As much as I love trying new, exciting foods, I also love trying new exciting drinks. I’m trying to limit myself to fizzy drinks at the moment as I tend to get obsessed with them but I’ve got a real favourite at the moment being Tesco’s Mango Zero. It’s zingy, tangy and utterly gorgeous served over ice. However, if you’re not a big fan of soft drinks, perhaps some of the hard stuff if more to your taste? If it is, you’d have loved it at my house today where we got the opportunity to try a cocktail making kit from Taste Cocktails.
TASTE is for the cocktail lover or the wannabe mixologist. Each box contain premium ingredients and recipes to make up to 6 cocktails (with a little extra to taste), and information about the source and history of your drinks.
If the food and beauty boxes are not your thing, or you want something different to buy the person that has everything, try a subscription or even a one off box.
You receive a selection of bottles, beautifully packed in a cardboard box with black shredded packing. It’s not particular big, so if you have a parcel box, there’ll be no need to pop down to your local sorting office to pick it up as they can put it in there. If not, I doubt it would fit through a regular post box as it’s a little bit too wide but it’s securely enough packed that the bottles won’t break as the packing hugs the bottles sufficiently.
You’ll receive enough to make 6 cocktails – 2 classics and the extra TASTE variations (which you just have to try since they are the piece de resistance of the box). You get all the main liquid ingredients per box plus a little bit extra if you do want to modify it slightly. You’re not thrown in at the deep end either since you get a lovely recipe booklet in the box which contains information about there source and history of what you’ll be drinking plus hint and tips to improve the tasting.
Toby (the founder) was kind enough to send us the August Box which was the Daiquiri Box. The recipe card included the original Daiquiri with 2 variations being The Hemingway Daiquiri (The Papa Doble) and The Canchanchara. All we needed to purchase extra was a bag of crushed ice, a couple of limes and a grapefruit. It’s unfortunate that we had to use grapefruit since that meant I couldn’t try The Hemingway as some of the medication I’m on doesn’t allow me to drink it. However, there was nothing to stop me trying any of the others which I did with fervor!
First up was the Classic Daiquiri (for 2 drinks)
- 2 shots (in this case the shots were 20ml rather than 25ml as recommended by Toby) 40ml Ron Cortez/Ron Abeulo (we tried both)
- 12 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 8ml TASTE syrup
Add all to a shaker (which we bought at Tesco for £10), fill with ice and shake for 10-15 seconds (easier said than done as it nearly froze Andy’s fingers off) then fine strain (we just used the one in the shaker) into a chilled martini glass or coupe. Garnish with a twist of lime peel.
We had already bought a couple of martini glasses anyway (you might find them in Tesco labelled Cocktail Glasses) so we popped them in the fridge for 10 minutes while we made the cocktail.
After shaking, there didn’t seem an awful lot in the glass (unless the glasses were a little large) but it filled it halfway. We tried the Ron Cortez one first (which is the white rum) and although it was nice, the Ron Abuelo (5 year rum) was heaps stronger and worked wonderfully with the lime. The white rum to me, seemed a little raw compared to the full rounded flavour of the darker rum. Using the crushed ice allowed a little to escape into the glass which once poured into the chilled glass made the condensation show making it so much more enticing.
We then moved onto the Hemingway with the added grapefruit juice and the little addition of the delightful Maraschino liqueur (incidentally I could drink that on it’s own since it was so lush or as an addition in a Casa Blanca). Named after Ernest Hemingway who wrote about his travels and the drinks he enjoyed around the world, having several created just for him. This one created at Floridita bar in Havana. Andy reliably informed me that this was a little more sour than the Classic Daiquiri but he still wouldn’t say no to it if it were on offer.
Finally we moved on to the Canchanchara (served in the tumbler above) – the precursor to the Daiquiri (so in all intents, it’s the daddy of them all). This was a mix of Ron Cortez, lime juice and honey. Initially we did it the wrong way round since you are supposed to put all the ingredients together first, mix, then add the ice so the first one had to be shaken rather than stirred. However I made it on the second attempt and mixed up the ingredients first in a tumbler which stirred up the honey perfectly (rather than lumpy in Andy’s trial run). What we did then was to try both together. One shaken and one stirred and boy, the difference is amazing and one to which I have never really taken much notice but shaking the drink dilutes it a whole lot more than stirring it. One to remember and stick in the old grey matter if I try them again.
Ordinarily I’m a Cosmopolitan girl but having the opportunity to try a home made Daiquiri has added to the list of cocktails I don’t mind drinking when I’m on holiday. Definitely if the sun was out this weekend and the BBQ was fired up, I would have thought I was in warmer climes as it brings the holiday back home.
£29 per month which includes postage and if you don’t have the kit to make cocktails, you can purchase the Mixologist Kit straight from the site which you can order when you’re ordering your first subscription. If you fancy trying the kit for yourself, we have an exclusive Us Two Friends offer for you to give you £10 off your first box! Just click here and treat yourself with your £10 discount.
The September Box is now online too so if you want one, be quick and grab it before they sell out because if you don’t, you’ll be missing out on a fantastic chance to impress your nearest and dearest with your Mixologist skills (ok, you might not be a Tom Cruise but you’ll enjoy the experience and bring some sunshine to your weekend).