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Out of lockdown with friends…

Lockdown has been challenging for us all, but with the restrictions lifting as long as we remain sensible and stick to the rules, there is no reason we can’t start to socialise again (socially distanced of course)!

So we wanted to put together our Bounce guide to throwing the ultimate 6 people get together with our favourite products, so here they are with links to purchase…

Serving Items

Sous Chef Colour Pop Enamel Salad Bowl Yellow

Use this yellow Colour Pop Enamel Salad Bowl to serve radicchio salad leaves, sliced rainbow peppers and other colourful salad veg. The yolk-yellow colour looks fabulous with ingredients such as sundried tomatoes, black olives and fresh green basil leaves.

See > https://www.souschef.co.uk/products/colour-pop-enamel-salad-bowl-yellow

Salad Bowl & Stainless Steel Salad Servers

Even the freshest and tastiest salads can be let down by drab presentation. Make sure that your salads enjoy the status they deserve with this Salad Bowl & Stainless Steel Salad Servers tableware Set. The generously proportioned wooden bowl will hold enough salad for the whole family or a number of dinner guests, while the superior stainless steel salad servers let everyone self-serve with ease.

See > https://jean-patrique.co.uk/products/wooden-salad-bowl-stainless-steel-salad-sever-set

Bamboo Serving Board

Slate Cheese Board & Cheese Knife Set

Looking for that show-stopping centerpiece for your dinner parties? Or maybe just a sophisticated way to enjoy your favourite cheeses? This Slate Cheese Board & Cheese Knife Set from Jean Patrique combines modern style with traditional, high quality materials for a set that is as enjoyable to use as it is to look at. Good design also has to be practical, and the compact dimensions and wipe-clean surfaces ensure easy cleaning and storage after use.

See > https://jean-patrique.co.uk/products/jean-patrique-slate-cheeseboard-knife-set#&gid=1&pid=1

Spirits

Caorunn Gin

Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn is nurtured in small batches and quadruple-distilled, giving it an individual flavour profile. Beautifully versatile, Caorunn is perfect for any classic or contemporary cocktail.

See > https://www.caorunngin.com/

Arlu Rum

Caribbean Born, Manchester Made – this rum is lovingly blended with unique natural flavours and spices in the heart of Manchester.  Offering three flavours in the range; ARLU RUM are set to mesmerise taste buds and give you that holiday cocktail we’re all craving right now – try our Original Spiced Rum for a smooth finish with sharp hint of vanilla and cardamom, giving you a warm, punchy kick. Feeling tropical? Try the Passion Fruit and Mango for that tangy kick, or the Blood Orange for a fruity vibe, with hints of apricot and tropical fruits.

See > https://www.arlurum.com/

CÎROC Summer Watermelon

Spritz your way through summer with CÎROC Summer Watermelon, the limited-edition flavour from CÎROC vodka. This new variant is the perfect addition to summer garden celebrations and fabulous cocktails in the sun.

CÎROC Summer Watermelon works perfectly as a fruity foundation of a sensational spritz that oozes summer in every sip. All you need to add is cranberry juice, soda water and sparkling wine, and ta-da!

Bursting with the fresh taste of watermelon and a sweetness and zest that carries into a smooth finish, CÎROC Summer Watermelon comes in a frosted red and white bottle that is sure to brighten every summer celebration, making it the must-have drink this season.

Distilled five times to ensure the highest quality, CÎROC Vodka is then imbued with the delicate and natural flavours of watermelon to create this unique spirit.

CÎROC Summer Watermelon is the latest addition to the French luxury vodka maker’s diverse and distinctive range, including CÎROC Vodka, CÎROC Red Berry, CÎROC Pineapple and CÎROC Apple – and it’s available on Amazon with an RSP of £32.99 for the 70cl bottle (ABV 37.5%).

