In the summer I drink so much water to keep me feeling cool and refreshed on warm summer days, however in the winter I am guilty of rarely drinking any. Now that the weather is colder the idea of a cold glass of water does not appeal to me and I much prefer to drink a hot cup of tea or coffee instead, along with a huge 62% of people questioned in a recent survey carried out by Robinsons who also prefer to drink hot drinks over water in the winter months.
We need to remember that drinking enough water is important in winter as tea and coffee is a diuretic and if we do not drink enough water we can easily become dehydrated. Robinsons have came up with lots of recipes for hot and cold drinks using their delicious fruit cordial drinks, to help inspire us to start drinking more water and staying hydrated this winter.
Like many people Robinsons is a drink that I remember from my own childhood as my parents used to buy it for us to drink every week, it is now also a brand that I buy for my own children. In the summer I join my children in enjoying a nice cold glass of orange cordial but in the winter I rarely do. So the new recipes are perfect for someone like myself to try out, as I have never experimented or tried doing anything other then adding water to my juice in the past.
I decided to try out two of the recipes the Mulled Apple And Blackcurrant, which I thought would be very festive and perfect for this time of year. I also decided to try the Sparkling Orange And Ginger as this sounded quick and refreshing and something a bit different.
Mulled Apple And Blackcurrant.
- Dilute 200ml Robinsons Apple and Blackcurrant with 800ml water.
- Warm in a pan along with 4 cloves, 4 black peppercorns, 1/2 tsp ground allspice and 2 star anise.
- Simmer for 3 minutes then take off the heat to infuse.
- Serve your warm Mulled Apple and Blackcurrant drink in a mug or glass along with a cinnamon stick.
This is the perfect drink for Christmas and is great for those of us who will not be drinking alcohol these holidays.
Sparkling Orange And Ginger.
- Add 50ml of orange Robinsons into a glass
- Top up with sugar free ginger ale and add some sliced oranges before serving.
This was so quick and simple to make and makes a lovely change to normal cordial and it is also very refreshing.
Trying these recipes out has made me realise that I really need to make the effort to drink more water and cordial is the perfect way to do that. I will also be trying out lots of other recipes and thinking of new ways to enjoy my favourite cordials in the future.
Have you tried making any drinks with cordial before ? If so I would love to know what you make in the comments below as I am always looking for new ideas.
This is a collaborative post with Robinsons.