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 – click 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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