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Bottlegreen Ginger & Lemongrass Cordial

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      11.04.2012 22:55
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      A refreshing, tasty cordial - something a bit different.

      I drink a lot of cordial at home and so does my partner. We like to try different ones so we don't get too bored of the same ones. Normally we just buy supermarket own brands or Robinsons cordials but this time we through we might splash out on something different. I say splash out as I do consider this one to be very expensive. It costs £3.15 for 500ml, a bit extravagant in my opinion!

      It is very pleasing to the eye to look at. It comes in a dark green glass bottle which is a slightly unusual shape in that it goes very thin towards the top. It looks very sophisticated and elegant. It has a normal screw cap top that you would find on most bottles. You only need to pour a small amount in your drink, probably slightly less than you would a normal cordial and then fill it up with water. Immediately you can smell the strong ginger vapours coming up from the glass. It almost smells spicy due to the strength of the ginger. I couldn't smell the lemongrass but I do think ginger smells overpower most other smells.

      The taste of this drink is lovely. It is very gingery so if you're not a fan of ginger then I would avoid this drink. I personally couldn't taste the lemongrass but I'm not sure I'd be able to pick up that flavour in a ginger drink anyway. It is lovely and refreshing, especially with ice and is something nice and different to orange squash. My partner prefers to drink this cordial hot with water from the kettle but I prefer it cold.

      The only downside is that the top can get very sticky where little drips can get caught at the top of the bottle. You just need to try and be careful not to get any drips coming out of the top and down the side of the bottle.

      All in all a great drink but just a tad pricey!

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      02.08.2011 15:36
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      A delicious and different grown up cordial.

      At last a diluting cordial that doesn't make you feel like you are 6 years old. I first tasted this delicious drink a couple of years ago when I was in Somerset little knowing that it was made close by in Gloucestershire. It made a big impression on me, a zingy ginger and lemongrass combination that wakes up your taste buds and leaves you feeling really refreshed without lots of sugar or artificial colours, equally nice hot or cold. So, it was with great glee that I spotted the distinctive tall, thin, green glass bottle in Morissons in Gibraltar last week and whisked a bottle home to my dubious husband promising him great things (And non alcoholic too!) Well he loved it. The tasty combination even tickled his whisky bludgeoned taste buds. Very impressive.

      How to spot it.

      Look for a tall thin green glass bottle with a green screw top.On the front, in yellow, is the outline of a head of wheat across which" bottle green" is written. In white beneath it appears "ginger and lemongrass¨written in black on a yellow background as is "makes 26 servings." The whole is a nice mix of tradition with a modern twist.

      What is in it.

      Bottle Green say they are trying to capture the essence of the countryside blending carefully chosen natural ingredients with Cotswold spring water.The ingredients are Sugar, Cotswold spring water, citric acid natural extracts of lemongrass and ginger root, natural flavourand Preservative Sulphur dioxide. It contains no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners. Even though it does contain sugar they stress, on the bottle,that it contains half the sugar content of most apple and orange juices which is another point in it´s favour.

      How to use it.

      Give the bottle a good shake and unscrew the top. Have a sniff at the tangy smell, mmm! nice, then, pour a little, little bit of the clear, syrupy liquid into your glass. I just cover the base, you can always add more. The 500ml bottle makes a whopping 6.5litres. Then add cold or hot water or even sparkling water for a change with some ice and a slice of lemon, very elegant and different and great for parties.
      If you go on to the website www.bottlegreen.co .uk you can find all about the company started in 1989 and also get some lovely ideas for using the various products, pour over ice cream, add to desserts etc.

      My opinion.

      I really like it, and it is the only diluting drink my husband will drink! but, we have yet to try the Elderflower variety or the Pomegranate and Elderflower, which I am looking forward to trying. I also think it is good value at around 3.65pounds for 6.5litres of a lovely drink.

      For something a little different give it a go.

      5 stars from me

      Nutritional info

      Energy 95kj/22k cal
      Protein Nil
      Carbohydrates 5.6g
      of which sugars 5.6g
      Fat Trace
      of which saturates Trace
      Fibre 0g
      Sodium Trace

      It should be stored in a cool dark place and consumed within one month of opening.The bottle is recyclable.

      Thanks for reading my review.

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        22.11.2009 11:59
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        different but refreshing

        Bottlegreen are fast becoming my favourite manufacture of soft drinks and cordials. This is mainly as they don't use artificial flavours colours or sweeteners. If you have read any of my past reviews you will know I REALLY hate artificial sweeteners which destroy the taste of everything.

        On one of my shopping trips to Sainsbury's I picked up a bottle of this cordial for £2.80. I have tried many of their other cordials and loved them so decided to give this one a go. I have to say that bottlegreen cordials are probably more for adults as I doubt that children would like them all that much as they are not over powering in sweetness. Whilst you only get 500ml in the bottle it is quite thick in consistency and this one bottle will make 6.5 litres of the diluted drink. So the extra cost does work out ok in the long run.

        One minor problem for me is that it is a glass bottle which makes it quite heavy. Whilst glass is just as easy, if not easier to recycle than plastic in some areas, the use of a plastic bottle may help to reduce the cost.

        The Smell.

        On opening the bottle the initial smell is quite zesty and very reminiscent of freshly cut lemongrass. This isn't exactly like lemons but still very citrusy. This dissipates and the smell of the ginger comes through at the end. Now don't sniff this too strongly as the ginger will make you sneeze. It also smells quite sweet well that's if sweet has a smell. The lemongrass and ginger do blend well together but I wouldn't advise it as an alternative to perfume - it would be way too sticky.

