Review: Cottees Cordial – the smaller bottle.

June 30, 2011 · 12 comments

Cottee's Apple and Raspberry.

“My Dad picks the fruit that goes to Cottees to make the cordial I like best”.   Do you remember singing that in the school yard?  I sure can.  (And we never changed the words to “picks his nose” either!).  Such a classic theme from my childhood and one that still echos in my head every now and then.  Cottees is one of those products that has been around as long as I’ve been remembering.   It’s good stuff  – no doubt about it.  But when Cottees recently bought out their concentrated range I, like the guy on the add, was just a little sceptical.  I’m afraid that I fall into the category of those who think ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’.  With this mentality in mind I’ve resisted buying the new concentrate and continued to buy the 2 litre bottles.

Cottee's Apple and Raspberry ready to go.

So when Parent Reviewers recently asked if I’d like to take part in a Cottee’s review tour I decided now would be a good chance to put Cottees new product to the test.   This week my sample bottle of Apple and Raspberry Cottee’s Cordial arrived and we’ve made the most of it!   Good news friends – it has the same delicious Cottees taste my kids and I love.  The cordial concentrate is thicker and  more syrupy than the old version and does seem to make up well with the lesser amount.   But, if I am  totally honest, my mind still has hassles with the smaller bottle.  I keep thinking that if the  girls were making it up themselves (which they don’t actually yet) they wouldn’t understand the principle of ‘less is more’ and will be drinking stronger cordial.  Perhaps I just need some more adjustment time hey!

The Biggest Pink through the bottom of a glass!

As you can see it still went down a treat and all the pinks say thank-you Cottees for a little extra fruity goodness this week.   And Cottees – just a little note from Mummy …. can you bring back the My Dad song – pretty please :O).

Disclaimer: I received a bottle of Cottee’s Apply and Raspberry concentrated cordial and a $5 coles gift card in order to complete this review. All  opinions expressed are my own and no financial payment was offered or accepted.
1 Amy July 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Ha! MrK already says I have my cordial way to strong – must check it out.

2 Mumma's Mini Mes - Kym July 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

Hi Caz! Yes love the song! They should so relaunch that campaign! Great review!

3 Caz July 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

So true! Let’s launch a campaign!!!!

4 Kellie July 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Hubby is a big Cottees cordial drinker and he’s been trying to be lighter on the hand when he makes his cordis now. I guess the girls will grow up not knowing the difference!
Love that last pic too!! 🙂

5 Melissa July 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

We use the smaller bottle and don’t have any trouble – but our kids aren’t old enough to use it yet. The best part about that? They will grow up only knowing the smaller bottle, so won’t have the comparison to the larger/original bottle like we all do.

And if I remember back to being a kid, I used to make up cordial really strongly anyway – even when Mum kept telling us how much to use, or if she monitored us, we’d still sneak more. I think its part of growing up to try these things and work out what you like. We just have the cordial made up in the fridge cold and ready to pour, so no dramas for us in that respect for a long time anyway.

6 Caz July 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

True Melissa. If they grow up with it they’ll know no different. I tend to keep ours in the fridge made up too. Much easier. I think it’s me that has the problem – not the kids 🙂

7 Melissa July 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

ha ha – thats why I make sure its made up – then I can’t ‘cheat’ and make it stronger. I forgot the other day when I went to make it up and had to pour half back into the bottle. 😉

8 Bec P July 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

I agree Caz we buy it every week bring back the larger bottle concept does not work for people like me 😉

9 Caz July 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

Glad I’m not alone in my thinking Bec 🙂

10 E June 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

HI Caz.
If you know your cousin, it’s he who seems to have trouble understanding the whole less is more concept 🙂 He still has trouble with remembering that he doesn’t have to add too much and therefore, doesn’t like the smaller bottle. Why kick a habit of a lifetime??? 🙂

Regards

Elissa.

11 Caz June 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

hehehe! That’s so funny Elissa – maybe it runs in our side of the family 🙂

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