TAPP’D COCKTAILS // PRODUCT REVIEW

If you’re as much of a social media addict as I am, then I’m sure over the last few months at some point you would’ve seen Tapp’d appear on your news feed somewhere. It’s hard to escape these guys when they have the likes of Kate Wright & Rio Ferdinand, Denise Van Outen ordering regularly, to name a few. For those not so much on social media, perhaps you caught Tapp’d making an appearance on none other than This Morning, where Phil & Holly sampled their cocktails.

I have seen this company all over my social media feeds but had never really considered ordering from them (I’m more of a make-it-yourself-er) so when Tapp’d got in contact, I was thrilled! They offer a variety of cocktails which are easily ordered online, & they also offer same day delivery (please check this before placing your order as there is an extra cost). Ideal if you fancy a treat, or perhaps if you’re laying on a bit of an occasion – I’ve seen plenty of posts where the cocktails have been paired up alongside afternoon teas.

So I was lucky enough to receive a mixed box of cocktails, which consisted of;
– Espresso Martini
– Mojito
– Sex On The Beach
– Strawberry Daiquiri
– Pornstar Martini x2

Each & every cocktail was sensational! They really were delicious, they didn’t last us any longer than about an hour (terrible, I know!) but I can see why the cocktails have proved to be so popular. In particular, I was extremely impressed with the Espresso Martini – the cocktail had a deep vanilla taste to it, it was absolutely gorgeous! I would 100% order an entire case of just these. I also loved the fact that the SOTB cocktail was glittery (perfect for Boomeranging!)

I would definitely recommend checking Tapp’d out, & if you can, get some ordered in – the cocktails were genuinely lush, & their popularity among the famous names says it all. I look forward to sipping in the near future! [GIFTED] 

CRAFTY NECTAR // CIDER ADVENT CALENDAR

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THE WORLD’S 1ST CIDER ADVENT CALENDAR IS BACK  

CIDER SAVIOURS Crafty Nectar are back and ready to wave goodbye to 2020 with Ultimate Cider Advent calendar. Yes, we’re bringing you the joy of summer to dreary December with ‘24 ciders, 24 days of discovery’!  

What’s included in ‘our best in snow’?
– 24 award-winning ciders from the UK’s top craft producers – you can’t get these ciders in the supermarkets!
– Free ‘How to Taste Cider’ guide 
– Interactive tasting notes & reviews 
– 16 of the ciders are brand new and 6 are exclusives

We have a range of different cider styles from award-winning producers from the likes of Kentish Pip in the Eastern counties to the best of the West country including one of the world’s best cider makers, Tom Oliver. We even have some exclusive ciders that have never been on sale before from the Newt in Somerset and our very own Crafty Nectar No.9 – Blackberry and Hibiscus Co-Ferment cider with Once Upon Tree

All our ciders are made from 100% fresh pressed juice, from traditional cider makers with real stories, plenty of passion and not available in supermarkets. Whatever your tastes there is a cider for everyone and lets not forget all these ciders are vegan-friendly, have no added flavourings and are gluten-free. What’s not to love? 

Whether you’re cider lover or a newbie, this cider advent calendar will take you on a voyage of discovery across the UK. Yes, ‘yule be sorry’ if you miss out! 

And remember kids ‘cider is for life and not just for Christmas!’



“Last year we brought you the world’s first cider advent calendar and we sold out within the first week. 2020 is the year to discover different styles of cider, whether it be Eastern Counties style cider, made using dessert apples producing a sharp, acidic zing or the traditional West country bursting with fruity, bold and banging tannins. 

Our goal is to make full juice, craft cider accessible for all, to help modernise the tired, old image of cider with ground breaking ciders from the UK’s best producers. ” (Ed Calvert CEO Crafty Nectar) 

THE COPPER CREW – CANNED WINE // NEW PRODUCT

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“The Copper Crew Launched in July 2020, The Copper Crew is a Cambridge based canned wine business, founded by three young friends – Theo Gough, Oli Purnell and Sam Lambson. Theo and Oli are Cambridge locals, while Sam is The Crew’s winemaker, based in South Africa. The name, The Copper Crew, comes from Theo and Oli’s ginger hair.

