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At the moment I am on a healthy eating (and drinking!) kick. I have been eating far much junk food of late and drinking too much alcohol and not only was I gaining weight but I was feeling preety rubbish too. I know the benefits of eating and drinking well like most people do of course. I've been very heavy and too light so know both ends of the spectrum and with my health issues should be eating more nutritious stuff! Now for me like I said I drink too much. I am not an alcoholic but do like a good drink when I get hold of some and beer is my favoured stuff really as I find it quenches my thirst and one of the reasons I drink so much liquid in general is because I have problems with Bulimia, have a lack of enamel on my teeth (so my teeth always feel dry) and I have Hypothyroidism and my throat suffers for that too so off I went armed with a shopping list to Tesco and knew I'd have to get some low sugar juice or something like that. Now I have tried this in this flavour as a cordial but instead of opting for that went for the presse which basically is made with carbonated water already so lightly sparkling and ready to consume straight away. The Packaging: The bottle as the name suggest is green, a dark green glass see-through one to be exact with a light green lid/cap to the top of it which simply twists on/off. On the front of the bottle there is a picture of elderflower on there and we are told that it is Bottle Green Sparkling Elderflower (this is no longer on the front of the bottle described as a presse by the way). On the back of the bottle we are told a little bit about the product, the ingredients and size are listed (this is a 750ml bottle and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in by the way), nutritional iformation is stated and finally contact details for the manufacturer are given. This is a nice grown up bottle in its appearance and it is informative enough. The Drink Itself: Well when you open this and pour it you are met by a quite a loud fizzing noise however give it a few seconds and the clear liquid does quieten down to like a slightly sparkling water does and it has a slight sweet aroma to it which is quite unusual. Best served chilled this is an already made up drink of course and ready to serve straight from the bottle and the quality and flavour of this is simply superb and me, well I'd buy this if I had none drinking guests round for dinner and things like that as the bottle really does look nice. The flavour of this is quite unique unless you have tasted the Bottle Green Cordial in this flavour already. The difference being this is a sparkling drink. It has a clean, fresh and reviving taste of elderflower to it and nothing else really and it isn't all that sweet but the sweetness it has is very natural. The sparkle of the drink really pops that flavour out to and me, well I find this so thirst quenching! This can be served with alcohol in place of lemonade or tonic but me I like this served very chilled and with a lump of ice in it in place of a beer. The only issues I have with this stuff is that it costs about £2.20 a bottle normallly which for a drink you sup straight from the bottle to the glass wont last you very long at all however I got mine in Tesco's a couple of days ago and I got a buy one and got one deal which I was really, really pleased about. Nutritioal Information Per 100ml: Energy: 30Kcal Fat: Nil Saturates: Nil Available in all good supermarkets etc.
Quite recently, I tried Bottle Green's Elderflower Cordial for the first time, and actually quite liked it. Since then, we've tried a few various different flavoured drinks in the spirit of being a bit more adventurous, but the elderflower element has proven to be a bit of a winner for us. As well as the cordial product, Bottle Green also have this product, the presse, which is ready to drink and has that element of fizz to it. As with the cordial, it comes in the green bottle that protects the contents against the rays of the sun, thus preserving it for longer. The Cotswolds company has that tapered top to the bottle that starts quite low down giving it a nice distinctive feel to it and also makes it bottom heavy and therefore more stable. The bottle itself is identical to that of the cordial. When you first open the sealed screw top bottle, it hisses as you'd expect with a carbonated drink, and the elderflower aroma seeps out, quite nicely. It's quite faint as well, and not overpowering. Too much of a floral smell could put you off, but this doesn't have such a strong aroma. The drink itself has a very faint yellow colour to it, that of the elderflower element, but it's hardly noticeable and is clear. The taste is very relaxing and soothing, and the fizz kind of helps bring the flavour out in the taste. The floral taste, while initially noticeable due to its difference rather than anything else, is actually quite refreshing, and while I probably couldn't have too much of it before getting fed up with it, it's nice to have every now and then. Price wise, this is slightly cheaper than the cordial you can get. It's available in two different sizes that I've seen, the first being the smaller individual bottles of 125ml, and this is usually just over the £1 mark. The larger bottles, which is what we have bought, come in at around the £2.50 mark, which varies depending on where you buy it from. The benefit this drink has over the cordial is that it's ready to drink, so you don't have to worry about having a mixer or a tap to make it drinkable. The only thing I will say is though, the convenience factor ends up costing quite a bit more if all you wanted was to have the elderflower element. We're more than happy just having the elderflower as a cordial and mixing it with tap water, and this means we make the most of the content of the cordial bottle. We also use it with hot water to have a soothing hot drink, which releases the aromas a bit more and has a soothing and almost herbally remedial effect. You can't do those things with the presse and it still costs close on the cordial price. I suppose it depends what you're after with elderflower flavoured drinks as to whether you think this is worth it or not. If we're going out for the day or we're in a shop and looking for a drink, then occasionally getting the individual sized bottles of presse is a good thing that we do, but going shopping for some drinks for home, we usually get the cordial as opposed to the presse as it's more versatile and cost effective. Ultimately it depends on what you're after. Either way, other than sulphur dioxide as a preservative and then a carbonation agent, the ingredients they use are natural and this gives it another plus point for me. I'd happily recommend it, just work out what you want it for and what form you want to drink it in.
