Eating, drinking and being merry

There’s always an excuse to indulge – and here are some ways to do it.

There are plenty of excuses to indulge coming up, whether it’s as a present for someone special or just as a treat to ease yourself out of winter.

This week sees the twin celebrations of the Cheltenham Festival and St Patrick’s Day, and nothing can combine these two occasions better than one of Ireland’s finest exports, Bushmills whiskey. Crafted at the oldest distillery in Ireland, Bushmills 10 Year Old is an ideal starting point for the curious, eager to start their exploration of the world of Irish whiskey. Triple-distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for a minimum of 10 years in bourbon-seasoned barrels, this whiskey is fresh and zesty with aromas of honey, vanilla and milk chocolate. Bushmills 10 Year Old is delicious served neat, over ice or mixed into a range of classic and modern cocktails.

Or if you’re looking to celebrate with something a little les tradtional, Maestro Dobel, as Mexico’s first family of Tequila and pioneers in the field, are constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation. Eleventh Generation Master Blender Juan DOmingo BEckmann Legorreta (hence the name) is the genius creator of two world firsts: the first Cristalino, multi-aged tequila in Diamante™ and the first smoked silver tequila, Humito®. The bright, light Cristalino style tequila with silver touches holds exceptional body thanks to the high-quality blue agave used, harvested at peak condition, resulting in an intense, bold flavour.

Maestro DOBEL Diamante is handcrafted using a unique carbon filtration process that allows the gentle removal of colour while retaining the sophisticated, complex aromas and intense flavours that have been imparted by the wood during the maturation process. Both make an ideal spirit base for margaritas and can be used to elevate the humble three part serve.

Then again, if wine is more your choice, the award-winning Italian vinery Pasqua has launched a duo of blush rosés – 11 Minutes and Y by 11 minutes. The name 11 minutes refers to the precise duration of the skin contact method used to obtain the delicate colour of the wines and both are fruity yet elegant and with a sutbtle spice note, perfect for welcoming warmer days and lighter nights.

I drink’s not your thing and you’re looking for a locally-inspired Mother’s Day gift Cadbury World has launched a number of limited-edition tasty treats.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, the Bournville-based attraction has revealed that its talented chocolatiers have hand-crafted 60 Brummie-themed Cadbury chocolate plaques, available to purchase at the attraction.

There’s 30 unique, beautifully hand-decorated chocolate slabs with the message “Happy Mother’s Day Mom”, and 30 plaques with “Love you Mom”, helping Brummies celebrate the special woman in their life. The handmade chocolate gifts will be on sale in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop located within Cadbury World until Sunday 27th March, or until the plaques sell out. For more information and to book tickets to Cadbury World this Mother’s Day, visit Cadbury World.

Looking ahead to Easter, it’s now years since the first Lindt gold bunny was created. With its golden coat and little bell tied with red ribbon, the Lindt gold bunny is now iconic worldwide, heralding spring and no Easter egg hunt is complete without one. To celebrate this momentous occasion Lindt Chocolate shops and Lindt online is offering an exclusive Lindt gold bunny 500g in a recyclable card carrier this Easter.

In addition to this exclusive in store and online edition, the original Lindt gold bunny is available in five other sizes from various popular grocery retailers, Lindt Chocolate shops and online 10g, 50g, 100g, 200g and 1kg. The smallest ones are perfect for decorating tables and Easter baskets whilst the largest 1kg bunny is the ultimate showstopper. The 1kg Lindt gold bunny is entirely wrapped by hand before being hand polished and
finished with a beautiful red bow.

And if you don’t need a special occasaion to treat yourself or someone else, Birmingham-based chocolatiers Russell & Atwell recent stars of the BBC series Dragon’s Den, have prepared five varieties of fresh chilled chocolates from their Birmingham kitchen. The Creamy Milk, Scrumptious Salted Caramel, Cracking Creamy Hazelnut, Smooth Dark and Extra Rich Dark Chocolates are made with delicious, high quality and sustainable ingredients including responsibly sourced cocoa, fresh organic British cream, butter and wildflower honey. Chocolate lovers can opt for letterbox-friendly pouches (from £13.50), elegant refillable glass jars (from £30 for two; from £12 per 180g eco refill) or a regular Russell & Atwell subscription (from £50). Fine out more here.