About us
We focus on sourcing and blending South African wines, specifically to be
canned. Our wines are selected and blended by Sam Lambson who recently completed a degree in oenology (the study of wine and wine making) at the University of Stellenbosch. While still at University Sam founded Minimalist Wines, launching his first wine to great acclaim in London (Stars in the Dark, 2018, Sryah, W.O. Elim). Sam’s success saw him completely sell out of his wine, signing an exclusive export deal, and being written up as one of Jancis Robinson’s unofficial wines of the week. While exhibiting for Minimalist in 2019, Theo and Sam first discussed the future
of young winemakers, changing consumer preferences and the importance of sustainable practices. Meanwhile, Oli had noticed the rise and popularity of canned wine whilst studying in the US. Together, we thought canned wine matched consumer preferences and could be successful in the UK as a more sustainable alternative to glass. Following conversations between all three of us on the business potential, feasibility and technical processes, we decided to make it a full-time venture. We left our jobs, started The Copper Crew from a kitchen table and have enjoyed every day since!

Our wines
Currently, we have two wines, a Rosé and Chenin Blanc, and will be launching a Merlot in October.

Wine details
The Copper Crew, 2019 Rosé, 13.5%
Appellation: W.O. Western Cape
A Provençal inspired blend based on Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah

The Copper Crew, 2019 Chenin Blanc, 13.5%
Appellation: W.O. Western Cape
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc

Detailed tasting notes
The Copper Crew, 2019 Rosé, 13.5% – a blend of 5 Rhône cultivars; Syrah,
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Viognier. Pale salmon in the glass, it has juicy aromas of ripe red cherry and plum, followed by a hint of baking spices (clove and cinnamon) and delicate floral undertones (violet). The wine is medium (-) in body, displays crisp acidity which lends freshness to the palate and resolves in an almost saline finish

The Copper Crew, 2019 Chenin Blanc, 13.5% – 100% Chenin Blanc and pale
gold in the glass. It has aromas of lemon meringue and passion fruit, lifted by citrus (orange, grapefruit), and melon notes. A textural wine- initially chalky, followed by a touch of leesy richness, cut by a zesty lemon/lime acidity. Richness gives way to zestiness, resulting in a long, pithy finish

Critic’s feedback
Jancis Robinson, FT wine critic, MW – “The Copper Crew have come up with
two nicely packaged 25cl cans of South African wine, both with quite marked acidity and light spritz, the rosé a bit drier-tasting than the Chenin Blanc. It has quite successfully been modelled on a Provençal pink from Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah grapes. Both wines are blended by Sam Lambson, featured, indeed pictured, in this earlier article” -JancisRobinson.com

Emma Dawson, MW, Berkmann Wine Cellars Senior Buyer – “In aid of drinksouthafrican I decided to try this delightful ‘tinner’ by @coppercrewwines an honestly delightful & refreshing little tipple. The Chenin was just as good too”

Anne Jones, Waitrose Wine Category Manager, Wines, Beers and Sprits –
“The branding looks well-pitched […] The fruit on the rosé is very pretty and has enough concentration and elegance […] I did send on my feedback to the relevant buyer as I think there is real potential for these. Good work on the liquid”

Jacopo Mazzeo, Imbibe UK – on The Copper Crew’s Chenin Blanc “It shows a bit of reductive character at first, which then blows off to reveal light notes of lemon, pear, blossom and a touch of wild herbs. Refreshing, with just a hint of spritz to it”. On The Copper Crew’s Rosé “Very pale, it successfully resembles a light rosé from Provence, with delicate red berry fruit and some citrus flavours”

Why cans
We chose to use cans because of their lower environmental impact, convenience and moderation of serving size:
Aluminium cans are 100% recyclable, which means that unlike glass, they
can be recycled over and over again without losing any quality. 75% of all
aluminium cans ever made are still in circulation, and in the UK they can
be back on the shelf within 6 weeks after being recycled.
Cans are significantly more space efficient than bottles- almost half (46%)
of the carbon footprint of wine comes from its packing and transportation.
Can’s pack twice as efficiently as bottles are because they are lighter required less energy to be transported.

Portion control
Laithwaites found that the average British household throws away 2 glasses of wine a week. This is equivalent to 17.3 bottles per household annually, or a massive 624 million bottles for the UK population. A quarter of those asked said they opened more than they wanted to drink. 250ml cans address this issue by acting as either a single large glass or when shared, as two small glasses.

