Feature ! Christmas Foods & Drinks & For New Year’s Eve! Part 2!



Aldi’s new liqueur tastes exactly like a Toffee Nut Latte!
This delicious new spirit is only £9.99
This is one nut to be missed! Aldi’s new Caramel and Hazelnut Rum Liqueur (£9.99 70cl) will make you the toast of the town this festive season with its crowd-pleasing flavours – perfect for those looking for their toffee nut latte fix with more of a kick.

This luxurious liqueur has a sweet nutty aroma, with a hazelnut flavour taking centre stage on the palate, followed by hints of rich caramel flavours – reminiscent of a buttery toffee nut latte. Embrace the indulgence by adding the Caramel and Hazelnut Liqueur to a festive rum cocktail or simply serve neat with ice for a decadent Christmas tipple.

If Aldi’s Caramel and Hazelnut liqueur has you eager for more, then why not try some of the other festive liqueurs from The Infusionist range? These include the delectable Chocolate & Orange Rum Liqueur (£9.99), which perfectly balances the rich flavours of chocolate with citrus notes of orange, and the fiery Gunpowder Whiskey Liqueur (£9.99), which has a delicious balance of gunpowder tea flavour and aged whiskey, which is sure to tickle your taste buds and get you in the festive spirit.

Unsure how to serve these luxurious Christmas spirits? Well look no further as Aldi has a selection of delicious cocktail recipes that with a quick shake will transform you into the ultimate Christmas host.

Caramel Frost


-50ml The Infusionist Caramel & Hazelnut Rum Liqueur

-25ml semi skimmed milk

-25ml double cream

-2 sprays/drops of Aldi’s Moroccan Almond Extract

– Moser Roth Luxury Dark Chocolate


Add all ingredients to a shaker with cubed ice
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker turns cold
Strain into a chilled coupette (or martini glass)
Garnish with grated Aldi’s Moser Roth Luxury Dark Chocolate shavings

Gunpowder Crackle


-50ml Glen Marnoch Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky

-10ml Gunpowder Whisky Liqueur

-10ml lemon juice

-20ml cloudy apple juice

-1 teaspoon of Aldi’s Specially Selected Sweet Rhubarb and Ginger Preserve or stem ginger in sugar syrup


Add all ingredients to a shaker with cubed ice
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker turns cold
Strain over fresh cubed ice into a short glass
Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a slice of fresh apple to serve

Last Minute Cocktails for Christmas and New Year!

Impress your guests this festive season with these 7 easy cocktails for Christmas and New Year.

Image taken by BarChick Creative


The Jaisalmer Peppertini

50ml Jaisalmer Gin
20ml Pink Peppercorn Syrup
20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
40ml Pink Grapefruit Juice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin, Peppercorn Syrup, fresh lemon juice and pink grapefruit juice into a shaker. Shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass.

(To make peppercorn syrup: add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.)

Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin is a triple-distilled spirit, handcrafted in a traditional copper pot still in small batches at one of India’s oldest distilleries, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The use of botanicals is a time-honoured tradition in India. Jaisalmer has 11 botanicals, 7 of which are sourced from the four corners of India.

Available from: The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and DrinksSupermarket.com
RRP: £34.95 for 70cl
ABV: 43%

Barentsz Jasmine Gin Negroni

30ml Barentsz Gin
30ml Campari
30ml Sweet Vermouth
Garnish: Orange peel

Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes.
Garnish with an orange peel.

Barentsz Handcrafted Gin is a premium distilled Gin, infused with Jasmine flowers from China, as well as eight other botanicals for an elegant, dry and well-balanced finish. Made from the marriage of two different grain spirits – Winter Wheat and Golden Rye, this unique combination gives the gin a soft and smooth, pure flavour – smooth enough to sip neat.

Available from: barentszgin.com, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Amazon 31Dover, Master of Malt, Whisky Exchange and Drinksupermarket.com.
RRP: £32.95 for 70cl
ABV: 43%

Pinkster Royale

This rich raspberry spirit makes for a fabulous Christmas cocktail – a member of the Pinkster family it is made from up-cycled gin soaked raspberries and contains no added sugar. Best enjoyed added to a glass of your favourite fizz to make the ‘Pinkster Royale Spritz’ or neat over ice.

Available from: www.pinkstergin.com

RRP: £25.00 for 35cl
ABV: 24%

Hedgepig Fruity Gin Liqueurs

Fend off the frost this winter with Hedgepig’s warming pudding gins. Perfect for cosy tipples by the fire or last minute Christmas gifts. Made using fruit grown in local orchards or foraged from the East Anglian hedgerows, the liqueurs accompany cheese and desserts especially well and are the perfect alternative to port or sweet wine at the end of an evening.

