Slate platters and appetiser sets featured on Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch

During the latest episode of popular cookery chat show Sunday Brunch on Channel 4, Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer were joined by cheese expert Jerome Tabarie to discuss summer cheese – primarily the combination of cheese and herbs!

Sunday Brunch presenters with cheese table

The various cheesey offerings were displayed on stylish slates and white circular & square appetiser bowls.

Alta Nepita

This corsican cheese (made of yews milk and covered in herbs), was served up on a rectangular slate, which you can easily recreate with our Utopia Mineral Collection Large Rectangular Slate Platter 22 x 30cm or our Frostone Melamine Display Tray Black 20.75 x 12.75inch

Round slate

Also on offer was some Artisan freshly curdled cheese which was moulded into bite-size morsels, ready to be dipped into various sweet and savoury coatings!

This was placed onto a circular slate, much like our  Utopia Mineral Collection Round Slate Platter 30cm or Slate Round Plate 34cm.

Rectangular slate board with circular appetiser dishes

As demonstrated on the show, different flavoursome coatings can be served up in the small bowls from the Little Treasures Thirteen Piece Appetiser Gift Set - perfect for giving guests the option of having a sweet or savoury cheese treat!

Small circular appetiser dishes

 

Check out the episode now on 4OD.

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Pimms o’clock in the drinkstuff office!

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It was a Friday.

The sun was shining (just about).

It was so close to 5pm we could smell the freedom of the weekend.

 

This could only mean one thing – it was time for Pimms o’clock in the drinkstuff office!

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Pimms o’clock – the perfect way to end the working week!

The Mason Drinking Jar Glasses were lined up; the Round Drink Dispenser with Stand and On Ice Drinks Dispenser were filled to the brim with deliciously fruity Pimms; and there were even Striped Paper Straws ready to place in our drinks to finish off the summery look!

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Pouring some fruity Pimms from our On Ice Drinks Dispenser 10 Pint and Round Drink Dispenser with Stand 168oz / 4.8ltr!

A lengthy queue formed by the table laden with Pimms goodies, as we eagerly awaited our turn to pour a glass and finish off the week in the best way possible!

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Our Mason Drinking Jar Glasses are the perfect drinking vessel for serving up summery Pimms!

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Back for a second serving!

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Mason Drinking Jar Glasses 20oz / 568ml

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Round Drink Dispenser with Stand 168oz / 4.8ltr

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On Ice Drinks Dispenser 10 Pint

With a bellyful of Pimms, we were ready to start the weekend!

 When is your Pimms o’clock?

 

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Fruity Summer Cocktails!

With summer (pretty much!) in full swing here in the UK, and sun-drenched sporting events such as Wimbledon now in action, it’s time to indulge in a large bowlful of  strawberries & cream and pour yourself a glass or two of fruit-filled cocktail heaven!

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Whether you’re lucky enough to be watching the action live at Wimbledon, soaking up the evening sun in a pub garden, or just having a weekend get-together with friends at home, a refreshing cocktail always hits the spot on a warm day!

If your go-to cocktail for the summer is usually Pimms in a standard Collins glass, why not consider being a little more creative with your glassware choices whilst you enjoy fruity cocktails in the sun?

We have a huge selection of novelty glassware to choose from - ideal for serving up some attractive and mouthwatering summery concoctions!

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Mint Julep                                                               

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Glass Measuring Beaker 200ml                                          

  • 4 fresh mint sprigs
  • 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp water


Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a Glass Measuring Beaker 200ml. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig, strawberries and cucumber. Serve with a straw.

 

 

Fresh Lime Margarita           

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Princesa Margarita Cocktail Glasses 9oz / 270ml

  • 1 1/2 cups gold tequila
  • 3/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 cups crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 6 lime wedges

Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons sugar in large pitcher; stir to dissolve sugar. Add crushed ice. Mix salt and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in shallow bowl.

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Princesa Margarita Cocktail Glasses 9oz / 270ml
with lime wedge. Holding each glass upside down, dip rim into sugar-salt mixture. Pour Margarita into glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.

 

 Cherry Martini  

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Cabernet Martini Glass 10.6oz / 300ml

  • Gin
  • Martini
  • Manachino cherry liqueur
  • Fresh cherry juice
  • Cherries

Put ice in the mixer and pour a shot of gin on the ice. Pour a capful of martini and a shot of manachino cherry liqueur. Add a shot glass of cherry juice. 

Shake and pour into a
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Garnish it with cherries.

 

 

Pineapple Mojito    

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Gibraltar Original Beverage Glass 14.1oz / 400ml

  • 3 ounces Brugal Añejo Rum
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 2 slices pineapple
  • 4-5 lime wedges
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Muddle the pineapple, lime, and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add the other ingredients.

