Showing posts with label Drink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drink. Show all posts

Friday, 10 July 2015

Weetabix Breakfast Smoothie with Berries and Chia Seeds - Loose 9lb in 9 Weeks

For anyone that doesn't know,I am trying to loose 9lb in 9 weeks.  Can I do it?  I say yes I can!  Why 9 weeks; because we going on holiday and Ii want to look better.
Although we don't eat junk food and do eat more veg than I care to mention.  We do love cheese and eat far too much of it and it has to stop, not entirely but we do need to cut down, not just to loose weight but to stay healthy.

Everyone knows that eating a lot of bread is a sure way of piling on the pounds and usually for breakfast I have two slices of toast.  On the days I go to work in my morning break I have another slice of toast.  We get 15 minute break which isn't time to eat properly but I know I could do better, it's just for quickness I think.
At weekends when I'm not working we (me and Paul the husband) have a bacon and egg sandwich and that too has to stop.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Regional Favorite Cocktails - Mix Share WIN

As part of its mission to shake up summer, has found that drinkers in London and Scotland favour the Mojito, the Welsh can’t get enough of G&T and Midlanders are split down the middle, equally favouring Pimm’s & Lemonade and G&T!

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Northerners (25%) and Midlanders (32%) say they’re inspired by holiday experiences when it comes to choosing drinks - but southerners (20%) are more likely to be influenced by recommendations from family and friends.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Kinetico - FREE Simple Water Recipes eBook

Water is of course essential for life, but most of us probably don't drink enough of it.  It is recommended that we drink more than a litre a day; but you may prefer water with a hint of flavour to it.  Shop bought flavoured waters can be full of sugar so I find it's far better for you to make your own.

My Carrot and Orange water is very simple to make as are the other recipes in the Kinetico eBook.  The Simple Water Recipe Book is FREE to download and share - click here.

Kinetico are World NO.1 in water treatment and have the largest dealer network in the UK.  They have a range of water softeners and water filter systems to suit your needs for perfectly filtered water on tap 24/7
and can also filter your tap water to reduce the hardness, ions, calcium and magnesium, in your water and helps to prevent limescale build-up in your kettle, iron and food steamer, keeping them in pristine condition for longer.  Water will be better for you and your family to drink too.

To find out more about pop over to the Kinetico website.

Twitter @KineticoUKltd

Disclaimer: I received payment for my time creating a couple of recipes for the eBook.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sponsored Video Unrush your World - Yeni Raki

With the busy lives we all lead these days, it’s so hard to find time to cook and eat without rushing, but we really should try to take more time, even if it’s only possible at the weekend.  
The weekend is possibly a time when we can sit down as a family or with friends to eat together and chat over a drink or two; a great way to relax.   

Yeni Raki the world’s leading aniseed spirit brand is the perfect drink to enjoy with good food and they’ve partnered with top London chef, Ollie Dabbous to bring the spirit’s traditional slow dining culture outside of its native Turkey.

Together Yeni Raki and Chef Ollie have created this short video in which he prepares the most beautiful looking BBQ lamb dish to take to his raki table.  Ollie cooks shoulder of Romney Marsh lamb served with violet mustard yogurt on a bed of cracked wheat and pine nuts served covered with vine leaves – now how good does that sound? 

To prepare the lamb dish he covered in salt for 2 hours then it’s rinsed, dried, rubbed with olive oil and then cooked on a BBQ oven for 4 hours until smoky and tender.  Ollie believes food isn’t meant to be rushed and eating isn’t meant to be hurried; and his dish certainly isn’t rushed and definitely the spirit of slow. 

Yeni Raki is hosting a series of slow-dining dinners where top restaurants across the UK capital create their own menus of food that’s paired with the drink to encourage the experience the spirit of slow.

You can find out more about the campaign by following the campaign on #unrushyourworld and @YeniRakiGlobal or pop over to the Yeni Raki Global Website.

