Seeing as we can’t go out this Valentine’s Day thanks to the national lockdown here in the UK, we thought we would take a look at a couple of alternative gifts you can send or give to your loved one this year in the form of some liquid hugs.
The first is somewhat unusual and comes from Gibson’s Goodology, the multi-award-winning trio of CBD-infused teas.
These beautifully packaged 250ml parcels of Love, Harmony and Joy contain just five ethically sourced, all-natural ingredients, namely fruit, agave, lemon juice, the finest of tea and 25mg CBD isolate, which is the highest dosage available on the premium market to date.
Each flavour has been crafted by Michelin-starred mixologist Oskar Kinberg of Hide, London, who won a medal at the Spirits Business No/Low Awards at the beginning of the year, and renowned tea expert Stefan Gieschke.
Gibson’s Goodology’s three unique flavours have been expertly blended and delicately balanced to offer a high dosage of superior CBD without sacrificing any flavour or quality, and have been achieved through a rigorous in-house, CBD ‘triple lab testing’ process, making this a unique one of a kind brand. The drinks, labelled as ‘liquid hugs’, are designed to evoke warmth, and will hopefully help spread a little bit of love to those loved ones we are unable to get together with this Valentine’s Day. Each package also comes with dried flower petals to give that extra romantic touch!
Gibson’s Goodology are gaining growing recognition within the wellness market whilst taking drinks technology to the next level. They have won multiple awards including two Silver and one Gold medal at the Spirits Business Inaugural Low/Now Awards, The Independent ‘Indy’s Best CBD Drink’ and was a finalist for three prizes at the World Beverage Awards this year.
So, for just £14.99 for this trio of Blueberry and Shiso Tea, Passionfruit and Green Tea, and Rhubarb and Jasmine Tea, simply visit the Gibson’s website where you will be able to able to order your premium gift pack online and add a personalised note to send these ‘liquid hugs’ to your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Don Papa Rum
Our second gift idea is from Don Papa Rum, who has come up with a delicious cocktail, the bittersweet ‘Don’s Duo’ which pairs perfectly with dark chocolate and is ideal for sharing or enjoying alone. The cocktail is warming, gently spiced and just a little bit quirky to make this lockdown Valentine’s Day just a little bit brighter and special.
To make ‘Don’s Duo’, you will need 45 ml Don Papa Rum, 5 ml Aperol, 15 ml Raspberry Liqueur, 15 ml Simple Syrup, 25 ml Lemon Juice, 30 ml Egg White, 3 drops Balsamic Vinegar and finally, 1 drop of Red Food Colouring.
Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice, then shake it to emulsify the egg white. Add some ice, shake again hard until thoroughly chilled and then double strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Zest with a lemon and garnish with 3 drops of balsamic vinegar, pulled with a toothpick to create little hearts and serve in the coupe glass alongside some hazelnut or chilli dark chocolate for the perfect romantic cocktail.
Don Papa costs £32.00 and is available from Sainsbury’s.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Gibson’s Goodology and Don Papa Rum