The Robinsons Fruit & Barley combination comes in a wide range of flavours, with this one (Strawberry & Kiwi) being amongst my personal favourites. The 'barley' tag is a little misleading, however, with barley flour making up just 1% of the ingredients so I'm not sure that it can actually have a significant impact on either the taste or the texture of this drink, especially once diluted. Despite the claims of 'real fruit in every drop' the amount of actual fruit juice is already pretty low, with a combined total of just 10%.
Robinson's range of squashes are widely available from most supermarkets. This specific flavour, however, does not appear to be as widely stocked. I did find the Strawberry and Kiwi variety in my local Sainsburys where I paid the full price of £1.70 for a one litre bottle, which seems quite expensive especially as the kids have taken a real liking to this one.
As a squash, this needs to be diluted to taste before drinking. The bottle recommends a concentration of one part Robinsons and four parts water. I tend to like my squash quite weak as I often find them to be too sickly sweet otherwise. When I first made this, I added less squash but found the taste to be far too bland and insipid and had to add extra squash. I would say the proportions recommended on the bottle are pretty accurate, even slightly under-estimated as I generally find myself adding an extra dash of squash once the drink has been made just to bring the flavour up to full strength.
I do like berry based flavours and this squash has not disappointed in that respect. I find the drink to be rich and smooth and has been really refreshing. The strawberry flavour is very distinctive and easily identifiable which is fine for me as it is one of my preferred flavours for cold drinks. This should, however, also contain kiwi juice. In all honesty, I can't detect anything remotely resembling kiwis within this drink - I really wouldn't be able to guess that it is supposed to contain kiwis if it didn't say on the bottle. That said, I'm not convinced that kiwi juice would be a particular pleasant flavour so it may well be a good thing.
I have been really impressed with the taste, despite the inclusion of artificial sweeteners. I find that Robinsons have got the balance of sweetness just right and there is no aftertaste either.
Fruit and Barley, Strawberry & Kiwi Drink: generally I do not sway towards barley drinks, not because I don't like the taste, but because the drinks tend to always look cloudy and this generally doesn't appeal to me. I am also generally not drawn to kiwi items but I knew that if I didn't like the drink that husband Rick would finish the bottle off for me as he pretty much likes everything and isn't fussy.
I can see this drink for sale at the below prices.
Tesco - £1.49
ASDA - £1.69 standard price, currently reduced to 89p
Sainsbury's - £1.70
Morrisons - £1.79
I went into my local Tesco store this morning though which is huge and they appear to no longer stock this product. I guess it may be that they have currently sold out but I couldn't spot the space that this product would be situated.
For me spending over £1 is a bit of a rip of for a squash as so many competitors are cheaper, however, I have never heard of this flavour combination before.
per 100ml of Concentrate
of which Sturates 0g
of which Sugars 0.8g
Bottle contains 20 servings
Look & Taste
This drink is a nice vibrant red colour as you would hope and expect from a product with 'strawberry' in the title. As my previous comments I tend to be put off barley drinks because they are always a bit cloudy looking. This squash is no exception and us as bit cloudy but I found this ok.
It is recommended that you dilute 1 part concentrated Robinsons Fruit and Barley Strawberry and Kiwi with 4 parts water. Of course this varies to taste, I like hardly and squash with loads of water for subtle taste whereas Rick likes his much stronger with a higher proportion of concentrate.
Initially I loved the taste of this squash. The strawberry in it tastes really nice and actually quite 'real strawberry' like, and the barley adds a lovely smoothness which I think barley always does in a drink. To be perfectly honest I an not really sure what a kiwi tastes like as it must be years since I had one of the fury little fruits. However, I noticed with this drink a little sour twang to it at the end of each mouthful. I guess this was the kiwi in the drink, and if so, then no I don't think I like kiwis.
I did enjoy having a small glass full of Robinson Fruit and Barley Strawberry and Kiwi, however the little sour kick was enough for me to not drink it too much and Rick ended off finishing the bottle for me. For me, not only the kiwi was a bit unappealing but the smoothness that the barley adds made the drink a bit less refreshing than regular fruit squashes. I found this squash nice to make a change but I could not drink it all day every day.