– Cans are completely sealed protecting from oxygen degradation and UV
damage.
– Cans chill down in under 30 minutes, compared to an average of 3 hours
for a bottle of wine.
– Cans can be taken anywhere and don’t need a corkscrew.

Availability
Our wines are available for delivery throughout the UK directly from our website http://www.coppercrew.co.uk. We are also working to be stocked in Cambridgeshire independent retailers.

Pricing (from website)
£24.99 + £4.80 shipping for 6-pack (2 bottle equivalent)
£49.99 for 12-pack, with free shipping (4 bottle equivalent)
£99.99 for 24-pack, with free shipping (8 bottle equivalent)

RISE // COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE

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RISE and shine with café quality coffee beans delivered straight to your door

RISE coffee box Coffee Subscription box available for UK delivery NOW. 

Delivering a carefully curated selection of the UK’s most interesting and varied independent coffee direct to your door every month, RISE coffee box is on a mission to do away with mediocre coffee. Unlike other coffee subscription services which rely on the same own brand coffee every time, RISE coffee box is determined to scour the UK to find exciting, innovative and fiercely independent roasters for its subscribers. 

Launched during lockdown via a triumphant Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, in only three months RISE coffee box has already welcomed hundreds of subscribers on its adventure to bring amazing coffee to the masses. Founders Alice and Ben, from South London, brewed up the idea whilst complaining to each other about the lack of interesting and locally sourced coffee beans at the supermarket, instantly recognising a gap in the market for them to fill. 

In the box, subscribers are treated to two 225-250g bags of coffee ground to perfection and a coffee-related gift, like the exciting upcoming collaboration with Mr Black Coffee Liquor. Not wanting to shy away from where the coffee comes from, RISE coffee box aims to educate its customers in the wonderful and incredibly varied world of coffee by supplying accompanying materials on the selected roasters for that month. So far, RISE coffee box has partnered with the likes of Origin and Press coffee & Co, both of which are trailblazers on the London independent coffee scene. 

With being kind to the environment intrinsic to the way RISE coffee box operates, all coffee suppliers are carefully picked to ensure they operate as sustainably as possible, with limited to no plastic, fair wages for the farmers and a proactive stance on climate-friendly production practices. The box itself is sustainability manufactured using certified wood and natural glue to ensure they are bio-degradable. Combined with this, RISE coffee box has committed to the ‘onepercentfortheplanet’ initiative which means 1% of sales go to environmental NGOs. 

As the UK public adapts to life working from home, RISE coffee box believes customers shouldn’t have to put up with mediocre instant coffee or a bland coffee ground. RISE coffee box is committed to giving their subscribers a delicious and exciting variety of coffee, straight to their door. 

Price and availability
RISE coffee box will deliver a new and unique coffee box straight to your door every month for £16.99. Available to all UK addresses, users can sign-up at https://www.risecoffeebox.co.uk and are able to cancel their subscription at any time, no strings attached. 

Looking for a gift for the coffee lover in your life? RISE coffee box offers a variety of gifting options starting from £21.99. 

HARVEYS APERITIVO // NEW PRODUCT

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New Harveys Aperitivo is a fresh take on summer sipping.

Let’s face it, summer 2020 will be like no other. With less international travel now a reality, we’re embracing the staycation – whether that’s jumping in your car with a tent and vital supplies in tow or hosting a party in your back garden or local park. New Harveys Aperitivo – a sherry-infused drink – has launched just in time to raise a glass to celebrate being back together… at a distance.

Forget everything you think you know about sherry, Harveys Aperitivo is a truly fresh take on summer’s runaway serve, the spritz.  Exclusive to the UK and developed by the renowned Harveys Bodega in the scorching heat of Jerez in southern Spain, Harveys Aperitivo comes in two flavours – Pink and Orange. Both flavours are best enjoyed poured over ice, topped up with soda water (or lemonade) and finished with a couple of red berries (Pink) or a slice of orange (Orange).