This post is sponsored by Yeni Raki.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

ALDI Turns 25 - Celebrate with Shooting Star Cocktail

Aldi supermarket chain has created four lovely cocktails to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in style! 

I must say I'm a big fan of Aldi's fruit and veg; they really are loads cheaper and excellent quality too.  Last year I took it upon myself to do a quick post about how to save money on supermarket shopping showing how much I saved compared to the same shop in one of the larger and very well known supermarkets.         

Back to the celebrations;  Aldi very kindly sent me a hamper with the ingredients to create their cocktail named Shooting Star - Vodka and fruit juice create the perfect base for a cocktail, and a dash of Prosecco adds a subtle sparkle.

Shooting Star

25ml Tamova Vodka
25ml of raspberry juice from raspberries
2.5 teaspoons of sugar
Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG, as desired

Decoration/to serve:
3 apple slices
2 raspberries

Defrost half a pack of raspberries and sprinkle with sugar
Squeeze the juice from the raspberries and collect in the bottom of the glass
Add 25ml of Vodka and stir to combine
Gently pour the Prosecco over a spoon into the glass, then add the three frozen raspberries and apple slices to garnish.

Raise a glass to many more years of Aldi in the UK cheers!

So far in 2015, Aldi has been named International Retailer of the Year at the Retail Week Awards and Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a hamper of everything necessary to create Aldi's cocktail.  All thoughts and opinions are my own as is the photograph.  

Friday, 24 April 2015

Get Sunshine Ready - Florida Grapefruit Smoothie Recipes

Just look at these delicious smoothies all using Florida Grapefruits - a super fruit!  They're so nutritious and high in vitamin content.  Grapefruit is good for our immune system too; One-half of a medium grapefruit or an 8-ounce serving of grapefruit juice contains at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin C, which helps support a healthy immune system.  A properly functioning immune system is necessary to help your body resist disease.

We probably all need to eat more fruit and research shows that 79% of women in the UK blame rain and cold weather for making them feel unproductive, but only 39% of these women eat their daily allowance of fruit in the winter so this isn't going to help!

If you're not a lover of grapefruit, how about trying these smoothie recipes developed by Carin Leenders de Vries. I'll start with my personal favorite Red Sunshine Shake.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Maple Syrup and Vanilla Bean Smoothie

Whizzed up in no time at all, tastes GOOD and is nice and healthy too.  You don't need much maple syrup in order for this be to sweet, so fear not about a few calories and give it a go!

I use the Froothie Optimum 9200 Next Generation POWER Blender simply because I believe it's the BEST blender out there.  It crushes ice in seconds and is easy to use too, it has three speeds and three timer settings including a handy pulse button. 

The Optimum 9200 is a commercial-grade super blender designed for longevity, versatility and BRAWN.  Stronger, faster and more powerful than a Vitamix, the Optimum 9200 will set you up to make amazing soups, the silkiest smoothies, super smooth dips, nut butters, ice cream and more.

In my opinion this really is the best blender you'll ever use and the last blender you'll ever need.  Once you try it, you'll wish you'd had it all your life.  The 6 blade assembly creates a vortex that will suck your ingredients down and make blending a breeze.  It's also super easy to clean and maintain by simply blending water in the jug at high speed.

The Optimum 9200 blender is so powerful it can actually turn stones into powder!  You can see the video of it doing just that included in my full review post of this amazing blender here.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Double Walled Glassware from Judge - Review

I'm really loving the new range of Double Walled Glassware from Judge - they're extremely nice looking don't you think?

The latte glasses are also a good size for a nice cup of tea (if you're like me and not a coffee drinker) whats more, they really do keep drinks hot for longer.  Perfect for sitting at the PC as I always seem to be, there's nothing worse than a lukewarm cuppa!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hob Top Glass Tea Pot - Judge Cookware

This rather nice and very stylish tea pot from Judge Cookware has cloud-resistant glass and can be used on all hob types including induction to boil water and keep tea warm.  Having been sent one to review here's how it went....

