We kick off 2023 by cracking open a couple of classic liqueurs to celebrate “Kiss A Ginger Day” and the birthday of Marco Pantani – an Italian maverick whose life was, quite literally, full of ups and downs.

Amid all this talk of Harry and Meghan, we explore Edward VII, aka “Dirty Bertie”¬† – the original Playboy Prince with some cracking King’s Ginger liqueur.

Then, having once again proven that #winewritingiswelleasy, we make ourselves a Bicicletta for birthday boy and Pirate peddler Marco Pantani.

If you’d like to see Edward VII’s ‘s3x chair’ (and why wouldn’t you?) then click¬†here.

Amazon is offering a great deal on King’s Ginger, complete with swanky gift tin, for just ¬£23¬†here. You’re welcome.

King’s Mulled Cider
50ml The King’s Ginger
150ml Cider
150ml Apple juice
Serve in a handled glass, hot or over ice.
Garnish with lemon, cinnamon stick and fresh blackberries.

Marco Pantani 

Here’s¬†the picture of Marco shaking an Italian policeman’s hand after some rather ripe parking manouevres and¬†here’s¬†a picture of his statue in Northern Italy.

For Campari, the best price is at Morrisons, £15.50 Рclick here
The Bicicletta 
  • 50ml Campari
  • 75ml White wine
  • Soda Water
Built over ice, use a wine glass or a highball glass

Other Royal Drinks:

King Charles’s Royal Lochnagar 12 year old,¬†Whisky Exchange, ¬£40.95

Megan Markle’s Tignanello 2018 can be found at¬†Fine Wine Direct for ¬£180
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