After the busy month of December with all the eating, drinking and socialising, I was thrilled to receive a hamper of goodies from Fentimans. Not only because I love the products anyway, their Rose Lemonade is my all time favourite over ice, they are a local brand in the North East where I live and part of the region’s heritage. The huge hamper of their core range of ‘Botanically Brewed’ premium soft drinks were a treat to my eyes on arrival, not only was it going to kickstart my ‘Dry January’, I was actually excited and the ideas of what mocktails I could conjure up were swirling around in my mind!
Firstly let me give you a quick synopsis of the brand and why its so special. The story begins in 1905 with a Thomas Fentiman, an Iron puddler from a place called Cleckheaton. He was approached by a fellow tradesman for a loan, a deal was done and as was typical of the times, an Englishman’s word was his bond. All you needed to do was shake on a deal and offer some security, in this case a recipe of ‘botanically brewed’ ginger beer. The loan was never repaid and Thomas Fentiman became the owner of a unique and original recipe for success. And so the origins of Fentimans began, he began producing the botanically brewed ginger beer and sold it door to door from handmade stone jars, which were called “Greyhens”.
The reasons ‘Fentimans’ is so special –
For over 100 years, (established 1905) Fentimans have been committed to the time honoured process of botanical brewing all in the pursuit of an incredible flavour. As with their ginger beer, the ginger root comes from China
Each drink is brewed for 7 days using a combination of ‘blending & fermentation’ of its natural ingredients, all flavours are created in-house by their own ‘flavorist’ Geraldine Coombes
There are no artificial, flavours, sweeteners, colours or preservatives within the brewing process, giving an outcome of a 3 dimensional depth of flavour and taste
Most importantly I feel, they are an Independent, family owned and run organisation with a strong heritage to the North East. Eldon Robson is Thomas Fentimans great grandson and the German Shepard Icon on the bottle is “Fearless” and was Thomas’s dog, whom won Cruft’s in 1934 and was forever more placed on the Fentimans Botanically Brewed soft drinks bottles as Thomas’s pride and joy. Being family run there are lots of characters and plenty of weird and wonderful stories in the company, adding to the very charm of the brand.
Here is the Fearless Icon
I had great fun making my ‘mocktails’ for friends and I wanted to share with you my recipes.
Pomegranate Rose Lemonade
Take a large glass and fill with plenty of ice, add 125 ml of Fentimans Rose Lemonade followed by 100 ml of Pomegranate Juice, add some frozen blackberries to the drink and mix. Top off with a sprig of Rosemary. Delicious, enjoy!
Muddled Ginger Beer and Raspberry
Large glass filled with ice, 275 ml of Fentimans Ginger Beer then add several frozen raspberries to the drink and mix, top with sprig of fresh mint.
Take a glass with lots of ice and add 275 ml of Fentimans Wild English Elderflower, along with a diced lime, handful of fresh mint leaves, mix them up together, add a dash of apple juice and mix all it up… voila! Refreshing.
And a few more ideas…
Take a large glass like shown below, add plentiful ice. Use 275 ml of Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock with the juice of a lime and a pinch of mint, mix together and top with a sprig of fresh mint.
Lemonade with a twist
You ll need a large glass with ice, add 30 ml of fresh lime juice along with some fresh mint leaves and mix together by shaking, top with 275 ml of Fentimans Victorian Lemonade, stir and top with a sprig of mint. Perfect!
I had great fun making up these mocktails and I hope this inspires everyone else to make some too. Not only do they look and taste delicious, using a great product, you are entering 2017 with a much more healthy approach. Enjoy ‘Dry January’ as I know I will, thanks to Fentimans!
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