Tangy Ginger Breeze Cocktail Recipe

As many of you know I enjoy getting creative in the kitchen.  I create all manner of foods both savoury and sweet and love to have time to just play and experiment with flavours.  Being a busy mum of three no make that four (forgot to include the hubby) I don’t get much time to do that but I squeeze it in once in a while.  Over Christmas I managed to get a few minutes of kitchen play time and decided to experiment making a new cocktail which features a product that I only recently got to try Spiced Ginger Beer from Fentimans.  This is just as lovely as their original ginger beer but with a more exotic flavour.

The ginger flavour was not as strong as in some ginger beers and I wanted to give it an added kick and also add a splash of lemon and lime as these flavours work well together.  With this in my mind I began experimenting and from there my Tangy Ginger Breeze was born.

fentimans3This recipe is so easy to make that anyone can do it and it features just three main ingredients which adds to the simplicity.

Serves 1

Ingredients

20-25ml Kings ginger liqueur

165ml Fentimans spiced ginger beer (half a bottle)

100ml 7up or sprite

Ice cube if required

A slice of lemon or lime to garnish

Method

Pour the ginger liqueur into a tall glass.  Slowly add in the ginger beer and then the 7up / sprite so it does do not end up with a large head of foam.  If it isn’t cold enough add some ice cubes, garnish with a slice of lemon or lime and serve.

Enjoy!

You might want to repeat the above as it’s super yummy , enjoy round 2!

Liked this recipe then take a look at my Ginger Beer, Vanilla and Cinnamon Jellies recipe.

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Love Ginger Beer? Here’s Your Chance to Win a Case of Fentimans New Spiced Ginger Beer!

I do love ginger beer as I love the taste of the ginger combined with the bubbles that make a gorgeously refreshing and thirst quenching drink.  Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to get the chance to try the Original Ginger Beer from Fentimans which was yummy so of course I was very excited when I heard they had a Spiced Ginger Beer!  The spiced ginger beer is infused with Eastern spices to create a delicious warming drink for the winter and a tasty and refreshing drink for the summer.

I was curious to see how much spice Fentimans had included but it isn’t too strong for the British palette to handle.  Great chilled, this delicious drink is gluten free and not too heavy on the alcohol at 4%.  Although great on it’s own this ginger beer is also great combined with other flavours.  I decided to have a little play with creating a recipe using ginger beer that used the flavour as it’s core instead of masking it and one that was easy make too.

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 These jellies are simple to make and are a fabulous light adult dessert that isn’t too calorific and perfect for anyone that loves ginger beer.  My recipe uses alcoholic ginger beer but Fentimans also has a non alcoholic ginger beer (traditional) should you prefer or in case you are making this for children.

Not so keen on cinnamon no problem don’t add it in, recipes are not set in stone so get creative and adjust them to your taste.

This particular recipe can be made with or without the creamy vanilla and cinnamon topping.  The creamy topping can be kept runny or you can add gelatin to make it thicker, again you choose.

I made these in disposable plastic cups as it was much easier and help reduce washing after but you can use pretty glasses if you have any.

Ginger Beer, Vanilla and Cinnamon Jellies

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Serves 8

Ingredients

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

1 330ml bottle of Fentimans Spiced Ginger Beer

150ml water

Water for soaking the gelatin

4.5 gelatin leaves

For the Topping

180ml double cream

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1tsp vanilla essence (preferably a good quality one with seeds)

1 gelatin leaf

Water for soaking the gelatin

Method

For the Ginger Beer Jellies

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

While the gelatin is soaking gently pour the ginger beer into a jug as we don’t want this frothing.

Warm the water and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated water and stir in, it takes seconds to dissolve.

Add the water to the jug of ginger beer, stir gently then pour evenly into your glasses / cups.

Place in the fridge for about 5-6 hours to set. I left mine overnight to be sure.

You need this part to set before starting the next.