I find the squash a little expensive at £1.79 as it is currently on sale in Morrisons, however, at the special offer price £0.89 in Asda at the moment I find this a lot more reasonable. I think that the squash is a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks and the like with it containing very few calories. For me this is a nice occasional drink bit not one I could drink everyday because it is a little heavy and smooth for me. The kiwi gives it a slight tang that I do t think I really like but I can ignore to enjoy a small glass as the strawberry and barley for me are the nice flavours that shine through. As a result I am undecided on recommending this product or not.
We used to have Robinson’s quite regularly in the kitchen cupboard and I’ve tried numerous flavours within their range. I’ve not always been keen on the taste of some of the Fruit and Barley varieties, and whilst Strawberry and Kiwi one of the better ones out there, it’s still not something I’m a massive fan of and that’s why we no longer purchase them regularly.
Robinsons is a family favourite countrywide when it comes to squash, and being such a popular choice it’s not surprising that they have an ever expanding range. The squash is available in various flavours, for both squash and fruit & barley, including Strawberry and Kiwi. I liked the sound of this when I first tried it (probably a few years ago now) as it seems fruity, more interesting and very refreshing. As I often tend to opt for lower calorie versions of things, the No Added Sugar variety was my first choice.
This is sold in a fairly sturdy, transparent plastic 1L bottle. This squash is a kind of medium dusky pink.
Per 250ml diluted this contains 8 calories and only 0.4 sugars. They suggest that one serving is one part Robinsons and 3 parts water. I find that it’s not very pleasant when it’s too weak, but at that calculation you should get 20 servings per bottle.
The product claims to contain ‘real fruit in every drop’, with no added sugar, only the naturally occurring stuff. It does, however, contain a source of Phenylalanine, which is, albeit debateable, a potentially dangerous amino acid. This isn’t a health drink in that sense, and doesn’t replace the goodness of real fruit either. The percentage of strawberry and kiwi concentrate is actually very low (under 5%).
The squash is reasonably refreshing and quite thirst-quenching, and the fruitiness is uplifting and light. However, I always find something a little odd with these Robinsons squashes, though I’m not sure I can quite explain what I mean. It’s almost like a certain tangy or sharpness to it, like it’s a little tart and this is the taste initially and after drinking. I'm not sure what contributes to this taste and texture. Perhaps it's the artificial stuff in here, perhaps it's the barley aspect. I really don't know, but I have noticed it with other Robinsons fruit & barley flavours. The only upside is that the flavour of this distracts from it somewhat.
Robinsons fruit & barley is also available in various other flavours including Summer Fruits (unfortunately, not the Kopparberg variety!), Peach, Apple & Pear, Grapefruit, Orange and Tropical. Some of these, such as the grapefruit one if I remember rightly, didn’t go down so well with me as they seemed to have a yucky aftertaste, and seem almost sharp or tangy to the taste. Strawberry and Kiwi is probably one of the better flavours that I have tried in the range.
Having lots of grandchildren visit my home regularly I need to stock up with drinks which they like to drink. Robinson's is a good choice of drinks which they enjoy drinking and this one is one of their favourite brands of drinks and the one we are drinking at the moment is the Orange..
The drink comes housed in a clear plastic bottle. you just dilute it with cold water and you don't need much of it for it to have a nice taste. Just a small amount gives a nice fruity taste and one which is just the right sweetness which my grandchildren like quite a lot being children who like sweet drinks. The taste isn't a nasty sweetness and the fruity taste isn't bitter or sour.
This drink has a nice orange taste and it is really fruity, it These fruit stand out really well indeed with this drink and I cannot really taste the barley flavour that much and can taste mostly the orange, the orange seems to take over the barley taste. If you don't like the taste of barley at all, this drink would be fine because not much of the barley is in this drink and would be fine to drink.
This drink has a smooth taste and the blend of the orange fruit tastes quite refreshing and a top quality taste. We often pop a few ice cubes inside the glass to help give it an extra chill, which does taste really nice and cold on a hot day in the garden.
It contains no added sugar, which is good and much healthier than some other drinks which contain tons of sugar. It does contain artificial sweeteners but it doesn't contain artificial colour or flavours. Just made with real fruits and added with barley to give a nice natural taste. The fruits do taste really natural too.
