Gloworm Premium Mixer Event at Florita's, Newcastle

When I first started going out and hitting the bars in Toon, my drink tastes were really limited. For about three years, I was a half-cider-and-black kinda girl. Occasionally, If I really wanted to push the boat out, I'd order a bottle of Castaway (with two straws. No idea why). The thought of drinking either of those now makes me feel a bit ill, (can you even get Castaway anymore?!) so thankfully those days are long behind me and I'm a little more discerning in my drinks of choice nowadays.

I love anything fruity and fresh, with a bit of a kick, so I was really excited to be invited to the launch of Gloworm Premium Mixer Drinks* at one of Newcastle's most popular bars, Florita's. The idea behind Gloworm is 'Rethink Your Drink' and there are four different flavours, each the perfect compliment to a specific spirit:

Raspberry and Orris is blended to perfectly compliment Vodka
Pear, Spice and Lime for Rum
Cucumber and Apple for Gin
and Ginger and Lemongrass for Bourbon.

The mixers also contain, as Gloworm puts it, 'a tasteful helping of stimulation' - I normally avoid energy drinks with alcohol because I find them either too sugary or too strongly flavoured, but these beauties are actually sugar free, taurine free (although I'd heard of this before, being an ingredient in lots of energy drinks, I didn't actually know what it was; reading up online it seems it's an acid which can be found in the large intestine - yuck) and contain 30% less caffeine than Red Bull. Sounds good so far!

The mixers come in small, colour co-ordinated cans which look so cute stacked together.

Of course, we had to try all four flavours - it would have been rude to refuse and I'm nothing if not polite. My favourite is definitely Raspberry and Orris with vodka (VodkaGlo), closely followed by Ginger and Lemongrass with Bourbon (BourbonGlo), although actually, I really like them all. I don't often order spirits in bars as I'm not keen on cola and lemonade is a bit yawn, so I love that these are something completely different, with flavor combinations I'd never have thought of myself (okay, okay... I didn't know what Orris was before, either).

We were also treated to some yummy cocktails made with Gloworm, there was one particularly delish one made with VodkaGlo and lychee  - a Glochee, I'll call it, I have decided - and I could happily have drunk that all night.

These weren't all mine. Honest.
I was happy to learn that Gloworm is available in Newcastle's Apartment Group bars right now (the nicest bars in Toon, in my opinion): Florita's, Madame Koo's and Nancy's Bordello, to name a few. I can totally see me at the bar, sipping on a BourbonGlo on a Saturday night over the summer.

I really enjoyed the Gloworm event - and not just because of the free alcohol - the team were lovely, and I was in great company with some other lovely NE bloggers. Aside from that, it's always nice to be the first to try something new - since the Gloworm event I've mentioned it to quite a few friends and people at work and they all seem really keen to try the drinks. Sounds like an excuse for a massive night out on the Toon to me.

Will you be trying Gloworm*?

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