Stockists: Amazon, £32.99 , Get it INKD, with personalised message, £34.99

NOVELTEA

As we move into the summer months, NOVELTEA offers a contemporary twist on the traditional with the UK’s first ever alcoholic tea – perfect over ice on the warmer days.

NOVELTEA’s three blends are inspired by travels all over the world- The Tale of Moroccan Mint transports you to the heart of the Sahara with white rum blended with fresh green mint tea and refreshing apple for added sweetness – bringing  a bit of holiday to the back garden.

The Tale of Earl Grey combines Earl Grey Tea with British gin to produce a delicate, slightly spicy drink with just a hint of citrus – the perfect tipple for balmy summer afternoons.

For delectable evening drinks with friends, NOVELTEA’s Tale of Oolong is a rich an a rich and aromatic blend inspired by Chinese tea tradition. The tea is perfectly paired with the soft and fruity notes of a specially-selected Scottish Whisky and accented with floral traces of jasmine and rose petals.

NOVELTEA cold-brews highest quality-loose leaf tea leaves with botanicals for eight hours before blending with a premium spirit. The process brings out a smooth and slightly sweet flavour. Simply serve with ice for a refreshing treat.

The 70cl bottles are available at: www.noveltea-drinks.com for £24.95. ABV is 11%.

Tequila Rose

Whether you’re a fan of the Mexican shot or not, this Millennial pink drink will help you celebrate in style. Chill and sip as a shot over ice or get creative and mix in everything from killer cocktails to adult milkshakes, it’s as versatile as it is delicious – as if you need an excuse!

Available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Amazon, drinksupermarket.com

Cove Vodka

Cove Vodka is exceptionally smooth and made from King Edward potatoes, lovingly grown on our family farm overlooking Hope Cove, Devon and Devon spring water. Their copper pot, single distilled vodka is handcrafted in an artisan distillery using the finest ingredients to ensure its smooth, luxurious taste.

See > https://www.devoncove.co.uk/

STARLINO Arancione

Serves with Italian oranges have always been popular when the weather heats up and STARLINO Arancione is no exception. Launched last month, this refreshing Italian Apertivio is produced in North-Eastern Italy at Torino Distillati in Piedmont.  The all natural STARLINO Arancione is made by blending white wine, orange distillate – distilled from IGP certified Sicilian Blood Oranges, Lemon Peel plus seven other herbs and botanicals. Low in ABV (17%) it offers consumers a healthier drinks alternative and not only tastes good but looks beautiful. 

STARLINO Arancione makes for the perfect summer spritz and is delicious on the rocks or topped up with tonic. For a healthier option why not try mixing it with an alcohol free sparkling wine such as Scavi and Ray or Thomson & Scott 

Purchase from https://amzn.to/2XRJqq8

Graham’s Blend No.5

If you haven’t yet tried White Port, it’s perfect for mixing or drinking neat over ice. You can even try it as a delicious P&T – (White) Port & Tonic – rivalling the G&T as the drink of the summer, providing a refreshing and low-ABV alternative to the well-known classic. At only 19% ABV, it is about half that of an average spirit!

Available from Waitrose

Wines

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc half bottle

Showcases everything fresh and vibrant about Marlborough, New Zealand.

Party food match: Zingy salad Nicoise

RRP £6.85 Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, Halfwine.com

Kleine Zalze, Bush Chenin Blanc 2018

Initial aromas of lime and citrus zest are beautifully intertwined with guava and tropical fruit. These flavours follow on the palate, and combined with the rich texture and elegant minerality, ensures a very long finish.

Party food match: Salmon blinis, roast chicken sandwiches and creamy pasta

RRP £10.30 Asda & Morrisons

Left Field, Hawkes Bay Rosé 2019

Strawberry, cranberry and crunchy raspberry are jubilant and excitable. They bounce off the walls with brightness and freshness. Their more serious side advocates a richer, sophisticated and slightly drier personality.

