REVIEW: My Cocktail & Alfies

How many of you enjoy a cheeky little cocktail? How brilliant would it be if you could have your favourite tipples in the comfort of your own home? Well now you can. MyCocktail are ready to serve pre mixed cocktails, handily designed with an easy to use tap for pouring.
I was recently sent the Mojito(*) and Cosmopolitan (*) to trial and review. As a mum to a young baby, I have been sticking to soft drinks or non-alcoholic wine of late but was itching to be a little naughty and have a glass of alcohol. These more than satisfied my need. As soon as they arrived, Steve (my boyfriend) ripped open the packaging to see just what was inside. I have to admit, he was a little naughty and poured some straight into his mouth but I let it slide, preferring instead to find out his views on the products themselves.
For someone like Steve who rarely drinks, an alcoholic beverage has to be amazing for him to carry on drinking it…and that he did. I invited my friend Michelle round for a cocktail night and a catchup and he must have outdrank us on both cocktails! The Cosmopolitan is divine, just the right amount of vodka to the other ingredients and has to be my favourite. I have never been a great fan of Mojitos – after working in a pub and being made them time and time again by my boss, any love I could have ever had for the cocktail soon faded. This Mojito though is totally different, the premix is definitely right in regards to each product-each flavour compliments each other perfectly, rather than one in particular outweighing the other.
After countless glasses and numerous tastings by family and friends, I still have plenty of cocktail in each pouch left to enjoy a cheeky little drink by myself. The resounding opinion of nearly all of my fellow reviewers is that these cocktails are fabulous and some are planning on purchasing these pouches for upcoming occasions. Only one of my friends was left unimpressed, she couldn’t put her finger on why they left her feeling this way but I’m guessing she may be used to slightly different cocktails – having a cocktail made for you in a bar can easily lead to a bit more of one ingredient than the other, altering the overall taste.
I personally think these are great tasting drinks, perfect for the summer we have coming up – these are easy to carry, easy to pour and are perfect for barbecues, picnics and parties alike. These cocktail pouches currently retail online and in store at Asda for just £10 – a great price for a great product.

I was also sent a few other premixed drinks to try – Alfies Gin & Tonic(*) Alfies Gin & Diet Tonic(*) and Alfies Vodka & Orange(*). Apologies for the stock photo, my parents did not want me having all the fun and quickly snaffled these off me before I even got a look in – my Mum saved me just a drop of the vodka and orange 🙁

As mentioned above, I barely got a look in with these BUT I am now the greatest daughter ever. My Dad adores his gin and tonic but recently has found the bartenders (or the cans he buys) can’t get the mix quite right. My Dad and his best friend Mick tried a can out each and for a week afterwards, no word of a lie, they were begging me to find them more of these! They say that there is the perfect mix of gin to tonic and they definitely want more – so being the lovely daughter I am, I am going to buy some when I next see them in the shops.

My Mum tried the vodka and orange, leaving but a sip for me of course, and as a seasoned vodka drinker (that sounds really bad-you know what I mean), I eagerly awaited her verdict. She too came back with the statement that these are the perfect mix of each ingredient and has also informed me she wants more.

It seems next time I go grocery shopping, I shall be purchasing all of the above to keep everyone happy! You can purchase Alfie premixed cans at your local Spar, Nisa or Asda.

Would you try any of these? Do they seem like your kind of thing? Let me know – what do you think of premixed alcoholic drinks?


REVIEW: Eisberg Alcohol-Free Wine

I recently received a bottle of Eisberg alcohol free rosé wine for the purpose of review from the lovely Olivia from Eisberg.
I had seen Olivia tweet about bloggers receiving some for review purposes, and as a breastfeeding mum who is off the alcohol (but would still like to be sociable amongst friends), alcohol free wine sounded right up my street!
I enlisted the help of Steve and my friend Emily in reviewing the bottle, and we soon got to work. Described as a refreshingly juicy wine, we were excited to see what it tasted like. We had great fun trying to deduce what fruits we could taste – I said strawberries, Steve said cherries – in fact, we were both right, this rosé has both of these!
On first tasting, I adored it, although Emily, as a seasoned wine drinker, wasn’t so sure – perhaps the fact that she knew it was non-alcoholic is what put her off. Yet she continued to drink it as it started to grow on her. I loved it from the first taste, I’m generally a white wine drinker, but when given the choice of wines to try by the lovely Olivia, I thought it would be nice to branch out of my comfort zone, and I’m glad I did.
A glass of this is a refreshing, succulent treat for expectant mothers, breastfeeding mums and those on a health kick (only 32 calories!), who don’t want to feel left out or appear unsociable at social gatherings. Ever since Jack was born, I have been feeling a little left out when out with friends and I’m relegated to drinking soft drinks. A glass of this certainly lifts my spirits, and I’m definitely thinking about purchasing some once I’ve drained the last little bit out of this bottle (Steve only tried a mouthful of mine, so it means more for me!)
Have you ever tried non-alcoholic wine? What did you think?
You can find Eisberg non-alcoholic wines for sale in a variety of different supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose, or you can look for more stockists on the Eisberg website here.

I received this bottle free for the purpose of review, however as always l, I am 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Festive Food

I thought that instead of posting up a picture of my presents (which would be very short, since everyone bought for Jack luckily!), I would post a picture of the yummy food I enjoyed on Christmas Day. Steve did a great job of making his first Christmas dinner, and he’s definitely the chef in the family!
Gammon, roast spuds, roast parsnips, peas, yorkshire puddings, ham gravy and of course, the obligatory alcoholic beverage 😉
Yummy banana crumble (served with Walls vanilla ice cream…mmm!) – going to post a recipe up very soon!
Cheese, crackers and Dairylea… Christmas tea 🙂
What Christmas munch did you indulge in?
I would have taken a picture of the Celebrations, but I scoffed the majority of them!