Available in four delicious flavours including Cambridge Gage, a member of the plum family, Glorious Gooseberry, Wild Bullace & Quince, and Zesty Elderflower.

Available from: www.fruityhedgepig.com

RRP 50cl: £32.00 or 20cl: £16.00

ABV: 30%

Kokoro Collins

25 ml Kokoro Gin
25ml Kokoro Yuzu & Ginger Liqueur
25ml Lemon Juice
10ml Sugar Syrup
125ml Soda Water
Garnish: Large sliver of fresh ginger & a lemon twist

Shake the first four ingredients and strain into a highball glass over ice.
Top with soda.
Garnish with a large sliver

Kokoro London Dry Gin is a British Gin with a Japanese Heart. Kokoro is a small batch gin, distilled in London in a copper pot still with nine botanicals including its core ingredient, Japanese Sansho berries. The berries are hand-picked and imported from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano prefecture region of Japan.

Available from: kokorogin.com, Master of Malt, 31Dover Amazon and other good retailers RRP: £29 for 70cl
ABV: 42%

Kokoro also have 3 delicious Japanese-inspired gin liqueurs, including Yuzu and Ginger, Blueberry & Lemongrass and Cherry Blossom.

Kokoro Yuzu & Ginger Liqueur – Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that tastes like a cross between a lime and a grapefruit; deliciously sweet and tart.
Kokoro Blueberry & Lemongrass Liqueur – Blueberries are a relatively new addition to Japan, first cultivated in the 1950’s. Kokoro Blueberry & Lemongrass Liqueur is made using the finest blueberries from Nagano Prefecture They are large and sweet, and people travel to the region specifically to spend the day blueberry picking.

Kokoro Cherry Blossom Liqueur – Cherry Blossom, Sakura in Japanese, has a uniquely floral flavour and the softest hint of sweet cherry.

Available from: kokorogin.com as a 20cl gift set for £37.50 or as individual bottles from kokorogin.com from £12.50 for 20cl or from John Lewis for £20.50 for 50cl.
ABV: 20%

Lowlander’s “Sobeer” Citrus Beergarita

150ml Lowlander 0.00% Wit Beer
30ml Seedlip Grove
10ml Ginger syrup
10ml Lime juice
Garnish with a juiced orange peel

Fill a highball glass with ice.
Stir all ingredients and strain into the glass over ice.
Garnish with a swirl of juiced orange peel

Zero Alcohol Wit (White) Beer (0.00% abv)
Whether you’re designated driver, pregnant or just dialling down your alcohol intake this festive season, Lowlander also have their first no-alcohol beer. Brewed with reclaimed citrus peel, from bars and restaurants who use the fruit to squeeze fresh orange and lemon juice, Lowlander 0.00% Wit (White) Beer, unlike other non-alcoholic beer options, is bursting with fruity, citrus flavours.

Also in the Lowlander Range are:

Botanically Brewed Beers
Whilst traditionally beer is brewed with hops, water and yeast, at Lowlander brewing starts with peeling dozens of oranges, cooking spices, extracting bags full of herbs and making teas and tinctures, using the same principles as gin distillation. By using a variety of brewing processes and natural, botanical ingredients, Lowlander is able to get the best amount of both flavour and aroma into their beers. Lowlander’s four botanically brewed beers are White Ale, Pale Ale, I.P.A and Poorter.

Botanical Infusion Beers (2.5% abv)
They have also recently introduced their low abv (2.5%) Botanical Infusion beers. Inspired by the aromatics of a beautifully garnished G&T, their Ginger & Kaffir Lime and Yuzu & Pink Grapefruit Infusions are best served differently, as a long drink garnished with fresh mint or pink grapefruit.

Winter IPA (5% ABV)
Lowlander’s Winter IPA is brewed with recycled Christmas pine needles. In January this year, Lowlander asked customers in Amsterdam to donate their well-loved Christmas trees instead of throwing them out on the streets as rubbish after the festive period. Sprucing up this ‘waste’ into something delicious, Lowlander collected over six hundred kilos of spruce needles from unwanted trees and transformed them into bottles of refreshing Winter White IPA brew.

Available from: 31Dover, Harvey Nichols, the Lowlander website, Amazon, beerwulf.com, LightDrinks.co.uk

Lowlander #XMAS Winter IPA Gift Pack: available from: notonthehighstreet.com
RRP: £25

Glen Moray Whisky Marmalade Old Fashioned

50ml Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish,
1 heaped tsp of marmalade,
3 dashes of Aztec chocolate bitters (Fee Brothers)

In an Old Fashioned glass, add the marmalade and whisky and stir down.
Add a couple of cubes of ice and pour over the whisky.
Stir down again before adding the bitters. Add more ice and stir.
Once the drink is balanced, garnish with candied orange

This cocktail was created by Neil Ridley and Joel Harrison, of World’s Best Spirits.