It has a capacity of 500ml-900ml so will make between two and five cups of tea or two big mugs.  I'm thinking this would make an ideal for a Mother's Day gift.    
Talking of Mother's Day, in the next post I'll be running a giveaway since the nice people at Judge Cookware are giving away a Glass Hob Top Tea Pot and Two very nice Glass Cappuccino/Teacups  so be sure to watch out for this!

Having used the tea pot a good amount of times now I can say that even with the very hard water we have in this area it's still looking good.
The bottom plate inside did start to become dull looking, but it was nothing that a splash of vinegar and a wipe round before washing and rinsing didn't sort out.  The tea pot is dishwasher safe.  It will probably need cleaning with a descaler every 3/6 months depending on the hardness of the water where you live.

By the way, vinegar is most marvelous for sorting out water stains on all manor of things - I use it on the inside bottom plate of my Judge Soup Maker (after boiling eggs in it) and that comes up shiny like a new pin!

How to use:
Just put the amount of tea leaves (according to your taste) into the removable stainless steel infuser.  Fill with water and pop onto the hob then and heat until almost boiling.  I was nicely surprised to find the handle doesn't get too hot to pick up - it's fine.  Now sit back and enjoy a nice cuppa!

Typical In-store price is £40

Pop over to Judge Cookware (JudgeCookware on Twitter) for more information on this and other great products.

Disclaimer:  Thank you to Judge for sending me this tea pot to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Blueberry Bio Yogurt Drink with Goji Berries

You have no idea how much I'm loving the Next Generation Optimum 9200 Power Blender - it's already become my little helper in the kitchen!

So far I've made Piri Piri Sauce in a flash (seriously must have taken me 30 seconds to blend) I've chopped or rather pulverised carrots (just to test the machine) I've made a couple of smoothies and made some ice cream.
Of course I'll be doing more recipes to show you but for now here's my healthy and extremely good for you, Blueberry Yogurt Drink with Goji Berries.

Goji Berries can be bought in any health shop and all good supermarkets. They contain high levels of iron, B vitamins and carotenoids - Iron and vitamin B12 contribute to immune function.

Blueberries are rich in natural pro-anthocyanin pigment anti-oxidants - Just 100 g fresh berries amount to just 57 calories and are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits.  They contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.

Bio Yogurt is like Live yogurt (it has been fermented with live culture bacteria) but Bio yogurt has additional 'friendly' bacteria added to it.  It has a mild flavour and a particularly creamy texture.
Please note if you don't have an Optimum 9200 (affiliate link) or other power blender you may have to soak your goji berries before blending.  The Optimum range of blenders can actually turn stones into powder - please see link to my review post here.  

Print Recipe

You will need:
30g Goji Berries
60g Blueberries
500g Natural Bio Yogurt

How to do it:
Pop all of the ingredients into your blender and (if using the Optimum blender) blend on slow for about 30 seconds and you're done - simples! 
Discloser: This post contains an affiliate link.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Review of Sip and Learn - Become a Wine Expert

It has to be said I'd never heard of Sip and Learn until just recently when they kindly sent me a box to try.  Every month they send customers 2 bottles of wine around a specific theme. Sip and Learn source wine from small producers which means it's great value for money. 

We think it's a fantastic idea and of course it would be a great gift idea for wine lovers.
The wine arrived very well packaged as you can see, and comes with an educational booklet.

Sip and Learn say:
We have created a comprehensive 12-month wine-tasting program that covers the basics.
During the first 6 months you will discover the 3 main elements that make a wine:
The grape variety, the climate and the wine-making process.

For the following 6 months, we will take you on a journey to not only deepen your understanding of these 3 elements but also to discover specific regions or grape varieties, as well as the influence of the terroir on wines whilst continuing to develop your library of smell and educate your palate.

