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Fragola Spezieria Liquore alle Fragoline, Bepi Tosolini

Another good bottle for Valentine’s Day this week - this time an wild strawberry flavoured liqueur in an extraordinarily blingy bottle with wild strawberries floating on top. It’s part of Marks & Spencer’s new international spirits range which now runs to over 70 different spirits and liqueurs.

It’s intensely sweet so needs to be served well chilled - unfortunately the curvaceous bottle isn’t the easiest to fit in the fridge - but I think it would be lovely poured over strawberries as well as with any dish of which strawberries is a component - pannacotta and strawberries for example, a strawberry pavlova or Eton Mess. And I'm sure homemade strawberry ice cream would benefit from a dash.

It would also work well with lighter chocolate desserts than the Alcyone last week - milk chocolate desserts or a light cake like Dan Lepard’s delicious-sounding Chocolate Custard Mousse Cake.

And you could also use it to make a simple sparkling wine cocktail topped up with champagne or prosecco.

The Bepi Tosolini distillery is a family-run firm based in Udine in the Friuli region. They also make grappas and a Limoncello which is also stocked by M & S.

Fragola Spezieria Liquore alle Fragoline (24%) is available at £23.49 in larger branches of Marks & Spencer, £27.85 at Weavers, Nottingham, £28.49 at Alexander Hadleigh, Southampton and cheaper still at £22.75 Fareham Wine Cellar though they say they need 4-5 working days to order it.


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