For tempting Valentine gift ideas for a foodie look no further. Whether you are treating your loved one, friend (Galentine’s) or even yourself because why not? You’ll be sure to like this.
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For gin lovers in your life Opihr has the perfect fix. Choose between three flavours, all presented in beautifully designed bottles. The classic Opihr London Dry Gin from £27 available at DrinkSupermarket, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons and Neat and Shaken.
Opihr London Dry Gin is infused with exotic hand-picked botanicals, spices and herbs from the Ancient Spice Route, including cardamom from India, coriander from Morocco, grapefruit from Turkey and orange peel from Spain.
London Dry Gin can also be purchased as a gift set for an extra £3, which includes a gin glass.
Second and third Opihr’s flavours include: Aromatic Bitters Gin 70cl from £25.99 and Opihr Black Lemon Gin 70cl from £25.99. All three can be enjoyed with tonic or mixed into a cocktail.
For a fizzy cocktail idea with Opihr Black Lemon: add 20ml Opihr Black Lemon Gin | 15ml Apricot or Peach Liqueur | 1 Dash Peychaud’s Bitters. Add a Small Pinch of Sea Salt and stir gently. Top with Prosecco and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
Iberica at Home
For those preferring Spanish flavours Ibérica at Home is a great website to check out. There is a range of delicacies from abroad from sweet to savory treats such as:
Natural Sweet Olive Oil Tortas – a traditional snack throughout Spain for more than 100 years. Made by hand, one by one, each torta is unique and one-of-a-kind thanks to the delicate hands that shape them, £4.20.
Vegan Carrot Cake and Olive Oil Biscuits: Artisan bakers Paul and Pippa make these delicious crunchy biscuits in Barcelona using completely natural ingredients, £4.95.
Artisan Nougat with Hazelnut Chocolate Soufflé: Crunchy hazelnut souffle turron made with the same formula as the traditional Agramunt nougat. With almonds, sugar, honey, egg white and a chocolate base, to which an air soufflé is added to make it lighter, softer and crunchier, £8.50.
Or why not consider an alcoholic free alternative to champagne, sparkling wine and rose from The REAL Drinks Co?
There’re three to choose from Dry Dragon, Peony Blush and Royal Flush. Dry Dragon – a fine sparkling white alternative, made using pan-fired Dragonwell green tea.
Royal Flush – Champagne alternative, made using first flush Darjeeling, the Queen of Tea.
Since it’s Valentine’s though let’s focus on the subtle pink notes in the Peony Blush. It’s an elegant sparkling, non-alcoholic rosé.
Exquisitely crafted from delicate White Peony tea leaves, transformed using authentic winemaking techniques, Peony Blush is light and zesty, with underlying complex notes.
It’s effervescent fermented tea – a symphony of flavours on the tongue.
Peony Blush is available at www.realdrinks.co and in select food & drink retailers. It’s the perfect way to say “I love you” without uttering a word!
Bird & Blend
Or why not gift the actual tea. For tea lovers in your life Bird & Blend Tea Co the sustainable London based tea company created Valentine’s inspired flavours.
Love Hearts Gift cube, £10, birdandblendtea.com – A sweet treat for Swizzels fans with a blend of Apple pieces, Rosehip, Hibiscus and Elderberries, that tastes just like the iconic sweet, individually packed in tea bags in a gorgeous Love Hearts Gift Cube
Love Potion, from £3.50, birdandblendtea.com – A magical blend of chocolate, rose & strawberry loose tea with added candy love hearts, the perfect cup of Valentine’s tea
Red Velvet Tea, from £3.50, birdandblendtea.com – Indulge in Red Velvet Cake tea with Sri Lankan black tea, cocoa shells, sweet beetroot slices & Pomegranate flowers
Wedding Cake Tea, from £3.50, birdandblendtea.com – Say I do to this brew-tiful wedding cake flavoured loose tea blend with toasted rice & heart-shaped edible confetti sprinkles with hints of vanilla sponge, coconut and rose.
A special limited edition tin, perfect for a wedding gift, is also available with 75 cups of magic inside for £21.75.
Elijah Craig Bourbon
For Bourbon connoisseurs and casual whiskey fans alike consider Elijah Craig
Elijah Craig Small Batch is made exclusively from a blend of 200 or less 8 to 12-year-old barrels, aged in open air rickhouses.
It is this extra aging and expertise in barrel selection that give Elijah Craig its robust body and rich flavour and owes its distinctive warm spice and subtle smoke flavour to Level 3 charred oak barrels.
The Master Distillers at Elijah Craig use malted barley, rye and local corn to produce this burnished copper coloured Bourbon, with a delightfully complex aroma, notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit and fresh mint.
The result is smooth and warm taste with woody accents of smoke and nutmeg finished with a sweet and slightly toasty finish.
Prestige Bento Box
For food lovers especially japanese cuisine and sushi why not get something special for the celebration of Valentine’s if celebrating at home.
INÉ, a direct Japanese translation for rice, offers premium sushi and elevated Japanese fare.
Dedicated to using the freshest ingredients, sustainably and locally sourced, the team have curated a selection of INÉ’s most exquisite dishes to enjoy at home – from nigiri to Taku’s signature Matcha Terrine dessert.
Crafted by Chef Patron Taku Watanabe, the bespoke Valentine’s Day Prestige Bento Box offers an indulgent meal for two priced at £130.
For vodka lovers Kavka Vodka has a perfect Valentine’s gift. Orchard Plum and Apple, naturally sweet and delicate blend of plum, apple and fine grain spirits.
Sourced and distilled in the ancient Polish market town of Sandomierz.
It has a natural sweetness and depth making it perfect to be drunk on its own, in a cocktail or with a refreshing mixer.
Made with 200 years of distilling tradition, going back to the 19th century when distilleries produced spirits to emphasise taste and individuality, rather than trying to filter them out, Kavka blends fine rye and wheat spirits, adding small quantities of aged pot-stilled fruit spirits.