Party food match: pepperoni or sweet pepper pizza slices

RRP £11.99 Waitrose

Viña Barroca Joven Godello 2019, Spain

Wonderfully fragrant, with ripe fruits and spices on a tapestry of earthy and floral aromas, this superstar from Viña Barroca fully reveals itself in a long and persistent finish. Ideal on its own or with barbecue and fish dishes.

See > honestgrapes.co.uk

Domaine de l’Ostal Rosé 2019, France

The Domaine de L’Ostal was purchased in 2002 by Jean-Michel Cazes, the owner of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac. It is located on one of the finest terroirs of the Languedoc region and owes its name to the term ostal meaning both ”house” and ”family group” in the ancient Occitan language.

Very pale, the nose offers a subtle combination of rose petals and pomegranate. A touch of sweetness and lingering aromas of fresh pomegranate on the finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with salads such as salade niçoise.

See > honestgrapes.co.uk

La Belle Etoile Décadence Merlot 2019, France

Inspired by the spectacular brasseries and cabarets of France in the roaring 1920’s La Belle Etoile is a range of carefully selected wines from the sun kissed vineyards of Languedoc.

Intense aromas of bramble fruit jam on the nose with juicy fruit and just a hint of tannin on the palate. Pair it with barbecue, roast chicken or ratatouille.

See >  honestgrapes.co.uk

Sweet Things 

Bakedin’s Cocktail Cupcake Kits

Bakedin’s new Cocktail Cupcake Kits are what we all need right now. Whether you’re partial to a refreshing Mojito, a zesty Margarita or an invigorating Espresso Martini, there’s a Cupcake Kit with your name on it. Heavenly homemade cakes with a boozy kick, these decadent cocktail-inspired kits are ready and waiting for summer to officially start.

Lemon Margarita Cupcake Kit (£10): The perfect Friday night happy hour tipple! The only question is, will you choose to drizzle more tequila into the buttercream or not? It’s up to you!

Available from https://bakedin.co.uk/collections/baking-kits/products/lemon-margarita-cupcake-kit

OGGS® Marvellous Mini Cupcakes 

OGGS® Marvellous Mini Cupcakes are nine tasty, colourful, low calorie cakes that everyone can enjoy. If you fancy a light bite-sized treat, then these marvellous mini cupcakes are the perfect snack whatever your age and suitable for almost all dietary requirements.  

Available in Sainsbury’s priced at £4.25 for a 9 pack.  Also available from the TheVeganKind.   

Nibbles

Two Farmers Crisps

Two Farmers is the UK’s first sustainable crisp brand that recently launched a 100% compostable crisp packet, believed to be a UK first. 

  • Plastic-free accredited
  • Sustainably produced
  • New product
  • Biodegrades in just 26 weeks in a home composter and 12 weeks in a commercial composter
  • Low-food miles

Available to buy online atwww.twofarmers.co.uk or from independent retailers across the UK.

Sous Chef Perello Gordal Pitted Olives

Perello Gordal pitted olives are a cult favourite among olive cognoscenti. Gordal olives are one of the finest Spanish olives – bright green, plump and crisp. These Gordal olives are tinned in brine with guindilla chilli – giving the olives a slight hot kick. Drain and serve the Gordal olives for a pre-dinner bite, or enjoy as part of an antipasti selection with cold meats and cheese. The mildly spicy olives are also a great addition to salads.

See > https://www.souschef.co.uk/products/perello-gordal-pitted-olives

Sous Chef Torres Black Truffle Crisps

Serve these black truffle flavour crisps at cocktail or dinner parties, and watch your guests’ faces go ‘wow’! These unassuming potato crisps pack an intense black truffle punch when they hit the taste buds, for a memorable party nibble that will have everyone coming back for more!

See > https://www.souschef.co.uk/products/crisps-with-black-truffle

Higgidy

Higgidy has launched a brand-new selection of delicious products, ideal for sharing at a garden party:

  • Spicy Chorizo and Red Pepper Quiche
  • Pork and Honey Mustard Dinky Rolls
  • Great British Pork Sausage Roll
  • Vegetable Samosa Vegan Rolls

With prices ranging from £2.65 to £4.25, the products are perfect for summer snacking and can be found at a range of stockists.

