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  • 23 May 2022

    Just a Spritz

    More than 50 Simple Sparkling Sips with Low to No Alcohol. Summer is right around the corner. The weather is warmer and perfect for entertaining. Enjoying drinks with friends is on the horizon but we hope that hangovers are not. This neat little book called Just a Spritz offers 57 recipes for low- and non-alcoholic...

  • 20 May 2022

    Passerina from Tesco Finest

    A unique wine for summer sipping. Passerina is an ancient grape variety from Le Marche and also Abruzzo in Italy, from where this particular bottle hails. It is said to be named after the sparrows that appreciate the fruit so much. Those little birds decorate the label. Until recently Passerina was used as a blending...

  • 18 May 2022

    Diamond Glasses

    A Spirited Gem. These Diamond Glasses are unique and a perfect gift for Father’s Day or for that special person who enjoys the finer things of life. One buys those special bottles of whisky or brandy, and one looks for an equally classy glass. These might be considered ‘novelty’ glasses but they are actually rather...

  • 17 May 2022

    Double Dutch for Cocktails and More

    Elevate your drinks. It’s about twins and pairings. I was intrigued, as I am a twin myself – although likely old enough to be the grandmother of this delightful duo. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Raissa and Joyce De Haas have founded Double Dutch, a company offering distinctive mixers and cocktail bases in convenient...

  • 13 May 2022

    Mon Dessert

    Subscribe to Sweet Treats. What do you buy somebody who has everything? Lemon Macarons? Hot Cross Buns? Doughnuts? They can have all those and more from Mon Dessert. There are options for buying these delicious dessert kits: one can pick specific packages or just the equipment, and buy individually or even on subscription. The company...

  • 11 May 2022

    Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin

    Designed by Paul Feig. Artingstall’s Brilliant London Dry Gin is designed by Hollywood director Paul Feig. It’s striking in every regard and well worth seeking out now it’s in the UK. This gin has shelf appeal, even if that display was in the highest-end spirits shop or even a crystal-glass showroom. Granted, this decanter isn’t...

  • 09 May 2022

    Easy Jose for Coffee

    Subscription for your Cuppa Joe. Working closely with remote indigenous communities, the Easy Jose mission is to support them in growing delicious speciality coffee. The company is mindful of the value of the forests and is active in their protection. Easy Jose strives to create a sustainable future for the indigenous communities with which they...

  • 06 May 2022

    Hush Heath Sparkling Wine

    Tesco Finest English Fizz. Looks like it’s finally with us. Better weather – and the expectation of a nice bit of garden entertaining garnished with some long-awaited sun. The picture could be completed by a glass of Tesco Finest Hush Heath Estate English Sparkling wine. Hush Heath Estate is located in the green hills of...

  • 05 May 2022

    The Botany of Shakespeare Comes To The ‘Urban Tree Festival’

    The Illustrated Botanical Shakespeare Gerit Quealy, the author of the best selling illustrated compendium, ‘Botanical Shakespeare’ will be bringing a taste of the Bard and the botany that infuses his works to the ‘Urban Tree Festival’ this year. After the success of sharing the world-famous canon’s literary-inspired flora at Chelsea in 2018, Gerit & the...

  • 03 May 2022

    Rock Rose

    A taste of the Scottish seashore delivered to your door  Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Edition Spring Bundle pictured on the Caithness Beach Rock Rose Gin is bringing you a taste of the Scottish seashore, no matter where you are in the UK: a Spring Bundle to make for a coastal-themed cocktail hour. With the focus...

  • 29 Apr 2022

    Ramon Bilbao

    Rosado Rioja 2021 from Tesco. It’s spring and our minds turn to entertaining and, if possible, al fresco lunches with the sun beating down. Well, perhaps the weather might not be predictable, but we can be assured that a good bottle of rosé is always appreciated. Ramon Bilbao Rosado Rioja from Tesco is great value...

  • 28 Apr 2022

    Piment d’Espelette from Giffard

    The French Chilli Liqueur. Giffard offers a wide range of liqueurs but this particular example is deliciously unique. Piment d’Espelette would be a welcome addition to any comprehensive bar stock. It’s full of character and it packs a flavour punch which allows for some mixology innovation. The Espelette pepper is called Ezpeletako biperra in the...

  • 27 Apr 2022

    Irie Flava Caribbean Curry

    A spicy meal kit. Yes, I love cooking but it’s also a real treat to have somebody else do the clever stuff. Thus, I get the credit for a delicious meal but with a fraction of the effort. Irie Eats presents authentic-tasting Caribbean Street Food kits to bring the vibrant ‘flava’ of the Caribbean to...

  • 25 Apr 2022

    Men with the Pot Cookbook

    Deliciously Polish outdoor cooking. In these difficult times we long to get back to nature. To have fun. To enjoy convivial company and delicious food. Men with the Pot Cookbook is penned by two Polish chaps living in Ireland, and it’s stuffed with tempting recipes suitable for outside preparation. Kris Szymanski and Slawek Kalkraut evidently...

  • 22 Apr 2022

    Earth Day: a spirit for our times

    Earth Day on 22 April is a good time to evaluate whether you could be buying better and reducing packaging waste. One small step which few of us think about is the packaging of our favourite spirits. Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka, made by eco-friendly Scottish-based Dunnet Bay Distillers, comes in ‘bottles for...

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