For the Topping

Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water for about 10 minutes.

Warm the cream and once it starts to bubble a little remove it from the heat add in the vanilla essence and cinnamon, stir and set aside for two minutes.

Squeeze the water out of the gelatin and add this to the heated cream and stir.

Pour this over the set ginger beer jellies and place in the fridge to set.  The amount is far less than with the ginger beer so it won’t take as long to set.

Place in the fridge for about 3 hours to set.

When this has set you can grate over a little chocolate and add any garnishes before serving.

What a slightly different version?

You don’t need to set the cream, instead you can skip the heating and the gelatin, add in the vanilla and cinnamon and pour over the top of the jellies.

Again add on any garnishes and serve.

Just a note, not all gelatin is animal based so you can still make this whether you are vegetarian or vegan, obviously minus the cream.

Enjoy!!!

We all love a great giveaway so here is my first of the year.

One lucky winner will win a case of the Spiced Ginger Beer which you can either keep all to yourself or enjoy with friends.  Drink it straight up or try one of my ginger beer recipes the choice is yours.  Just a little heads up I have a Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipe coming up soon and it’s loooooovely!

Entry is super easy just enter via the rafflecopter form.

Instructions if needed can be found here:

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September 2016 Fab Finds

Each month or so I come across items that I think are pretty fab and are worthy of a mention on my blog.  I am hoping to create a regular feature with the products that I discover whether they are little items sent to me, freebies I have managed to get my hands on or something simply lovely that I feel I must tell the world about that I have discovered on a shopping trip.

It’s my first of these monthly round ups and this feature covers some great products that I discovered in September not including of course items I have already reviewed on the blog.

First up is some delicious ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s.

The guys at Ben & Jerry’s as you all know created their spectacular cookie dough ice cream a while back and this has kept many of us company through movies, break ups and more.  Well it appears that they have decided to make their cookie dough even cookier and from this thought was born the ‘Wich’.  This labour of love (sorry I have not ability to control myself today) was created after hours of intense ice cream making and tasting (who wishes they were there to help???) and the final result was a new range.  I proudly present the ‘Wich Family’.

S’wich Up

If like me you love cookie dough this is for you.  Combining vanilla ice cream a chocolatey cookie swirl, chocolatey cookie sandwiches and cookie dough chunks.  So call up the girls, arrange that movie night and sit on the sofa and enjoy a tub each (they are on offer at the moment in supermarkets so why not splash out).

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Wich

Yummy cookie dough or chocolate fudge brownie ice cream is sand’wiched between two soft-baked chocolate chip cookies!  Yum!

Son of a Wich

A mini version of a wich although quite frankly adults won’t be eating just the one.  These are great for kids.

Where has this been all my life??? I I must admit it’s pretty yummy and it’s not easy to hide it from the husband and the children and my feeble attempts at doing so have failed miserably.  I might mention I loved what I tried so much I had to go shopping again and get more, returning with enough Ben & Jerry’s to fill a freezer draw!

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I have also been enjoying this lovely sparkling Wild English Elderflower drink from Fentimans.

I do love elderflower drinks and adding the sparkle to it for me is a touch of genius!

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McVitie’s Nibbles

If you like chocolate biscuits you will love these crunchy biscuit balls that come in either a milk, dark, double chocolate or caramel and chocolate coating.  I noticed these on one of my shops, grabbed some for the kids and they loved them.

The easy seal pack is totally unnecessary, you won’t be leaving any in the pack.

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Stella McCartney – Pop Eau De Parfum

I was given this on a recent shopping trip in the West End.  I love mini perfume samples as they are so easy to pop into a handbag and weigh next to nothing.  It’s also nice to sample a fragrance in the privacy of your own home rather than having to smile politely and rush to the nearest bathroom to wash it off it you hate it.  This is a lovely floral and woody scent.  It isn’t overpowering and is lovely and light.

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That’s it for September I am hoping to have found some more great items for you this month.

