“ Brand: Asda / Type: Fruit Juice „
ASDA Apple and Blackcurrant Cordial is a pleasant blend between the two fruits and both seem to fit very well with each other in this drink. With it been double strength it is very important that you half the amount you would usually put in to the drink. If a drink is too strong I personally think it becomes undrinkable. I usually find half an inch is around the perfect amount, maybe a bit too much sometimes, if you are using a pint glass.
I'd use ice cold water to mix with this cordial as it really brings out the blend between the two fruits. You can usually pick this drink up for around 1 pound and sometimes I've noticed in ASDA they do a "2 for £1.50" deal which is very good if you drink a lot of the cordial.
The taste is perfect and one fruit is not more overpowering than the other for example sometimes a mix of two fruit cordials can result in one fruit been more prominent than the other but here they've perfected the recipe very nicely.
Water , Apple Juice from Concentrate (18%) , Blackcurrant Juice from Concentrate (2.0%) , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Citric Acid , Malic Acid , Colour (Anthocyanins) , Natural Flavourings , Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Sucrose) , Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite) , Vitamin C .
We're posh in our house - we usually drink Robinsons.
Not Ribena - we're not RICH - just comfortable enough to buy the mid range gear! haha
Sadly, with the manic few days they call Christmas, Asda had sold out of the Robinsons apple and blackcurrant (or moved it - they like doing that to me!)
As a stop-gap, we picked up a 1.5 litre bottle of the Asda own version.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Far from the weak but acidic 'own brand' cordials I've tried before, this was strong, fruity, tasty and very pleasant.
So much so, in fact, it's all we buy now. I think this is probably the nicest cordial I've had since they all rolled out the 'double strength' lines.
If you need me to tell you how to dilute cordial, you're in trouble. Though I will say that this only needs a tiny drop. I drink large glasses and even so a centimeter of the cordial in the glass is all I need to make a nice strength drink.
60 servings out of a 1.5 litre bottle is the recommended quantity, which I think is about right although my little girl often has this in her sippy cup so we do make it very weak then.
The bottle looks ok. Considering the price it doesn't look like a sub standard brand, and the 'chosen by you' range does seem to have some quality behind it.
This is the 'no added sugar' version, so only has trace amounts of sugar from the natural fruit juice. It contains about 22% natural fruit juice with some flavourings and (of course) water, along with preservatives and a good dose of vitamin C.
As always, I have a gripe! I'm a 30 year old 'grumpy old man'.
The bottle is quite flimsy, and is always filled to the very brim. I challenge anyone to pour the first inch without spilling it down the sides and getting the bottle all sticky.
The price is very competitive. £1 for the smaller 750ml bottle and I've seen the 1.5 litre bottles on offer as cheap as £1.50. Even when full price (£1.99 these days I think) they usually have an offer on - the recent one was two bottles for £2.50.
All in all I'm glad we tried this as it's become not just a budget shrinking option, but a tastier one than the premium brands in my opinion!
4 stars as the packaging isn't brilliant, it'd be 4.5 if we could rate halves!
This is a review of Asda's Apple & Blackcurrant double strength squash from their 'Chosen by you' range. In trying to cut down the bills, I always keep some squash in for when you don't fancy tea or coffee or water. If I can't get sugar free Ribena on offer then this is my second choice in dilute juices. We also have the orange version of this dilute concentrated juice.
What is it?
This squash is double strength so you need to be careful when judging how much to pour as it is really sweet juice. It has no added sugar but it does have added vitamin C which can't be a bad thing.
Making the drink
Just pour a small amount in a glass and top up with cold water or warm kettle water depending on how you prefer it. Make sure you only use a tiny bit as it is really strong. Obviously this is proportionate to your glass so if you're a pint drinker you'll need a bit more. The bottle advises that its 1.5 litre will make 60 servings.
The bottle is clear with ridges down it so it is easy to hold and it is quite squat in shape ( this may be to remind you that it is double the strength!) and the plastic lid is powder blue as is the label. The label is paper with a picture of and apple and blackcurrant, to reflect the contents of course. All the packaging will go in the recycling box so it is a pretty green product.
