Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Delicious chai syrup from Henny and Joe's

So I was searching for a new gin to try and stumbled upon Opihr Oriental Spiced London Dry Gin.  I loved the sound of the flavours and was even more taken by the variety of ways to drink this lovely gin. I was particularly taken with the cocktail called Cinnachai Flip, as this cocktail contains one of my most favourite flavours, chai.  

Picture from the Opihr website 

This lovely cocktail contains:
Opihr gin
Chai syrup
Whole Milk

I purchased the gin and then went on to search for the perfect chai syrup.  I soon found what I was looking for.  
A gorgeous sounding recipe of blended spices, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, vanilla, star anise, nutmeg, fennel seed and mixed spice, free from artificial preservatives, colours and flavours. 

This was Henny and Joe's beautifully presented and award winning syrup that I had to have! 

On it's arrival I soon put it to the test, making one of my most favourite hot drinks, chai latte.  I don't drink coffee and have become a bit of a lover of chai drinks.
Being naturally free from caffeine this also makes a lovely soothing bedtime drink as well as a lovely treat with weekend breakfast.

Easy to prepare, just add 2 tablespoons of the lovely syrup (which is so delectable straight off the spoon!) to a cup of milk and heat.  Use a hand whisk (little electric one is good) to produce a lovely froth, pour into your favourite cup,sprinkle with cinnamon and breathe in the fragrant spice before taking a sip of this most gorgeous, warming and luxurious  drink.  It's like settling into your favourite armchair with a good book- decadent, exotic, warming and sooo good!

Not only can you use this lovely syrup in your gin cocktails, it is also great for milkshakes, cakes and biscuits.  I plan to also try adding it to a delicious home made slow cooker rice pudding- just imagine...
oh and of course I will need to give chai ice cream a go in the very near future- watch this space!

Hmm I think it's time for a cuppa chai!


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Voss water infusion wow!

So to continue to share some of the lovely things that I was lucky enough to get from my daughters blogger event #thecitygirls at Sheffield last month, I thought I would share with you a lovely water infusion made with a lovely artisan water.

This is a cool idea to add a splash of taste to a bottle of water.  Not any water however, but the lovely artisan water called Voss.

VOSS Water: Look Deeper

Voss artisan water is from Norway and comes in a cool bottle with a wide opening which enables the addition of a variety of fruit, sweets or vegetables such as cucumber.

The taste of the water is pure and clean as it is but adding something like fruit makes a real change and gives a bottle that just looks so cool!

So here's how I did my lovely flavour.  I chopped up some  strawberries and kiwi fruit, I then added to my bowl some raspberries, blueberries and a small amount of lemon.

I poured half of the water out of the bottle into a glass and then started posting the bits of fruit I had prepared into the bottle.

This is how it looked when I had finished adding the fruit and topped up the water.  This lovely lot went into the fridge overnight to infuse.

This is the beautiful tasting fruit infused water!

The fruit that did come out when I poured it was a lovely addition to the drink.  The remainder that was left in the bottle needed helping out and was lovely with breakfast yoghurt!

Check out #thecitygirls  who are Holly and Lorna for more blogger events!