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The Times London Dry Gin

The Times London Dry GinThe Times newspaper has just launched a new premium London Dry Gin, called The Times London Dry Gin.

Made in very small batches to a unique recipe, this is the newspaper’s first foray into an exclusive own-label drinks offering, backed by News UK. It coincides with a revival in gin as the drink of choice, with a growing awareness of the importance of high-quality ingredients and craft distillation.

Manufactured in partnership with Master of Malt based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the 70cl bottle will retail at £34.95; however a special launch price of £29.95 is on offer on News UK’s ahead of the festive season. UK mainland orders made before 3pm on Monday 23 December 2013 are guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas Day.

The botanicals used in the base of The Times London Dry Gin are: Juniper, Coriander, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Angelica, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, Dried Lemon Peel and Dried Orange Peel. Then, a cold-distilled mixture of fresh zests are added – Lemon, Orange, Lime and, more unusually for gin, White and Pink Grapefruit, Clementine and Pomelo. The volume of citrus peels used at the cold distillation phase is high and lends the gin its distinctively sweet citrus flavour.

The bottle itself is a stylish addition to the Christmas cocktail cabinet, with each individually-numbered label created by The Times’ designers, featuring the royal crest, along with The Times lion resting on juniper branches. The reverse label quotes John Walter, the Founder and Proprietor of The Times, who said: “A newspaper is like a well-covered table, it should contain something suited to every palate.”

The bottle stopper is made from solid wood and natural cork and is wax-dipped, with the Times ‘T’ stamped on the top.

John Witherow, Editor of The Times, said: “This is the first time we have done this; the gin is a fantastic blend with a unique taste and it’s available through our wonderful Whisky Club.”

The Times London Dry gin is produced through a combination of pot-still and cold-vacuum production and is a fine example of craft distillation. Gin is traditionally made in pot-stills, by distilling spirit with flavouring botanicals to extract the aromatic compounds.

The manufacturers of The Times London Dry take a portion of the base spirit used in the gin’s manufacture, then cold-vacuum distil it with the fresh citrus peels. The cold-vacuum distillation is an unusual and more laborious production method, with the vacuum allowing the distillation to occur at a much lower temperature than in the copper pot-stills, helping to retain the freshness and vibrancy of the citrus peel and giving an enhanced flavour to this premium gin.

Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions

koji sparkling fruit infusionsNope, I am most definitely not on a diet. Watching the calories and exercising a little portion control indeed, but it is not a diet.

The My Fitness Pal ap has proved its usefulness in recording the calories and setting goals. Using it I’ve lost a few kilos over the last couple of weeks. Although I cant get the product bar code scanner to work with my new Nokia 1020…

If you too are calorie watching, or just fancy an ‘adult’ soft beverage then these two fruit infusions will certainly aide keeping the calorie intake on the low side.

The new all-natural, Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions aimed at adults is available in pubs, bars online and soon to be in high street stores. Koji is deliciously light, fruity and refreshing, 100 per cent natural and additive free, with no artificial sweeteners. And, there are only 49 calories in a bottle.

The Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions range, comprising Lemon & Ginger and Mandarin & Cranberry flavours, is answering demand from increasingly health-conscious consumers for natural ingredients, without compromising on taste and flavour.

Inspired by an ancient Japanese infusion method, KojiI drinks are based on a special blend of Japanese persimmon, cranberries, goji berries, lemon peel, challenger hops and apple. The flavours are sophisticated, subtle and light and without the sweetness associated with sugar or artificial sweetener laden soft drinks.

Koji’s carefully selected ingredients are believed to have nutritional and health benefits: aiding digestion, weight loss, giving healthier skin and bones, speeding up metabolism and aiding relaxation and concentration.

Just because these Koji Sparkling Fruit Infusions are only 49 calories a bottle, it doesn’t mean you can drink 5 in one sitting!

What Is FruitBroo?

fruitbrooWhat is fruitBroo? Be the FIRST to discover HOT drinks made with real JUICES

Autumn is here, pack away our summer clothes and replace salads and cold drinks with warming foods and hot drinks. Whilst the food we have may have improved, the choice of hot drinks leaves little to the imagination. That was until now… a brand new hot drinks brand hits the market. FruitBroo is the first of its kind, hot drinks made with real juices that will have you saying WOW after the first sip!

FruitBroo, as you will discover, is like no other hot drink. Long gone are the days of the teabag, FruitBroo comes in handy little 100ml bottles that store easily in the fridge and make 15 cups. That’s plenty of FruitBroo goodness to see you through those colder days! Just pour one or two teaspoons of your chosen FruitBroo into your cup, add hot water, sit back and really enjoy.

