Original article from Kent Live
Over the last year a lot of us have gotten used to spending our Saturday nights indoors.
For some, it has opened our eyes to the cheaper world of staying at home with a glass of wine and a nice dinner.
Despite the excitement of bars and pubs now opening up again, the thought of spending money on a taxi and expensive drinks doesn't quite carry the same draw as it once did.
It appears that Morrisons has a timely little solution to this new way of living, with its Aperol Cocktail Box.
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The supermarket guarantees "the ultimate summer cocktail", with the food box offering the "perfect accompaniment to your weekend barbecues".
While I do love a night out, I very much prefer and appreciate a night in, so I was excited to try it.
When the dogs sounded the alarm that the delivery man was outside, my excitement peaked, especially when I saw just how big the box was.
Dressed in a pretty zebra print box, that I will now be keeping as storage, I lifted the lid on the so called "ultimate" cocktail set.
Oh my goodness, for £35 you do get an awful lot of stuff.
Inside the box I found the ingredients for an Aperol Spritz cocktail and lots of tasty nibbles, because there is nothing better than snacking with your drink.
The Morrisons Aperol Cocktail Box contained the following items:
- Aperol 70cl
- Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut 75cl
- Morrisons Soda Water 1L
- Morrisons The Best Gruyere & Poppy Seed Twists 100g
- Morrisons The Best Lightly Salted Crisps 150g
- Morrisons The Best Nocellara Olives 200g
- Morrisons Loose Orange
The first thing on my mind was, can I buy all these ingredients for the same price in stores?
Asa it turns out, you can actually pay less for them.
Checking their online website the items added up to £32.90, so the box itself must be the £2.10 difference.
Two things should be noted here, firstly I did not have to pay for delivery with the £35 box.
Secondly, I could not find a loose orange on the website, so I added the £1.65 for four large oranges to the final total.
Meaning it's actually cheaper than £32 for these items in store.
So far it seems that you might as well just get the items yourself during your weekly shop. So is the box worth paying extra for?
Creating an Aperol Spritz cocktail
Another questionable issue I had with this box was with the lack of instruction.
Surely, if you're going to create a cocktail box then a small card with instructions, on how to correctly make an Aperol Spritz, would make sense?
Luckily for me I had a friend who is a bartender and knows her cocktails well.
Instructions: use a wine or gin glass, fill with ice, add a slice of orange, pour in a double shot (50ml) of Aperol, fill mostly with prosecco, leaving about an inch for the soda.
The first sip was nice, nothing special but I liked it. But the more I drank, the better it got.
It was like an alcoholic Irn-Bru, which is a wonderful creation.
I've never had an Aperol Spritz before, but I certainly had now.
It was a good combo of sweet and bitter flavours.
I myself added just a bit extra of the Aperol for more of a flavour, but I suppose you can alter the measurements to suit your own particular taste.
As for the rest of the box, I had olives, twists and crisps, which made the perfect combination with the cocktail.
The twists were the best out of the nibbles, full of flavour and extremely moreish, just like the crisps.
Now coming from someone who adores an olive, the Morrisons version of it was fine.
They were a bit dry and flavourless, considering I love them drowned in oil and herbs, but these did the job.
My final verdict on this taste-test
My night in with this box was pretty perfect in all honesty.
I had a nice big glass of alcohol, lots of yummy nibbles and my own company – what could be better.
Now if you're greedy like me, then this £35 box is an evening in for one.
However, realistically I reckon you could share it between three people, maybe four at a stretch.
Now having enjoyed the whole thing, I have to applaud Morrisons – it was a well thought out creation.
But next time I'll probably just buy it in store instead.