Long Tail Premium Mixers*

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So, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has gotten a bit more adventurous in the kitchen during lockdown. Instagram is full of everyone attempting sourdough and cinnamon buns, so much so it’s starting to feel like a Covid-meme. So, if you’re looking to expand your regular line up, why not upgrade your drinks selection?

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When it comes to making drinks at home, I admit I can be a bit boring, but Long Tail Mixers have really upgraded my game with a selection of their delicious drinks. Designed to complement dark spirits, but just as delicious enjoyed on their own, Long Tail Mixers feel like the chicest upgrade to weekend drinks.

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With the addition of a bit of lime juice and a wedge, as well as a shot of Duppy Share Rum, the Island Spice mix becomes the most delicious of Gold Fashioneds. A bit spicey and citrusy, it’s perfect to enjoy on the balmy evenings we’ve been having, and let’s face it, it’s the closest I’m getting to the Caribbean for a while!

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A Spiced Mule is just as simple to concoct, with a glut of Pirate’s Grog Spiced Rum. The Ginger and Lime pairs perfectly for a summer tipple, which feels super fancy, but really takes the minimum amount of effort. Honestly though, as delicious as the mixers are paired with spirits, they’re just as delightful enjoyed by themselves. As a pretty light drinker, I can sometimes get a little fed up of sticking to water, so these drinks are the perfect alternative. Full of flavour, and not too sugary sweet, they’re perfect for summer evenings!

Long Tail Mixers are available here

Edinburgh’s Bross Bagels launch Bross Deli Delivery Service*

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If a few weeks back, you’d have asked me what my favourite weekend treat was, a bagel from Edinburgh’s iconic Bross would probably be number one. With five stores located throughout the city, you’re never too far away from a real taste of Montreal.

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Now that we’re living under lockdown, like the whole of Edinburgh, I’m missing my bagel-fix, but happily, Bross have launched their new Deli Delivery service, bringing the very best of Bross directly to your front door! You can enjoy everything from the Leith’s shop’s famous jalapeño schmear to Mama Bross’ own chicken salad (one of my personal faves). You can get your pastrami & turkey sliced in the Bross deli and they’ll even deliver it for free! Vegan food lovers don’t have to miss out on the fun – they even have pots of vegan cream cheese and slices of Sgaia’s Pastramheat so you can fill your bagel in style at home.

No matter where you’re located, whether it’s Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian or even Fife, you can fill your hole at home! Enjoy free delivery with a minimum order of only £20. When you are ready, just order for next weekday delivery to Edinburgh before 5pm. Buy a bakers dozen of your favourite bagel and whatever you don’t eat just slice, freeze, toast and fill with all your choice of delicious Bross fillings. Order directly from their website (www.brossbagels.com), click on deliveries and be the Bross!

 

Bolney Bubbly NV – Bolney Wine Estate*

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It kind of feels like the days are running into each other at the moment, so I’m making sure that the weekend feels like a real treat. I let myself lie-in a little longer than normal, try not to check my work email, and enjoy a bit of a treat.

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The Bolney Estate’s Bolney Bubbly is the perfect treat for a Friday night! From a British winery located on the edge of the South Downs, about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, it’s a fun new option for Fizzy Fridays!

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Perfect to enjoy outside, in all this good weather we’ve been enjoying, it’s a back garden staple! I can be picky with wines, but Bolney Bubbly is absolutely delicious. A light and refreshing choice, made from a blend of up to 8 grapes including the more traditional chardonnay, there are notes of stone fruits and lemon, which makes for a perfect spring tipple!

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It’s such a lovely change from the usual choice of Prosecco or champagne, and I can see myself reaching for a glass of this all summer long!

The Bolney Estate Bolney Bubbly is priced at £26.50 and is available here

Cooking with Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan*

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One of my very first ‘major’ hoe purchases, back when I was at university and preparing to move into my first proper apartment was a Le Creuset cast iron frying pan. It’s a huge blue one, and even though I bought it over ten years ago, I still use it weekly, and I can’t even begin to guess how many meals it’s produced over the years. By far it’s my most-used kitchen item, and in the years since, I’ve added a few more pieces to the family, with a dutch oven, more pans and pots, and I absolutely adore each and every one.

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The newest addition to my collection is the Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan in the stunning new shade ‘meringue’. The most divine soft putty-beige, it’s a beautifully chic neutral, which would look incredible in every type and colour of kitchen. Unlike my original purchase, which, if I’m honest can be a bit heavy once it’s full, the Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is easier to move around the kitchen, and clever features, like the lip on each side of it, makes using it an absolute dream.

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I’ve been using it for everything from omelettes to curries, and I’m absolutely delighted each and every time. Unlike other pots and pans, Le Creuset’s frying pan is made from a single cast iron piece, and as a result, the pan can withstand any cooking temperatures. you can think of. So, whether you tend to cook on the hob, or induction stovetop, or you need to pop your dish under the grill to brown and crisp toppings, or even place it in the oven to bake your supper, the pan comes right out looking brand new.

The interior of the pan is coated with Le Creuset’s specialist satin black enamel finish. Extremely durable and easy to clean, it won’t peel or rub away, and it even encourages the caramelisation of food, so your dishes taste even better than normal. Crucially, the interior lining means you don’t need to worry about ‘seasoning’ the iron, instead, I just wash by hand after each use, then pop away in the cupboard.

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If you’re looking for a little treat to enjoy during this weird period, where, if you’re anything like me, you’re cooking even more than normal – this Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is ideal!

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To go alongside such a gorgeous pan, I couldn’t resist this adorable silicon heart cool tool. Part of the brand’s Valentines collection, it adds a subtle  bit of colour into the kitchen, and it’s super handy too! You can use it for everything from a countertop protector, to a grip to easily open stubborn jars!

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is priced at £125 and is available here

Le Creuset Signature Heart Cool Tool is priced at £15 and is available here

Weekend Cocktails with the CleanGin

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Plans for the weekend? If you’re anything like me, it’s heavy on household chores, and easy on the fun stuff (thanks lockdown!). CleanGin has shared some of their favourite cocktail recipes, which are perfect to enjoy over the next couple of days! Not only is CleanGin absolutely delicious, but it’s low in alcohol too – meaning you can kick back on Sunday evening with a cocktail, without worrying about dealing with a headache on Monday morning!

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Their Signature Serve is a true classic – light and fresh with lemon and mint – you’ll find me sipping on this in the sunshine!

Ingredients: 50ml of CleanGin, 150ml of a light tonic, lemon, fresh mint leaves to garnish.

Method: Mix ingredients together and serve in a highball glass with ice, lemon and fresh mint leaves to garnish

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I’m also dying to try the Clean Club:

Ingredients: 50ml of CleanGin, 15ml of lemon juice, 15ml of honey syrup, 2.5ml orange blossom water and 4 raspberries.

Method: Add all ingredients into shaker, wet shake (with ice), single strain, dry shake (without ice), and fine strain into a rocks glass over ice cubes. Garnish and serve.

CleanGin is priced at £24.99 and is available here

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