Harveys Orange is a delicious blend of two grape varieties – Palomino and Muscatel – with an aroma of bitter orange, tangerine and aromatic herbs. Harveys Pink is made of three grape varieties – Palomino, Tintilla de Rota (a local rare red wine) and Muscatel – and has a subtle aroma of red fruits and flowers. The delicious result is a low ABV (15%) and low calorie (62 kcal) light, zesty and refreshing serve, made with 100% natural flavours. 

And, as the name suggests, Harveys Aperitivo is the perfect drink to enjoy in the late afternoon and early evening.  Channel its rich Spanish heritage and serve it with a delicious array of tapas. Think Manchego cheese, slices of jamon and plump juicy olives, they’re perfect pairings to match the Aperitivo flavours and whisk you away (at least metaphorically) to the sundrenched shores of Andalusia. 

Harveys will be sending the usual spritz and sundowners suspects straight to a new supermarket aisle, with both variants of the Aperitivo available on shelves in the sherry aisle. Harveys Aperitivo Pink is available at Tesco stores nationwide, priced £11.50 for a 75cl bottle. Harveys Aperitivo Orange is available in Sainsburys (for a limited time), priced £11.50 for a 75cl bottle. 

PURE LITE VODKA // NEW PRODUCT

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WM Spirits Launches a new low alcohol vodka range: PURE LITE in celebration of its 1st Birthday.

The UK’s most innovative new Vodka start-up gets Lighter
WM Spirits is expanding into the increasingly popular low alcohol market with the creation of PURE LITE. A lighter, lower calorie, spirit, this is PURE organic vodka cut to 20% ABV for half the guilt with the same delicious taste. PURE Lite delivers twice the enjoyment and… it makes an incredible martini.

Founder Adam Player says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to launch this new PURE Lite range. We are responding to consumer demand for a higher quality, better tasting drink without the calories. We pride ourselves on our environmental credentials, now our customers can be
both eco-friendly and health conscious whilst enjoying their favourite cocktails. It’s been an incredible year for PURE. I’m amazed by how far we’ve come since our launch party in July 2019, and we’re not stopping here.”

PURE Vodka quite literally ‘launched’ itself onto the UK spirits market in July 2019 with an exclusive boat party on London’s Thames and proceeded to make a splash with PURE events around the country including sponsorship of Soultown Festival in September 2019. PURE quickly secured listings in leading bars and exclusive venues such as the W Hotel, Cafe de Paris and the Maxwells Group, and Champneys Spa. Online PURE vodka is sold through dedicated alcohol retailers such as: Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange and Sybarite Cellars and distributed via Speciality, PH Wines, Champers Wholesale and Enotria
& Coe.

PURE is a homegrown British success story. An idea born from a night out at the local pub and put into action by a single-minded entrepreneur who wanted to find a cleaner, healthier drink to share with his mates.
“The goal was always clear: for PURE to be the good guy in the drinks industry” said Founder, Adam Player.

PURE Vodka is an ultra-premium, clean, organic spirit, built on the foundation of high-quality raw ingredients and owing its unique taste to the finest organic wheat it is derived from.

The journey from field to bottle begins as the wheat is harvested by organic family farmers, who take pride in their fertile, healthy soil; free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. This organic process protects the product that you drink from contaminating substances, as well as protecting the animals and environment around the fields from which
it is produced.

The organic wheat is distilled to maximum purity removing any remaining impurities (including gluten) and cut by hand to vodka strength (40%), creating a light, smooth tasting vodka that is vegan friendly and gluten free.

With Covid-19 causing a huge shift in consumer buying habits, and an increasing focus on quality and value alongside health and wellbeing, the low alcohol market is experiencing a watershed moment.
In May market researcher Nielsen reported strong growth (up 16%) for purchases of low and no alcohol spirits during lockdown, whilst prior to Covid 19 they reported that 67% of GB consumers were proactively trying to lead healthier lifestyles, indicating that PURE is on trend for the new post-covid health conscious customer.

For more information on the PURE Lite and original PURE vodka range please visit the PURE website: http://www.wmspirits.co.uk

ABOUT PURE VODKA:
PURE is independently owned and managed by its founder Adam Player.

PURE is committed to running an ethically conscious, environmentally friendly and human-centric business.

All PURE products are organic and sustainable, and PURE aims to support independent suppliers, and small businesses wherever possible. PURE aims to help break the firm grip that the major multinationals have on the drinks industry.