It cost around £1.69 for a litre bottle, or 2 bottles for £3 from Asda at the moment. This sized bottle does last for a long time in my house because of the small amount you actually need to make up the drink. Using too much makes the drink too strong and a taste which we all find is then far too fruity.
I sometimes make up a jug of the drink and then pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it. Then when these cubes are added to the glass of drink, it just gives an extra added taste and of course the extra chill in the same way as a cube made up of just cold, plain water.
My grandchildren love this drink and it is packed with lots of flavour and an enjoyable drink.
I think Robinson's always produce really good quality drinks and good value for priced drinks which are well worth the price indeed.
This one is a really favourite in my household and is a really nice family drink and ideal for children and adults alike to enjoy. The smooth taste is a suitable winner for us as a family.
The bottle is recyclable.
I rate it 5 stars.
With Wimbledon on the horizon, the Robsinons offers will be starting to pop up everywhere. And sure enough, on Friday it was 2 bottles of fruit & barley (1lt) for £2.50 from the Co-op, and I chose one orange and one pink grapefruit. The bottles I bought are "Wimbledon Edition" (!) with the Championships' logo proudly displayed on the main label.
I have a notion that the "fruit and barley" is that bit more special - maybe because it's more expensive than the regular squash, but it does definitely taste and feel different, no doubt about it. Firstly, for my taste, I don't need as much of this as the fruit squash to make the same size drink. The liquid seems to be thicker, almost very slightly syrupy in texture.
When diluted, you can detect that it is a bit thicker, fuller, than other squashes, it definitely has more "body", if that term could be applied to a soft drink. The flavour, too has that distinctive barley background to it, giving it a more rounded flavour, taking some of the citrusy edge off the drink.
Robinson's fruit and barley contains no artificial colours or flavours, and has no added sugar. Each serving contains 6 calories and 0.5g sugar (naturally occuring). It is suitable for vegetarians. The 1lt bottle is concentrated and contains 20 servings although personally, I get more than that, as both my partner and I don't like it as strong as their suggested 1 part to 4 parts water.
I do like fizzy pop but to be healthier I try and drink more water and diluted fruit cordials instead. One of my favourite fruit cordials is the Robinsons range of fruit and barley cordials as they are great quality and come in a good variety of tasty flavours.
The Robinsons fruit and barley cordial was on special offer at Asda recently priced at just £1.00 for a 1 litre bottle. I thought this was excellent value especially as it states on the bottle that it contains 20 servings.
Robinsons have been established since 1823 and have been making there fruit barley cordials since 1994 when they were developed at Wimbledon. (www.robinsonsdrinks.com). The fruit and barley range comes in a variety of tasty flavours including:
- Pink Grapefruit
- Apple and Blackcurrant
- Summer Fruits
- Apple and Pear
- Strawberry and Kiwi
The cordial's are packaged in a clear plastic bottle allowing you to see the cordial inside and has a blue screw cap lid. The first time you open the bottle you will need to have a good grip to allow you to break the seal which is in place to ensure that the bottle cannot be tampered with. There are paper labels on the front and back of the bottle which contain all the necessary information you need to know about the cordial. It also states that the bottle is suitable for recycling.
The cordials contain no added sugar, artificial colours or flavours. To make the cordial you simply dilute 1 part cordial with 4 parts water. Personally I prefer to drink cordials fairly weak so tend to use around 3 parts cordial to 4 parts water but obviously this is just my own taste.
As the fruit and barley cordials have no added sugar it is light in calories with 100ml containing just 7 calories, although this might vary slightly between the flavours. This though does not to me impact on the flavour. I find all of the different flavour cordials very tasty. When diluted with cold water and ice cubes added it makes a lovely refreshing drink. I sometimes also dilute the cordial with soda water instead of still water to make a healthier version of a fizzy drink. The cordial also as it states contains barley which to me I don't really notice at all from the taste.
Overall I really enjoy drinking the different fruit and barley cordials from Robinsons it makes a lovely fruity, refreshing drink which is low in calories but still very tasty. My favourite flavour is certainly the Pink Grapefruit but I also enjoy the other flavours and am yet to find one that I do not like. I would certainly recommend these cordials as they are excellent quality and when on offer are a bargain as for me it makes more than its stated 20 drinks.
