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Drink More Water Robinsons Squashes

February was Robinsons Fruit Drop month – a scheme to encourage us to drink more water by drinking Robinsons squashes.   Did you know that 85% of UK adults reported they drink less than the recommended eight glasses of fluid? Guilty as charged.  Water is bland, and if you want me to drink it, it either has to have another dimension, usually bubbles, or flavour, often cordial.  Squash is for the kids, isn’t it?

Robinsons Squashes: No Added Sugar

Well, it’s not.  Robinsons have come quite a long way since the squash of my childhood years, and the strong depth of flavour and ingredients is far reaching.   Dietary requirements are also a huge consideration, and since 2015, 95% of their entire range contains no additional sugar.  Just two products have added sugar, and these are the classic Barley Waters.  Squash isn’t so bad for your teeth either; the British Dental Association recommends squash as the next best thing after water and milk and if like me, you hate both then it’s my number one.

They’re even suitable for vegans and vegetarians.  I was sent a crate of squash flavourings to give a whirl, and I’m glad I did I signed up for the trial, it’s worth the effort.

Drink More Water: Robinson's Squashes

I even bought myself a water bottle to encourage me to drink more at my desk.   And guess what?  I’m drinking at least 2 litres a day.  Something I’d never have done before the trial.  I even took in a bottle to share with colleagues, and it lasted a day.  Here’s my colleague Tom with a Robinsons Mocktail, I even made some paraphernalia from our tea stirrers.

Drink More Water: Robinsons Squashes

Robinsons Squashes: The Range

Of the three flavours

Peach Fruit and Barley – ripe and fruity peach mixed with a Barley twist
Orange and Pineapple – juicy with the perfect balance of sweet and sour
Lemon and Pink Grapefruit – zesty pink grapefruit with a soft citrus lemon

The latter was a particular favourite.  Sweet, but not teeth-on-edge sweet, this had a distinct taste of lemonade with a hint of sharp grapefruit.  The other flavours were all perfectly fine and I enjoyed them all.

Squash’d are small squeezy, handbag-sized bottles available in 7 fruity flavours.   Depending on your pour, there are 20 servings to help you out wherever you are.  There are 3 calories or less in each 250ml serving.

Orange – intense fruity orange
Apple & Blackcurrant – crisp apple with sweet blackcurrant
Summer Fruits – plummy summery blackcurrant with a hint of strawberry

If you’re a tennis fan, you’ll know that Robinsons Barley Water is used to refresh thirsty champions and has done since 1934.  In fact, their long established relationship is secured until the year 2020 so you’ll continue to see bottles of squash and Barley Water on the court at the AELTC during the Summer months.

Drink More Water: Robinson's Squashes

You don’t have to wait until June to start enjoying Robinsons.  Take a look at their website for more information or grab a bottle next time you shop.


5 Gin-tastic Gifts For Juniper Lovers

5 Gin-tastic gifts for the Juniper-lovers in your life.

I tend not to mention the ‘C’ word until the start of December but as you know I love my gin, and there’re so many great things around this year, I fear if I don’t mention them early, they’ll be snaffled.  So, lovely reader, here’s my 5 Gin-tastic Christmas offerings for the gin-lover in your life.

5 Gin-tastic Gifts: The Ginstitute, Portobello Road

Got one of those friends or family members who’s tough to buy for?  Get them to blend their bespoke gin. You’ll find The Ginstitute on the top floor of the Portobello Star and make sure they’re wearing drinking boots because they’re in for the long-haul.  Kick off with a Tom Collins and then have an hour chat about the history of gin. Then it’s a G&T and up to the Still Room. A quick overview of how it’s made and the botanicals used, then it’s all about making the bespoke stuff.  Each gin has it’s own unique custom number so if you love what you’ve done you can re-order it for £35 (70cl). Go to their website for more information.

5 gin-tastic gifts for Juniper-lovers

5 Gin-tastic Gifts: Beanie

I love a play on words, and this Gin-gle Bells beanie is nicely priced for the female gin-lover in your life. £20, John Lewis.

5 gin-tastic gifts for Juniper-lovers

5 Gin-tastic Gifts: Chopping Board for your Citrus Twist

What’s good enough for the future King and Queen of England is good enough for you too, eh?  The Oak & Rope Co was commissioned to make an engraved swing for Prince William and Kate’s wedding in 2011.  You may have seen Prince George swinging on it, on his third birthday?

5 gin-tastic gifts for Juniper-lovers

If you haven’t got a meadow or a large tree, then this fabulous G&T-Board by the same company is easy to store and beautiful too. From £45.

5 gin-tastic gifts for Juniper-lovers

5 Gin-tastic Gifts: Great Christmas Jumper

Christmas Jumper? Buck the trend and go sweatshirt. Oakdene Designs have designed a take on the Christmas classic O Come All Ye Faithful, I love this lovely Oh, Come Let Us Adore Gin number, £30.00.

Gin Jumper

5 Gin-tastic Gifts: The Gin

I love the boys (and girls) at Sipsmith and so I can’t do a gin present round up without including them. Choose any of their gins, and you won’t be disappointed. Their latest is available at M&S and it’s a liquid Lemon Drizzle Cake … Yep …. drool.

5 gin-tastic gifts for Juniper-lovers

There are quite a few other gin-related presents out there – these are some of my favourites.