As a business, PURE is concerned by the threats posed by Climate Change and believes it has a responsibility to be sustainable, which is why PURE tries to ensure all its packaging is 100% recyclable and PURE is working towards becoming completely carbon neutral. With campaigns like Save The Bees PURE gives its customers a direct way to help the environment, delivering a PURE drink, and a PURE conscience.

Website: http://www.wmspirits.co.uk
Instagram: @pure_WM
Facebook: @purebyWM

LIBERATION COCKTAILS // NEW DRINKS SERVICE

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The first bespoke cocktail van is bringing a new and unique ‘cocktails on tap’ socially-distant party service to Essex’s doorsteps.

A brand new and bespoke ‘cocktail in a van’ is bringing its service to Essex after a successful launch throughout London during Lockdown. Offering a
range of refreshing cocktail on tap to groups of friends enjoying socially distant gatherings during the COVID-19 restrictions.
The Liberation ‘Cocktail Cruiser’ van is the first of its kind in the UK. The VW vehicle is stocked with the brand’s unique range of five cocktails on-tap – a summer-favourite Aperol Spritz, Mojito, Espresso Martini, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pornstar Martini– meaning that within seconds of arriving, customers can be poured the perfect cocktail.

The service is open to groups of six people and comes complete with a socially distanced bartender wearing a mask and gloves. It costs £120 per half hour, which includes 16 cocktails. The Cocktail Cruiser van can be booked via https://liberationcocktails.com/pages/cocktail-cruiser.

Liberation Cocktails Co-Founder George Workman says: “Our Cocktail Cruiser is a completely new concept that has taken years to perfect. It’s designed to bring some cheer to people as restrictions begins to ease and socially-distant gatherings of friends are allowed. And regardless of the circumstances, we expect it to be a year-round party pleaser to get friends and family together for a round of great cocktails.”

The Liberation Cocktails brand is a new concept which first launched in London in June and has already been a huge success in the Capital. As well as the cocktail van, it also features a range of premium quality, batched ‘cocktails on-tap’, in cans and in bottles. The concept has taken 3 years to develop to ensure that it achieves mixologist-grade cocktails to enjoy at
home or on the go. A full range of cans, bottles and on-tap options are now available to buy direct at http://www.liberationcocktails.com and delivered direct to your door in cases of 6, 12 and 24.

TIDES FORTUNE GIN // NEW PRODUCT

Gin is my tipple of choice, so receiving this luscious bottle during lockdown really was the cherry on top! Tides Fortune Gin is the signature gin produced at the East Coast Distillery on the, located on the North Essex Coast. The gin itself adopts 3 botanicals, including Juniper, Sea Purslane & Sea Buckthorn, & promises to offer happiness to all of us gin lovers!

I am still yet to open & try this gin myself (as I don’t want to waste it by mixing with just tonic/lemonade, but would rather try & discover some new combinations, so all ideas are welcomed!), nonetheless I am already in love with it – just look how beautiful the bottle itself is. I will certainly be upcycling this with some lights for the garden bar for decor.

I am also really excited to see what the future has in store for these guys, and looking forward to getting down to the distillery myself to see what it’s all about.

Thank you to @EastCoastDistillery for getting this over to us, & please do share any gin-spiration with us – I would love to know what you’d pair the gin with.

[GIFTED]

NIO COCKTAILS // NEW PRODUCT

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Introducing NIO cocktails –

NIO stands for ‘Needs Ice Only’ meaning there’s no specialist equipment or ingredients needed to delight in an expertly crafted drink. The steps are simple: get a glass, fill it with ice and simply tear the corner of your sachet and pour the ready-made cocktail in.

Each drink has been expertly crafted by NIO’s Head Mixologist, Patrick Pistolesi, who is also the Head Bartender and Found of Drink Kong, which is on the top 50 Best Bars list.

On the menu, there are 15 pre-batched cocktails to choose from. Whiskey fans can enjoy an Old Fashioned, a Manhattan or Whiskey Sour while Gin-lovers can delight in a Gimlet, Gin Sour or Gin Proved. Not to mention all the classics. 

Unique to NIO, all cocktails are sealed in mini flat boxes which can be safely delivered to letterboxes nation-wide. Customers can choose from a 3, 6 or 9 box option. Perfect for picnics in the park or a tipple in the yard, with warmer weather and signs of life returning to some normality, it’s something we can all raise a glass to.

