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Sugar and spice and all things nice – tasty tipples to treat yourself this Easter

Easter is a time for treats, normally involving copious amounts of chocolate, and this year, we really deserve it more than any other.

As restrictions ease and we can meet in small groups outdoors, drinks will certainly be on the menu, so here are a few Easter tipple ideas from the People’s Choice Drinks Awards.

If the weather doesn’t play ball over the Easter bank holiday weekend, we might need something warming to enjoy. Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum from St Lucia won the ‘Spice up Your Life’ Rum category in this year’s People’s Choice Drinks awards and here is a great cocktail recipe from Dave Marsland, who runs the hugely popular Manchester Rum Festival:

St Lucian Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

50ml Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum

50ml Butterscotch Schnapps

100ml Hotel Chocolat Classic 70% Hot Chocolate

Dash of Angostura Orange bitters

Instructions: Add the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced and Butterscotch Schnapps to the hot chocolate, top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or chocolate cane. Delish. You can get hold of a bottle for £23.34.

Red wines for Spring lamb

Rioja is a great match with lamb and this Booth & Co. Gran Norte Rioja Crianza 2017 would be a perfect choice. Made from 100% Tempranillo with hints of vanilla and spice, this was a popular winner of the Red for Easy Weekday Meals category at the Awards. It will pretty much go with most meaty dishes, including pizza and pasta too.

Price £10.25 at all Booths stores

Cracking Cheese

If your idea of a treat, is more savoury in nature, then this food-friendly McGuigan Shortlist Riesling will hit the spot – winner of the PCDA Pass the Crackers category, for wines to go with cheese, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Also a great match with spicy foods, including aromatic and Asian cuisine. A bargain at only £7 from Asda

Janet Harrison
Janet Harrison runs Cracking Wine, providing fun and informal wine tasting events in the North of England. She is also founder of the People's Choice Wine Awards.

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