ChicP hummus

Nutritious, sustainable, and delicious, the ChicP hummus range is made entirely from surplus fruit and vegetables. Completely gluten, dairy, nut and pesticide-free, these dips and sides are suitable for vegans, low-waste lifestyle lovers, and health-conscious cooks! Ideal for dunking, the dips can also be added to salads or smeared in sandwiches.

See > ChicP shop

Veggie Bites

A brand new snack collection. Veggie Bites are packed with vitamins and plant-based protein, allowing you to snack with confidence, in the healthiest way possible. Coming in three distinctive flavours, Sweet Potato & Rosemary, Spinach, Red Pepper & Parsley and Beetroot & Apple, each bite is sugar, dairy, nut and additive-free, and is suitable for vegans and low calorie diets.

See > ChicP shop

Eat Real Snacks

Eat Real’s healthier snacks – which include Hummus Chips, Lentil Chips, Quinoa Chips, Quinoa Corn Puffs and Veggie Straws – are free from all 14 major allergens and artificial ingredients and suitable for Vegan, Kosher and Halal diets.

Big on taste, texture and crunch, they come in a wide range of mouth-watering and innovative on-trend flavours including Mango & Mint, Sweet Chilli, Paprika, and Sour Cream & Chives, plus the classic Sea Salt – with some varieties also containing no added sugar and reduced salt.

For little tums, the Kids Veggie Straws – like all the Eat Real snacks – are made from all-natural ingredients.  Instantly recognisable by their fun and ‘child friendly’ stick characters, Kids Veggie Straws are also now available in 5 x 20g multipacks.

See > www.eatreal.co.uk

Canned Alcohol – perfect for reducing use of glasswear

The Uncommon

This summer, premium canned wine pioneers The Uncommon is back stirring things up with a new range of bubbly wines and its first-ever English wine spritzers.

Building on the sell-out success of its 2018 vintage last year, the UK’s first and only producer of English sparkling wine in a can has added two new delightfully light creations to its line up – Alfie, an English White Wine Spritzer, and Peggy, an English Rosé Wine Spritzer – as well as its 2019 vintage of bubbly wines.

So, whether you choose the delightfully light spritzers or the hugely popular bubbly wines, each can of The Uncommon chills in under 10 minutes and is perfect for celebrating the moment, any moment… whatever your Uncommon way.

The Uncommon English sparkling wines and spritzers are available in Selfridges and online.

For more information, visit wearetheuncommon.co.uk

Chase Gin Seltzers

The pioneers of field to bottle spirits; Chase Distillery is branching out into a new drinks’ category, a range of ready to drink gin seltzers called chase’s Gin Seltzer.

The drinks range is a blend of Chase Gin (which is made entirely from scratch) and sparkling water sourced on the family farm, with no artificial ingredients. The natural botanical flavours include Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo, Seville Orange, London Dry & Lemon gin, and are set to take the Chase brand into a new generation of consumers.

The Distillery aims to tap into the active Millennial demographic, seeking a drink that’s big on flavour and complements a healthy, wellness-driven lifestyle. Each can is just 89 Calories per 250ml.

The range will be sold initially via Chasedistillery.co.uk offering consumers a mixed X3 250ml trial pack for £7.50 and by the case (X 12 pack) at £30

LONG SHOT hard seltzers

A no-nonsense blend of fruit, sparkling water and alcohol, and that’s it. Never anything you can’t taste. Never anything we wouldn’t want to shout about. Just good, clean, fun. We won’t settle for anything artificial, so why should you.

Each Long Shot is: 4% ABV, under 70 calories, suitable for vegans, made with natural ingredients, gluten-free and comes in environmentally friendly cans.