Shake well and strain into a Gibraltar Original Beverage Glass 14.1oz / 400ml
 filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

 

Gordon’s Elderflower & Tonic

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Campus Hiball Glass 10oz / 285m

  • 25ml Gordon’s With A Spot Of Elderflower
  • 125ml Tonic Water
  • 4 piece(s) Strawberries or Raspberries
  • 0.9 units of alcohol per serve

Fill a Campus Hiball Glass 10oz / 285ml with ice. Using a jigger, measure 25ml Gordon’s Elderflower Gin and 125ml tonic water into the glass.

Cut the strawberry or raspberry and place into the drink to garnish.

 

 

Strawberry Margarita Spritzer  

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Glass Beer Boot 9.7oz / 275ml

  • 1 (10-oz.) package frozen whole strawberries, thawed
  • 1 (10-oz.) can frozen strawberry daiquiri mix, thawed
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Garnishes: blueberries, raspberries and chopped fresh strawberries

Pulse first 5 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a Glass Beer Boot 9.7oz / 275ml, and stir in club soda just before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

 

 

Blueberry-Strawberry Lemonade Sangria  

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German Beer Stein 300ml

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 (12 oz.) can of frozen pink lemonade concentrate
  • 1 (750-ml) Chardonnay
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda

Place all ingredients in a large pitcher, mix and serve in a chilled German Beer Stein 300ml.

 

 

 

Strawberry Cucumber Caipirinha  

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Glass Tin Tumblers 10.9oz / 310ml

  • Quarter of a lemon
  • 2 slices English cucumber
  • 2 Strawberries
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 oz Leblon Cachaça

In a shaker, muddle the lemon, cucumber, strawberries and sugar. Fill with ice and add the Cachaça. Shake, and strain into a Glass Tin Tumbler 10.9oz / 310ml filled with fresh ice. Garnish with strawberry and cucumber slices.

 

 

 

 Triple Berry Mojito                                                              

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Academy Glass Conical Flask 500ml

  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup
  • 1 ounce of rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces of club soda
  • 2 ounces of mixed berry juice
  • Juices of one lime
  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

In the bottom of an Academy Glass Conical Flask 500ml, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and the mint leaves. Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver! Add ice to the glass, a few berries, and pour rum, syrup, berry juice, lime and club soda over the top. Mix with a long spoon or knife and serve witha an additional spring of mint.

 

 Rose Sangria Spritzer

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Mason Drinking Jar Glass 20oz / 568ml

  • 2 bottles cold rose wine
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • Simple syrup, to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Club soda, cold, optional


Combine wine, apple, orange, raspberries in a pitcher, add simple syrup, to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day. Serve in a Mason Drinking Jar Glass 20oz / 568ml over ice, garnish with mint and top with a few splashes of club soda, if desired.

So here’s to a (hopefully!) sunny weekend enjoying tropical cocktails  - who needs to be lying on a beach in the Caribbean?!

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National Martini Day

Cheers to National Martini Day!

Whether you like it “shaken, not stirred” à la James Bond, or served straight up, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious Martini in celebration of this special day!

Served in one of our many stylish and diverse Martini Glasses, why not try one of these tasty Martini recipes and raise a toast to National Martini Day!

 

Classic Martini

(Recipes courtesy of cocktails.about.com)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 or 3,  olives or lemon twist for garnish
  • Orange or Angostura bitters (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters, if desired
  5. Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.

 

Dirty Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/4-1/2 ounce olive juice, to taste
  • Olive for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with an olive.

 

Apple Martini

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce green apple schnapps
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

 

Coconut Martini

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1/2 ounce cream of coconut
  • Splash of pineapple juice
  • Pineapple wedge or coconut flakes for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or coconut flake.

 

Gingerbread Man-tini

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces Hiram Walker Gingerbread liquer
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Rub the lime wedge on the rim of a frozen cocktail glass and leave the lime there for a garnish.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the glass.

 

Happy National Martini Day! 

 

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Our black & white polycarbonate glassware used on Big Brother 2014!

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If you’ve been watching this year’s Big Brother: Power Trip on Channel 5, you may well have noticed the contestants using our Black & White Polycarbonate Wine Glasses, Tumblers and Champagne Flutes!

 

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The reusable  Coloured Plastic Glasses are made from virtually unbreakable polycarbonate plastic, giving the classic glass design a modern twist – perfect for fitting in with the contemporary style of this year’s Big Brother house!

All examples shown below can be purchased in a black or white version:

Elite Remedy Polycarbonate Hiball Tumbler Black 12oz / 240ml

Elite Remedy Polycarbonate Hiball Tumbler Black 12oz / 240ml

 

Elite Remedy Polycarbonate Rocks Tumbler White 90z / 255ml

Elite Remedy Polycarbonate Rocks Tumbler White 90z / 255ml

 

Polycarbonate Balloon Wine Glasses Black & White Set 12.3oz / 350ml

Polycarbonate Balloon Wine Glasses Black & White Set 12.3oz / 350ml

 

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Elite Premium Polycarbonate Champagne Flute Black or White 7oz / 200ml

 

To view the whole range, check out our Coloured Plastic Glasses category!

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