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Top 5 Holiday Tipples To Try

Aside from sightseeing, shopping and discovering a brand new city, one of the best parts about a holiday is enjoying the local food and drink. Whether it’s a strong cup of Turkish coffee or a sneaky shot of Greek ouzo – you’re on holidays after all – here are the top five drinks to try around the world.
Ouzo
Ouzo in Greece
Ouzo is a clear alcohol with a very distinct liquorice taste. It’s usually drunk straight without ice, although cold water can be added to dilute it. Ouzo bars are common throughout all of Greeceand you’ll find it served with meze menus. Be careful keeping up with the locals – at 40% alcoholic content you won’t actually realise how much you’ve drunk until you try to stand up!
Beer
Alhambra beer in Spain
Alhambra is arguably the leading craft brewery in Spain and you simply have to sample the award-winning Alhambra Reserva 1925. Brewed in Spain for over 80 years, this premium beer is developed over 35 days to bring out the caramel aromas and full-bodied flavour. Make sure you try all the other varieties of beer while you’re at it – Alhambra also makes Premium, Especial, Negra and Mezquita ranges as well.

Zivania in Cyprus
Believed to have been produced since the 15th century, zivania is an alcoholic beverage with a light flavour of raisins. It is a distillate made with grape pomace and local Cypriot wine. It’s another strong one – around 45% alcoholic content – although you can find drinks up to 90%! Since 2004, EU laws have protected zivania as a product unique to Cyprus and it cannot be produced anywhere else. It’s served ice-cold in a shot glass and best to be drunk quickly – it tends to burn your throat as it goes down!

Port in Portugal
Port wine, also known as vinho do Porto or oporto, is one of the most famous sweet fortified dessert wines. Originating from the Douro Valley in the north of Portugal, port is a sweet red wine aged in barrels for at least 7 years. There are several different types of port, most notably tawny, ruby, white and late-bottled vintage. It is usually served after dinner or added to other dishes such as fish and meat.
Coffee

Turkish coffee in Turkey
Local drinks don’t always have to be alcoholic. If you’re looking for a more dry kind of holiday, make sure you try some Turkish coffee. Not just a drink, but also a ritual, Turkish coffee is a way of preparing drinks. Finely ground roasted coffee beans are boiled with water and sugar in a small traditional copper pot, called a cezve. It is then served in a fine porcelain cup, where the coffee grounds settle at the bottom. There are four different sweetness servings – ‘sade’ means plain without sugar, ‘azşekerli’ means half a teaspoon of sugar, ‘ortaşekerli’ is one level teaspoon of sugar, and ‘çokşekerli’ is for a sweet tooth with two or more teaspoons.

Content by Thomas Cook.

How to pack a bag for Bank Holiday Weekends

Away this bank holiday? Here’s the perfect guide on what you’ll need to take – essentials and fashion picks that can be easily mixed and matched for any occasion. Get it right and you’ll save time and space – there’s no need to compromise on looking good!

 

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The key to packing a perfect bag for a long weekend is getting the balance correct – don’t take too much and pick things that can be easily teamed together.

Fashion picks such as a printed tee and shirt are a must have for when you want to look that extra bit dapper. These can easily be paired with some blue jeans or coloured chinos shorts. To increase you’re cool factor don’t forget your sunglasses just in case the sun decides to shine!

Shoes are also very important – pack a pair of boots which will look great when going out and a pair of comfy trainers if you’re being more active or lounging around, but still want to look cool. – Shop Shoes & Accessories Here.

Don’t comprise your style when you’re just kicking back.  Pack a basic tee which can again be paired with the jeans, chinos or even the jogger shorts if it’s a really lazy day! A hoodie is also a handy mix and match staple to have – pick a bold colour and you’ll look good lounging about.

Most importantly! Don’t forget socks and boxers – colourful socks are a must have, because let’s just face it black socks are pretty boring!

Top 5 Summer Holidays for 2014

Forget Magaluf and Malia. Here are the top 5 holiday destinations for summer 2014! If you’re tired of the usual trashy bars and buckets of sugary, watered down cocktail, check out these awesome alternatives for a summer holiday to remember!

