Summer is finally here, and we’re already planning garden parties, outdoor gatherings and good old-fashioned barbecues.
If you’re looking for ways to make your summer shine, we’ve got all you need to know about the newest – and best – food and drink to make it extra tasty.
Refreshing (and spectacular) drinks often take centre stage at this time of year, and whether you’re a drinker or prefer no- and low-alcohol tipples, you’ll want your drinks to wow.
So we’ve got some delicious ideas for stunning cocktails and craft beers, glamorous garnishes and unusual soft drinks.
We tend to reach for lighter sweet treats in summer – think meringues and individually wrapped sweets – while foods that are high in protein are still popular among the health-conscious in 2022.
There are also some quick fixes to help you spend more time outside and less in the kitchen, from instant mash that’s a cut above the rest, to proper pepperoni that makes creating restaurant-style pizza (and extra-tasty salads and sandwiches) a breeze.
These ten brands are well worth trying – so give them a go and let us know what you think!
Add a touch of class to your summer sipping with one of Au Vodka’s ultra-premium flavoured British vodkas.
Served from a stunning gold-coloured signature bottle, each flavour is made from a base of award-winning, five-times distilled vodka, to go down smoothly and easily.
The range includes six mouthwatering fruit flavours, in vibrant colours to match.
Choose from succulent Red Cherry, refreshing Green Watermelon, sweet Blue Raspberry, tropical Fruit Punch, moreish Black Grape, and new Pineapple Crush.
Or buy the whole range for the chance to create the stunning rainbow of an Au Vodka layered slush. Served neat on the rocks or used as a mixer to create colourful cocktails, Au Vodka is an essential addition to your summer drinks cabinet.
Find out more about the collection and discover exclusive glassware and gift ideas at auvodka.co.uk.
Fruits For Drinks
Picture-perfect cocktails require an extra flourish, which makes Fruits for Drinks an essential addition to your drinks cabinet.
Slices of lemon, lime and orange, plus raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are freeze-dried (not dehydrated) to lock in the flavour and aroma, making them the perfect garnish for your drinks.
With an impressive two-year shelf life, this innovative product can be used straight from the cupboard to your glass, with no more last-minute dashes to the shops, and no more chopping and slicing.
Using freeze-dried fruit also reduces food waste, as you’ll only use what you need.
Ideal for gin, vodka, rum, tequila, brandy, whisky, prosecco, sparkling wine and champagne, Fruits for Drinks is also ideal for adding a special touch to low- and no-alcohol cocktails, or even for dropping into water to add some theatre to your glass. Buy yours today on Amazon.
You might think instant mashed potatoes can’t possibly compete with the real thing – but Idahoan Perfect Mash tastes unlike any other dried potato you’ve tried before.
Launched in the summer of 2017, it’s already shaken up the world of instant mash, which is often claggy and gooey rather than fluffy and light.
To make this miraculous mash, yummy russet potatoes are grown in Idaho then carefully dehydrated, so all you have to do is boil a kettle to enjoy proper mash in under a minute.
Perfect when dolloped on the side of your British bangers or pork chops, or as a topping for a fish or shepherd’s pie, it’s available in a pouch or instant pot for total convenience.
So give your potato peeler a rest, pick up a packet or pot, and find out what all the fuss is about. Discover more at idahoan.co.uk.
Kombucha is the perfect drink for summer.
Quality tea, a bit of sugar and scoby (a culture of bacteria and yeast) are mixed together and fermented, which turns the sugar into millions of gut-supporting live cultures to create a delicious fizzy drink that’s naturally low in sugar.
Founded by the Lo brothers in Australia and run here in the UK by a group of eco-conscious foodies, LO BROS combines its top-quality kombucha with a variety of natural ingredients to produce a range of low-sugar flavours.
Choose from Original, Raspberry Lemon, Ginger Lemon, Passionfruit, Cola, Peach & Ginger, and as of July, discover the new Orange & Mango and Blueberry Lemonade flavours – all available in 330ml fully recyclable glass bottles and some in practical 250ml cans or big 750ml bottles.
It’s the ultimate sparkling thirst-quencher, without all the sugar, artificial additives and preservatives found in conventional soft drinks.
LO BROS Kombucha is available on Ocado, Amazon, Sainsbury’s and Asda, and in local health food stores, including Holland & Barrett and Wholefoods. It’s too good to not give it a try, so add some to your next shop!
Properoni is exactly what its name suggests: high-quality pepperoni, properly made, using expert butchery and time-honoured production methods.
It’s been used in some of the UK’s leading restaurants, including Zizzi, Franco Manca and Pizza Express (where for more than 50 years, it’s sat on their famous American Hot pizza), so you’ve probably already savoured its great taste without even knowing it.