I think this juice tastes better made with hot water. Maybe that's just the cold weather kicking in but I think it is far nicer warm than cold. I quite like it but can sense a real artificial-ness behind the taste and I find that with the orange too. It just doesn't taste the same as 'normal' dilute juice. Not sure why this is.
Price and size
1.5 litres of the juice currently retails at just £1 which is a good price considering the concentrate goes twice as far in terms of juice making. In comparison, the smart price version (which I have not tried) costs 29p for 750 ml which is really really cheap. I will buy some next time in Asda just to compare as they both seem similar products with no added sugar.
This juice is good and economical for the price. It doesn't taste fantastic by any means but I have not found any from any supermarket which do! I will continue to buy this as it helps to cut down the shopping bill and it makes a change from tea, coffee and unfortunately all the coke we drink in our house. I think the Chosen by You range is not quite as downmarket as the Smart Price range and I would be embarrassed to serve up the green and white label to friends but I would be OK offering them this one. Perhaps I could decant it if I find the SP one to be OK - only kidding.
Due to not being a tea/coffee drinker which is the rest of my family predominantly are it means that i am left out when it comes to drink making time. It is also quite expensive to constantly be drinking things like carbonated drinks and fruit juices all the time which is why i drink cordial very regularly.
The introduction recently of most home brand cordials and some branded ones being double strength has been a great impact in my opinion distancing purchase periods and making you feel like you're spending less. This particularly one i think can be picked up for about £1.50 and can last up to a couple of weeks which is much longer than previous times with the single strength cordials. The negative with these i have found though is the bottles are fatter and shorter, consuming more space in the cupboards then their predecessors. The cordial has a strong sweet scent when initially opened and when mixed correctly tastes as good as, in my opinion, branded cordials such as Robinsons. This is the more premium cordial and ASDA do provide a cheaper one, I think about 30ish pence but the bottle is half the size, however it is still much cheaper.
In conclusion i think that this is a great cordial and provides the great sweet taste you would expect it too and lasts much longer than it used to. It is also easily available at most ASDA stores and has always been in stock when i have been to purchase it.
Bottle Consumers More Space
It seems that many of the supermarkets have taken to introducing double strength squash and this is something that I seem to buy a lot of with having a child at home. One of the latest purchases was the asda brand no added sugar apple and blackcurrant double strength squash.
The product is one of the asda chosen for you range which seems to be the new name for many of their own brand products which are not the basic smart price but there mid range products. The bottle is quite chunky looking and the one I have contains 750ml of the concentrated squash. The bottle is clear plastic which is recyclable and features a blue label showing a green juicy apple and some blackcurrants. The label also features information about how you need to use half the amount of this squash to make a drink as in previous versions of the drink as well as telling us that the drink is sugar free.
I like the fact that with the double strength concentrated squash I only have to use a tiny amount each time I make a drink because a bottle does last me longer obviously and we go through a lot of squash in this house because it is a drink that both my son and I like and I don't like either of us to have too much fizzy pop. I tend to add the apple and blackcurrant squash to my glass of poured water purely because I can see how strong it is from the onset and stop pouring when needs be. Of course you can pour some of the squash in to a glass and add water afterwards and it is recommended that you use one part squash to nine parts water. My sister hasn't got the hang of the fact that this is a double strength product so if she makes us all a drink they will often be stronger than had I made it and the same goes for my son but he doesn't often make a drink for himself as he is only six!
The actual drink has a pleasant taste and you can certainly taste the apple even though the drink is purple like blackcurrant. The apple and blackcurrant compliment each other well and it is quite a refreshing drink especially on a hot day served with some ice. My son enjoys this drink and I like the fact that it is no added sugar because I don't mind giving him this drink with his meals and even in between meals.
You can buy this drink from asda for around a pound which for approximately thirty drinks I find is good value and would recommend it.
Thank you for reading my review!