Why not give the gift of caffeine this Christmas?
JURA make Swiss design, luxury bean-to-cup coffee machines. They have something for every budget, a guarantee of festive cheer for all coffee lovers!
The superlative new one-cup machine: small, simple, stunning, is a must for all coffee lovers and connoisseurs. The ENA 8 impresses with freshly ground speciality coffees. Thanks to the variety it offers at the touch of a button, it will delight even the most discerning palate.
ENA 8 RRP £975 (comes in super colours too, Metropolitan Black, Nordic White, Sunset Red and Massive Aluminium)
Pataka Ginger Liqueur, produced using Fairtrade root ginger and 100% Fairtrade sugar, adds an exotic, fiery, spicy touch to a cocktail. It's a perfect warmer for these chilly winter evenings, but that's not really surprising, after all, Pataka means 'firecracker' in Punjabi.
I received a bottle of the golden liqueur from the nice people at Mangrove UK to see what I thought.
So, what's my verdict?
It has a cockle- warming flavour which reminded me of old fashioned ginger sweets. It is fresh, fragrant, appealingly fiery and pleasantly smooth. Since it contains no extra flavouring or spices, there is no chemical aftertaste at all. Definitely a great addition to any drinks cabinet.
And here are some recipes from Mangrove UK that you can try
Mulled Ginger: for when mulled wine needs an extra kick
Warm a glass of red wine in a pan, add 30ml Pataka, a slice of orange and a cinammon stick. Good to go!
East Side: a short shaken glass of fiery goodness
Add ice to a shaker with 40ml Pataka Ginger Liqueur, 10ml navy strength gin, 25ml fresh lime juice, 8 mint leaves and 10ml sugar syrup. Shake and strain into a glass.
Fire Cracker : simple but full of flavour
Pour 50ml Pataka over a tall glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale.
Pataka ginger liqueur can be used in lots of cocktail recipes, so if you have any brilliant ideas that you'd like me to share, do let me know and I can add them here.
Master of Malt
The Drink Supermarket
The brand is owned by French company Ethical Wine & Spirits and developed jointly with MANGROVE in the UK.
EWS is dedicated to producing high-quality spirits sourced ethically and sustainably.
Now you can enjoy your cuppa even more by knowing that Dorset Tea has launched Sunshine Blend, a sustainably packaged tea, in association with the Marine Conservation Society.
With a strong connection to the Dorset coastline, the brand has taken measures to ensure its packaging is as environmentally friendly as it is possible to be. They teamed up with the Marine Conservation Society to highlight the importance of using sustainable packaging and keeping coastlines litter-free.
I'm Gilly, award winning journalist, travel writer and 12 x author. Words & images in national and regional papers / magazines.