Of course, there is so much to learn about wine, the journey doesn't end after 12 months!  We are developing a program to go into more depth on the complexity of wine as well as a program for experts.

We say:
We were sent Box #1 which included a Sauvignon blanc and a Chardonnay. 

We've always wanted to learn more about wine but whenever we've picked up a book about it we've switched off after the first page as they tend to get too complicated too quickly for our liking.  But we found the Sip and Learn booklet is actually fun to read! 
First there's a quiz to see what you know about the wines in the box.  Then you learn about the basics and how to taste wine.  Look, smell and taste and where the wine comes from.  Also the ideal serving temperature.  You learn about grape variety and what foods is the particular wine best served with.
The booklet isn't boring in anyway, we both found it actually very interesting.

So for £30 a month you get two nice bottles of wine and you get to learn about wine.  Considering you can pay good money to attend an evening class to learn about wine, I think Sip and Learn isn't a bad price considering you get to learn in the comfort of your own home and at a time to suit you.

Having had a good look at the Sip and Learn website it seems you can just try it by ordering just one box without needing to feel you have to subscribe straight away.  Or you can order a box or a subscription as a gift which would be fantastic for any wine lovers to if anyone's stuck for something to buy me and all that - just saying!

Many thanks to Sylvain and Marie-Anne for sending us a box to try.  To find out more pop over to Sip and Learn.
Please drink responsibly.

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Pure Chocolate Beads - for Drinking

Whoa!  This has to be the Most Creamy Chocolaty Tasting Drink ever - Pure Chocolate Beads that you simply melt in hot milk (or water) but it just wouldn't be the same.  Yes indeed, it's like drinking a bar of chocolate!

Anyone that reads this blog will know I'm not a one for anything chocolate but of course I did try it and it really is like drinking a bar of chocolate!  Paul (the husband) however loves chocolate, and declared Hans Sloane the best hot chocolate drink ever.  It's really rich and perfect for cold winter nights, you need about 3 tablespoons per mug but of course you can add more or less according to your taste.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Enhance - Add a Hint of Flavour to Water

Enhance is a refreshingly new, tasty and simple way to enjoy the natural benefits of water, anywhere.  Just a squeeze adds a natural fruity flavour to water.  Made from real fruit juice, with no artificial colours or flavours or added sugar, it’s the perfect way to get your daily recommendation.  We especially loved the Strawberry and Kiwi and it's true, all you need is a squeeze! 

It's common knowledge that drinking water is an essential part of a healthy diet and beauty regime.  But staying hydrated can be difficult, particularly for those with busy lifestyles and certainly those who find that water can be tasteless and boring. 

Perfect for taking to work or to the Gym:
Made from real fruit juice, with no artificial colours or flavours or added sugar, enhance has only 1 calorie per serving it’s the perfect handbag essential to keep hydrated on the go.  The great thing about
Enhance is that it suits all tastes - one short squeeze results in a subtle hint of fruit, for a burst of flavour, simply add a bit more.

For every bottle sold Enhance will make a donation to the charity Just a Drop:
So by enjoying enhance is not only a healthy decision for you but will also help others.  For every bottle sold enhance will make a donation to the charity Just a Drop, which will provide a child in Africa with clean and safe drinking water for a month.  Now that really is fantastic news!

The range includes four delicious real fruit flavours - Orange and Passion Fruit, Lemon and Lime, Strawberry and Kiwi, Apple and Blackcurrant.

Available at an RRP of £2.49 from ASDA, Ocado and from 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine - Review

 Tassimo hot drinks machines have intelligent barcode technology which means the barcode on Tassimo T DISCs are scanned by the machine and register the correct brewing time, temperature and the amount of water required for each beverage.  It's all completely automatic, all you have to do is pop in a disc, press the button and your drink is prepared and dispensed into your cup.

