I recently received 7 free cans of Cinnamora, a cinnamon soft drink to review, 6 sparkling and 1 still. I love cinnamon toast, so was very interested in the idea of trying a cinnamon drink. And although there are no established health claims related to cinnamon, there are many studies supporting its beneficial effects on diabetes and cholesterol.
I was slightly dismayed to see that they arrived in one of those Royal Mail “damaged in transit” wrappers. A few cans were slightly dented, but otherwise okay. I would recommend that they pack them in a box for better protection.
So onto the taste test. I’m not personally a huge fan of fizzy drinks, so as expected I preferred the still variant. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I would rate the flavour as okay, so not quite as tasty as I was hoping. However on the plus side, there is no sugar, artificial flavouring or colours in these drinks. And it was very refreshing. The rest of the family also tried the sparkling variant. My other half liked it but the kids weren’t that keen.
Now as regular readers know, I enjoy cooking, so I decided to try it out in a dish. I decided on making a hotpot with it.
Cheesy Cinnamon Sausage Hotpot
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 375g pack of 12 good quality sausages
1 250ml can of Cinnamora sparkling cinnamon soft drink
1 medium onion
1 420g can of baked beans
50g cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
Choose a lidded casserole dish which is suitable for both oven and hob.
Peel and finely chop the onion.
Add the olive oil to the casserole dish and heat gently on hob.
Add onion and cook for a couple of minutes until softened.
Prick the sausages and add to the dish.
Continue to cook for a further few minutes.
Meanwhile peel and slice the potatoes.
Pour the Cinnamora over the sausages.
Stir in the baked beans.
Cover with the sliced potatoes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Grate the cheese and sprinkle over the top.
Cover with lid and cook in oven for 40 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
Remove lid and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Serve and enjoy.
This time, I got a resounding thumbs up from all the family. So it would be great to see Cinnamora develop a section of recipes on their website.
Cinnamora currently retails at £1 for a 250ml can and is available to purchase online or at selected retailers in London.
And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 7 cans of Cinnamora to one lucky winner.
And you may see my other giveaways here.
I’d love to hear your favourite drinks or your idea for a recipe using Cinnamora.
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Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.