BAILEYS RASPBERRY RIPPLE COOLER // COCKTAIL RECIPE

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Created by drinks columnist Abbie Moulton, the Baileys Rapsberry Ripple Cooler is an indulgent and treat-worthy cocktail that’s perfectly light and scrumptious for a summer afternoon. This cocktail hits the trend of being perfect for al fresco evenings with its grown-up fruity flavours. It’s the perfect adult treat for picnics and small garden get-togethers! 

Ingredients
[0.9 units per serve – recipe serves 2]
100ml Baileys Original Irish Cream [1.8 units]
80ml coconut milk 
1 x 500ml tub vanilla ice cream 
1 x small bottle raspberry puree, or a tin of raspberries in syrup
Handful of fresh raspberries
Serve in a stemless wine glass / water tumbler

Method
– Blend 100ml Baileys Original Irish Cream with 80ml coconut milk and a handful of ice. You should get a light, foamy mixture
– Add 1 generous spoonful of raspberry puree to the bottom of each glass
– Top with two or three scoops of ice cream
– Drizzle another generous helping of raspberry syrup
– Pour over the Baileys Original Irish Cream & coconut milk mix, so it comes to just below the top of the ice cream 
– Drizzle over the raspberry syrup 
– Top with fresh raspberries and enjoy!

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BARN FARM DRINKS // PRODUCT REVIEW

A little while back, we received a lovely selection of juices from Barn Farm Drinks – all locally produced on the Essex/Suffolk border.

Each flavour was presented in a tall glass bottle (perfect for recycling) & boasted a large serving. All of the flavours were as tasty as each other &
offered something unique – I would say they were not the standard/plain raspberry, apple, blackcurrant flavours you’d normally find, but rather a welcomed mix!

I would definitely choose to have these again, & would certainly pick them over a bottle of Coke any day!

Thank you to Barn Farms Drinks for gifting us with their drinks.

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TURTLE BAY // NEW HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL

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TURTLE BAY CELEBRATES SPIRITS WITH NEW RUM COCKTAIL THIS HALLOWEEN

Proving that Halloween isn’t just about trick-or-treating and sweets for children, Turtle Bay is introducing Rum Thief – a spooky new cocktail for guests to enjoy.
Set to become a permanent fixture on the renowned Turtle Bay cocktail menu, this brand new concoction contains The Duppy Share rum alongside lime, vanilla and raspberry, making it the ultimate Halloween treat with a Caribbean twist. 
Named after the ‘Duppies’, the mischievous, rum-loving Caribbean spirits swoop between distilleries stealing the best of the rum. With its balanced blend of fiery Jamaican and smooth Barbadian rums, The Duppy Share has tropical fruit flavours up front followed by a warm buttery finish that is perfectly complemented in the Rum Thief.
Offering more treats than tricks, on Wednesday 30th October the popular Caribbean restaurant is also gifting thousands of scratch cards to users of its official app, which will reveal a number of different cocktail prizes. If you’re a user of the Turtle Bay app and lucky enough to receive the Halloween treat, then visit your nearest restaurant and claim your prize, which could be a round of six brand new Rum Thief cocktails from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 3rd November. 
For more information or to book a table, visit: www.turtlebay.co.uk or find out more about Duppy Share here: www.theduppyshare.com/our-story

*Scratch cards will be sent on 30 October to a random selection of Turtle Bay app users only.
**The prizes sent can only be redeemed from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 3rd November.

BEERWULF – THE SUB // PRODUCT INFO

We have recently been lucky enough to receive The Sub, a product from Beerwulf that is designed to give you the perfect pint from the comfort of your own home. We are yet to try the product out (waiting for the right time!) but before we get reviewing, we wanted to share a little info on the product & provide more of an insight on the product & what it offers. Thank you to Beerwulf for the following content;

“Discover your new favourite gadget, The SUB. Bring the bar home with pub quality pints. The stylish design and small footprint of the home draught appliance means you can proudly tap premium beer from any countertop. All your favourite beers such as Heineken, Lagunitas IPA, SOL Birra Morreti and some more crafty ones available in 2L kegs. The SUB is easy to us, fun and a real conversation starter. Perfect for BBQ’s, watching sports at home, lazy Sunday lunches and Christmas soirees, they are the perfect addition to any home. Just plug in and you’re ready to play.”

