Franklin’s Drinks Review


Franklin’s Drinks Review, a thorough honest look at Franklin & Son’s soft drinks and mixers, with a fabulous mocktail and boozy sorbet recipe included.

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Franklin’s Drinks Review Sicilian Lemonade with Elderflower so refreshing.

Firstly, I really need to say that this was one of the best reviews I’ve ever undertaken.

Carrying out the Franklin’s Drinks Review has been an absolute pleasure. Not only were the company a delight to deal with their product completely wipes out the competition in terms of taste, variety and drink-ability.

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Franklin’s Drink Review who remembers Dandelion and Burdock from their childhood?

Gone are the sticky, sickly sweet soft drinks that line supermarket aisles. In their place we have a company founded by three brothers in 1886, creating soft drinks and mixers using real fruit juice. Each soft drink and mixer easily drinkable on it’s own, or with the mixers a multitude of cocktails, classics and creative new possibilities abound.

Franklin & Son’s is a British Company producing the very best drinks using natural ingredients. No artificial additives, preservatives or colours are allowed into their drinks and they taste all the better for it.

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Franklin’s Drinks Review the perfect G & T with Franklin’s Natural Tonic Water.

I was sent 5 different flavours of soft drink and 3 different mixers. It should be noted before I go any further that, I have never liked tonic water – until now!

Franklin’s Soft Drinks:

Sicilian Lemonade and Elderflower with crushed juniper – ooh if you like lemonade you will love this. The juniper hits your nose as you breath in the tantalising aroma. Once sipped, the tart lemon, which in my humble opinion should be how all lemonade is made, immediately awakens your tastebuds. Mellowed and softened by the hint, I could detect no more, of elderflower, creating an incredibly refreshing drink. I imagine, this drink alone would make a wonderfully balanced sorbet. Just how lemonade should taste, a firm 9.5 out of 10.

Dandelion and Burdock with star anise – the drink of my childhood, the reason I wanted to carry out this review. Unlike any other drink, dandelion and burdock has a unique, fruity, spicy flavour. This drink has a deeper, more complex flavour than the others with layers of flavour lingering on the palette as it is drunk. The slight anise flavour from the star anise could be too overpowering, yet again, the balance is perfect. Exceptionally delicious, not too sweet, not too spicy. I cannot find fault, not that I’d want to, so a firm 10 out of 10.

Ginger Beer with malted barley and a squeeze of lemon – this is the ginger beer of old. Intense, throaty, warming as you drink it and yet refreshing at the same time. Although not a mixer, I could see this pairing with a really good rum. Likewise, as the weather turns cooler, I have reserved a bottle for making ginger pudding with. True ginger in taste, the barley adds a slight softness, although it was hard to detect any lemon. This drink does not disappoint. A firm 9.5 out of 10.

Apple and Rhubarb with cinnamon – my personal favourite. This very more-ish drink reminds me slightly of the rhubarb in rhubarb and custard sweets, without any artificial flavour coming through at all. The balance of apple and rhubarb is exquisite. A very faint hint of cinnamon is present when the drink is poured, although I could not detect any specific cinnamon flavour on my palette. If I had to pick one drink, that I had to drink for a whole year, this would win. Again the freshness of the fruit flavour, without being lip puckeringly tart is perfect. A very easy 10 out of 10.

Strawberry and Raspberry with a twist of black pepper – oh my, this drink is utterly delicious. Freshly poured the smell of cracked, black pepper hits your nose and lends a spicy aroma to the strawberry and raspberry. When drinking, the perfect fruit combination is balanced by the black pepper and the lack of over sweetness. A beautiful drink both in appearance and taste, this gets a firm 9.5 out of 10.

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Franklin’s Drinks Review my personal favourite Apple and Rhubarb.

During this Franklin’s Drinks Review not one single soft drink disappointed. The fruit juice and complementing flavours, even if I couldn’t detect them, meant they were extremely well balanced.

I thoroughly recommend Franklin & Son’s Soft Drinks, for their natural flavour achieved without an ingredient list as long as your arm. The truth is in the taste. No obscure chemical after taste was present in any of these drinks.

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Franklin’s Fruity Summer Drink perfect to drink all day long.


Why not see how I made this Franklins Fruity Summer Drink, using Franklin’s Soft Drinks. It’s alcohol free but tastes suspiciously like another, famous, British Summer drink!

Franklin’s Mixers:

To say I felt vastly under qualified to review a drink I didn’t even like, would be an understatement. I am of course, talking about tonic water – or so I thought.

