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A Taste of The UK's First Complete Range of Alcohol-Free Beers and Ciders - SMASHED - DRYNKS

A Taste of The UK’s First Complete Range of Alcohol-Free Beers and Ciders

I had the opportunity to sample DRYNKS‘ alcohol-free drinks brand SMASHED, which offers a selection of 0% beer, lager, ale and ciders, when I was recently sent a box of drinks to try as a gift. In the UK a lot of our time spent socialising revolves around catching up with friends or loved ones which, depending on your background, often includes alcoholic beverages. It is a nice (and healthy) however to have the option of drinking your favourite alcoholic beverage without the alcohol. With nearly half (48%) of people considering themselves as ‘flexi-drinkers’ who switch between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, it’s a great time to try something different like SMASHED.

The Manchester-based business secured one of Dragons’ Den’s best ever deals in March 2020 with Peter Jones amazed at how close to an alcoholic drink its SMASHED beers and cider tasted. I have to agree with the dragon on this and absolutely agree. As you’ll see & hear from the video below I was really surprised by how much the lager beer I tried actually tasted like beer:

DRYNKS is currently the only UK drinks brand that can produce the full remit of craft beers and cider because it owns the first and only state-of-the-art alcohol-free brewery which gently removes alcohol from premium craft beer and cider. This use of contemporary craftmanship creates a 0% drink that is truly sessionable. The drinks are also vegan-friendly and gluten-free (where possible) which makes them even more accessible to a wider market. I recommend these drinks as a great alternative especially for those who don’t/can’t drink alcohol. The range includes: Smashed Pale Ale, Smashed Berry, Smashed Lager, Smashed Cider and Smashed Citrus and you can order yours here.

This is a gifted item review – no financial payment was made for this post.

aftrad village kitchen 10 spice blend

Discovering The Aftrad Village Kitchen 10 Spice Blend for Jollof Rice

I received this Aftrad Village Kitchen 10 Spice Blend as a competition prize via Instagram. I entered the competition without thinking but received a lovely alert and it was in celebration of world jollof rice day so that was a nice touch. It is a special blend of 10 traditional spices used in Ghanaian cooking and generally in West African cooking and is recommended for use in making jollof rice but can be used for other dishes too including stews & soups or to season chicken, fish, meat or vegetables. It is basically an all-purpose seasoning and it’s good to know that it made by an independent business in the UK.

The spices in the blend include: Nkitinkiti (aniseed), Ginger, Rosemary, Pepre(Cloves), Black Pepper, Curry Powder, Onion, White Pepper, Salt and Garlic. The blend has a great rich flavour and not only smells great but smells fresh – some spice blends don’t have that fresh smell as they have been stored for a long time but this blend smells and tasted fresh which is great. These spices have been blended in special proportions to give a good taste when used in cooking. It contains no preservatives, no MSG or additives but contains all natural ingredients.

This item was gifted to me but you can buy some aftrad village kitchen spices here here: I can’t wait to start cooking with the blend!