With all this in mind, we are very excited to try out The Sub!

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BESOS // NEW PRODUCT

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New alternative liqueur set to wet the whistle
The alcohol market is set for a new delightful tipple to excite consumers as Besos, the alternative liqueur, is released. Unlike rival brands in the sector, Besos is a palate pleaser that is free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soya and nut, and doesn’t curdle when mixed. With a smooth and smoky finish, this Spanish plant-based brandy provides a distinctive taste. Also available in the Besos range is chocolate flavour — ideal for a cosy night in or a gift for a loved one.

Peter Smith, Managing Director of Besos, commented: “With no allergens, Besos de Oro is the ideal choice for anyone looking to enjoy an alcoholic beverage. We’re proud to provide a drink that can be enjoyed by all members of the public, no matter what their choice of lifestyle or dietary requirements. For over half a century the Irish Cream Liqueur has been the favourite tipple for millions of people all over the world, but times change — as do cultures, beliefs and fashion. Besos has taken this family favourite and made it the drink of the moment. Forget lactose intolerance, gluten, nut and dairy problems. Forget cruelty to animals — Besos has solved these issues and shown it’s possible to mix ethics, allergy free and scrumptiousness in the same glass.”

The liqueur has an elegant design too, with each bottle packaged in a sleek, modern and crisp casing. Produced in the North East, it has now been launched on the new Besos website for £20.

For further information and the latest Besos news, follow the alternative taste of Spain on Facebook and Instagram.  

BAILEYS PINA ALMANDA // COCKTAIL RECIPE

Thank you to Taste PR for gifting us with a bottle of Baileys Almande & for the following content

Ingredients
[1.7 units per serve]
50ml Baileys Almande
50ml Coconut milk
60g Fresh pineapple chunks
25ml Pineapple juice
25ml Captain Morgan White Rum
1 x Fresh pineapple, whole (for garnish)
Crushed ice

Method
– First, prep your garnish: cut fresh, whole pineapple into slices and then into triangles. Top the glass with one pineapple triangle and one pineapple leaf & have the crushed ice ready in the glass
– Add 60g pineapple chunks to blender
– Add 50ml coconut milk and 25ml of fresh pineapple juice
– Add 50ml Baileys Almande, 25ml Captain Morgan White Rum
– Blitz well and strain 
– Pour over crushed ice into tall glass

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BAILEYS ALMANDE PASSIONFRUIT & CHILLI MARTINI // COCKTAIL RECIPE

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Ingredients
[1 unit per serve]
75ml Baileys Almande
75ml Passion fruit syrup
50ml Pineapple juice
¼ teaspoon chilli powder
1 Passionfruit, whole (for garnish)
1 x Chilli, whole (for garnish) 
Cubed ice

Method
– First, prep your garnish: Cut the whole passionfruit into two halves, add a small slice to the chilli pepper and slot securely to the rim of the glass
– Add 75ml Baileys Almande, 75ml passion fruit, 50ml pineapple juice & pinch chilli to shaker with lots of ice
– Shake well and strain into coupe glass
– Float passionfruit half.
– Top tip: if you don’t have a cocktail shaker at home, you can use a clean jam jar with a lid, or the container of your blender

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BAILEYS ALMANDE ICED COFFEE & TAHINI TWIST // COCKTAIL RECIPE

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Ingredients
[1 unit per serve]
75ml Baileys Almande
100ml Coldbrew coffee
100g Muscavado sugar
50g Coconut milk 
1/2 teaspoon Tahini paste, smooth
Cubed ice

Method
– For the caramel: blend 50g coconut milk with 1/2 teaspoon tahini paste, & strain
– Add 100g muscavado sugar to a medium pan on medium heat
– Stir in coconut milk and stir for one minute
– Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes and allow to cool
– Add
– Fill glass halfway with coldbrew coffee.
– Fill remaining half with Baileys Almande
– Drizzle over another spoonful of tahini caramel
– For added wow factor and to really impress your guests, drizzle melted vegan white chocolate around the rim of the glass

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Thank you to Taste PR for the following content & for gifting us with a bottle of Baileys Almande. A series of Baileys Almande cocktail recipes will shortly follow on our blog – keep your eyes peeled.