        The taste

        On diluting this down the initial taste is that of the lemongrass a clean citrus taste which isn't overpowering or so sharp it makes your mouth sort of 'wrinkle up'. After this the ginger comes through and this is quite strong but does not catch the back of your throat or leave you gasping for breath. This I find really cleanses my palate and the overall taste is very refreshing. It is quite sweet but it does not leave the sugary coating on your teeth like a lot of soft drinks can. It is very thirst quenching and it is my second favourite of the range the have after the 'aromatic lime' one.

        Nutritional info. Per 100ml diluted 1 to 12 with water

        Energy - 22 kcal
        Carbs - 5.6g (all sugar)
        Fat - trace
        (all others are nil)

        As this is concentrated a little really does go a long way. Whilst I tend to make it a little stronger than 1 to 12 a bottle really does last me a long time. It is also lower in sugar than some other brands on the market. The recommendation s that it is used within a month of opening but this is never a problem.

        This really is different, refreshing and is an excellent summer drink. For me this works really well if it is served ice cold out in the garden when it's nice and hot. (yeah like we had that this year)

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          23.05.2009 19:23
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          Very tasty and not too bad for you

          I'd been meaning to try this cordial for ages as I thought it sounded delicious, so when I saw it on offer at £2.12 in Morrisons instead of the usual £2.82 I thought it would be a good time to give it a go.

          It comes in a tall green glass bottle with a screw on lid. The screw cap is easy enough to open and it doens't pose any problems. The price is for a 500ml bottle, which it says makes 6.5 litres of the drink.

          It can be made hot or cold, but I'm not a fan of cold cordials, I'd rather just have a drink of water, so I always have mine hot. I just pour a little into a mug and and fill it with boiling water. Obviously how much to use depends on personal taste, but I find that I don't need to use a lot of it to get it as strong as I like.

          As soon as you pour the water in you're hit by a strong whiff of ginger, but then it disappears just as quickly. The actual taste of the cordial is a little sweeter than I had expected, but still the predominant taste is the ginger. It's not too strong a ginger taste, and it doesn't burn as some can, but you still get that nice warm feeling in the back of your throat when you drink it.

          I find this to be a very refreshing drink which makes a lovely alternative to the usual hot drinks like tea and coffee, and I really enjoy drinking it.

          Of course one of the great things about this cordial is that it's much better for you than a lot of drinks. 100ml of cordial diluted 1 to 12 gives you only 22 calories and 5.6g of sugar. So if you're someone who likes your drinks sweet just compare that to the amount of sugar you put in your tea or coffee! This is a nice sweet drink without being too loaded with sugar.

          I am so glad I bought this, it is as delicious as I'd expected it to be and it has now become a must have item for me. I am also looking forward to trying some other flavours!

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            18.03.2009 02:51
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            A very nice change from tea!

            I am not normally very adventurous with drinks. I tend to stick to a nice cup of tea or glass of juice. However I do occasionally like a drop of ginger beer, so when I saw this Ginger and Lemongrass Cordial from Bottle Green, I thought it might be nice and decided to branch out and try something new.

            The cordial comes in a transparent green glass bottle that is tapered towards the top and has a black screw lid. It looks very stylish and expensive.

            Bottle Green as a company say that they 'strive to capture the essence of the countryside in a range of exquisitely flavoured soft drinks', and they use 'a medley of carefully selected natural ingredient and Cotswold spring water'. Bottle Green describes this particular cordial as 'tangy and vibrant, combining fragrant lemongrass and earthy ginger'.

            The bottle has 500 ml of cordial inside. You only need to mix one part cordial with ten parts water to make the drink, so 500 ml of cordial will make 5.5 litres of ginger drink, which is quite a lot and so one bottle should last for a while! However it does say on the bottle that you should use the whole amount within one month of opening.

            You can mix the cordial with hot or cold water, but I prefer hot. You then get a lovely warm drink which smells and tastes incredibly gingery. It has a great kick to it and if you like the slight spiciness then you can always increase the cordial to water ratio. The drink is quite sweet but not too syrupy and it is really soothing, especially if you have a cold or a sore throat. It makes a nice change from the norm. I can't taste the lemongrass in it myself, but that's ok!

            A bottle of this costs £2.82 and the only place I can find that sells it is Sainsbury's. This is a bit of a pain as I don't often shop there, but when I do I will be sure to stock up on a couple of bottles of this!

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              02.03.2008 00:24
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              A sophisticated drink.

              I'm giving up fizzy drinks right now, for the first couple of weeks I'm going to let myself drink cordials to wean myself of them gently before switching to water. I bought this juice because it sounded like a nice change from the normal orange squash. It cost £2 in Tesco last week for a 500ml bottle which makes 5.5l of juice when diluted.

              Packaging
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              This comes in a stylish green glass bottle with a metal screw cap top. It's wide at the bottom and tapered towards the top and looks really stylish. I like the fact that I can recycle the bottle.

              Directions
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              Dilute in a 1 to ten ratio with water. They also suggest using the syrup as a topping on ice cream or as a marinade.


              Appearance
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              This has a lovely syrupy look to it, much thicker than standard squashes. It's almost clear and when diluted you can see a sort of swirly pattern.

              Taste
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              This has a really nice fiery gingery taste that makes your tongue tingle. It's also not too sweet which I like. I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't really taste the lemongrass at all in it. It also has a really dry texture if that makes sense for a drink.
              It's also lovely hot, just add boiling water for a lovely soothing drink.


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              I really like this drink, I keep it in old mineral water bottles ready made up in the fridge. I'm a little bored of it now after a couple of days so am going to try more flavours from the range.

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            • Product Details

              A blend of Thai root ginger and lemongrass.