Glen Moray Sherry Cask is available from Sainsburys, RRP: £22, ABV: 40%

Glen Moray have a range of single malt whiskies to suit everyone’s palate and everyone’s budget. From the whisky novice to the whisky aficionado. From the Classic range which starts at just £20.00 and includes Classic, Peated, Port Cask Finish and Sherry Cask Finish.

Available from: Sainsbury’s, Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange, Majestic and Whisky Specialist Retailers

RRP: from £20.00 for 70cl


On your marks, get set… PROSECCO! Shoppers can get their hands on a bottle of fizz for just £3.99. With the party season in full swing and New Year just around the corner, Aldi is spreading Christmas cheer through its amazing value fizz offering that you don’t want to miss.

Shoppers will be able to enjoy a bottle of Aldi’s Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC for just £3.99.

What better time than Christmas to pop a cork and celebrate with friends and family, with Aldi’s incredible fizz offers, there’s no reason not to toast!

Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC (£3.99, was £4.99, 75CL)

Available in stores nationwide now

This semi-sparkling wine has the same soft and fruity peach, pear and lemon zest flavours that you’d expect from our Costellore Prosecco DOC – just in a gentler Frizzante style. Perfectly suited as an aperitif.


– Treat friends to a Vegan Sausage Roll this year with Greggs’ Facebook Gifting Bot

Greggs has launched its 2019 Gifting Bot that allows users to gift their Facebook friends with the beloved Vegan Sausage Roll and other baked classics; just in time for Secret Santa season.

The Greggs Gifting Bot allows users to virtually surprise their friends and family with a range of products, by using Facebook Messenger.

The Greggs menu on the Gifting Bot features a hand-picked selection of popular items, from both the seasonal menu as well as some of the classics.

You can give the gift of:

– Vegan Sausage Roll £1

– Sausage Roll £1

– Any Bake £1.50

– Any Sandwich £3

– Any Regular hot drink (including syrups) £2.20

– Any sweet treat £1

Gifting Greggs via Facebook Messenger is easy:

1. Download the Facebook Messenger app or order online at www.facebook.com

2. Search for the ‘Greggs Gifting Bot’ in the search bar, then click on the ‘message’ icon

3. Choose to ‘Gift a Greggs’ and then select which item you want to gift

4. Complete your payment details on the checkout page

5. The Greggs Gifting Bot will then send you a coupon code for that gift that can then be forwarded to your friend as a scannable code to redeem in-store*


Demand at an all-time high for Prosecco alternatives
Aldi offers a new English sparkling tipple just in time for Christmas

Prosecco has long been the nation’s bottle of choice, but it looks like there is some competition coming for the Italian bubbly, as English sparkling wine has soared in ‘pop’-ularity. With over 4 million bottles of home-grown plonk sold in the UK last year[1], demand for the English tipple is set to soar this Christmas.

No longer a secret to the nation, Aldi has welcomed an additional English sparkling wine to its premium range: Exquisite Lyme Block Sparkling Brut Reserve (£16.99). It joins award-winning Masterstroke Angel + Four English Sparkling Wine (£9.99) on Aldi’s shelves, which scooped a Bronze medal at this year’s International Wine Challenge Tranche 1, alongside competitor brands that are nearly three times the price[2].

Drier than Prosecco, Aldi’s fresh and fruity Exquisite Lyme Block Sparkling Brut Reserve pairs beautifully with seafood, for any shopper planning a traditional prawn cocktail on Christmas day, as well as making for a delicious aperitif to get the party started.

The launch marks the third time Aldi has collaborated with the renowned Devon-based winery, Lyme Bay. The Exquisite Lyme Block English Wine flew off shelves when it arrived in stores and online in May this year, with over half of the supermarket’s stock selling within a week of launching.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “Given the success of our Exquisite Collection Lyme Block Bacchus and Lyme Block English Wine earlier this year, it’s a pleasure to be working again with Lyme Bay Winery and showcase our continued support of British produce across all ranges. We are sure this elegant sparkling wine will be a hit with our customers this Christmas, especially as English wines are gaining a reputation as some of the best in the world.”

Sara Walters for Lyme Bay Winery commented: “We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Aldi by extending the Lyme Block range. They are a retailer that has rightly earned a reputation for delivering excellent wines and to be part of that is a privilege for us.”

Aldi’s Exquisite Lyme Block Sparkling Brut Reserve will be available in stores from 12th December and the full wine range is available to purchase in stores and online at www.aldi.co.uk/c/wines.


Top Myprotein picks for Christmas shopping survival!



Whether you’re after something for your friends, family or office secret Santa, what better way to spread Christmas cheer than with the perfect treat for the fitness fanatic in your life?

From easy stocking fillers to stylish clothing, make sure your loved ones are fully kitted out for the new year and ready to take on a brand new decade!

A Fatherson Christmas Experience

Introducing the award-winning homemade Christmas collection from Fatherson Bakery

With Christmas just around the corner, Fatherson Bakery is proud to announce the launch of their award winning and most popular, traditional festive cakes and puddings – Mince Pies, delectable Christmas Loafs, delicious Festive Cupcakes cased within a limited-edition Christmas tree platter and mouth-watering Christmas Sponge Puddings.

The Christmas range launched this month and will be in stores across the UK, including the Co-Op, Budgens, Londis, Dobbies, Morrisons and thousands of independent retailers. Fatherson Bakery is renowned for creating best in class products made with the finest quality locally sourced ingredients for the “taste of homemade.” Proudly baked in Britain, the Fatherson festive collection uses quality ingredients and a tried and tested Fatherson ‘owned secret’ recipe, ensuring every bite tastes like you made it yourself at home. Made in small batches, the Christmas range features fresh ingredients to replicate the same much-loved baking practices used in the home kitchen.

The delectable Christmas collection from Fatherson includes natural flavours only with no artificial colourings and is suitable for vegetarians. And while using the very best quality ingredients is vital to Fatherson, so too is ensuring all packaging is ‘planet friendly’. All the mince pie and cupcake platters are made from 100% recyclable plastic and 100% recyclable.




Share the festive fun this Christmas, with HARIBO’s sparkling range of stocking fillers, gifts and sweet treats which are the perfect accompaniment to magical times this season.

Making an exciting arrival are frosty friends Pip Polar Bear and Puck Penguin. Fresh out of a snowy scene, Pip Polar Bear is packed with cute polar bear and paw-shaped, jelly pieces. In tasty raspberry and blackcurrant flavours, each dusted with HARIBO’s delicious Z!NG.

Puck Penguin features jelly and foam pieces in a flurry of fruit and vanilla flavour combinations. Offering an extra sprinkling of playfulness, each themed piece is three dimensional and can stand proudly in any winter scene. New this year and adorably packaged in cute polar bear and penguin themed boxes, these gifts are sure to be top of every Christmas list. A super surprise for sweet lovers, the HARIBO Hamper contains a merry mix. Bursting with choice, this collection includes something to suit all tastes with sweet and sour Bear Buddies, Squidgy Strawbs, Jelly Beans, Balla Stixx, Chamallows and delicious Dummies Z!NG.

For a more traditional take on the season, the HARIBO Selection Box offers a sweet gesture for under the tree. This Christmas morning surprise includes eight mini bags of HARIBO favourites including Starmix, Tangfastics, Supermix and Giant Strawbs Gone Mini.

With their unique texture and much-loved strawberry taste, Giant Strawbs have also received a festive  makeover and now appear in the shape of a Christmas tree. Suitable for vegetarians, Giant Trees make the perfect themed treat this snowy season.

What do you get when you put Starmix and Christmas together? HARIBO Starmixmas of course! Offering the same iconic pieces found in Starmix but in favourite Christmas flavours including Cherry Trifle Heart, Gingerbread Bears, Eggnog Eggs, Apple Strudel Bottles, and Cherry and Eggnog Crumble Rings, HARIBO Starmixmas is the perfect way to share the festive fun this Christmas.
For further details of HARIBO’s full festive range, please visit www.haribo.co.uk

World’s First Snack Designed to Reduce Alcohol Absorption



Peer-Reviewed Clinical Trial Showed a 210-Calorie Snack Bar (SOBAR) Reduced Alcohol Absorption by 50%.

Zeno Functional Foods has announced (Nov 2019) publication of results from the clinical testing of its snack-sized protein bar, the SOBAR, in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The SOBAR is the world’s first food specifically designed and clinically evaluated to reduce alcohol absorption; the study demonstrated it to be about twice as effective per calorie than the other foods tested. The trial was conducted by a leading independent laboratory in Toronto, Canada, INQUIS Clinical Research.

“This research project started after I had too much to drink on an empty stomach at a wedding,” said SOBAR inventor Joseph Fisher, MD PhD. “After that experience I thought that there was a huge need for a specialized, low-calorie snack that could efficiently and effectively reduce alcohol absorption.”

Clinical ResultsThe trial compared the SOBAR’s ability to reduce alcohol absorption against two other foods in a group of 21 healthy adults, 10 men and 11 women. Each person was tested 4 times, eating either (1) no food, (2) a 210 calorie SOBAR, (3) 210 calories of a popular snack mix, or (4) a 635 calorie full meal right before consuming 2 drinks. The average peak blood alcohol concentration measured over 90 minutes was reduced (compared to eating no food) by 50% with a SOBAR compared to only 25% by the snack mix. Although the reduction was even greater (68%) after eating the full meal, on a per calorie basis the SOBAR outperformed both other foods by about 2 to 1. The core technology behind the SOBAR’s high efficiency is called Alco-HOLD, which is designed to hold alcohol in the stomach for a longer time where it can be inactivated.

About Alco-HOLDThe patent-pending science behind the SOBAR’s alcohol reducing effects is based on simple physiology; enhancing alcohol inactivation through decreasing the stomach’s emptying rate. How slow the stomach empties is a well-established and key determinant of alcohol absorption because alcohol is broken down by enzymes in the stomach lining (gastric 1st pass metabolism). Alco-HOLD is a proprietary mixture of two healthy food ingredients, milk protein and insoluble oat fiber, that is formulated to hold alcohol in the stomach longer when consumed after eating a SOBAR. Although all foods have this same effect to varying degrees, the trial demonstrated that the SOBAR could reduce alcohol absorption more effectively per calorie than the two conventional foods tested in the same way.

About Zeno Functional Foods (“ZENO”)ZENO is an emerging company developing foods aimed at improving wellness and public health based in Redwood City, California. Started by Dr. Joseph Fisher, MD, PhD, a graduate of the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program, the initial two target areas for product development are alcohol misuse and diabetes prevention. ZENO is planning to make the SOBAR available in North America first, via the internet and retail distribution, and then expand to other geographies including Asia, Australia, and the EU.

Research Article: www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/jmf.2019.0228 Social Media: @getsobars

WARNING DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Eating a SOBAR or any other food: (1) does not prevent all alcohol absorption and you can still become intoxicated. (2) will not sober you up or lower your blood alcohol level if you are already intoxicated. (3) can slow alcohol absorption and you may experience a delayed effect from the alcohol consumed.

The SOBAR is currently available for internet sale in the US via the company’s website and Amazon.com and will be sold in select retail stores soon. Zeno is currently developing an international version of the SOBAR which should be available in other geographies toward the second half of 2020.

This holiday season, forget the traditional apple cider and cranberry juice mixers and impress your party guests with a choice that’s both easy and unexpected: Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer Can.

Brooklyn Crafted’s Extra Spicy Ginger Beer is made with 100% fresh, unfiltered ginger pieces you can actually SEE and taste. The extra zingy ginger kick makes it the perfect mixer for classic holiday cocktails, such as the Moscow Mule, Cranberry Ginger Fizz, Holiday Dark & Stormy, and more. Not to mention, if you’re looking to nix alcohol, it’s great on its own or in a mocktail!

Holiday classics don’t have to go by the wayside just because you’re vegan (or cooking for vegans!). The proof is in the pudding… er, the mashed potatoes, and pie, and eggnog.

This festive season, the Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (RED) will be going totally green as it serves up a 100% vegan Christmas Day lunch. This is in keeping with the new menu served exclusively at the OUIBar and KTCHN, which is bursting with goodness, is sourced from local suppliers within a 60km radius of the hotel, and incorporates fresh herbs and leafy vegetables plucked from a vertical garden situated on the roof of the hotel.

Turnip the beet at RED this Xmas

Radisson RED Hotel puts a twist on the usual with a meat-free Christmas lunch

This festive season the Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (RED) will be going totally green as it serves up a 100% vegan Christmas Day lunch. This is in keeping with the new menu served exclusively at the OUIBar and KTCHN, which is bursting with goodness, is sourced from local suppliers within a 60km radius of the hotel, and incorporates fresh herbs and leafy vegetables plucked from a vertical garden situated on the roof of the hotel.

The Vegan Xmas lunch will be held on Wednesday, 25 December 2019 between 12h00 and 15h00 at the OUIBar + KTCHN. Tickets not only guarantee a scrumptious feast with a twist, but includes a family-style table service, crackers, Santa hats and a RED Xmas surprise, all at the cost of R400 per person. Furthermore, children between the ages of 5 and 12 can feast at a discounted price of R150 per person, and children under the age of 5 eat for free!

Celebrate the festive season with good chives only and #SaveThePlanet.

For bookings and enquiries contact dayle.theunissen@radissonred.com or call on 087-086-1578.

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/467123100562506/

NOTE: You must book and pre-pay to attend. No tickets will be sold at the venue. Limited tickets are available. Chat to Dayle for the Vegan Xmas lunch menu on dayle.theunissen@radissonred.com.

For more information visit www.radissonred.com/cape-town or follow the conversation on social media:

Instagram www.instagram.com/radissonredcpt

Facebook www.facebook.com/RadissonREDCapeTown

Twitter www.twitter.com/RadissonREDcpt

Even though Shrewd Food® PROTE!N PUFFS have only been on the market for a little over a year, they have taken Amazon by storm with over 4,500 positive reviews and have over 22K organic followers on Instagram and most of our customers are women (85%). Aside from their superior taste and undeniable satisfying crunch, Shrewd Food® PROTE!N PUFFS provide over 12g of protein per serving with macros that are really something to brag about. They look like a cheese ball, but have more of what you want in a healthy snack and less of what you don’t. They make a great addition to any giftbag, lunchbox, fanny pack, travel tote or Christmas stocking because they are light in weight (puffed protein is very lightweight), are offered in single serve packages and they don’t melt in the heat-or above any fireplace!