Dine alfresco with Baileys Almande and tips from Rosie Birkett

Fresh air, a gentle breeze, and sunshine on the skin. Everything about summer makes us want to be outside. To make the most of the warmer weather, the Baileys Almande team has teamed up with Rosie Birkett, food writer and lover of all things alfresco, for her expert advice on how to celebrate the season of sun by eating, drinking, and dining in the open air.  From how to style your space, to what food and drink to serve, Rosie’s got all the advice needed to turn even the smallest of spaces into a seasonal retreat – including food pairings with three delicious new cocktails featuring Baileys Almande – a dairy-free liqueur that blends beautifully with the finer flavours of summer. The collection is made up of favourite timeless drinks, that are indulgently light-tasting, dairy-free and don’t compromise on taste. So whether you want to host an intimate get-together with friends, throw your home open to all the neighbours or make your nearest and dearest feel like they’re in an at home oasis, here are Rosie’s top tips for bringing those outdoor moments to life this summer: 

1.Make the most of what you have
Whether it’s a doorstep, balcony, garden, or tiny terrace, almost any outdoor space can be transformed with a little bit of love. The first step is to choose your space so you know what you’re working with, then you can start to add to it. If you have a space that’s a little wilder or more overgrown, play to that. I love to use the wildness of my garden as a backdrop and work with the naturally beautiful shapes of the leaves, trees, moss and herbs growing. 

2. Prepare in advance
Make the most of your alfresco moment with friends by getting as much prepared in advance as you can, so that you can relax and enjoy the day. I like to choose dishes that I can make in advance – an orzo salad can be made in the morning and will sit happily in the fridge until needed. There are loads of cocktails that can be whipped up and prebatched in advance too. Put a new spin on traditional cocktails by making them dairy-free – try a Baileys Pina Almanda. All the ingredients can be blended together and then chilled, ready to be poured over ice after dinner, as a fun, light twist – just as tasty as the classic colada. 

3. Have fun with flavours
When it comes to what you serve, have a think about how your drinks and food can work together. Cocktails are surprisingly versatile thanks to the vast range of flavours they can cover. For instance, a vibrant and zesty Baileys Almande Passion Fruit Chilli martini cocktail works amazingly with a fruit dessert. One of my favourites at the moment is peaches with this twist on a martini cocktail, an absolute classic. As peaches and cherries are bang in season, I’ve roasted them together to bring out their flavour and sugars, and topped with a cardamom spiced crumble with toasted almonds and pecans, spooned over gorgeous clouds of sharp, creamy coconut yoghurt. This works really well with the deliciously light taste of Baileys Almande.

4. Set the scene
Once you’ve chosen your space, a few little touches can really bring it to life – add cushions, chairs, a table, candles, and plants to transform the area. If your alfresco gathering is going to stretch into the evening, think about lighting for once the sun sets to add atmosphere and ambience. I love to mix and match by repurposing old jam jars for tea lights, using lanterns and thick church candles and playing with festoon lights, stringing them up on a wall or fence. 

5. Set the table 
You can build a lovely collection of tableware without spending a fortune. Keep an eye out in second hand shops and in the homeware sections of bigger stores for nice pieces of glassware, plates and platters. You can mix up second hand pieces with a few newer, smarter bits. It doesn’t all need to be matching – I have a really eclectic mix, and a little goes a long way. Reusing milk bottles for cocktail vessels can bring a retro feel to the table too. 

6. Finish in style
Leave your guests with a lasting impression with the end of meal coffee by creating something visual – it’s easier than you’d think. Try a Baileys Almande Iced Coffee & Tahini Twist, where iced coffee is topped with creamy layers of Baileys Almande. As the liquid mixes it creates an insta-worthy swirl in the glass that guests will love. I like to add vegan chocolates to pair with this coffee cocktail. The chocolates are super simple to make, by adding melted cacao butter, cacao powder and maple syrup a filled with a ganache of almond butter, with a dash of Baileys Almande. The deep, dark, fruity notes of the chocolate works wonderfully with the sweet creaminess of the cocktail for an indulgently light tasting, dairy-free alfresco treat.