Having been asked to review the Tassimo Vivy machine here's how it went:
The instructions that are supplied with the machine are a series of pictures which are really easy to follow. 
 The Tassimo Vivy TAS1202GB is compact and quite small with dimensions of just 249 x 169 x 298 mm (H x W x D) so doesn't take up valuable work space in the kitchen - well space is valuable to me since my kitchen is really tiny!  The coffee machine holds up to 0.7 litres of water which is enough to make approximately three standard cups of coffee.

Operation is really easy - as you can see from my pictures above you can remove the drip tray if your chosen cup or glass happens to be too tall.
Put the cup underneath, lift the top and insert your chosen T DISC (upside down) don't worry it will only go in one way so you can't go wrong.  Pull the top back down and it will pierce the disc.  The barcode will then be read so the machine knows which drink you have chosen and therefore it knows how much water to add and how long it needs to brew.  Once the light next to the picture of the cup illuminates, press the button and your drink will be made for you.
In this case I was making a Oreo drink so once the chocolate part had dispensed and the light goes out you just lift the lid and insert the cream part of the drink. Pull the lid back down and press the button again to add the cream to your drink.  Of course some beverages such as tea don't have cream so therefore the above operation is just done once.

 There are a huge selection of T DISCs available online and supermarkets (apparently there are over 35 varieties including a range of Costa coffees including Cappuccino and others such as Kenco Medium Roast Coffee and Caffe Crema, Twinings Breakfast Tea and Chai Latte, Oreo, Cadbury Hot Chocolate and more) so I think that's plenty to choose from and something for everyone!

Oreo T DISCs:
The kitchen smelt amazing as the drink was being made but although the Oreo drink was very chocolaty in smell, sadly we both thought it was quite thin and had a slightly watered down taste and not half as nice as the Cadbury's hot chocolate drink which is good!

Coffee and Tea:
Paul (the husband) is a coffee lover and really likes the Costa Cappuccino - it's really creamy and a good consistency and he can't fault it.  Obviously you can't expect an hot drinks machine to recreate the proper coffee served in Costa which of course is made by coffee machines costing a fortune.  That said, Paul says the Tassimo does a pretty good job.
Although I'm a tea lover I've never been a fan of any kind of breakfast tea and so it would be unfair of me to comment on the Twinings Breakfast tea that was sent to us along with the machine.  

The T DISC sell for around £4.25 so for example with Costa Cappuccino discs you will get 8 in a pack so each drink works out at around 53p per cup.   I suppose it depends on how many drinks you of your family are lightly to drink in a day as to whether or not that could be expensive.

Cleaning the Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks Machine:
Maintenance of the Tassimo Vivy is effortless as the machine indicates when there is a need for cleaning or descaling, and this can be done simply with the on-board cleaning disc.  Cleaning takes around 30 minutes to complete but of course you can just leave the machine to it and get on with something else as it doesn't require you to do anything once the operation has started.  I should point out that the spout part comes out completely so you can clean and rinse once a day and the barcode reader window just needs a wipe.

All in All:
The Tassimo Vivy is a great little hot drinks machine - fantastic for home or in the office.  Drinks are quick and made without any mess, it's easy to clean and convenient and is small enough to fit in any kitchen.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the Tassimo Vivy and a selection of T DISCs for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way meant to influence readers buying choice.    

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Review and Giveaway - Aqua Zinger by Zing Anything

Make your own flavoured water in next to no time with the Aqua Zinger from Zing Anything.
Other products include Citrus Zinger, Vodka Zinger and a Salad Zinger - I must say they all sound very interesting!  Having been recently sent the Aqua Zinger to review here's how it went.

My first thoughts were, surely you don't need this gadget to make flavoured water?  Of course this is true but it does make the job a whole lot easier and less messy.  Water can be infused with whichever fruits take your fancy and is also strained when poured too.  Refreshing lemon and lime was my chosen fruits since my husband drinks so much of this stuff (ready made in bottles from the supermarket) now with the Aqua Zinger it is so easy to make your own and of course it's healthy too. 