I hammer coffee during the day at work, and try to ease off at night so that I have some chance of getting to sleep. In its place, I smash through cordial like there's no tomorrow. Here's my latest "find", Robinsons Peach and Barley.
What is it?
Barley water, for those that ever wondered but were too shy to ask, is made using the strained juices of boiled pearl barley which is then added to fruit juice to make a cordial. Normally, cordials are thickened up using bucket loads of sugar, but this cordial has no added sugars, only sweeteners. Cordials with barley water are normally thicker in texture than ordinary ones, and this cordial has more Gloop than Augustus.
The peach flavour is fantastic, very sweet (without all that tooth rotting sugar) and gloriously thick and rich. It takes a lot of water to noticeably weaken it, which makes the bottle last quite a while as you don't need much cordial in a glass for a decent strong tasting drink. I sometimes add a splash of home made elderflower cordial to mine which gives the fruitiness of the peach a floral hint, it works quite well. Barley water is a good source of fibre, and this type of fibre is known to reduce cholesterol levels too.
I've seen it I Tescos for £1.59 a litre, but it has been known to be on offer in other places from time to time so it's worth shopping around for. I'd recommend it to those who like a posh cordial, but can't bring myself to award it the full five stars as I think it's a little on the pricey side. Four stars from me.
I picked up a bottle of the pink grapefruit flavour from the Robinson's Fruit and Barley range at the Co-op while on holiday this week. I wanted a bottle of cordial to have in at the cottage we are staying in and wasn't too bothered what brand or flavour - I usually drink bottled water but fancied a change while on holiday and the Robinson's Pink Grapefruit was on offer at £1.
The bottle contains 1 litre of the cordial which is equivalent to 20 servings, and a serving contains just 7 calories. The bottle is easily recognisable as Robinson's with their logo, the 'Fruit & Barley' tag and a blue band across the bottom of the label stating 'No Added Sugar'. The label also states that there are no artificial colours or flavours.
The juice itself is a dusky shade of pink which lightens slightly when diluted in water, but still retains its clear pink colour. The flavour is sweeter than I expected, having been used to fresh grapefruit juice from the chilled drinks section, but is no less refreshing. It definitely tastes of pink grapefruit, just sweeter and the fact that a glass contains less than 10 calories means I don't have to think about how much of it I drink.
The only downside I can see with this drink probably applies to all 'no added sugar' drinks, and that is a slight aftertaste of artificial sweetener. It wouldn't stop me buying from the Fruit & Barley range again, but I might try a different flavour next time.
The whole concept of the fruit and barley range from squash giants Robinsons is to combine the refreshing flavours that they do so well with the smoothness of barley to create something a bit smoother and moreish. I'd agree with this on the whole, but sometimes this smoothness is in the taste, but not in the feeling in the mouth.
I'm a fan of Robinsons and the quality you associate with the squash giants. The fruit and barely range do ooze quality, and when you buy one of the many flavours, you do feel confident this quality will be transferred. We find that some flavours work better than others, and in particular we like getting the Strawberry & Kiwi one, as it provides something different to regular squash flavours. They have a fairly wide range, with other flavours including peach, pink grapefruit, apple & pear, apple & blackcurrant (another of our favourites) and summer fruits.
I do like the occasional experiment with flavours, and the fact that there is no added sugar to these drinks does make me more inclined to get them as opposed to anything else. You only need to add a small amount of the concentrated squash as putting too much in can be quite sickly, as we found out with the strawberry and kiwi flavour - it nearly put us off it. We find that you don't need to put as much in as you would do with regular squash, and perhaps this is the sweetness and smoothness the barley brings to the drink that causes this. It does make it last a bit longer.
The drinks come in the standard bottle that Robinsons use, with just the band explaining it's fruit and barley being the difference. It would have been nice to get some significantly different packaging, as most shops tend to shelve them next to each other, and you can be perusing the fruit and barley range, pick one up and find you've got a regular squash instead.
