Oh. My. Days. Did you love cherryade when you were a kid? I have the most wonderful memories of sitting outside the cricket club on balmy summer evenings with a bottle of Corona and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps. I adored it, even if it stained your lips pink, and if we were super lucky in the school holidays, we got to pop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it and make delicious ice cream floats. I think I’ve probably been fantasising about cherryade since about 1980-something, so imagine how flipping chuffed I was when these little beauties arrived in the most lovely packaging from craft soda firm Dalston’s. And it tastes like the best cherryade in the world.
Not only is the flavour exactly how I remember proper cherryade tasting, it’s also the UK’s first all-natural cherryade, the prettiest pink colour, and it’s made with Morello sweet and sour cherries so it has a perfectly grown up taste that – wait for it – goes perfectly with gin! Oh yes, it’s my new favourite summer thing: a pretty glass, a shot of gin and deliciously frosty Dalston’s cherryade (no ice though – I don’t want the cherry flavour diluted as it melts, although we did think that maybe frozen cherries would be a great addition – watch this space). Dalston’s drinks are blended with British spring water and a carefully balanced amount of beet sugar so you don’t get any tongue-furring sweetness, just delicious sweet/sour cherry flavour (and because they’re a third less sugar than other fizzy drinks they’re only around 110 calories a can too).
If cherryade isn’t your thing (really?!), they also do a delicious fizzy elderflower, with wild-harvested British elderflower, and a cracking ginger beer, with an added dash of zesty lime.
You can find these bad boys in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods, Ocado and As Nature Intended stores for around £3.99 for a four pack or £1.09 for a single 330ml can. Many thanks to Dalston’s for the delivery 🙂