The glorious chocolate-filled, four-day-long celebration where we all work less, and eat and drink a whole lot more.
For the less religious and non-Christians, this means a weekend of indulgence; the last fling before “project summer body”, the ideal time to get a little playful with a drink or two. And we’ve also suggested a more chocolatey option, to replicate that Easter egg-citement from our youth. Because chocolate + booze = real grown-up fun.
It’s that school's-out feeling. When the clock hits 5pm and everyone heads to the nearest bar/pub. Where innovative establishments are serving up the likes of 1000 calorie Crème Egg Mojitos and Drinkable Easter Eggs (with popcorn rum).
But what we really want to kick-start the weekend? A cold beer, or crisp glass of wine. This is the start of spring after all.
The end of March is (un)officially the start of Rosé season. Brangelina’s latest release, the Château Miraval 2015 Rosé, a soft blush from Provence with a long lasting fruity finish, is the ideal toast to the start of spring. For something a little more bubbly, Maison Williams Chase recently introduced a Sparkling Rosé to their portfolio. An excellent Easter Weekend aperitif, savour notes of white peach, grapefruit, and crushed strawberries.
Brewed using English hops and chocolate malt, Chapel Down’s Curious Porter beer is matured with vanilla oak chips to give a gentle softness and enticing aroma – great for opening the palate with a subtle nod to the chocolate tradition.
Cocktails are calling… With a full day off work, and therefore a little more time to mix something up, Good Friday is a great day for adventurous endeavours.
Our current favourite is the French 75 which, out of all the many Champagne-and-liquor combinations known to contemporary mixology, this one has the most panache. Combines 40ml London Dry Gin, a teaspoon of fine sugar and 10ml lemon juice and then top up with Champagne.
For traditionalists, partner Friday Fish with Louis Jadot Chablis - a versatile, unoaked chardonnay with a crisp, fresh and zesty acidity.
Chambord have came up with a fantastically chocolatey Easter Egg Cocktail – mix 25ml Chambord, 15ml Coffee Liqueur, 25ml Cream, 1 scoop chocolate ice cream, 1 scoop vanilla ice cream in a blender, simply whizz for 20 seconds and pour.
Easter Saturday should be about friends and family, afternoon teas, scones and sparkling wines - NOT trips to Homebase and DIY.
If you can’t indulge with the award-winning Rubis chocolate wine at Easter, then when can you? A rich fruity wine with a velvety chocolate finish, go all out with gooey chocolate pud to partner it with.
An Easter Sunday lunch of lamb demands a complementary red wine. The 2012 Amancaya Malbec includes ripe, cassis laden Cabernet, resulting in a deeply fruity wine that is full of spice and an excellent accompaniment to meat. For Burgundy fans, this 2013 Bourgogne Pinot Noir from Albert Bichot boasts a seductive palate of very fruity aromas – notes of blackcurrant, redcurrant and plum.
Chocolate Box's Dark Chocolate Shiraz infuses blackberry flavours and chocolate (obvs) in this big juicey wine - great with steak. Alternatively, Chocolate Box's Cherry Chocolate wine has aromas of the obvious, along with stewed rhubarb, vanilla and cinnamon. It has a little tang and spiciness that stops it being a complete fruit bomb and goes perfectly with grilled meats, especially lamb chops.
Cup of tea, anyone?