There is a slightly fuller texture and feel to the drinks that you get with the fruit and barley, and this doesn't always work. Sometimes, particularly with the pink grapefruit flavour, the taste is okay but you almost get a furry feeling left in your mouth as the thicker barley leaves some behind. This is the main noticeable difference between the barley drinks and the regular squash, and because of this we don't have it all the time. In fact, we leave our options open at home and make sure we have a bottle of each, one of barley and one of regular squash, and this way if we want the smoothness then we can have the barley drink, or if we just want a clean and clear squash drink then that's there too.
Price wise, expect to find this around the same price as squash bottles. The contents are very similar, with as many natural ingredients used as possible, and just the barley being the main difference, and expect some places to have these on multibuy offers from time to time. You can generally get a 750ml bottle of concentrate for between the £1 and £1.50 mark depending on where you shop.
So, these drinks are good, but occasionally leave that sort of residue in your throat that regular squash doesn't. Because of this I recommend having a bottle of each - keep your options open.
Robinsons Fruit and Barley are lovely tasting drinks.
They come in lots of different flavours including orange, blackcurrant and apple and summer fruits. There are also no added sugar versions which is great because it means they have hardly any calories in so are great for drinking every day. I also think it is good for my son to have as it is not too sugary. My whole family enjoy drinking it so I definately think it is suitable for everyone.
I really like the summer fruits no added sugar best. It is very smooth and silky because of the barley taste and is very refreshing and really has a fruity flavour. The flavours are strong and sweet and you can really taste the fruit in them. The fruit and barley just tastes a little bit nicer than ordinary Robinsons squash. You mix a small amount of the squash with water so you can make it as strong or as weak as you like so there is a taste to suit everyone. It doesn't taste artificial or chemically. It is a lovely refreshing drink and is perfect when made with ice cold water as it really quenches my thirst.
They are good value for money as they are quite often on offer in the supermarket and I can normally get a bottle for £1.
I would definately recommend Robinsons Fruit and Barley as a great tasting squash for the whole family.
The fruit and barley range of robinsons squash seems to have a bit more of a smooth taste to it compared to the normal standard squash and it is so refreshing especially on a summers day. They have no artificial colours or flavour and you can buy a no added sugar option if you are being healthy. They sell a wide variety of flavours in the fruit and barley range such as peach, tropical, strawberry and kiwi and my favourite of all time summer fruits! One bottle can last for a good week depending on how much you drink, i find with the fruit and barley i don't need as much squash as the flavour is quite strong. They come in a 1 litre bottle as standard but i have seen larger bottles around before, and the bottles have a screw top so you can easily re-use the bottle after you have finished with it to do your part towards recycling! If you buy individual bottles then you are looking between £1 - £1.99 a bottle but asda often have offers on which we normally stock up as un opened they have about a year before they go out of date.
When it comes to soft drinks or squash, Robinsons are a seriously well respected brand. One variety they offer is their fruit and barley concentrated soft drink which comes in a few flavours including summer fruits, strawberry and kiwi, grapefruit, peach and tropical but the one that I have been drinking recently is the classic and traditional orange.
You can buy a one litre bottle of any of these flavours for £1.25 on the Tesco website but the last bottle I bought was ninety pence on promotion at Waitrose of all places. The plastic bottle is recyclable and is instantly recognisable as a Robinsons product. The label explains that this is made with real juice blended with barley for a deliciously smooth taste. It has no artificial colours or flavours, no added sugar and is suitable for vegetarians.
It is recommended that when you dilute this you use one part concentrate to four parts water and may be if you give this to a toddler you should make it weaker with extra water. A 250ml serving contains only six calories with a trace of fat and I imagine as it has no added sugar it is not too bad for your teeth. This is a very refreshing drink especially when made with cold water and is brilliant in the summer time. It is a great taste and the barley content makes it a bit more interesting and refreshing than your standard run of the mill orange squash. This is great for adults and children alike.
Jumping onto a new fitness program, I have decided I need to try to drink more water, to keep me hydrated and stop me snacking by keeping me feeling full. The only problem is water can get a bit monotonous. I have never really been a squash drinker but after seeing Robinsons fruit and barley on offer in Tesco (two for the price of one, and a very reasonable price indeed) I thought that I should give it a go. I picked the strawberry and kiwi flavour as well as the summer fruits.
