Five Valleys very kindly sent us a bottle of this Coconut & Kaffir Lime cordial to try out. I loved the sound of it as it just seemed really rather different to anything I've tried before. Lime is often included in cordials, but coconut is a first for me.
I poured a generous splash into a glass and topped it up with cold water. It is a clear pale cream in colour, which becomes even lighter when diluted down. The official ratio is one part cordial to ten parts water, but I did just estimate it a bit. On a side note one of the lovely things about Five Valleys drinks is that they are all natural, hence the lack of colour.
After my first sip I immediately regretted not having a sprig of mint to pop in the glass. The flavour was seriously refreshing. It starts with a zingy, almost bitter, lime blast which softens gently to a sweet creamy coconut taste. It's a mature complex flavour and I liked the way the two tones of flavour within the drink entwined each other. It really grows on you the more you sip. It reminded me of drinking cocktails, because of it's interesting mix of tastes, specifically being with my brother in a cocktail bar in Manchester and my mum offered to get him a drink, he chose a £13 Martini, but apparently it was good! :-D
Anyway although this drink was lovely straight it would also make a fab cocktail mixer. For me though making up a jug of it on a hot summers day, and adding ice and mint would make it the perfect barbecue accompaniment as it is just so refined and refreshing.