Shrewd Food PROTE!N PUFFS are gluten-free, Keto-friendly, diabetic-friendly, non-GMO, peanut and tree nut free, egg and soy free and don’t contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The price point per single serve bag ranges from approximately $1.87 (Amazon.com) to $2.50. The best seller in the savory category, is Brick Oven Pizza which tastes like a pizza party in every bite; boasting per serving 14g of protein, 2g carbs, 90 calories, 3g fat and 1g sugar…. they’re kind of a miracle! Of the sweet flavors, Cookies & Cream is the best seller with 13g of protein, 3g carbs, 90 calories, 3.5g fat and 3g sugar per serving…stats that anyone would approve of. Other fun flavors include, Baked Cheddar, Sriracha Cheddar, Strawberries & Cream, Sour Cream & Onion and Nacho! We even have Protein Croutons for the Shrewdest of salad lovers! Shrewd Food is the Smartest Way to Snack™ and can easily be purchased on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca as well as regional retailers nationwide. Here is a link to help you understand more of what we are about: shrewdfood.com

Starbucks summer beverages:

Iced Teas: Starbucks is launching new refreshing, icy smooth handcrafted beverages – combining the finest teas and botanical blends with premium fruits, for delicious, exotic and fresh summer drink.
Tropical Mango
Black tea with mango and pineapple.

Strawberry & Lime
Green tea with strawberry and lime.

Peach Citrus Green Tea
Blackberry Mojito Green Tea

Starbucks Shaken Iced Teas return: Green tea, flavoured syrup and a splash of lemonade, shaken over ice.

Green tea, Black tea, Hibiscus tea
Starbucks flavoured teas shaken with ice, for a natural good taste.

Iced Coffee: Starbucks will reignite excitement over the iced Coffee Platform for those who love coffee but want something cool for summer.

Starbucks Cold Brew
Cold Brew is crafted by slow steeping ground coffee in cool water for 20 hours to create a rich and smooth cold coffee

ColdFoam Iced Cappuccino
Dark rich espresso poured over ice, slightly sweetened and poured through special Starbucks cold foam made with skimmed milk.

Aldi has expanded their spirits range in time for Christmas with some delicious new seasonal favourites.


Candy Cane Swirl


– 30ml The Infusionist Candy Cane Gin Liqueur

-20ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin

-20ml whole milk

-20ml double cream

-1 teaspoon of icing sugar

-The white of one medium free-range egg


Add all ingredients to a shaker with cubed ice
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker turns cold
Strain into champagne flute to serve
Caramel Frost


– 50ml The Infusionist Caramel and Hazelnut Rum Liqueur

-25ml semi-skimmed milk

-25ml double cream

-2 sprays/drops of Aldi’s Moroccan Almond Extract

– Moser Roth Luxury Dark Chocolate


Add all ingredients to a shaker with cubed ice
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker turns cold
Strain into a chilled coupette (or martini glass)
Garnish with grated Aldi’s Moser Roth Luxury Dark Chocolate shavings
Naughty or Spice


-50ml The Infusionist Pear, Cranberry & Cinnamon Vodka Liqueur

-50ml apple juice

-Top with ginger beer

-Squeeze of lime


Shake vodka liqueur, apple juice and lime juice
Fill a tall glass with cubed ice and add the shaken mixture
Top with ginger beer
Garnish with fresh wedge of lime and grated nutmeg to serve
Gunpowder Crackle


-50ml Glen Marnoch Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky

-10ml Gunpowder Whisky Liqueur

-10ml lemon juice

-20ml cloudy apple juice

-1 teaspoon of Aldi’s Specially Selected Sweet Rhubard and Ginder Preserve or stem ginger in sugar syrup


Add all ingredients to a shaker with cubed ice
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker turns cold
Strain over fresh cubed ice into a short glass
Garnish with a twist of orange peel and a slice of fresh apple to serve
Gingel Bells


-50ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin

-25ml lemon juice

-2 teaspoons of sugar

-15ml The Infusionist Pear, Cranberry & Cinnamon Vodka Liqueur


Add gin, lemon juice and sugar to a shaker with cubed ice
Shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker turns cold
Strain over fresh crushed ice in a rocks glass and drizzle with The Infusionist Pear, Cranberry & Cinnamon Vodka Liqueur
Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with a lemon twist to serve



It’s nearly time again for the most glamorous night of the year: New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re partying until the early hours with friends, out for a romantic meal with your loved one or having a few drinks with family, everyone wants to bring in the new year looking and feeling their best.

