At last, adults have a decent choice of non-alcoholic drinks that are packed with juice and free of additives or artificial sweeteners. Ideal for those of you braving a dry January!
Apple juice expert Cawston Press is well-known for its use of pressed juice (never concentrate) and all-natural ingredients and now it has launched two delicious drinks in handy 330ml glass bottles; Sparkling Apple & Rhubarb and Sparkling Lemon & Lime and I was sent some to review. Yummy!
Sparkling Apple & Rhubarb sees Cawston use the finest rhubarb balanced with pressed apple juice and sparkling water to temper the vegetable’s distinctive fruity tang. It’s a unique, stunning drink with an impressive juice content of 40%. Sparkling Lemon & Lime is a punchy and defiantly ‘adult’ take on lemonade with none of the usual over-powering sweetness. It features Sicilian lemons blended with pressed apple juice and sparkling water, gently rounded off with a dash of lime juice. Total juice content is a healthy 25%; comparing favourably with rival lemonade drinks that rarely reach above 18% and use concentrated, not pressed, juice.
Also now in 330ml bottles are the firm’s first two sparkling drinks, Sparkling Cloudy Apple and Sparkling Ginger Beer which I had the pleasure of trying out before and reviewing here on my blog. The former features no less than 75% pressed apple juice, while the latter not only features 45% juice (40% apple and 5% lemon) but fiery ginger and a hint of chilli for extra bite. Also, as with all Cawston juices and drinks, the apple juice comes from fruit that has been pressed within 48hours of being picked, therefore capturing its full flavour. Cawston prides itself on this, the flavour of its fruit, so their products have far more juice and less sugar than is commonly found in adult soft drinks.
All four are available individually via Ocado (RRP £1.69) and in over 200 Adnams and independent pubs across the country.