Pourwell April Box - Birdsong

  1. Author: Roberta Nilerud
  2. Date: April 7, 2022
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For a week the sun shone, the garden furniture came out of hibernation and we even managed to mark the Spring solstice with the first BBQ of the year!!

Spring is in full bloom, the bees are buzzing and birdsong soundtracking our days has been the inspiration for this month's serve. With al fresco living and birds on our mind it’s fitting that this month's spirit of the month is the smoking hot Mockingbird the UK’s first non alcoholic Tequila alternative.

First time founder Fern McCoy had a desire to shake up the low-no sector with the UK’s first non alcoholic Tequila alternative. Her passion for Tequila as well as everything else her Southern Californian heritage had to offer were the inspiration and after much experimenting Mockingbird was born.

Fern McCoy

Mockingbird ' Blue Agave' comes right from the source in the town of Tequila, Mexico. Its full name is Agave Tequilana Blue Weber, but Fern prefers Ol’ Blue for short.The authorities in Mexico have given her Ol’ Blue the seal of approval, officially recognising it as 100% organic Blue Agave. That means Mockingbird has exactly the same quality that you’d find in any premium Tequila.

Retailing at £22.99 Mockingbird is a gorgeous premium spirit that not only tastes great, but also its elegant design makes it a stunning addition to the bar cart!

Mocking Bird Spirit Agave

Non-Alcoholic Cocktail of the Month

Feeling infused by Agave flavours and Mexican dreams, this month's serve is the Pourwell take on the classic Paloma. The Paloma is Mexico's national drink, first invented in the legendary La Capilla bar in Tequila Town where its owner Don Javier created it almost 40 years ago.

Paloma also means ‘Dove’ in Spanish, the Dove being a symbol of peace also seems to call to us in these difficult times.

The Pourwell Birdsong

Kit

  • Glass: Tumbler with Himalayan pink salt rim
  • 50ml: AF Tequila
  • 25ml: Lime Juice
  • 50ml: Grapefruit Soda
  • Garnish: Lime wheel

Method

Wipe the glass rim with lime juice and roll salt on the outer edge. Fill a shaker with ice, spirit, lime juice and shake until cold. Pour and top with grapefruit soda and garnish with a lime wheel.

pourwell birdsong cocktail

Mixers

To make a perfect Paloma you also need a Pink Grapefruit Soda, so the Pourwell taste panel selected the artisanal Three Cents Pink grapefruit soda. From 4 founders in Greece, this craft premium grapefruit soda has a dreamy colour and complex aroma, and a beautiful Dove illustrated label. Three Cents passion for cocktails shines through and the company has even created playlists to accompany their cocktails. You can listen to their Paloma playlist on Spotify for a fully immersive Paloma experience.

As this month's garnish we’ve included Lime wheels and Himalayan pink salt, as we love the added drama and taste smack the salt rim adds. However, doing a salt rim can be a little daunting at first, but after a few tries you’ll get the hang of it and feel quite the mixologist!!

Surprise Taster 🍹

For this month’s Surprise taster we are featuring a product by another awesome female founder Mother Root . Creator Bethan Wallace Higson spent 10 years working in the wine trade and then created Mother Root whilst pregnant with her first-baby, having been quite disappointed by the lack of flavour in most of the non-alcoholic drinks on offer at the time.

Mother Root Creator Bethan Wallace Higson

Bethan began researching ingredients and methods for drinks; this was when she came across old-fashioned drinks called ‘shrubs’ and ‘switchels’. Bethan set about experimenting in her kitchen in Peckham, and after months of playing around and perfecting blends, she launched Mother Root with the first bottling of her Ginger Switchel. While the Switchel isn't a wine flavour, it has that same intense flavour experience, with a wonderful crisp mouthwatering character and the clean finish, reminiscent of her favourite wines. Mother Root is designed to be mixed over ice with soda water, and garnished with a sprig of rosemary, for an invigorating pre-dinner spritz.

Snacks 🌱

To complement this month’s flavours we’ve carefully selected Olly’s Olive’s Lemon & Thyme 🫒 and Hippeas Sweet Chilli haze to give a little kick. 🌶

Ollys Olives - lemon and thyme

And to finish off because it’s Easter 🐣 - lots of Chocolate!!! 🍫🌱 Vegan chocolate no less with Doisy & Dam dark chocolate eggs and a little NoMo Cookie Dough & Creamy Choc vegan bunny!! 🐰

doisy and dam good eggs dark chocolate

So with flavours Agave, Pink Grapefruit, Salt, Lime,Ginger, Lemon, Thyme, Sweet Chilli and some Easter choccie indulgence - we are all set for April over here at Pourwell! 🌿🐣🐇

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