From hours of searching trying to find the perfect outfit, the endless nights of watching YouTube tutorials on how to achieve the perfect up-do, to the countless attempts at perfecting winged eyeliner, getting New Year’s Eve ready can be a stressful task.

Perky Pear has compiled its top five beauty hacks, making it easy to take your New Year’s Eve glam to a whole new level.

1- Leave streaky fake tan in 2019

Invest in a Kabuki brush this wintertime to keep a natural, streak-free summer glow all year round. For your difficult areas, apply your favourite fake-tan with a Kabuki brush rather than the classic fake-tan mit. Using small circular motions on your hands, feet and face with this soft yet compact brush will create a seamless, more natural blend, leaving you with the perfect base for the rest of your New Year’s Eve beauty routine.

2- Make your shimmer eyeshadow blinding

Nothing makes a New Year’s Eve look more than some shimmer and sparkle. Up your eyeshadow game by applying shimmer eyeshadow with a damp brush. Mist a packing eyeshadow brush with some rosewater or setting spray before going to town in your favourite palette. Apply the shimmer using small, light patting motions and you’ll see just how intense the pigment will be. Add some eyeliner and a fluttery false lash and you’re red carpet ready.

3- Dare to bare with Lift & Shape tape

Feel confident enough to wear plunging, strapless or backless outfits with Perky Pear’s Lift & Shape tape. The durable cotton tape moulds to your shape, creating a lifted and rounded cleavage so that you can go braless this New Year’s Eve. The miracle product, dubbed the ‘at-home boob job’, comes in two shades – black and nude – meaning you can keep your secret safe under any outfit. Your cleavage will look so good that people will ask who your surgeon was.

4- Veils aren’t just for your wedding day

We all know the joys of contouring as it gives us the bone structure that our mothers didn’t bless us with. Veiling is the latest contour craze to give us cheekbones for days. After applying your contour like normal, take a small amount of translucent setting powder on a fluffy brush. Gently dust this across the edges of your contour to create a seamless blend between your foundation and bronzer, creating a sharp yet blended base so that you can start the new year looking like you’ve just stepped off the runway.

5- Glow like a goddess from all angles

Highlighter is many women’s holy grail product in their makeup bags as it gives makeup a super polished and ultra-glamorous edge. Swap cupid’s bows for collar bones and try applying highlighter to other areas of your body to dazzle this New Year’s Eve. Sweep the shimmer across your collar bones, on the high points of your shoulders and down the centre of your shins to give your skin that filtered effect that’s sure to turn heads.

Perky Pear is celebrity-loved durable cotton breast lift and shape tape, which moulds to your shape, creating a lifted and rounded cleavage. The tape comes in two shades – black and nude – meaning you can keep your secret safe under any outfit. Looking for a breast tape so good that people will ask who your surgeon was? Visit perkypear.com/ for your pair of Perky Pears. Prices start from £12.99.

CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR EVE COCKTAIL: Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin – stunning Peppertini

Why not add a touch of Indian glamour to your festivities this Christmas and New Year and impress your guests by creating the delicious Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin Peppertini:

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Pour 50ml Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, 20ml Pink Peppercorn Syrup, 20ml fresh lemon juice and 40ml pink grapefruit juice into a shaker, shake and double strain into a pre-chilled coupe glass.

To make the peppercorn syrup add crushed pink peppercorns to a simple Monin sugar syrup to infuse.

Triple-distilled and handcrafted in the foothills of the Himalayas at one of India’s oldest distilleries, Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin encapsulates the rich heritage of the Indian City of Jaisalmer, with a recipe that combines the ancient knowledge of herbs and spices, vibrant juniper berries and hand-picked botanicals from all four corners of India.

RRP: £34.95 for a 70cl bottle. ABV: 43% available from thewhiskyexchange.com

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Kitchen waste has never been so organised: introducing the all-new VelaBin

Helping to organise your household waste effectively while keeping the kitchen clutter-free, the new selection of VelaBin integrated bins from Masterclass Kitchens are not only available in a wide range of widths, depths and configurations – they also boast the largest storage capacity on the market.

Designed to elegantly match every part of a Masterclass kitchen, with no wirework in sight, the Velabin can be chosen in widths ranging from 400mm to 800mm, with the largest holding up to 70kg of waste – that’s the equivalent of 175 tins of tomatoes!
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The three-part drawerbox system enables plastic, food and general waste to be sorted with ease, and all behind closed doors for a seamlessly organised and kitchen, with no unsightly food caddies or waste bins in sight. There is even space around the unit and drawer for essential household items such as bin liners and cleaning products.