I had my first bottle green Elderflower presse drink at Wagamammas a couple of years ago. I had never heard of it before but a couple of friends were drinking it and I thought I would join in! I really liked it and have since bought it for special occassions. Bottle Green Elderflower Presse comes most commonly in 275ml bottles and costs around £1.20-£1.40. You can also buy 750ml bottles for around £2.25. It is available from some smaller drinks stores and larger supermarkets, btu is not as commonly available as bottles of coke and pepsi. It is much harder to track down! You can also buy it as the cordial which needs to be diluted, but this is in the ready to drink format. The drink is clear in appearance and sparkly. It contains 29 calories per 100ml. The bottle is green thick glass so feels very good quality and is therefore a nice drink to share with guests as it is something a little bit different. It is also 100% recyclable. The taste of Elderflower is really enticing. It is lightly floral and fruity, slightly sweet without tatsing manufactured or over powering. It is a really pleasant soft drink. Even though elderflower is in other drinks, such as the much cheaper fizzy water from Tesco and Sainsburys, which are indeed nice, this is something a bit more special, but it is about 7 times the price, so I do save buying it for special occassions. Elderflower presse, either tastes nice by itself or in cocktails, it is a nice addition to vodka instead of lemonade. It is merely the price which brings this down to four stars, based on taste alone this would get a five star rating.
At Christmas I had to remember to buy some soft drinks for my daughter-in-law who is expecting her first baby in March, not that she was a big drinker, hardly touched the stuff, but I wanted to get her something a little bit different from the usual run of the mill fizzy drinks on the market. So I was really excited when I spotted the Green Bottle range, not only is this in a very attractive bottle, but it was a special edition that had been designed by a top university graduate student Rachel Pitman. It came in a long necked elegant glass bottle that had a pink top to toe label that had golds and yellow flowers and trees going all around the bottle, with a gold screw off lid. This lovely bottle contained a slightly sparkling elderflower drink. I grabbed a couple as I heard that the bottles were flying of the shelves and as they were on a special offer at £2.09 B.O.G.O.F. I thought I'd better grab them now. Also these made a change from the usual Schloer that usually gets bought for non drinkers at Christmas. I couldn't resisit but to try some, so after getting it well chilled in the fridge I poured myself a small glass. It was really delicious, although it was sparkling it wasn't over the top with the fizz and had a really lovely fruity taste without being to sweet, also a very clear looking drink with a lovely fragrance as you sipped it. This drink ( known as a sparkling presse) comes in 750ml bottles. Bottle Green has been manufacturing this drink since 1990 and has a whole range of different drinks on offer from some very unusual cordials like; Spiced Berry, Pomegranate & Elderflower, Ginger & lemongrass, just to name a few. Now they also make what they call their; ~~~"Classic"~~~ range of cordials which are; Cox's Apple & Plum, Williams Pear & Elderflower Russett Apple & Blackberry You would have to expect to pay a fair bit more ( around £2.29 for a 350ml bottle) than you would for say a bottle of ordinary squash, but I think as a treat it is worth it. As these are quite strong drinks you need to dilute them 1 part to 12 so a small bottle will go a long way. So if you fancy a nice slightly sparkling drink with a difference then definitely give this a try, even if it isn't on offer, I know I will be especially in the summer months. As Bottle Green say's "this is the perfect drink for Ladies who are looking for a non-alchololic alternative to Champagne or wine!". The Bottle Green Elderflower is available in Tesco's, but I think you will find a bigger range in the Waitrose Stores, as they have been stocking it since 1990.
One of my friends came round for dinner last night and she brought a bottle of Bottlegreen Elderflower Presse with her to have with the meal. I had bought the Bottlegreen Elderflower Cordial (which you have to add water to) but had never bought the presse before. The Presse comes in a glass bottle. Normally I think this is a green bottle but my friend had brought me a limited edition bottle which was pink, she bought it because it looked nice! There are seemingly 250,000 of these limited edition bottles but the presse inside them is just the same as the normal bottles. The bottle holds 750ml. There were three of us and we easily finished the bottle between us so it doesn't go far. The Presse is made by Bottle green who say that they "strive to capture the essence of the countryside in a range of exquisitely flavoured soft drinks. Using our wine-making skills, we blend a medley of carefully selected natural ingredients to produce truly delicious cordials and pressés." The Presse is delicious and a very refreshing drink. It is sparkling, not really fizzy like coca cola but just a nice light sparkling taste and is lovely alongside a meal. It would also be really nice as a refreshing drink on a hot summers day, not that there is much chance of that at the moment! The drink tastes quite sweet as there is sugar in it but there are no artificial flavours, colours, sweeteners or preservatives. The Elderflowers are deliciously fragrant and make the drink taste lovely. The ingredients are simply carbonated water, sugar, elderflowers and citric acid. For those of you interested in nutritional values, per 100ml there is - Energy - 29 kcal Sugars - 7.3g The drink should be refrigerated after opening and consumed within 3 days, however we consumed it immediately so unless you are maybe drinking this just by yourself I don't think you need to worry about using it within 3 days. I really like this presse, it's a nice drink to have if you aren't drinking alcohol but want something a bit different to having fizzy juice. I would certainly buy this one again. The presse sells it most supermarkets and many other smaller shops. Looking in Tesco it retails for £2.10 but is currently on offer for £1.47 which is a good buy. I might need to stock up on some for Christmas!