Luscombe Drinks

...of wild orchards
juice of these valleys

11 stars at this year’s Great Taste awards

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been awarded 11 stars at this year’s Great Taste awards.  In total we’ve now won 58 stars since 2003 in these coveted nationwide awards, which are credited as the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards. 

Our Mostly Devon Apple Juice, which is produced using ancient organic Devon apple varieties, brought home two stars with judges’ praise for the flavoursome juice including ‘a good rounded juice with plenty of character’ and ‘very refreshing’.  One star winning drinks included our 32cl soft drinks Wild Elderflower Bubbly, Damascene Rose Bubbly, Hot Ginger Beer and Sicilian Lemonade, our 32cl Organic Devon Cider and 24cl juices English Apple Juice, Apple & Apricot Juice, Apple Juice with Ginger and Apple Juice with Elderflower.

Speaking about the recent accolades Gabriel says: “We are all immensely proud of this achievement and are thrilled our hard work and dedication has been acknowledged.  The Great Taste awards are particularly important to us here at Luscombe as they are blind tasted and judged by experts in the food and drink sector.  They are purely judged on taste.”

Posted on: 02/09/2016

It’s Elderflower Season

It’s an exciting time of year at Luscombe HQ as the elderflower season is finally upon us. Whilst we’re busy foraging flowers from the hedgerows to make our delightful wild elderflower bubbly, we thought we’d leave you with this post all about our favourite plant.

For those of you not in the habit of checking seasonality calendars every now and then, the elderflower season runs from May to somewhere around the end of July. Which is of course why elderflower reminds us all so strongly of the summer.

Many people take to roadsides, fields and country lanes across the UK during elderflower season to do a little foraging of their own. After all, it takes just a few flower heads to make elderflower syrup, which is popular in many a pantry as a preventative medicine against coughs and colds.

The plant itself is really rather beautiful, the sort of thing that might look at home as decoration at a wedding or summer garden party. The spray of delicate flowers are a cream or pale yellow colour with intricate, pretty little petals that are recognisable in an instant. 

Rather unfortunately, many people seem to associate elderflower with a less than delightful scent. This is only the case if there’s something amiss with the plant, they should smell fresh and summery - so if you’re doing your own foraging this year, steer clear of the smellies.

The taste - arguably the most important aspect - of elderflower is a difficult thing to pin down and describe. Words like “sophisticated” and “sweet” spring to mind of course, but it feels as though they just don’t cut it. So we took to Twitter to see if somebody might give us a hand, and the best answer by far came from @lorileysesh who said it was “the perfect equilibrium of floral & fruity”.

We think that just about sums it up.

So what to serve with this quintessentially summery drink? Well, you can serve our elderflower bubbly on any occasion you might serve champagne, and it’s best enjoyed with lovely nibbly things.

If you’re not into your fizz, did you know about our apple and elderflower juice? It’s just perfect on ice in the back garden with something sweet.

What do you love to eat with elderflower? And where’s your favourite place to drink it? We’d love to hear from you, send us a Tweet or write on our Facebook wall, we’ll get back to you once we’re down from the hedgerows.

Creative commons photo credit: Erwin Schoonderwaldt

Posted on: 22/06/2015

We’ve got a new bottle

Our 32cl bottle is now designed and made to our own exacting demands. We did this to overcome a problem with breakages in production - this one is designed to better withstand the pressures of being a Luscombe. It is a little taller and looks a tad more elegant.

We have also evolved the labels, bringing the family together and making them all clearer, which I hope also reflects the attention to detail that goes into a Luscombe drink.

Of course, there is one thing that hasn't changed - what's inside the bottle. We still refuse to compromise when it comes to our recipes. We use nothing but the best fruit handled with great care.

We hope you like these small changes. If my team can help with anything, please call me on 01364 64 30 36.

Yours,

Gabriel

Posted on: 13/06/2013

“...not too sharp or sweet”

Our Sicilian Lemonade has just been voted 'best organic cold beverage 2012' by the Soil Association; it's a recipe the judges termed "fresh, light and not too sharp or sweet". The accolade underlines our mantra of strict attention to detail and using the purest raw organic ingredients. 

For more information on the awards, click here

Posted on: 05/09/2012

Dine At Mine in aid of Rowcroft Hospice

Rowcroft Hospice does amazing work so when they asked if we would support their 'Dine At Mine' campaign saying yes was easy. To find out how you can raise money for this great cause and enjoy some great food at the same time, click here.

Posted on: 15/08/2012

Deli of Year

We're big fans of the many great Delis in the UK so we're joining in with Olives Et Al's 'Deli of the Year' awards. To find out more about the awards and to nominate your favourite Deli, click here.

Deli of the year

Posted on: 05/04/2012

Luscombe wins Best Drinks Producer

We received a ringing endorsement from South West consumers on Monday night when we were crowned Best Drinks Producer at food magazine’s Reader Awards.

"What a great start to 2012.” said Gabriel David. “The best kind of awards are those where the public vote. These are the people drinking our juices and voting with their taste buds. We are thrilled.

“The team and I work tirelessly searching for the finest ingredients, refining our classic recipes, and looking for new blends and twists to ensure that our drinks lead the way in taste and flavour.”

You can read more about the awards here.

Posted on: 10/01/2012

Hot Ginger Beer – hits the spot

If you’re avoiding alcohol this month, here are some tips from Fiona Beckett over at the Guardian website.

Posted on: 06/01/2012

A Top 10 Winter Warmer

According to Stefan Chomka, our Hot Ginger Beer is a top 10 drink for Winter.

“Ginger beer is the drink du jour and Luscombe's fiery non-alcoholic version is one of the best around. Not only is it a blessing for drivers and non-drinkers tired of having make do with sickly sweet softies, it's equally good when used in cocktails. Lashings of Dark 'n' Stormies anyone?”

Ginger beer is the drink du jour and Luscombe's fiery non-alcoholic version is one of the best around. Not only is it a blessing for drivers and non-drinkers tired of having make do with sickly sweet softies, it's equally good when used in cocktails. The full list can be seen over at MSN

Posted on: 22/12/2011

Luscombe in a wine list?

We’re really rather chuffed that our Hot Ginger Beer is the only non-alcoholic drink to have made it into Anthony Rose’s list of the 50 best wines.

Posted on: 16/12/2011

No Fuss Raspberry Lemonade

‘No fuss’ – that is the ethos behind our new Raspberry Lemonade recipe. The team has been busy refining one of our firm favourites, reducing the time it takes to get the raspberries from the bush into the bottle. The result? A lemonade that is even zingier and fresher on the palate.

Once picked, the raspberries are pressed and carefully blended with our Sicilian lemons, spring water and touched with Madagascan vanilla and a tad of sparkle. There are no additives, colourings, enhancers, preservatives or short cuts of any kind, meaning the Luscombe Raspberry Lemonade retains the delicate character of the fruit.

A great substitute for a fruity rosé, it is the perfect companion to spring/summer alfresco dining or to toast that special person. Match Luscombe’s Raspberry Lemonade with game terrine, smoked duck breast, smoked chicken or smoked venison, cheeses such as Brie and salads that include berries. It’s also great with American-style cheesecake, particularly if topped with fresh berries, and the Scottish dessert cranachan with raspberries.

Posted on: 11/11/2011

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