Saturday, 4 June 2011

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

Following on from part one of our coolest drinks for a hot summer here are our final taste sensations...


Kusmi Algotea

Part of internationally renowned Kusmi's Wellness Tea range.  Algotea is a green tea from China, with natural essences of mint, Nanah mint leaves and seaweeds. The first thing that hit us was its amazing smell so fresh and exhilarating, perfect for a summers day served Moroccan style, sweet and iced.  We loved its delicious clean taste and that intoxicating fragrance.  We think it would be equally nice served hot after a dinner or as a pick me up.


You can buy Kusmi teas direct from their website. Algotea starts at 11.30€ for 20 muslin teabags.

Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur
The truth is this is a liqueur that really lives up to it's promise.  We absolutely loved this sophisticated and alcoholic take on Elderflower cordial.  It was just gorgeous with champagne for a take on the cocktail classic Twinkle. 

Packed with fruits, flowers and spices, honey gold sweetness makes way for a burst of fresh elderflower and citrus with a hint of spice. Delicious!


Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur is available from Harvey Nichols and
thedrinkshop.com  from £20.37 for 500ml bottle, 22% abv.


Fresita


What a match made in heaven afternoon tea, strawberries and fizz.  It really is the perfect combination. Fresita is a delicious Chilean sparkling wine infused with hand-picked fresh strawberries from Patagonia - ideal for sipping with your jam and cream scones.  It's lively fruity and extremely drinkable great for a special treat with the girls or just when you feel like spoiling yourself.


Fresita is available from Whole Foods (Kensington), Nisa, Costcutter, www.drinksdirect.co.uk or  www.formulawine.co.uk at around £8.99 a bottle.


Hayman's Sloe Gin




The Hayman family have been producing Sloe Gin to secret recipe for hundreds of years  It must be the world's best kept secret because it tastes amazing. Sloes are steeped for several months with Hayman's Gin before being blended with sugar. The result is a beautifully balanced sweet-sour ruby red gin that resonates with the sloes delicious signature bitterness.  Enjoy it with ice or as we did mix up a yummy gin fizz...

Sloe Gin Fizz

Mix together:

60ml measure Hayman's Sloe Gin
30ml measure Fresh Lemon Juice
30ml measure sugar syrup 


Top with soda water. Kick back and relax.


Hayman's Sloe Gin is available at Harvey Nichols Wine Shops Nationwide, Selfridges, Wine Rack and online at www.thedrinkshop.com, prices from £17.66



We received samples of Kusmi Wellness Teas , Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur, Fresita and Hayman's Sloe Gin free of charge to review.