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A Taste of Spring

Can you feel the new season in the air?

Can you feel the new season in the air? There’s been a distinct switch from dark, cold wet days, to a hint of sunshine and warmer days with lighter nights, and a promise of good things to come.

#TeamCoco love it when a new season arrives; it means new adventures, new places to see, new people to meet, and new things to try, as we are seriously not into FOMO!

Let’s take you on a little journey into spring through your taste buds. Here are a few seasonal drinks to get you excited for the months ahead.

Freixenet 0.0% Rose

If ever there were a season to enjoy an alcohol-free glass of something pink, it has to be spring. This sparkling glass of pink Freixenet with persistent bubbles epitomises the taste of new things to come, with juicy wild berries plus aromatic notes of floral and tropical fruits.
Priced at £6 per bottle, available from Tesco and Morrisons.

Bird & Blend Tea Co. Hot Cross Bun Tea

Bird & Blend has brought back an absolute seasonal favourite – Hot Cross Bun Tea, and it’s back with a bang for 2020! This divine Spring treat mixes Rooibos, Sri Lankan black tea, cinnamon, hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehip, orange peel, vanilla and cranberry pieces, conjuring the aroma and taste of freshly baked hot cross buns.
Priced at £5.80 for 50g, available from birdandblendtea.com

CanO Water

If you want a refreshing drink that’s both good for you and is a sustainable option over plastic then look no further than CanO Water.
CanO Water is a fully recyclable alternative to bottled water in the form of an aluminium can, filled with the best quality spring water from the Alps. The company wanted a more sustainable solution to single use plastic, and after recognising the benefits of aluminium, they introduced a canned water alternative to the market. The company were also the first of their kind to introduce re-sealable ringpulls for optimum convenience and prevention of waste.
Priced at £1 per 500ml can, available from Harrods, Selfridges, Tesco, and Ocado

The Botanist

The Botanist, known for being leading drinks innovators, have announced the launch of the new cocktail collection ‘Drink Twinning’, where you can sip exactly the same cocktail as your friend – almost the same. No longer do those opting for a non alcoholic alternative need to feel like they’re missing out with a selection of drinks delivering the same experience, taste profile and look but without the alcohol. Visit https://thebotanist.uk.com/ for more info.
The Botanist (non-alcoholic) – £4.95
Bax Botanics Verbena, Belvoir Elderflower, Jasmine syrup, red amaranth, fresh mint, lime juice and lemonade.
The Botanist (alcoholic) – £7.95
Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Ketel One vodka, St Germain, jasmine syrup, red amaranth, fresh mint, lime juice and lemonade

La Crema Monterey Chardonnay

If an ice cold glass of something crisp and exotic is your preferred choice this season then you must try the Monterey Chardonnay by La Crema.
Tasting notes: “On the nose, Meyer lemon, passionfruit, grilled pineapple and guava. Nectarine, papaya and crisp lemon-tangerine notes are complimented by touch of spice and complexing minerality on the palate.
Priced at £27.30 per bottle, available from Blanco & Gomez – bgwm.co.uk or via Fells – fells.co.uk

Roe & Co Premium Blend Irish Whiskey

Roe & Co is a new premium blended Irish whiskey, refined, elegant and with remarkable depth, a masterful blend of rich malt whiskey and the smoothest of grain whiskey aged in bourbon casks. And, it works perfectly in a Roe Irish Coffee.
Ingredients – 40ml Roe & Co, 60ml freshly brewed Americano coffee, 10ml porter syrup/sugar syrup, 15ml fresh lightly whipped cream, grated nutmeg & 3 coffee beans
Method – Heat the Irish coffee glass with boiling water, once heated empty the water out and add 60ml of freshly brewed hot coffee and in the syrup, stir lightly, pour in 40ml of Roe & Co and layer lightly whipped fresh cream on top, garnish with 3 coffee beans and a light dusting of grated nutmeg
Priced at £31.75 (70cl), available from The Whisky Exchange – thewhiskyexchange.com

Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber Gin

Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber Gin is a luxurious handcrafted African infusion of fresh, green and earthy cucumber that’s been combined with succulent Karoo aloe to enhance its overall complexity. A smooth and fragrant yet well-balanced gin, which is perfect for sipping over ice and pairing with cocktails or a delicious G&T.
Priced at £21 (70cl), available from Amazon – https://amzn.to/38kxosi