptation to just jump on the Eurostar to Paris is huge! “But you’d need your passport,” I hear you cry! Well seeing as I can’t drive (that’s a whole other story) I’ve normally got my passport on me to use as ID. So it’s an actual possibility! When I was invited to an event hosted by French sirop brand Teisseire at Searceys Champagne Bar at St Pancras station last week, I had to lock the passport away! And I brought the lovely Ceri along with me. Teisseire might not be a recognised name in the UK yet, but it’s a well established brand across the Channel. It all began hundreds of years ago, in 1720 to be exact, when Matthieu Teisseire, a liquoriste and …