I absolutely loved the strawberry and kiwi flavour. Although to me it doesn't taste strongly of strawberrys or kiwis it still is delicious. It is strong enough that I only need a little drop in the glass to make a whole pint of it, and in this way your money definitely stretches further and it is low calorie so great for weight loss! The summer fruits flavour on the other hand really did not appeal to me. I simply didn't like the flavour. I would not say this is a downfall for the product as I am sure it's just my particular taste. I am definitely drinking a lot more water now and will be trying the different flavours offered in the future.
I've always loved Robinsons from a young age, ever since I watched Wimbledon were they seem to constantly be drinking it. We always bought it in our household, and it always won over Ribena.
It has a nice taste, but it's not overly sweet, although it doesn't look as nice as Ribena when you dilute it.
I also seem to run out really quickly, because I make litre bottles of it because I do quite a bit of sport (ironically, I do a lot of squash). But this may well just be because I prefer it to be quite strong.
I've also found that it can sometimes leave a dry after taste, although it doesn't make your breath smell bad :)
This is a really good value product though, and much better than the cheap knock offs. It can last for a while, it just depends on how diluted you want it. I bought this on offer for 50p from Lidl.
I bought the vrsion with no added sugar, and I think the sweetners are the only artficial ingredient. It's 10% apple, strawberry, raspberry and cherry juice from concentrate. Although that doesn't sound good, I think a lot of it is water, so it's not stuffed with other unessecary ingredients.
The bottle also doesn't loose shape easily, so after I finish it I use it as a water bottle because the plastic is fairly thick.
In our house hold we are not one to change with the fashion (when it comes to food and drink anyway) if there is something I like and it tends to be liked by the household then we continue to purchase that product, and this is just one of those products.
Robinsons fruit and barley is available in a wide range of flavours and the good thing is that this range (as I have seen it) has no added sugar and no artificial colours or flavours, so its almost all natural.
It's a concentrated juice drink that requires the adding of water which it recommends as "Dilute 1 part concentrate with 4 parts water, it is important to add extra water when given to toddlers.
Your daily amount of water is suppose to be 8 glasses a day but to be honest how many people do you think actually keep to those figures. Well I can safely say not many, but with this Robinsons line the normal size bottles are 1 litre and due to the fact that when you buy any of these different flavours it is very concentrated and rather than pour a little bit into a glass and fill it up with water we take a previously used bottle that is now empty and pour only a 5th of the bottle into the empty one then fill the rest of it with water, give it a good shake before drinking. we find that with a 1 litre bottle following my advice you can get 5 litres out of one bottle, not bad huh.
The different flavours are:
Apple & Blackcurrant
Apple & Pear
Strawberry & Kiwi
Not a bad little collection.
PER 100 ml
Protein 0.2 g
Carbohydrate 2.1 g
Of which sugars 1.4 g
Of which saturates NIL
Sodium 0.1 g
Niacin 8 mg
Vitamin B6 0.88 mg
Vitamin B12 0.45 mg
Pantothenic Acid 2.65 mg
So as you can see it's not all that bad for you but I still wouldn't advise you to drink lots just because it can get sickly depending on what kind of strength you like it at.
The packaging is what you would expect it has a ROBINSONS logo in white with a green background at the top of the label, FRUIT & BARLEY in white with a green background in the middle and the name of the particular flavour you like at the bottom also in white with a green background but just to make it different the NO ADDED SUGAR is in white on a very light blue background, and along with those you have lots of pictures on the label of the fruit or fruits that you are drinking.
When you break the seal on the bottle for the first time and remove the lid the aroma hits you instantaneously and because our favourite is Summer Fruits we get a mixture all in one.
After our method of diluting the drink we like it not too week but not too strong either and it taste exactly as you would expect it and because there is nothing added you know its all pretty natural.
One of these bottles in tescos seem to change from week to week because I find that the most I ever pay is £1.50 and the least I have ever paid is £0.50 so you can never really say how much this product is from 1 week to the next but the last set I bought was £0.50 each so I got 6 of them and that was a week ago and I still have so much left....maybe I should open up a little stand outside my house and start selling it by the glass, anything is possible right.