I received 3 mixers to try, Sicilian Lemon Tonic, Natural Tonic Water and Light Tonic Water. I won’t be giving them scores out of 10 as I feel that would be a little unfair, simply my views on their taste.

It took one glass on Natural Tonic Water, over ice to convert me! Such a refreshing drink, especially with a slice of lime or lemon. Maybe more importantly it made THE BEST gin and tonic, my new favourite tipple.

The Light Tonic Water, was just that, lighter in flavour, however, I was just as happy to drink it in a G & T, or over ice with a slice!

Sicilian Lemon Tonic, oh how I wish there had been more bottles of this in the box I received. Utterly delicious, it is key to giving the Franklin’s Fruity Summer Drink just the right balance of flavour.

I shall be ordering more soft drinks and mixers, especially as I want to try Franklin’s signature drink 1886 a mix of sloe gin and their Sicilian tonic water. Perfect for warm summer evenings, or cool Autumn nights.

Me being me I wanted to try and create a sorbet using Franklin’s Natural Tonic Water. I decided to make my own Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup add a couple of measures of good gin and see if it would work!

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Franklin’s Drinks Review Strawberry Sorbet with Gin & Tonic.

This Strawberry Sorbet with Gin & Tonic was an absolute success. Perfect as a grown up dessert, or let it melt a little and you have a rather yummy, adult slushy!

To Make Strawberry Sorbet with Gin & Tonic:

600mls Natural Tonic Water – from

200mls Fresh Strawberry Simple Syrup – see here

Double measure of Gin – I used Bloom Gin

  • Pour the tonic water into a jug and allow to sit for a couple of hours, until almost flat.
  • To the flat tonic water add the strawberry simple syrup and gin. Stir to mix.
  • Churn in an ice cream machine until the mixture has a slushy-like consistency.
  • Pour the sorbet into a freezer proof tub, pop on a lid and place in the deep freeze overnight.
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Strawberry Sorbet with Gin & Tonic ready for the freezer.
  • To serve, remove the tub from the freezer 10-20 minutes before serving. This allows the sorbet to soften slightly.
  • Scoop balls of sorbet and serve in a martini glass for an elegant dessert. Alternatively, you could wait a little longer and serve the sorbet as an adult slushy in double shot glasses!

I have had so much fun carrying out this Franklin’s Drinks Review. Not only will I be ordering more delicious drinks, I have plans to keep experimenting with them too!

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Whatever you do this weekend, remember it’s not a party unless there are Franklin’s Soft Drinks available. Perfect for those who cannot, or choose not to drink alcohol.

Sammie xx

Franklin’s and Son’s sent me a selection of drinks to review. All opinions, views, content and photographs are my own. I was not paid to write this review, please see my Disclosure Policy.


Franklins Fruity Summer Drink


Franklins Fruity Summer Drink a delicious, refreshing drink packed full of fruit and flavour. Alcohol free this fun drink is perfect for picnics, parties, barbecues and summer gatherings! Summer is almost here. In fact a few days ago I was convinced it had arrived early, but the weather was just teasing us Brits! During the brief, sunny, warm spell I created a fantastically fruity, refreshing tipple bursting with Summer flavour. Have a glass of Franklins Fruity Summer Drink on me!

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink the perfect tipple for enjoying outdoors.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink the perfect tipple for enjoying outdoors.

Bursting with flavour, Dandelion and Burdock gives this fabulous drink wonderful spicey base notes, lifted by the slightly sour Scicillian Lemon Tonic and  sweetened by juicy, ripe, British strawberries.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is incredibly easy to make, using nothing more than fresh fruit and Franklin & Sons soft drinks.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink refreshing and alcohol free, this drink can be enjoyed any time of the day or night!!
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink refreshing and alcohol free, this drink can be enjoyed any time of the day or night!!

Since you may recognise this drink as looking incredibly similar to a well known British summer tipple?

That was the idea! To create a non alcoholic version of a very traditional summer drink, associated with Wimbledon, picnics, summer parties and Polo matches, held across our beautiful, British Isles.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is perfect for those who want to have fun, yet cannot, or choose not to drink alcohol.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink packed with fresh fruit and ice.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink packed with fresh fruit and ice.

I love a glass of something wonderfully refreshing, clinking with ice and full of flavour, whilst sitting in the garden or attending a family barbecue on a hot, summery day.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is incredibly thirst quenching, delicious and so pretty to look at too!

While the addition of fresh mint is not used simply for garnish. It’s fresh, clean flavour works so well with the fruit and Franklin’s soft drinks combination, to lift this from a great summer drink to a must have Summer drink.

