Thursday, 3 March 2011

Some Like It Hot! Hot Vimto makes its way South

It's hot up North!

No, really - that's the slogan for a campaign by Vimto to spread Manchester's beloved Hot Vimto tradition further afield.

As a huge fan of Vimto, I'm up for that!

I'll drink 'bena if it's all that's on offer, but it's Vimto (and C-Vit) that I seek out. I regularly enjoy Vimto cordial and it's canned fizzy drink version too.

And now and then, I'll indulge in a Hot Vimto - simply pour boiling water over a slug of cordial for an instant winter warmer.


Strangely, this idea seems to be treated with some suspicion in the South, though I've been a fan for as long as I can remember. Then again, I weirded out university hall mates by drinking instant custard powder made in a mug of boiling water (instead of milk) and other such hot drink inventions and I'd occasionally put green food colouring in my milk to discourage raids from the thieving lot downstairs! (My corridor mates knew my green milk was safe and they were welcome to borrow some!)


Recently, Vimto suggested sending me a basket of their products to rekindle my love of Vimto. I hadn't actually forgotten but was happy to be reminded anyway, especially when they threw in a couple of extra bottles to share the Hot Vimto love with my readers.


Win two bottles of original Vimto cordial! You too can Hot Vimto to your heart's delight!

Please read the competition details, as this prize will not be posted out, so collection in London area will be necessary.

How to enter

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me about your favourite hot drink. Please ensure you leave your email address* in the field provided or in the body of your comment. Entries without any means of contacting the winner will not be included in the draw.
  2. Enter on twitter by tweeting the following:
    I fancy a Hot Vimto! Please enter me into the competition. #kaveyeatshotvimto


  • As I'm in possession of the prize and postage would be prohibitive, the prize will be delivered in person. I live in North West London, work in Watford and am regularly in Central London. Delivery/collection will require some flexibility to find a mutually convenient time and place.
  • The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Wednesday 9th March 2011.
  • Only one blog comment and one twitter entry per person, please. (Multiple entries will be excluded from the draw).
  • The prize is two bottles of Vimto cordial. The prize cannot redeemed for cash.
  • A winner will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
  • The winner will be notified by email or twitter by Friday 11th March and asked to get in touch to arrange delivery. If no response is received by Sunday 13th March, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.

*If you don't have a secondary email address already and are nervous about sharing your main email address on the internet, why not set up a new free email account on hotmail, gmail or yahoo, that you can use to enter competitions like this?


Foodycat said...

You know, I have never tried vimto! But I do love hot ribena.

foodycat @ fourie-online DOT eu

Kanga_Rue said...

Ooh, I've never tried hot Vimto... I normally head for a cup of tea or hot chocolate, but this is now something I want to try!

Craftilicious said...

I'm a northerner and as much as I love vimto cold or fizzy, I never got it hot. I'm a beena girl when it comes to something hot and fruity :-) craftilicious at rocketmail dot com

BeccaRothwell said...

(As you already knew I would say) I LOVE HOT VIMTO! I've been drinking hot Vimto since I was a tiny Manchester lass and it is my favourite to the point of cordial exclusivity in this house. Sod hot lemon, hot Vimto is the best just in from the cold/just getting over a cold drink there is. You can even add a shot of vodka if you really want to stave off that chilly nip (an addition that began in my 20s, not when I was little!) Everyone at uni thought I was mad for drinking hot Vimto too but I soon showed them.

I am so immensely jealous of your Vimto connections. I might write to Vimto anyway and declare my undying Mancunian love.

becca (dot) rothwell (at) gmail (dot) com

carmelita2 said...

I like to drink hot Vimto , like many others

Anonymous said...

My fave hot drink is the one taken after a long winter walk or a day working outside. It could be soup, it could be tea, it could be Lemsip, it might be Bovril. Its the sensation of starting to feel warm again and that your days trials are drawing to a conclusion.


stellakayford said...

Hot vimto, ive been drinking that for years

Kavey said...

Of the valid entries here and on twitter, has helped me pick a winner and that's @Kanga_Rue!