Summer 2014 Interview – Jane Arschavir (Hodge Podge Days)

Jane Arschavir

Q1. What is your Name?

Jane Arschavir

Q2. Do you represent a business? If yes, what is the name and your role.

I’m a blogger, freelance copywriter & social media geek.

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

South Manchester, but I get around.

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

I have a few depending on my mood. You can’t beat a cold shandy, or a well made gin and tonic, but when it’s hot I like a cold, ice cold glass of iced tea.

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?

I don’t think the setting matters quite as much as the company. But watching the sun set with my husband, or in a beer garden with my friends would be pretty perfect.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?

Ice, always ice. I can’t abide being served a drink in a glass that’s still warm from the dishwasher, that’s a crime against cold drinks!

Q7. Is the presentation of the drink important? i.e. ceremony, type of glass, setting.

I like a nice chunky glass that fits nicely in my hand. It’s starting to get on my nerves being served drinks in jam jars. If I’m paying £7 or £8 or more for a cocktail I want it in a glass. But really, if it’s a clean, cool glass then I can’t complain.

Q8. Is there a Summer’s day drink that you feel is underrated? If so, why?

Iced tea. Everyone is so into iced coffee, frappes and such like, they’re delicious, but iced tea is so much more refreshing, it’s healthier and lighter too. Iced tea is incredibly easy to make at home, it’s cheap and really tasty.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you? i.e. shop address, Twitter username, website url

I blog at and you can read more of my food and drink posts there, I’m also on Twitter @hodgepodgedays tweet me and say hi:)

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