Full of juicy fruits, herbs and spices, but just 15 calories, FruitBroo is 100% natural and caffeine-free. In fact 99.9% of the 15,000 people who have tasted it love it and we are sure you will too!

Hitting the shelves of Sainsbury’s mid-September, and with an RRP of £2.25, there will be 4 fabulous flavours to choose from including; Peach, Pear & Honey, Apple, Ginger & Spice, Lemon & Ginger and Honey & Lemon. As well as being available at Sainsbury’s, FruitBroo is also available to buy online at

Orgrans Buckwheat Products

buckwheat pancake mixThese are ideal for anyone who wants to follow a healthy lifestyle and is keen to include nutritious food in their diet. These products are also perfect for coeliacs, vegetarians or vegans, or those who need to be on a totally ‘free from’ diet.

Orgran develops food products to assist people with improving their health and provide nutritional alternatives for those with special dietary requirements. Their production plant is one of the few ones in the world to produce in a strictly controlled, totally wheat free, gluten free environment to ensure highest quality and purity of natural foods.

All Orgran products are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Soy Free, GMO Free and Vegan.

Orgran’s Buckwheat Pancake Mix – award winning delicious pancakes, light and fluffy with a unique wholesome flavour with no added cane sugar. Perfect as a sweet or savoury treat or meal!

Orgran’s Buckwheat Pasta Spirals – the only pasta widely available in the UK that is made from buckwheat. No added cane sugar. Great taste and texture, wholesome flavour and it has the same texture as wheat pasta.

Buckwheat, the main ingredient in both of these products is actually not a grain but a fruit seed and part of the rhubarb family of plants. It’s considered to be the best known source of high biological protein in the plant kingdom. Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to a lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure and other beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin.

Both products are low in saturated fat, sugar and salt.

Prices & availability: £2.95 per pack for Orgran’s Buckwheat Pancake Mix and £2.09 per pack for Orgran’s Buckwheat Pasta Spirals. Available from Ocado, Amazon or most good independent health food stores.

Orgran’s Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce – the only gluten free canned spaghetti on the market! An ideal snack to enjoy anytime. This product is made from a superior blend of rice and protein rich yellow split peas with a tasty, appetizing tomato sauce. Ready to eat in minutes, this product is 99.6% fat free and with no added cane sugar so perfect for anyone watching their weight.

Prices & availability: £1.29 per tin, available from Sainsbury’s, (Morrisons in October), Amazon or most good independent health food stores. Orgran’s Tinned Spaghetti will be on special offer in Sainsbury’s for 3 weeks in October along with other Orgran lines (Outback Animals and Deli Crackers).

Goldenberry Andean Superjuice

Goldenberry Andean SuperjuicePacked with a nutritional punch that will knock your immune system into gear – Goldenberry Juice from Terrafertil is the new way to superfruit your summer.

Hailing from the Andean foothills, the mouth-wateringly refreshing Goldenberry juice, made from Goldenberries, also known as Physalis fruit, tastes delicious and is packed with nutrients to keep your body glowing through the holiday season.

Especially high in antioxidants and Vitamin A, which helps keeps skin healthy and supple, this new juice is the perfect summer sip.

Lucy Tichivangana of Holland & Barrett said: “Dried Goldenberries have been flying off our shelves since the start of the year and we’re already anticipating the success of Goldenberry Juice. We expect it will be the must-buy great summer and spring drink – refreshingly sweet and good for you too.”

Bursting with nutritional gold, Goldenberries are reputed to be the nation’s favourite superfruit of 2013. Boasting more fibre than prunes, more potassium than banana and with no added sugar, they pack a health punch we could all do with a little injection of.

And the benefits don’t stop there. High in Bioflavonoids which protect the immune system, phosphorus which helps the body digest nutrients quicker, and Vitamin B which can help promote weight loss and keep skin supple, Goldenberries really do pack a health punch.

Dr Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery at Colombia University, author and American TV personality said: “Goldenberries are my number one recommendation for those looking to lose weight and stay healthy. The Goldenberry is loaded with B vitamins that are essential for maintaining a healthy metabolism. This super berry will be sure to help you whittle away any unwanted fat!”
Harvested high up in the Andean mountains, the Goldenberry has been used as a miracle fruit in South America for generations and now it comes to the UK as an easy-to-consume superjuice.

Perfect enjoyed chilled, Goldenberry Juice also makes great smoothies and mocktails.

Available from Holland & Barrett and Whole Foods from August, 1 litre Terrafertil Goldenberry Juice is priced at RRP £3.99.