October 21, 2018

On the move at Christmas time.

You may have been house hunting and visualising where you will place your huge Christmas tree which will become far more important than replacing that grotesque avocado bathroom suite. View full article →
October 14, 2018

Espresso Martini

A relatively young recipe.

The story goes that a famous model entered the bar of cocktail legend, Dick Bradsell, who is credited for revolutionising the cocktail scene in the 1980’s from his bar in Soho.



She requested a drink that would both wake her up and 'pep' her up.

Thus, the delicious Espresso Martini was born. The dark, sophisticated intoxicant still ranking as one of the most popular cocktails is enjoyed at many a cocktail party today.


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The after-dinner favourite is made with vodka, freshly brewed espresso, coffee liqueur, and ice. 

The natural oils in the espresso are part of the ‘science bit’ which creates the delicious 'crema' on top.

A combination of bitter and sweet garnished with coffee beans. Delicious!

How about accompanying this fine drink with a dessert inspired by the Espresso Martini? This recipe created by Georgia of georgiascakes.com looks beautiful.




Ingredients you'll need :

300g dark chocolate
300g double cream
2 shots coffee
1 shot coffee liqueur
1 shot vodka
One pre-made pastry tart case

All you need to do is heat everything up, add the mixture to the tart tin, chill (you and the tart) and dust with cocoa powder!


September 09, 2018

Home from home.

A level results are in, summer is officially over and it's time to cut those apron strings and hope you have prepared your babies for independent survival.

Hopefully the desired UCAS points were ever in their favour - whether they're one hour up the M1 or a five hour plane journey away. 

Looking around there are some really cool and peculiar courses to enroll in - the list is endless. 

A Brewing and Distilling degree at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh?


A Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance degree at Bath Spa University?


Your car is laden with all their worldly goods and an array of items purchased from IKEA (including that all important Britta Apple Slicer!)

The reality is that your new student will arrive at their halls to a room far too small for all their belongings. The home shared by 7 barely adults will most probably own 7 Britta Apple slicers because of 7 O.T.T Mummas.

Here are some products from us at Coconutgrass to add to your sprogs' rooms (cupboards). 



Don't worry, they will be home soon for your roast dinner and in-house laundry service.


August 19, 2018

September beckons, it's back to school!

There is the school shoe shop. You grab a ticket and you get number 87, then hear the shoe shop assistant call ticket number 44! After you have all reached zombie mode and you have promised a fast food lunch and a treat to keep the troops happy, it's finally your turn. The children's feet are measured and the shop assistant disappears off to see what is in stock - usually the most uncool shoes in the range, or the most expensive. View full article →
July 30, 2018

No good story started with a salad!

With the long spell of blazing sunshine and soaring temperatures all we want to do is relax in the garden and definitely stay outside the kitchen. Salads become the perfect choice for lunch and dinner.

If the idea of eating yet another leafy dinner makes you yawn, salads don’t have to be boring and they don’t have to be just light bowls of lettuce with a random shop bought dressing.

Salads can be exciting, honest! They can be extremely colourful and totally Instagram worthy. You won’t have to worry about them getting cold whilst you get that all important perfect shot of what you are eating for your dinner.

Supermarkets stock more and more exotic ingredients so you can really go to town with your flavours and textures. Here are examples of gorgeous salad recipes.


Jamie Oliver’s Blackened chicken with San Fran quinoa salad.




The Happy Foodie's Fennel, Mint and Orange Salad.


Now these are examples of delicious and colourful meals but they do cry out for a beautifully cool, glass of dressed Prosecco to accompany them because.......


No good story started with a salad.

Stay cool everyone.


July 16, 2018

The Wheels on the Bus go to the Wedding!

The journey to your wedding is super exciting, it is essential to choose a form of wedding transport to suit your theme and to allow you to arrive in style.


We have taken a look at some of the more unusual forms of wedding transport. You may have in mind for your special day, a classic limousine, vintage vehicle or something cool and quirky that will grab everyone’s attention.


This Jaguar E-type carrying Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews transported the couple from their wedding ceremony. A super special 2 seater car being the oldest surviving Series 1 Roadster, built in 1961.



This impeccably restored VW camper, made for the wedding industry is absolutey stunning. This charming camper will certainly turn heads and is hired through https://www.campervanwedding.com.

The iconic split screen VW looks fabulous with it's extra special character in wedding pics. Instagram ready.


Finally we take a look at the Red Wedding Bus. This beauty can transport up to 57 lucky passengers.

The bridal party would travel in style to the ceremony and on to the wedding reception. 

White ribbons adorn the front of the bus with bouquets of beautiful flowers along with personalised blinds & tickets. 

The Red Route Master Wedding Bus shown can be hired from https://www.firstchoiceweddingcars.co.uk.



Our personalised wedding bus gifts delight their recipients. Fabulous keepsakes.



July 02, 2018

Anyone for Tennis?

It's the start of world’s oldest tennis tournament at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club today - Wimbledon.

Tennis fans queue for an age, camping out to see if they can grab those precious Centre Court tickets. Strict rules regulate those campers- they will lose their place if they leave their tent is left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Let's hope they don't all need to visit the toilet queue at the same time!

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The most recent British players to win the singles events were Andy Murray in 2013 (Men’s Singles) and Virginia Wade in 1977 (Women's Singles). Sadly, Murray is still recovering from hip surgery, so will not be competing this year. However, the super awesome American tennis machine that is: Serena Williams, just months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September 2017 is back, winning her matches at Wimbledon. Mum Power!

Other than the tennis itself it's all about the dressed Pimms and those delicious servings of strawberries and cream.

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For those who are not fortunate enough to visit, you can watch it on the TV and apply some delicious Strawberries and Cream Lip Balm from Coconutgrass.



June 22, 2018

School's Out Forever!

As some of our children are finishing their final exams after weeks of revision, stress and post-it notes stuck everywhere, it is almost time for them to breathe out and think about the long summer holidays stretching out ahead. View full article →
June 10, 2018

World Cup V Love island

Wow, what a dilemma! The 2018 Fifa World Cup  is going to clash with this year's Love Island on television. View full article →
May 28, 2018

Let's Celebrate the Hipster Dad this Father's Day!

The Hipster Dad- is a pretty cool customer. He is up to date with all the latest music and movies. He would be cool enough to be allowed to accompany his kids to a music festival or maybe the kids are just cool enough to accompany him. View full article →
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