Saturday, 28 May 2011

Shop Saturday - Part one: The coolest drinks for a hot summer

There's nothing like a nice cool drink on a hot summers day.  We especially like a cold drink with our afternoon tea, I don't know why it just lifts it from the everyday run of the mill and turns it into something a little bit special.  This summer the team has been trying out some of the newest drinks on the market (and some established ones but in a new way). We have been pleasantly surprised there are some really fabulous alternatives to champers or lemonade out there. It's a dirty job but someone has got to do it - hic!

Harveys Bristol Cream



Yes it's sherry. And? Forget all your assumptions and try it!  Harvey's Bristol Cream is currently enjoying a surge in popularity and we think it's absolutely gorgeous.  We tried it served in glamorous Pimms style with lemonade and fruit. To make it  pour 50ml into a tall  glass, top-up with lemonade and fill with  fresh seasonal fruit such as strawberries, oranges and raspberries for a English summer drink with twist. Harveys Bristol Cream is made exclusively from grapes grown at Harveys’s own vineyards and blended in the traditional method at its bodegas in Jerez in southern Spain.   It is made from a  complex and aged blend of Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez wines, fragrant with a deep golden colour it's sensationally silky and smooth.  Oh and very yummy!

Harveys Bristol Cream
 (75cl RRP £8.80) is widely available across the UK.


Drink Me Chai
Drink Me Chai is  based on the orginal latte invented in India 5,000.  There are five lovely flavours all blended with sweet tea and skimmed milk. All  are 99% caffeine free so make a lovely and relaxing drink. We tried the gorgeous Vanilla Chai Latte as a cold milk shake and it was scrumptious. Here is the recipe if you would like to recreate it yourself.

Vanilla Chai Milk Shake


(Serves 1)


4 heaped teaspoons Drink Me Vanilla Chai Latte
2 tablespoons boiling water 
3 scoops good quality vanilla ice cream
300ml milk 
A handful of ice cubes 


Stir the Vanilla Chai into the boiling water until dissolved and smooth. Transfer to a food processor or blender, then add the ice cream, the milk and the ice. Process for approximately 30 seconds or until smooth and well blended, and then serve immediately in a chilled glass.



Drink Me Chai is available from most major supermarkets at £2.03 for a 250g tub.


Breckland Orchard Posh Pop
Inspired by the home-made lemonade her grandmother gave her as a child Claire Martinsen set up traditional drinks company Breckland Orchard in 2009. We are so glad she did, her drinks are deliciously different includng ginger beer with chilli, Cloudy Lemonade, Blackcurrant & Raspberry, Cranberry & Rosehip, Pear & Elderflower, Strawberry & Rhubarb, and last but no means least our favourite Sloe lemonade. They are just perfect for a lazy afternoon tea in the garden.


Breckland Orchard Posh Pop and is available at retailers across the UK and also online click here to buy a bottle (or two).


Don't miss part two next week...


We received samples of Harveys Bristol Cream, Drink Me Chai, and Breckland Orchard Posh Pop free of charge to review.