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Last minute Fathers Day Gifts!

18 Jun

It’s never to late to buy your dad a bit more for Father’s Day. Don’t bankrupt yourself, but do spoil him! Here are a few of my faves:

 

SodaStream Power

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Give your dad a blast from the past – only reinvented. We had a SodaStream as kids, and it seemed so magical and fun. As an adult wow have they come on – they are nifty little gadgets. By using tap water you keep all the fluoride to protect your teeth, and can add any flavour you want. What’s more big bottles of water goes flat in a blink, this means you can make your own whenever you want.  I love that you can choose three levels of fizz – so if like me you want mildly sparkling and not super fizz you can make to fit.

There are so many new flavours that you can add including Elderflower, Cloudy Lemonade, Cranberry Raspberry and Pink Grapefruit with a large bottle spreading a long way at £3.99.

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SodaStream is available at Argos, The Range, Lakeland, Robert Dyas, Dunelm Mill, Ocado, Amazon, Selfridges, ASDA and Sainsbury with prices ranging from £89.99 – £149 for the Power model featured below.

Verdict: 10 / 10

 

 

HAIG CLUB WHISKEY
aaaaTreat your dad to HAIG CLUB’s unique blend of butterscotch and toffee notes, with this super fancy whiskey. In a gorgeous bottle and tastes superb too!

A 70cl bottle is available from Selfridges and Waitrose stores, nationwide at around £45, and a mini 5cl bottle is £4.50 from The Whiskey Shop.

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

Animal Frieze High Ball Glasses

To go along with that whiskey why not add a high quality glass? The Animal Frieze High Ball Glasses from Peach Perfect are handsome, and the perfect size for a short drink and room for ice.

stagPriced at £9.50 each they don’t come cheap – but if you’re having a fancy whiskey you must have a fancy cup!

Verdict: 8 / 10

 

 

 

*Note: these products were sent to me by the retailer in exchange for an impartial review. However this northern lass is quite opinionated, and all views are my own. Honestly, if I hate something I will tell you and if I love it I will rave about it!

Valentines Recipes

12 Feb

GUINNESS BLACK VELVET COCKTAIL

 Ingredients

1/2 Flute of Champagne

1/2 Flute of GUINNESS Extra Stout

Method

Pour the GUINNESS Extra Stout into a polished champagne flute

Top up with the champagne ensuring there is no overspill

The GUINNESS Black Velvet should be dark in colour with a frothy head, resembling a pint of GUINNESS

GUINNESS CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Ingredients for 25 pieces

1 kg dark chocolate in small chunks

400ml cream

100ml GUINNESS

Zest of 1 orange

Cocoa or coconut powder

 Method

Add the cream and GUINNESS to a saucepan and bring to the boil

Add the chocolate and grated orange zest

Mix together until the chocolate is fully melted

Leave the chocolate mix until it is cool to the touch, but not set

Take generous tea spoons of the mixture and roll in your hands to form small round truffles

Dust in cocoa powder or coconut powder

Set in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours

Yum!

Yum!

Halloween Drinkies

20 Oct

In strange tradition each year many of us try and make our Halloween party drinks a disgusting green colour! However this year I am going to opt for a decidedly more pretty purple drink (yes I know Halloween should be scary, not pretty but just a little can’t hurt can it?)

Greenall’s have launched a new wild berry gin, and it is absolutely delicious. Here is recipe to make your own cocktails, or get creative and make a spooky punch bowl by adding tonic water or diet lemonade!

Yum!

Yum!

Greenall’s Wild
50ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Monin Vanilla Syrup
3 Raspberries & 3 blackberries

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a tumbler with fresh ice
Garnish: Raspberry, blackberry, lemon twist.

The sloe gin is priced at £16.00, and is available at Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores.

Verdict:

9/10 for flavour

7/10 for difficulty to make

Valentines Preparation

10 Feb

FOOD

They say that the way to a mans heart is through feeding him well. Combine that with mans other favourite consumable – alcohol – and you get cocktail cupcakes! I tested three different cake types oozing spirits and fruity flavours that replicate cocktails. Not only were they delicious but the recipes are easy to follow too. “Caketails – Intoxicating Cupcakes for Grownups” by Jill Collins and Natalie Saville can be purchased at Waterstones or on Amazon and offers all of the guidance needed to make delicious cupcakes for your sweetheart.

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Verdict: A yummy, boozy 9/10

If cakes aren’t your thing and you’re more of a Cookie Monster, I love these heart shaped cutters available from Asda

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Gift for cider lovers!

10 Dec

With 2013 the year of austerity measures and a nation of ‘super scrimpers’ it comes as no surprise that sales of home brew kits are on the up. Trust us Brits to avoid cutting out our alcohol habit by making it ourselves! For the experienced brewer I would recommend home store Wilkinsons, it sells kits but also individual items for every batch if wine and beer imaginable.

However finding a good cider kit is a bit trickier – and when giving a gift you have to be careful that the follow-up equipment will not cost the earth. There is nothing worse than receiving a gift that you then have to spend more money to be able to use. That is why this year I have tried, tested and can recommend Victor’s Drinks cider kit. It comes in a box, with everything inside. All you need to do is add water, and 20 pints of apple cider are ready to drink, share or even offer round a more sparkling gathering, in ten days. The box is actually quite compact, even better for chilling.

Business Development Manager, Cacelia Broadbent, explained, “We’ve had so many focus groups working on this, and the overwhelming response is that Victor’s is as close to off-the- shelf drinking as it gets. It’s clean, tasty and doesn’t deplete the wallet.” She went on to say, “2013 has seen duty rise on alcohol and supermarkets being held to ransom over minimum pricing. One thing is for sure, alcohol is only going to get more expensive, while people’s budgets are going to be under a lot more strain.”

The kits have no added sugar or preservatives. All that is inside is apple syrup (from real apples!) and a little bit of malt extract. There is even a handy YouTube video to show you how it’s done here

After 12 days (the recommended ten and two for good luck!) the result was a delicious sweet and very easy to drink pint. The only drawback is that the bag inside did expand a little so i had to decant to chill (I have a tiny fridge) At £20 per kit this is only £1 per pint, great for parties but also fun to make. I’m sure that waiting for the brew to be ready improves the flavour somehow! The kits are available in major online retailers and also at Victors Drinks

Verdict: A refreshing 9/10

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