The pull-out bin system can be chosen in one of three colour options: Portland Oak, Tuscan Oak or Anthracite Linen, ensuring your new VelaBin will work seamlessly in any Masterclass kitchen design.

Masterclass Kitchens: 01443 449 449 www.masterclasskitchens.co.uk

FESTIVE COCKTAIL: J&B Hard Seltzer – a great Christmas serve

If you are looking to follow the new trend for 2020, The Hard Seltzer is the cocktail to serve over Christmas and for New Year celebrations.

J&B Rare has created this festive cocktail which is easy to make at home:

The J&B Rare Rhubarb – a festive twist with an unexpected addition:

In a highball glass build: 50ml J&B Rare, 125ml Apple & Cinnamon Sparkling Water (you can make this by adding sliced apples and cinnamon sticks to a jug of sparking water and infusing them for an hour or two), 4 dashes of Rhubarb Bitters and 5ml sugar syrup. Garnish with a cherry and stick of cinnamon.

J&B Rare, the sophisticated blended Scotch whisky, is changing perceptions of whisky drinking by championing the latest trend in whisky cocktails – the Hard Seltzer, which was a popular drink after Prohibition was repealed in America in 1933. The J&B Rare Hard Seltzer is a long, refreshing drink – the perfect serve for those looking to enjoy a sparkling alternative this festive season.

J&B Rare has been distilled, blended and bottled in Scotland since the 1930’s and is a blend of 42 malt and grain whiskies. The heart of J&B Rare is formed from the finest Speyside malts including Knockando, Glen Spey, Auchriosk and Strathmill. The blend is returned to the cask for a further three years’ maturation which brings together the bold flavours of the single malts, with the lighter grain whiskies adding fullness and depth to the blend.

RRP: £22.50, ABV: 40%

Available from: Waitrose, thewhiskyexchange.com, masterofmalt.com and Justerini & Brooks

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Are you dreaming of a luxurious, chocolate filled Christmas? If yes, then supermarket Aldi is here to make all your dreams come true with its decadent Chocolate Wine, perfect for any party, gift or even a little treat for yourself.

Chocolate wine? How divine! Aldi’s highly indulgent Rubis Chocolate Wine (£8.99, 50cl) is back this Christmas by popular demand. A firm favourite amongst shoppers, this rich fortified wine is the perfect choice for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Blending quality Tempranillo grapes with premium chocolate essences, this wine boasts decadent flavours of spice, vanilla and fresh cherries. The Rubis Chocolate Wine has a rich, velvety texture with delicious chocolate notes and a hint of sweetness.

Available in stores and online nationwide now



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Lowlander 0.00% Wit Beer – The Dry/Try January Must-Have

It’s that time of year again… Christmas is over, funds are low, you can’t remember the last time you saw the sunshine and now it’s time to dial down your alcohol intake.

Don’t be disheartened… Lowlander Botanical Brewery has the perfect tipple to brighten up your January – Lowlander’s 0.00% Wit (White) beer! A refreshing and crisp zero alcohol beer with bursts of fruit and citrus flavour. Perfect for anyone taking part in Dry and #Tryanuary.

Lowlander’s 0.00% is brewed with reclaimed orange and lemon peels, from bars and restaurants in The Netherlands, who use the fruit to squeeze fresh juices. Every year 250 million kilos of orange peel are discarded in The Netherlands. By working with PeelPioneers, who pick up and process this ‘waste’ in a circular, eco-friendly way, Lowlander are not only able to make sure each beer has the same zing and bitterness that alcohol usually provides but are also helping to reduce our collective environmental footprint.

Unlike alternative adult soft drinks, Lowlander’s 0.00% is low in sugar (76kcal a bottle) and full of flavour.

Why not try it in a Lowlander ‘Sobeer Citrus’ mocktail and serve with garlic coriander shrimps or fresh seafood for a food and drink pairing made in heaven!

150ml Lowlander 0.00% Wit Beer
30ml Seedlip Grove
10ml Ginger syrup
10ml Lime juice
Garnish with a juiced orange peel

Fill a highball glass with ice.
Stir all ingredients and strain into the glass over ice.
Garnish with a swirl of juiced orange peel.

Now that’s worth toasting to…Proost!

Lowlander 0.00% Wit Beer is available to purchase online from:
As a single bottle from LightDrinks.co.uk for £1.99
As a single bottle from 31Dover.com for £2.02
As a case of 12 from Amazon for £36.95


Christmas may be over but Aldi are not ready for the celebrations to end just yet! Get the corks popping this New Year’s Eve with their Nicolas de Montbart Champagne, now only £9.99!

It’s an elegant and easy drinking aperitif style Champagne with fruit and floral notes. This traditional blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier gives a subtle elegance on the palate.

Aldi’s Champagne is available to buy in stores and online now- helping shoppers host the perfect party, without a premium price tag. Sip, sip hooray!