You can purchase directly from their website: www.longshotdrinks.com

Tia Maria’s new Iced Coffee Frappé 

Tia Maria, the world-famous coffee liqueur, who has announced the launch of a brand new ready-to-drink cocktail, Tia Maria Iced Coffee Frappé.

Offering cocktail lovers a velvety smooth texture to enjoy either relaxing at home or to accompany a BBQ over the summer months, the Iced Coffee Frappé is made with 100% Arabica coffee, delicious milk cream and the unique taste of Tia Maria.

To celebrate individuality, the new look packaging has been created in collaboration with street artist Karski from the Netherlands.

The new product has a lower ABV of 4% for consumers to enjoy the unique taste of Tia Maria in a ready-made cocktail form.

Tia Maria Iced Coffee Frappé is now available in Sainsbury’s with an RRP of £1.89 per 250ml can.

Cocktails

Craft Gin Club European Getaway bundle

This summery bundle includes a full sized bottle of Dutch Gin 1689 Queen Mary pink gin, bursting with fresh citrus juicy strawberries, raspberries, and piney juniper on the finish. The bundle also includes six delicate and soft Double Dutch Indian tonics and a pack of lemon slices and cinnamon sticks to add a hint of warmth to this summery G&T.

The bundles are available from Craft Gin Club’s new online shop, with the European Getaway bundle available to member and non-members.

Gin lovers can sign up to be a member here to gain access to the complete range of Jetsetter bundles, along with more exclusive deals and discounts available site-wide.

For an added bonus, every customer who purchases a bundle will also be entered into the ultimate gin lovers prize draw and could be in with a chance of winning 100 bottles of gin worth over £4,000.

NIO Cocktails

NIO stands for ‘Needs Ice Only’ meaning there’s no specialist equipment or ingredients needed to delight in an expertly crafted drink while hosting a garden party. The steps are simple: get a glass, fill it with ice and simply tear the corner of your sachet and pour the ready-made cocktail in.

Each drink has been expertly crafted by NIO’s Head Mixologist, Patrick Pistolesi, who is also the Head Bartender and Found of Drink Kong, which is on the top 50 Best Bars list.

On the menu, there are 15 pre-batched cocktails to choose from. Whiskey fans can enjoy an Old Fashioned, a Manhattan or Whiskey Sour while Gin-lovers can delight in a Gimlet, Gin Sour or Gin Proved. Not to mention all the classics.

Unique to NIO, all cocktails are sealed in mini flat boxes which can be safely delivered to letterboxes nation-wide. Customers can choose from a 3, 6 or 9 box option. Perfect for picnics in the park or a tipple in the yard, with warmer weather and signs of life returning to some normality, it’s something we can all raise a glass to.

See > https://niococktails.co.uk/collections/build-a-box

MOOSE Mule Cocktail Box

MOOSE – The Mountain Spirit has created a fabulous cocktail set – the perfect gift for budding mixologists to enjoy with friends outside. The MOOSE Mule Cocktail Set includes all the ingredients you will need to mix four delicious MOOSE Mule Cocktails at home: a fresh orange, lime and mint, 20 cl MOOSE bottle and Fever Tree mixers. 

MOOSE is a unique combination of mountain herbs including mint and pine, Canadian maple syrup for natural sweetness and subtle chilli heat. MOOSE is best for mixing in simple, outstanding and easy to execute drinks.   

MOOSE Mule Cocktail Box RRP: £20 including free delivery (ABV: 35%)

Available from: themoosedrink.comNot On The High Street and Yumbles 

El Rayo’s ‘Tequila and Tonic’

Move over G&Ts. Step aside Aperol Spritz. The trendiest new drink for Summer 2020 is El Rayo’s ‘Tequila and Tonic’ otherwise known as the T&T.

Designed to be savoured, not slammed, El Rayo’s T&T is shaking off the English stereotype of late-night shots and instead serving tequila in a completely new way – with tonic. This is about turning tequila into your first drink, not your last.

