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Here are some frequently asked questions about our products and packaging. Please do email us at info@drinkskitchen.online if you have any further questions and we’ll be very happy to help.

How many drinks does one bottle make?

Each of our bottles make 28 drinks at our recommended mix. You can adjust to suit your preference.  Also we give you guidance based on a 25ml measure but if you want to go by eye in a glass work on the ratio of 1 Drinks Kitchen aperitif to 7 of your mixer.

What should I mix it with?

Our flavours are designed to work perfectly with simple sparking water or tonic. We love both – but you may also like it with non-fizzy water as well.  You can also use lemonade or soda.  
Bear in mind tonic, or lemonade will add more sweetness as well as bitterness from the tonic.
Soda will add a more mineral flavour.
Sparkling water will keep the sweetness lower as was our intention and you can use a soda stream to save on packaging.

How do you make your drinks?

We use distillates and extracts from fruits, herbs, spices, bitters such as Cinchona bark which we blend to make a drinks recipe…in our kitchen! We start with an idea, maybe from a recipe we have made from a cookery book or, it could be that we have a particular ingredient we really love. Once we have our recipe, we make a batch locally at Miles & Liz Bradley’s. They are great producers of superb Somerset Apple based juices (www.bradleysjuice.co.uk)

Live for Today, Drink for Tomorrow. Why did we make drinks for sober days?

We both love a glass of wine or two but the joy of not drinking and waking up feeling great, rather than jaded is amazing and something we both appreciate more and more. There are still not that many options out there if you want something non-alcoholic which is complex & flavourful, not too sweet and good value.
We don’t want to preach about not drinking. We just want to celebrate it. If you are abstaining because you are the designated driver or pregnant for example, we wanted you to have something special and not feel like the odd one out.

Can you tell us more about the environmental credentials of the product and packaging?

We chose ceramic for our bottle as we pasteurise to ensure product quality and most glass won’t safely withstand the temperature. Although ceramic is recyclable, it is not collected in most recycling scheme boxes as its not one of the most commonly used materials day to day, but most recycling centres accept ceramic and list it as ceramic/rubble and hard core materials. In our local Weston Super Mare centre, you can take a bag of this along for free.  Please check your centre.
Also see our reduce, reuse & recycle page because we have lots of ideas here for you to reuse your bottle as it’s a thing of beauty.
Our outer packaging is paper board using recycled content and no plastic. We buy from a company based in Wellington, Somerset. This can be recycled in your kerbside box scheme.
We also wanted to create the most concentrated version of our recipes possible so that a little goes a long way. Our bottle will make 28 long 200ml drinks – that’s 25ml of our aperitif and 175ml of mixer (water, tonic etc). Our ingredients are all responsibly sourced from UK suppliers and we buy in bulk to minimise transportation.
We pack our drinks locally just down the road in Somerset at Bradleysjuice.co.uk.

Do you use sugar in your drinks?

Yes we do. Just over a teaspoon (9.7g/42kcal) in every 200ml drink. The daily guideline amount for sugar is 25g set by the World Health Organisation. If you just add water in our classic recipe, that will be the total amount. Soda water is similarly without extra calories but tonic will either add extra sugar/calories or sweetener but no calories. Sugar in naturally sweetened drinks (not sweetener) tend to contain between 4.5g-11g per 100ml.
Despite sugar having such a bad wrap in recent years, we will give you our thoughts and you can make your own mind up.

We honestly believe in the ‘everything in moderation’ approach. Eat plentifully, plant foods and drinks lots of water. Eat a limited amount of refined foods (including sugar) and keep alcohol no, low or moderate. Have treats but not too many and exercise regularly. We try to keep this approach… …..of course this sometimes goes out of the window!

 

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