Topping around 15 million delicious pizzas a year, now you can enjoy Properoni’s unique, beechwood-smoked flavour at home, either straight from the pack as a snack, or to turn homemade dishes into something special.
Perfect on pizza, it’s also delicious in pastas, stews, risottos, soups, salads and sandwiches.
Available in Original and Hot Paprika varieties, either ready sliced or in uncut pairs, you won’t find any nitrites, additives or preservatives in Properoni’s list of just six quality ingredients. Find out more and order yours at properoni.co.uk.
On a hot summer’s day, there are few things more refreshing than a cold pint.
SALT is committed to making beer its own way, crafting authentic beer that packs a flavourful punch.
Based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, SALT is on a mission to bring heritage and modern brewing together, exploring new ingredients and crossing styles to produce quality artisan beers that can either be enjoyed in one of its taprooms, or delivered straight to customer’s doors.
SALT has whole world of craft beers to choose from. Core classics include the crisp, light Jute Session IPA and intensely fruity Huckaback NEIPA, while there are plenty of must-try specials, such as the dry-hopped Hopplebock, with its sweet, biscuity flavour.
With nationwide delivery available, use code TRYSALT20 for 20 per cent off your entire order at saltbeerfactory.co.uk.
Breakfast cereals have a reputation for being high in sugar and low in protein – but Grandma Crunch is a low-GI, high-protein and low-carb cereal that’s loved by kids and adults alike.
Following the US trend for protein cereals, Grandma Crunch has quickly become hugely popular in the UK. A single bowl of it has zero sugar and 50 per cent protein – the equivalent of three eggs – for a healthier snack option.
With just 6g of carbs per bowl, even those on a keto diet can enjoy a helping. And, of course, Grandma Crunch is tasty too.
There are six flavours available – Cocoa, Peanut Butter Brownie, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, Coconut, and Cinnamon – with more tasty choices arriving later this year.
All flavours are fit for a healthy lifestyle, and every order comes with a 100 per cent happiness guarantee.
Use code GRANDMA15 at grandmacrunch.co.uk for 15 per cent off your online order.
Flower & White
Meringues are a versatile sweet treat, and Flower & White have created a range of low-calorie snacks that are perfect for summer.
Every Meringue Bar is under 100 calories – including the fruity Raspberry Crumble and tangy Lemon Meringue options.
While other tasty products in the range include fluffy Meringue Clouds and moreish Meringue Bites, which are only 26 calories each.
A family-run business based in Shropshire, Flower & White are passionate about creating great-tasting, ethically minded products.
There are no additives, no E-numbers – just all-natural deliciousness.
As well as being a lighter way to enjoy sweet snacking, Flower & White’s Great Taste Award-winning products are gluten-free and vegetarian – and the range now includes vegan-friendly, plant-based Meringue Bars, in flavours including Chocolate Dipped Strawberry and Double M*lk Chocolate.
Head to flowerandwhite.co.uk and use code SWEET20 until midnight on July 31 for 20 per cent off your order, plus free delivery on all orders.
Chewits have the magical ability to whisk us straight back to our childhoods.
Launched in 1965, the oh-so-familiar stick packs are where it all began – and today, these handy packs and their individually wrapped sweets are perfect for modern portion control.
The chewy treats are renowned for their tasty texture and delicious fruit and sour flavours, and the whole range is suitable for vegetarians, with no artificial colours or flavours.
Available in Blue Raspberry, Cherry, Strawberry and Fruit Salad flavours, as well as Xtreme Sour Apple, Lemon and Cherry, you can also now try Chewits Juicy Bites: delicious chewy bon bons that burst with a juicy centre.
Those who love lip-smacking sours can also try Xtreme Sour Bites in Sour Apple and Lemon.
Visit chewits.co.uk to shop online or find out where to buy – because it’s time to bring out the big kid in you.
Warmer days are finally here, which means that barbecues across Britain are firing up too.
So make sure that you are top dog behind the grill with Baker Street’s al fresco dining essentials.
The team behind the baked goods range are going even bigger with their product selection this summer, with classic burger buns and hotdog rolls now available in selected Tesco and Asda stores nationwide.
In fact, Baker Street have thought of everything in their range so you can always enjoy mouthwatering sandwiches, proper burgers, good honest hotdogs and warm baguettes whenever you like.
The buns are built for loaded burgers and can handle even the heftiest hot dogs or British barbecue combos.
What’s more, thanks to clever packaging, the whole range stays fresher for longer, so you’re always ready for an impromptu barbecue, or those unexpected guests.
To find out more about the selection on offer, visit lovebakerstreet.com.
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