Wish me luck x

Fentimans Original Ginger Beer

I introduced regular readers a little while back to a company called ‘Fentimans’ who make a lovely range of drinks. The last time I wrote about this company I was spreading the word about their gorgeous Sparkling Lime & Jasmine which is rather delicious.
Well I’m at it again this time to tell you about their fabulous Original Ginger Beer.  This is without doubt the best ginger beer I have tasted to date and I have tried a few. This particular Ginger Beer contains 4% alcohol and is botanically brewed in Great Britain. It is also gluten free!  In comparison to other ginger beers this is a far smoother version, not as sharp a flavour as many others and with just the right amount of sparkle. This is a fabulously refreshing drink and really does keep your taste buds happy too.  I would highly recommend it as it was very easy to drink and extremely refreshing.  A word of advice, don’t share!  You will want to enjoy the whole bottle.  Each bottle contains 330ml of this fabulous drink.

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I have been enjoying this with a variety of snacks as it goes well with nuts, crisps and also olives.

Want more kick to your ginger beer than they also have a Spiced version to enjoy.  I plan on looking out for this on my next shopping trip as it sounds delicious.

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Fentimans have a growing range of drinks from soft to alcoholic.  I recently tried their rose lemonade which was fabulously refreshing and easy to drink.

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Having excited your tastebuds I thought I it would be mean of me to just tease you so as a gesture of goodwill I am holding a competition for one of you to win a box of the delightfully delicious Ginger Beer.

To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form.

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Fentimans Sparkling Lime & Jasmine

I really don’t drink enough fluids although I really do try.  The intent is sooooo there but the memory capacity simply just can’t cope with everything else I must contend with as a busy mother of 3 children, 1 husband and 2 bunnies!  All other mums will understand what I mean, we put the needs of those around us ahead of our own and in some cases the thought of drinking plain water doesn’t always seem appealing.  I love herbal teas, well I should really being a herbalist but many teas contain tannins which have a diuretic effect on the body which in turn dehydrate you further.  What I am partial too is a bit of sparkle in the form of jewellery naturally but also in drink form.  My taste buds and I were extremely excited when we recently discovered a company called Fentimans.  I must admit that I am disappointed that I didn’t discover this company’s products sooner as they would have made a superb addition to the lunches that I have at home with friends and would easily have helped me increase my daily fluid intake.

These guys have been around for over 100 hundred years making drinks using a time-honoured botanical brewing process (a process using herb and plant roots).  Fentimans has a range of products from soft drinks, mixers, pre-mixed alcoholic drinks and even a gluten free alcoholic ginger beer (sounds yummy doesn’t it).

Fentimans 1 Fentimans 2Fentimans have been working on a new product Sparkling Lime & Jasmine and asked me if I wanted to be one of the first in the UK to give it a try.  Having looked up the site and reading about the fact that this company produces all natural products that do not contain additives or preservatives and various herbal infusions I would be crazy not to!

This product is so new that it hasn’t even been added to the website so they sent me some information to tell me about their new non alcoholic drink.

Fentimans 3So what did I think?

The drink was very refreshing for starters and was very easy to drink.  The flavour wasn’t excessively sweet and there is a nice contrast between sweet and bitter.  The bitterness really does kick start those taste buds into waking up which I made the most of as I drank it with a meal.

DSC02273Hyssop one of the herbs used to make this delightful drink is commonly used medicinally for sore throats, to help treat coughs and also as an expectorant (helps bring up mucus from the lungs).  Juniper Berries also used in this drink are commonly used as a diuretic and to help relieve trapped wind.  I would assume the quantities of each herb are small so as not to have a medicinal effect merely to provide a natural flavour to the product.  This is great served chilled and goes well with chicken, fish, meat and salads.

What to try it too?

Well 1 lucky reader will win 1 case of Fentimans Sparkling Lime & Jasmine, that’s a whole 12 bottles!!!

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