Sunday, 30 June 2013

Collective Bias Shoppertunity - Bombay Sapphire and Wimbledon!

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

I must admit I've never been one for sports. At school I was always too short sighted to be any good and by the time I got my first pair of contact lenses, the damage was done. Having said that, about ten years ago I became obsessed with running, until my knees started to do this weird clicky thing that sounded very wrong.  After having children I sort of gave up on exercise and now prefer spectator sports, especially ones that involve relaxing with yummy food and drinks. That's why I jumped at the chance of taking part in a shoppertunity relating to spectator sports and Bombay Sapphire! This is no hardship for me as Bombay Sapphire is easily my most favourite gin. It has a really citrusy flavour that really brings the drink alive and I also love the modern edge to the bottle design.  

Anyway, this year I am determined to watch Wimbledon with a love gin and tonic, preferably with strawberries and cream to really bring the flavour out. One of my neighbours was telling me how lovely it is to mix it up a bit with gin and rather than having tonic as a mixer, to have elderflower presse instead, hmmm, so I thought I would give this a try. When we go shopping, we do a bit of a mix of supermarkets as we don't have one that is mega near our house. Wherever we go is about a 15 minute drive along a dual carriageway, it kind of sucks but that's just the way it is here in deepest darkest Yorkshire. 

We can choose between Morrisons, Asda, Waitrose and Sainsburys, what we normally do is go to each supermarket on rotation as each does something well. We like Sainsburys for their bread, Asda for their deals and cheap prices, Morrisons for their meat and Waitrose for fruit and veg. On this occasion, it was Asda's turn, so that's where I went! I always clear out the fridge before I go and usually I take my youngest son, but on this occasion thankfully I was alone, it's so much quicker. I was quite focussed on this shop on only buying the specific items. We always have lime in our gin and tonics, I find that it really brings out the sweetness in the gin which otherwise can be rather sour.  After buying the lime (and lemons) I went straight to the spirits aisle to see what was on offer. On the gin shelf there were also several other gins but as it turned out, Bombay Sapphire was one of the most reasonably priced as it is on offer at the moment at £16 (was £20).

 It actually worked out cheaper to buy the smaller bottle of Bombay Sapphire than the larger one even though both were on offer. I looked at the price for cl to work this out.
Belvoir, 2 for £3, yummy as an alternative to tonic!
 As the Belvoir was on offer, and it's pretty yummy, I bought two of these to experiment with as a mixer.
I always use proper crystal tumblers when I make our drinks.
After I got back from Asda I had a ten minute sit down to recover myself, then it was gin and tonic time! Since we don't get out much, I use proper crystal when I make gin and tonics for my husband and myself. It just tastes better that way. First of all I made sure there was plenty of ice before adding the lemon and lime, I squeezed some of the juices in too.
Yummy lemon and lime, really brings out the flavour in the gin!

Eton mess with the added danger of blackberries.
To really make it a special even and bring out the flavour in the gin and tonic, we had a bit of a twist on strawberries and cream by having Eton Mess with some added blackberries.

Almost complete, my G&T with the elderflower presse poured in!

Me enjoying the spoils: Bombay Sapphire with elderflower presse along with Eton Mess.
I decided that actually the most relaxing thing to do was to watch Wimbledon alone while hubby took the boys out on their scooters. It was the best feeling ever, I just relaxed and had my goodies without the continual shout of "MUMMY". To me, having a gin and tonic is a good way to relax and feel refreshed after a stressful day or when it's really hot (never).

  • Use lots of ice, loads of it, fill your glass.
  • In my opinion using lemon and lime together doesn't work as they seem to cancel each other out. Use one or the other.
  • Instead of lemon and lime, slice a strawberry and balance it on the rim of your glass.
  • Coriander and other herbs like mint work really well, but don't overdo it.
  • Experiment with other mixers rather than just tonic. I found that elderflower presse really sweetened and refreshed the drink, don't use with lime though it's overkill.
  • Use a really beautiful heavy glass with a solid feel, it keeps the drink cooler for longer and is just plain RIGHT.
  • Have it with something sweet, it just seems to bring the flavour out properly.
I watched the women's tennis which is something I haven't done in a while. It actually inspired me to perhaps do a bit of exercise again...when I've finished this gin and tonic that is.

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