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CROATIA

Emerging as a party destination in the late 00s, Croatia plays host to some of Europe’s coolest music festivals including Soundwave, Outlook and Dimensions and Hideout! If you’re feeling brave then wait until you get to Croatia to sort out your accommodation as there are lots of houses who offer a B&B service who don’t advertise on the net and you’ll get a great deal! You could end up staying with a knowledgeable local who makes their own local grappa or who won’t mind running you to the local store to pick up heavy bottles of water in their car. Take some time after your festival is finished to travel the rest of the breathtaking coastline as well as tourist spots including Plitvice Lakes (see above).

 

BULGARIA

For partying on the strip and all the general debauchery you’d expect from a lads holiday head to SunnyBeach. Boat parties, long stretches of beach and bars and clubs for every night of the week, all at a tidier price tag than some of the trusted faves.

Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV

Marketed as having a nightlife to rival London and New York, which we will take with a generous pinch of salt, Tel Aviv has become a prime party destination! With clubs and bars that are open till dawn, many of them positioned along the waterfront, plus a host of shisha bars and late night cafes this is definitely an up and coming holiday hotspot. Ideal for going with either the missus or your pals!

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BRAZIL

Get saving those pennies, because flights to Brazil aren’t the cheapest! But go this summer and you’ll be right in the midst of WORLD CUP FEVER!!! For an atmosphere that’s worth a million bucks, we recommend splashing out on a trip this summer. Stay on the cusp of a favela just outside Rio for more affordable accommodation that is still safe and has breathtaking views, try Babilônia, Rocinha or Vidigal.

 

IBIZA

There’s more to Ibiza that the overcrowded and dirty beach at San Antonio!

Stay right on the edge of San Antonio to take advantage of cheap and easy package holidays, but plan your escape! Jump on one of the local buses each day to a much cleaner, more picturesque beach like Cala Conta or Cala Bassa. Chill during the day, enjoying the sea and the lack of queues each time you want an ice cold beer, then at sunset, head back to the hub for a night of partying!

Top 5 Wearable Florals

Think the floral trend is cool but worried you won’t pull it off? Check out our top 5 products from full on floral to discrete – you can always fit some floral in your style.

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    This floral jumper is great for spring days when you don’t want to wear a jacket. This print is definitely floral but with its dark and masculine tone it’s easy to pull off. Some men are a bit iffy about floral, but we can confirm it’s the way forward!

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    Floral_TieSmart doesn’t always have to be boring – this tie is perfect for adding some style and colour to your formal wear. It bright but won’t outshine the rest of your outfit.

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    Floral_TshirtIf you’re really into your fashion but still a little worried, test the waters with this tee – this all over floral print is quite subtle but will still nails the floral trend.

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    Floral_ShirtIf you don’t want to go big, go micro instead- the print on this shirt is small and the bold denim colours over power the floral making it very wearable. Pair with some chino shorts for a laid back look.

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    Floral_BoxersIt doesn’t get any more wearable than floral boxers! Rock these boxers if you’re not brave enough to flash florals, but still want to feel the part.

Shop the Floral Trend

How to make the ULTIMATE baked beans!

Baked beans are a staple of the Great British diet. Whether they’re providing a vital contribution to the all-star cast of the beautiful Full English breakfast, or taking centre-stage later in the day on a bed of toast and butter, they truly are a canned culinary classic.

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However, just like almost every other store-bought product, with a little effort you can quite easily create something that blows these little beans right out of the tomato sauce they so happily swim in. That’s right. DIY baked beans are where it’s at and today we’re going to tell you how to DIB (do it brilliantly!) with a little help from the Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli range. This recipe will give you a beautifully spicy and rich smoky flavour. Of course, vegetarians can ignore the chorizo.

Smoky DIY Baked Beans

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

400g haricot beans

200g diced chorizo

200g diced onion

2 chopped garlic cloves

700g passata

1tbsp Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste

2tbsp Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Honey

500ml chicken stock

2tbsp tomato purée

The_Ingredients

Method:

Soak haricot beans in cold water for at least 8 hours or just over night.

Fry onion, chorizo, garlic and tomato paste and Gran Luchito paste & honey on medium heat until onion is softened (approx. 10 mins).

Combine onion mix with drained beans and passata in a big pan.

Add chicken stock and stir well.

Cook on a very low heat for around 12 hours.

Serve however you would the canned variety. If you really want to go to town on it, you could try making your own sourdough bread!

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Exclusively for Burton blog readers, Gran Luchito is offering 20% off its Gift Set so you can try this recipe at home!

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