Make this once and you will have friends and family begging you for the recipe!

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink making the most of our British Summer.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink making the most of our British Summer.

Whilst arranging a party with family and friends, no longer will it be –

“Who is bringing the beer, wine, and oh we should probably get something in for the drivers?” the first question on everyone’s lips will be –

“Who’s bringing the Franklin’s?”

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink it's simple not a summer party without a jug of Franklin's fun.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink it’s simply not a summer party without a jug of Franklin’s fun.


Recipe: Makes approximately 1 litre Franklins Fruity Summer Drink

300g British Strawberries

1tbsp Caster Sugar

275 ml 1 x Franklin’s Bottle Dandelion and Burdock

600ml 3 x Franklin’s Sicilian Lemon Tonic

200ml 1 x Franklin’s Tonic Water

Ice cubes

1 of each Lemon, Lime, Orange

1/2 Cucumber

Handful of Mint leaves  – plus extra to garnish

Method: Making the Mocktail

  • Hull and quarter the fresh strawberries and place in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of caster sugar. Cover and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours (if they are prepped earlier then cover the bowl in cling film and pop in the fridge for up to 8 hours).
  • Note: Having made Franklins Fruit Summer Drink twice, I would suggest assembling the drink at least 15 minutes before serving. This gives the mint and fruits time to release their oils/juices and really give the drink a fuller flavour.
  • Slice all of the citrus fruits, halving if very large.
  • Slice the cucumber and cut each slice in half.
  • Fill a large jug 1/4 full with ice cubes.
  • Add half of the sliced citrus fruit, cucumber and strawberries to the jug.
  • Pour in the bottle of Dandelion and Burdock, 2 bottles of Sicillian Lemon Tonic and Tonic Water.
  • Stir with a long spoon (sundae spoons are great).
  • Take a hanful of mint leaves and gently scrunch them up in your hand. This will help them to release their wonderful oils.
  • Add the mint leaves to the jug and give a final stir.
  • Top up with extra Sicilian Lemon Tonic, strawberries and citrus/cucumber slices, until the jug is almost completely full.
  • We are going for a look of abundance here, this is a party in a jug after all!!!
  • Allow the drink to sit for 15 minutes. If possible double up on the quantities and keep a ready made jug in the fridge
  • To serve, pour the Franklins Fruity Summer Drink into tall, highball glasses, ensuring each glass receives a generous serving of fruit. Top each drink with a sprig of mint and serve with a smile 😉
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve with sunshine, good company and great food.
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve with sunshine, good company and great food.

Remembered Flavours

I love sparkling water, with ice and a slice of lemon, yet I have become completely hooked on Franklins Fruity Summer Drink. I think it’s because it is not sickly sweet, like some soft drinks can be.

When I found out that Franklin & Son Ltd. made Dandelion and Burdock, THE drink of my childhood I was uncontrollably excited and yes it tastes just as good as it did back when I was a nipper!

Everyone who has tried Franklins Fruity Summer Drink has loved it and some have mistaken it for another well known, alcoholic summer drink! What is great about this drink, is that those who do not drink alcohol can still have a glass full of refreshing, thirst quenching liquid that will have the ‘drinkers’ begging for a taste.

I love the odd glass of champagne at special occasions, yet due to my medication, I really cannot drink alcohol, apart from the odd sip. Finally I have created a drink that allows me and others to party with the best, instead of sitting on the sidelines nursing a super sweet warm cola.

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink is THE drink of Summer 2016 and onwards.

Whatever your plans make sure you have a freezer full of ice, fresh fruit in the fridge and a case or two of Franklins soft drinks, ready to create the ultimate summer party in a glass!

Top Tip: If you are going on a picnic, place some  plastic still water bottles in the freezer over night. Pack the sliced fruit and strawberries into plastic containers. Pack the frozen water bottles around the Franklin soft drink bottles. Pop some mint into a plastic jug with a lid and remember to pack plastic glasses. Assemble as above, pouring away (or drinking) any defrosted water and then using a heavy implement to break up the ice in the plastic bottles (cricket bats are good!).

You now have the drink of this Summer wherever you go – beach, park, woods, anywhere!

Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve this and you will be the hostess with the mostest!
Franklins Fruity Summer Drink serve this and you will be the hostess with the mostest!

Here’s looking forward to a Summer filled with fun, feasting, family, friends and Franklins Fruity Summer Drink.

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Sammie xx

Franklin & Sons Ltd.  provided me with the drinks for this post. All opinions, views and content are my ow. Please see my Disclosure Policy.