Predicted to be the most sought after drink this Summer, the T&T is best served in a highball glass, with lots of ice, crisp tonic, and a slice of bittersweet grapefruit. Packed with clean and natural flavours, El Rayo’s T&T is a chic and refreshing alternative to the tired G&T.

El Rayo’s beautifully crafted Tequila has been born from a desire to share the flavours of modern Mexico. The unique taste, which is 100% natural, comes from the slow-grown Blue Agave plant, which matures in Mexico’s highlands for eight years. Thanks to this sole ingredient, with natural herbal notes, El Rayo doesn’t need to add any additional botanicals or manufactured flavours.

All elements to make the perfect El Rayo T&T, including tonic and glassware, are available from elrayotequila.com

Fizz!

Sharpham Sparkling Pink

A crisp and delicate, traditional method English Sparkling Wine. There are aromas of fresh strawberry, tart raspberry and some floral notes. The palate is vibrant and fruity showing great balance and complexity.

See > https://sharpham.com/buy/sharpham-sparkling-pink/

Condiments 

NEW Special Edition English Hedgerow Jelly

Includes favourite fruits from the hedgerow and garden including rich, sweet damsons and juicy blackberries as well as Bramley apples to give the tiniest hint of tartness.

Vegan and gluten-free, this is a jelly that makes friends easily. Superb as simply a bit on the side to pep up a pork pie, it’s an extremely welcome addition to any roast and equally delicious spread liberally on a thick slice of buttered toast. On the cheese front, English Hedgerow Jelly favours a Stilton, Goats’ Cheese or, from the beyond the British Isles, Manchego.

The splendid colour alone is sure to guarantee its rightful place as a family favourite!

Available from fine food delis and farm shops nationwide and online at www.tracklements.co.uk.

Extra touches

Nim’s Infusions

Nim’s, the air-dried fruit crisp producer that was recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Innovation, has launched Nim’s Infusions, its range of air-dried citrus slices, in smart resealable pouches.

For summer garden party hosts looking to put the zing in their cocktails, mocktails and teas, there’s a variety of garnishes including lemon, lime, orange, ruby grapefruit and cucumber.

Nim’s Infusions rehydrate in liquid and as they are air dried, a process which intensifies the taste of the fruits, they add bold natural flavour and aroma to any drink.

Switching to dried fruits rather than buying in and preparing fresh garnish, will save time and money and help reduce the amount of food waste created. Nim’s infusions have a shelf life of up to 9 months. The recommended serving is 1 or 2 slices per drink.

Individual packs of 12 to 20 slices are available at www.nimsfruitcrisps.com 

Absolut Elyx Rainbow Drinking Cup

Do not compromise with boring glassware & get the summer started the Elyx way with the Rainbow Drinking Cup. This bright new serve features a rainbow swirl lid and is adorned with the signature Absolut Elyx damask design surrounding a unique love heart pattern. The Rainbow Drinking Cup is ideal for sipping frozen drinks in the summer sun and keeps long and refreshing cocktails cool to the last sip.

See > https://eu.absolutelyxboutique.com/collections/sunshine-calling-edition/products/rainbow-drinking-cup-gift-box

Paradise Flower

If you’re looking for a trendy, easy-to-use water bottle, the Reno Insulated is your match made in heaven. Twist the top part of the lid to drink and remove the bottom part to easily clean the bottle or to add mint leaves, lemon slices or ice cubes. Take your Reno wherever you like, because it is 100% leak-proof and it keeps your drinks cold for up to 9 hours (300 ml) or 20 hours (500 ml) and hot for up to 5 hours (300ml) or 8 hours (500ml). It has a cool floral design you’ll definitely want to show off. ‘Practical’ is Reno’s middle name, hence the firm bottom pad and the handy handle.

See > https://www.kambukka.com/uk/shop/reno-insulated-500-ml?id=47

So enjoy and stay safe everyone!