Lindsay's Still Room, Allestree, Derby
Well dear readers what a refreshing change when someone is so confident and proud of their product that they send you a sample to try, safe in the knowledge that it will pass muster and get a review. Bravo I say, Lindsay’s Still Room.
So Friday afternoon was upon us, heavy with the expectation of a great family weekend chez Sticky Beak when there was a chirruping at the nest front door. A heavy box was duly deposited into my wings, leaving me racking my ( small ) brain as to what lay inside as I was fairly certain that I hadn’t won anything on an internet site that needed hiding from the Boy Wonder !. I opened said box to find a bottle of homemade Rhubarb and Rosemary Sour mix and a Bottle of Prosecco. My little wings were all a-quiver with delight, let me tell you. Very thoughtfully, there was a little pamphlet inside with several serving suggestions, and I felt it would’ve been jolly rude not to try them all out, so that is how the Man Bird and Myself spent our Friday evening J
First up, we had the sour mix in a tumbler full of ice just by itself. Oooooooh, and what a cheeky little number it was - exquisitely blended so that the rhubarb gave your taste buds that sweet/sour punch that it’s noted for, followed by the very aromatic notes of Rosemary. Deliciousness a go-go! The next suggestion was to mix it 50/50 with chilled Soda Water, again with ice, to make a Collins. Now this to me just conjured up balmy summer evenings sat out on patios, enjoying a refreshing tipple. Because it has a more refined taste than Pimms, I would refrain from adding too many citrus fruits – stick instead to just slices of Cucumber and plenty of ice and Soda Water, and then by jingo you have muchos sociability in a jug. Plus by buying this product you’ll be supporting a local business rather than a faceless conglomerate, instant brownie points for your conscience and everyone’s a winner.
As is tradition, I have saved the best until last. The Sour Mix combined with the Prosecco was perfection itself, I have to say reader. It did remind me of Disney’s “Finding Nemo“ when one of the fish was obsessed with “ Bubbles “ ! I know, a tad silly but bear in mind that I had had a fair few tipples at this point and I’m not a large drinker usually. When combined with the Prosecco the Sour produced a beautifully delicate hue of pink; very reminiscent of Pink Champagne, and let’s face it who doesn’t like Pink Bubbles?
So in summary, The Rhubarb and Rosemary Sour Mix is absolutely Top-Notch. Very refreshing with all the punch you would expect from Rhubarb, and very versatile to lend itself to different guises so that there is something to suit all drinkers. Congratulations Lindsay’s Still Room, no wonder this particular offering from you has won 2 Gold Stars at this year’s (2014) Great Taste Awards.
For those of my readers who are total “Sticky Beaks“ like myself the Rhubarb and Rosemary Sour is “A blend of Premium Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, and Homemade Rhubarb and Rosemary Syrup“. Other delights in the range are: Elderflower and Cucumber Mojito, Raspberry and Mint Martini, Whisky Thyme Sour and Cherry Cosmopolitan. And as if that isn’t enough temptation the clever souls at “Team Lindsay“ also do a Winter Range that comprises : Honey Spiced Cider, Mulled Pomegranate and Pear Cider, Classic Mulled Wine and Mulled Port.
I for one cannot wait to try them all! I think I shall have to do “Eeny Meeny Miny Mo“ to choose the order though, as they all sound delish.