Move over chocolate bunnies. Sometimes only a nice drink will do, and they don't have to always be alcoholic. Jo Aspin rounds up five of her favourites.
Aqua Riva Cocktails
Spring is in the air, and you need a little fun in your life after this dreary lockdown start to 2021. Say hello to Aqua Riva ready-mixed tequila cocktail range headed up by actress-turned tequila-championing drinks aficionado Cleo Rocos. She quotes ‘My AquaRiva Margarita is like drinking your first day of a holiday! Simply chill, shake like a bartender and serve in a small glass with ice, garnished with orange zest’. We’ll drink to that! Choose from Margarita and Mexpresso. The drinks are made with 100% Agave Reposado Tequila, Organic Agave Syrup and natural ingredients only.
Savyll Non-Alcoholic Cocktails
Not drinking? No need to miss out. Try these new non-booze cocktails. Totally gorgeous packaging and high-end in ingredients and taste, Savyll pronounced “sah-vell” - meaning to be ‘savoured by all’ have launched two new drinks just in time for Easter: Paloma Tequila and Whiskey Sour.
Both drinks cleverly mirror the taste of these cocktail classics – you’ll get smokey and sweet bourbon notes in the Whiskey Sour and bitter-sweet saltiness in the Paloma Tequila comes through too – all but minus the booze, so you can minus off the hangover the next day. Win, win!
FlaGINgo Pink Gin
This gin has a flamingo on the bottle, it’s pink and it’s made up of botanicals that mirror the Caribbean. FlaGINgo pink gin features extracts of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, allspice and ginger but is created a bit nearer to home – at Manchester’s first distillery Zymurgorium. Something of a Willy Wonka factory for the drinks world, they’re known for their experimental flavours - they have also created the world’s first parma violet gin liqueur, ruby chocolate rum, and uh a unicorn-inspired gin liqueur?! This gin’s an absolute treat, a lovely fruity and vibrant spirit that will look great at your Easter table when added to tonic given its pink hue.
Schönburger 2018 Danebury Wines
Here’s a lovely, crisp and lemony white wine suggestion for your Easter lunch from English winemakers Danebury in Hampshire. Schönburger 2018 wine recently picked up a Bronze Award in Decanter 2020 World Wine Awards. It’s made with a lesser-known Schönburger German grape. The sustainably led vineyard works with nature and harvests by hand. This delicious wine is Spring in a glass, featuring zesty aromas and a white pepper spice to finish.
And finally, a positive drinks story to raise a toast to this Easter. Pro-rugby player Greg Bateman has launched People’s Captain. Following struggles with mental health and depression, he sought to put this to good and has created a range of beers with proceeds going to the attached charity which raises money to support UK Mental health initiatives. Check out the funky can designs - made by artist Nathan Bowen - who Greg hit up after seeing his grafitti on a wall in Hackney!
The core range features Legend – an American Pale Ale; Islander – an unfiltered New England American Pale with tropical notes; Stereotype – a crisp ‘English’ style lager; Short & Stout – a light-in-colour milk stout; and – Tis the Saison - a traditional French Saison beer using Belle Saison wild yeast.
Find out more about People's Captain by reading our interview with Greg Bateman.
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Chatting Food Contributor Jo Aspin
Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad.