I love G&Ts, however, being stuck in lockdown my healthy living vows have completely fallen to the wayside, which means I need to start being a bit more virtuous when it comes to what I'm drinking. Luckily, I've discovered Sea Arch's range of non-alcoholic G&Ts (Sea & T's anyone?) which give you the same delicious flavour as gin but without the alcohol - win win.
The range was inspired by the sights and sounds of the glorious Devon coastline, where founders and former wine bar owners Sarah & Geoff Yates live. Made with traditional distillation techniques, Sea Arch's delicate balance of traditional and seaside botanicals gives it an intense, yet inviting depth of flavour.
They have two fabulous options to choose from: The Rose Sea & T, featuring coastal juniper, sea kelp and samphire with a light rose and raspberry infused tonic or The Sea & T, featuring coastal juniper, sea kelp, samphire and blood orange with a light Indian tonic. Both are divine and are highly versatile. Sea Arch can be enjoyed as a refreshing ‘Sea & T’ served over ice with a squeeze of citrus and a premium tonic, or in a range of innovative alcohol-free cocktails.
If you're looking for the perfect gift to give for someone who who has everything, you can never go wrong with giving something gorgeous to drink. We love Sea Arch's lovely gift set (£19.95- see below), which includes a 25cl bottle of Sea Arch Coastal Juniper and two light tonics.
Sea Arch is available from Ocado, Amazon, Master of Malt or Sea Arch's online shop.
We've rounded up our top picks for the tastiest and most gorgeous food and drink gifts to give fabulous foodies.
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Delamain Cognac - The 67 Edition
The 67 Edition offers a beguiling combination of delicate sophistication and depth. On the nose are aromas of pear and fresh fig layered with buttery brioche and raisins. On the palate are rich, mellow flavours of fig jam, ending with the slightest autumnal notes.
Available from 67pallmall.com for £195 (70cl bottle).
Craft Coffee Club coffee subscription
This coffee subscription is ideal for all of the coffee lovers on your list. Each month subscribers receive either whole bean or ground ethically sourced single-origin artisan coffee alongside a selection of snacks and a mini-magazine with the details on the coffee and tasting/brewing notes. Even better, a portion of proceeds from every subscription goes towards helping to support farming communities around the globe by giving them funds to develop their businesses.
Available from Craft Coffee Club f or £24.95 per month.
Mariage Frères’ NOËL GLAMOUR®, a luxury advent calendar
This beautiful advent calendar from France's oldest luxury tea emporium Mariage Frères is filled with 24 premium teas.
Behind every door you'll find a luxury Mariage Frères’ tea. With classic such as Earl Grey as well as a wide variety of more unique options such as the fresh and fruity MARCO POLO®, to seasonal varieties such as the ESPRIT DE NOEL®, a festive and aromatic tea rich in Christmas spices, orange peel and vanilla, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to making a cuppa.
Available from Mariage Frères for £45.00.
The Bath Soft Cheese Co.
You can't have a foodie gift list without cheese - fact. We love The Bath Soft Cheese Co., famed for its organic cheese heralding from the heart of Somerset. Made with traditional methods, these premium cheeses are renowned for their distinctive quality. Selection boxes come packed with a range of signature cheeses, many with small batch chutneys and crackers.
Available from Barbury Hill priced from £25.
Mother Root Ginger Switchel
Mother Root Ginger Swtichel is a sophisticated 100% all-natural, non-alcoholic aperitif. A maceration of pressed ginger juice, blossom honey, Organic apple cider vinegar and a hint of chilli, it is inspired by the age-old Anglo-American “shrub-making” tradition originating from the 1700s.
It is exceptionally versatile and can be served hot or cold. We love it in Mother Root’s gorgeous Hot-Not-Toddy, a non-alcoholic version of a traditional hot toddy, which is great for chilly winter days!
Available from motherroot.london for £19.00 (480 ml bottle).
Gyre & Gimble Gins
Gyre & Gimble is a newly launched spirits brand which features three Alice in Wonderland inspired gins, combining the real world and the strange - Callooh Callay (a refreshing coastal gin), Nohow (a double-juniper London Dry) and Queen of Hearts (a rich, velvety cherry gin). The three gins make the perfect Christmas gift with a twist, and the cherry gin in particular is a festive addition to any booze cupboard.
The new gins are available from www.gyreandgimble.co.uk, all priced at £35 (70cl bottle) with delivery across mainland UK. The gins can also be found in the Gyre & Gimble bar in Norwich, where visitors can book a distilling experience to make their very own concoction from more than 30 botanicals to choose from.
Wine & Food: The Perfect Match
Written by 67 Pall Mall’s Head of Wine, Ronan Sayburn MS and Head Chef, Marcus Verberne, ‘Wine and Food: The Perfect Match’ features a comprehensive study of the world’s great wines, how to drink them and what foods to pair them with.
Available from 67 Pall Mall for £40.
British Charcuterie for Light Lunches & Boxing Day Brunches: Beal’s Farm
Direct from the farm to your kitchen table, Beal’s Farm, a family-run Sussex business, is the home of Mangalitsa charcuterie - award-winning cured meats from rare-breed pigs. Winner of multiple Great Taste Awards, Beal’s look after the entire process of curing, smoking, air-drying and packing to ensure the highest quality, making them the choice of Michelin-starred chefs and restaurants around the country.
A wide variety of boxes are available from the Charcuterie Sharing Selection through to the Luxury box featuring four varieties of cured meats including Air-dried Ham, Spalla, Coppa and Lomo, and two half sticks of different salamis – Milano, Fennel or Chorizo, ideal for entertaining and family gatherings.
Availabe from Barbury Hill priced between £18-£49.
Delicious, fresh food delivered direct to your door
When lockdown first struck, I had lofty ambitions to cook elaborate meals every day in efforts to break up the monotony, while making the most of having more time at home to prepare food. Six months on, the novelty of having to cook three meals a day - every single day - had begun to wear thin.
Love Yourself is a new food delivery brand that delivers nutritious and balanced food direct to your door. They have a wide variety of menus to choose from, all of which use only the freshest, finest, seasonal ingredients, meaning you’ll never get bored when it comes to options.
Whether you’re gluten free, dairy free, or if you prefer your meals to be halal, you can ensure you’ll be catered for. For those who are trying to watch their weight, Love Yourself’s menus sync with the MyFitness App, which helps you to track your calories and reach your goals.
All of the meals are cooked fresh and delivered daily, which ensures they are bursting with flavour. Love Yourself’s Head Chef, Michal Snela, who has worked in Michelin starred restaurants alongside Marcus Wareing, uses his expertise to ensure all dishes are superb.
We trialled the Balanced Diet menu for three days and were amazed by both the variety of items on offer and the quality of every dish. The dishes are all healthy as they don’t contain additives or preservatives, and they only use fresh meat. Favourites included the braised beef with mushrooms and peppers; lamb curry; the chicken, sundried tomatoes, and asparagus salad; and the pineapple, coconut and banana breakfast smoothie, which we could happily drink every morning!
The Love Yourself delivery service is great for when you’re short on time but don’t want your meals to fall short on taste. Love Yourself offers a range of menus from £25 each day.
Introducing Mother Root Ginger Switchel - a fresh and fiery non-alcoholic aperitif that's secretly good for you
The perfect drink for your downtime ritual...
I started eschewing alcohol when I fell pregnant with my eldest child and since then, I only enjoy the occasional tipple as there really is nothing more punishing then feeling hungover while having to look after two tiny tornados!
It can become a bit boring sticking to just juice, soda or water when you're not imbibing, so I was excited to discover Mother Root, a non-alcoholic drinks brand that was founded by mumpreneur and drinks expert Bethan Higson, who launched the brand while pregnant, looking after a toddler and working a full-time job in the wine trade. She saw a gap in the market for interesting - and flavourful - non-alcoholic drinks, and Mother Root was born in her kitchen in Peckham.
Mother Root Ginger Switchel is a maceration of pressed ginger juice, blossom honey, Organic apple cider vinegar and a hint of chilli. Inspired by the age-old Anglo-American “shrub-making” tradition originating from the 1700s, Mother Root Ginger Switchel is a revival of these interesting flavours, that’s been given a captivating modern twist.
In addition to being beyond delicious, it's also healthy thanks to its four key ingredients, which are bursting with nutrients.
Ginger has long been revered for its circulatory benefits as well as helping to reduce inflammation and ease the symptoms of indigestion such as heart burn, bloating, and nausea. Apple cider vinegar helps balance the body’s pH levels and blood sugar levels and aids digestion. Honey is packed with antioxidants and is great at helping to boost your immune system. Who knew one bottle could hold so much goodness within?!
An uplifting and invigorating drink, Mother Root Ginger Switchel is best enjoyed as a pre-dinner aperitif. Serve over ice with sparkling water or a light tonic, add a slice of orange and a fragrant sprig of rosemary, and you have everything you need for a refreshing drinking experience.
If you fancy a tipple, it's great as a base for vodka or dark rum based cocktails. We think it would be ideal for making a traditional Dark & Stormy with a twist!
Mother Root is available at www.motherroot.london.com and from quality independent retailers nationwide. Priced from £19.00 (480ml- 20 serves) or £8.90 (120ml – 5 serves).
For recipe inspiration visit: https://www.motherroot.london/recipes.
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