You can add fruit, herbs, spices and natural sugars such as honey to the Aqua Zinger.  
For my first attempt I just used lemon and lime - the Aqua Zinger is it's really simple use.  Just cut the fruit into smallish sized pieces and place into the cup as shown in my picture.  The cup has blades in the bottom which pierces the fruit.  

Push the top bladed strainer into the fruit.  Now put the bottle part onto the cup and twist - this grids the fruit releasing it's lovely juice and will release flavour into the water when added. 

Add water and screw on the lid, shake well and you have flavoured water ready to drink.  
Of course you can chill the water beforehand or put the Aqua Zinger into the fridge and leave for at least 20 minutes or so for the best flavoured water. 

 Once done the water had a really freshing lemon and lime flavour with tiny bits of lemon and lime - so good to drink.  Providing you screw the top on properly the Aqua Zinger doesn't leak at all and holds around 400ml of water.  Perfect for taking to the gym. 
Hand washing is recommended although you can put it in the top rack of the dishwasher is you need to.

 Distributed by Root7 in the UK - more information can be found over at Zing Anything.

Disclaimer:  All opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.
Now for the Giveaway!
The lovely people over Root7 are supplying an Aqua Zinger which one lucky reader of this blog will win.  

How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Giveaway - Case of Beer

I must admit I'd not heard of Beer52 until a week or so ago when I was asked if I'd like a case of their beers to try.  Well, I have to say I'm more a wine than beer kinda gal so the beer tasting was left to Paul (the husband).  As you can imagine he was really pleased with this role of chief beer taster and is making his way through all eight beers, so far he's really liked every one of them, I think he has three more to go.

Anyway, I've since discovered that Beer52 are the largest and fastest-growing craft beer community in the world - which is pretty impressive. 
 Their founder James Brown started the club last year after he went on a motorcycle 'craft beer road trip' around Europe.  He discovered there were more than 12,000 microbreweries in the world, producing all kinds of amazing beers.  After that trip, he put together a team of craft beer experts who now handpick eight different beers each month for our members to try.  They're sourcing exclusive, small batch beers from the best tiny and experimental breweries around the world and if you order the beer is delivered right to your door.    
 Beer52 also produce a great in-house magazine about the beers we feature called Ferment.

Discount Code:
 If you pop over to their website and want to order a case of beer to try please enter this Discount Code Jan10 to receive £10 off your first order!  Don't forget you can have the beer sent as a gift.  Brilliant with Christmas soon upon us and you'll save a tenner too! 

The lovely people over at Beer52 are supplying a case of 8 beers which one lucky reader of this blog will win.  Please note the exact beers may vary from those shown in my picture. 

 How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Fresh Strawberry Milkshake - Review of the Stellar Stick Blender

 Soups, gravies, purees and sauces all benefit from the use of a blender to make the job easy and quick.  
When the weather is hot a nice ice cold frothy milkshake is just what you need, and in any case strawberries are always a good thing.

 If you don't have room for a kitchen processor then the stick blender (or immersion blender) is the way to go. 
Having been recently sent this very nice looking Stainless Steel Stick Blender by Stellar Cookware I couldn't wait to use it.

Photos by Stellar Cookware:

Monday, 4 August 2014

Win a Luxury Holiday for Two in the British Virgin Islands

 This is a special year for the British Virgin Islands as they celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Festival and the BVI will be alive with colour as Islanders and visitors take to the streets to celebrate.

They're kicking off proceedings by inviting cocktail and food lovers from across the UK to create their own British Virgin Island inspired Rum Cocktail to bring the party spirit of the islands alive in their own homes.

Win a Luxury Holiday for Two in the British Virgin Islands - sounds good?  Then read on.....
How to enter:
Pop over to the British Virgin island Tourism website for full details on how to enter and to read the full terms and conditions.  

Once you've made your cocktail creation don't forget to Tweet using the hashtag #BVIparty
The ten best cocktails will be selected by their first-class team of cocktail tasters, and will win a BVI goody bag - The Grand Prize Winner will be jetting off for a week in the BVI, staying at Biras Creek Resort and Oil Nut Bay, with return flights from the UK for two.
You and your cocktails will also feature on the BVI website later in the summer.  Please note - you must be over 21 years of age to be eligible to win a prize.

Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer - I received a bottle of Pussers Rum for publishing this post.  Please drink responsibly.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Wine Collection Hamper from Harrods - Review

I was recently asked if I'd like to review a hamper from Harrods.  I chose this lovely Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper containing a mixture of red, white and rose wines.  Just as you would expect from Harrods, the hamper arrived in perfect condition and I must say the packaging is impressive - it looks so good I don't want to throw the box away!

Inside the outer 'Harrods' box was the hamper box itself, the two gold coloured ropes made the hamper easy to pull out.
All six bottles of wine were very well protected, encased in molded polystyrene and there was a Harrods Corkscrew too.

What about the wines?
Since I'm most certainly not an expert on wine at all, I've taken the text taken from Harrods website to give you more of an idea about each wine than I could.  One quick word though before ordering - since this is a seasonal collection of wines, you may want to check as the contents may vary from those listed below.

*Nadaria Syrah:  An impressive wine displaying plum and damson combined with hints of blackberry bush and leather.

Aliança, Quinta da Garrida Reserva:  Combining classic Portuguese characters with modern wine-making, the 2007 has juicy black cherry appeal.

*Gouguenheim Pinot Noir:  A high quality wine from a unique terroir in the Andes foothills of Argentina.

*Borsao Selección Blanco Campo de Borja:  Possesses a yellow straw colouring with powerful aromas of citric and tropical fruits. 75cl.

*Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc:  With lovely fruit characters, the 2011 Aoetea Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with a clean finish.

*Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé: A beautifully dry, mineral and firm wine.

This Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper along with a fantastic range of food and wine hampers including gift boxes to suit all occasions and budgets are available from £19.95 to £2,000

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Harrods for sending me The Seasonal Wine Collection.  All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Sponsored Video - Robinsons #GETSQUASHD

Robinsons SQUASH'D is a new and super concentrated squash drink that comes in a bottle so small and flat it will fit in your pocket or bag. Amazingly each tiny bottle contains enough to make 20 drinks.  Just squeeze into a bottle of water to mix.  I must say I think it’s a marvelous invention, the tiny size makes SQUASH’D fantastic for taking to work or on a day out.
Available in three exciting and rather yummy sounding flavours - choose from Orange and Peach, Apple and Blackcurrant and Summer Fruits.  And there’s more good news, they don’t contain any added sugar.  

You may have already heard about #GETSQUASHD but if you haven’t and you fancy winning a GoPro HERO 3 why not enter the competition? 

All you have to do is pop a Robinsons SQUASH’D into your pocket and show everyone where you #GETSQUASHD to be in with a chance to win.  Pop over to the Robinsons GET SQUASH’D website to see all of the amazing challenges already added and add your own.   
Every week the judges will pick the most stunning, surprising and side-splitting entries and the favourites each week will win a GoPro HERO 3

Have a look at the #GETSQUASHD videos already uploaded – the two footballers performing their fantastic foot skills with their bottle of SQUASH’D is brilliant.  You’ll find The King of Rock meets the King of Squashes!   There’s also a woman who made a HUGE glass (enough to make 20 drinks) by using the whole SQUASH’D in one glass.   One guy even manages to make squash from the top of a fairly high building and yes he actually does fill the glass - or how about the keep fit fanatic who fills a glass whilst doing push ups!  What will you do?

Watch Robinsons #GETSQUASHD challenge in Zero Gravity?
Robinsons challenged Framestore, the Oscar winning VFX team behind Gravity to #GETSQUASHD in Zero Gravity.  Take a look at this video to find out how they got on.

This post is sponsored by Robinsons - all thoughts are my own.