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  • Nine ways to ensure your non-drinking guests feel special

    Nine ways to ensure your non-drinking guests feel special
    At Saporista we are determined that enjoying good food and good times should not need to involve an alcoholic beverage, in the same way that it does not need to involve meat for vegetarians. Our friends at Nine Elms have inspired us to come up with no less than NINE ways to ensure that a non-alcoholic event does not turn into a non-event!
  • Edible thistles?


    Did you know that artichokes are actually a variety of the thistle family? This beautiful, but intimidating, olive green and purple hued 'vegetable' is especially prized in Spain, for its health giving properties as well as its looks. Artichokes are full of fibre, with one artichoke providing a quarter of your daily fibre needs, and 4g of protein per unit, unusual for a vegetable. They're full of vitamins and contain cynarine, which is good for your liver and soothing upset stomachs. No wonder they are a favourite vegetable in Spain! They are a staple of Mediterranean cuisine in the spring, when they are in season.

    What do they taste like? The edible part of the artichoke is the bud of the flower before it blooms, and the flavour of this bud is herbaceous and sweet. The petals have a crunchier texture, and the heart is the most tender part. The taste is similar to asparagus, brussel sprouts and celeriac, with a mild nutty flavour. Once you've discovered the delicious taste of artichoke there is no going back!

    The best way to cook them is to trim the outer leaves and slice off the top, then boil them for about 45 minutes. If you want a sociable snack, share the petals for dipping in aioli. The flesh is scooped out of the petal with the tongue, and then the delicious 'choke' in the heart of the artichoke can be spooned out and enjoyed. 

    Sounds complicated? A quick Google search will turn up loads of ways to prepare and eat artichokes, but for an easy introduction we recommend trying Botularium's crema di alcachofa. This mild, sweet and slightly nutty flavoured artichoke cream is a perfect dip or spread, or can be used as a sauce to accompany meat and fish, it could be stirred into pasta, or you could even posh up a sandwich with it. Head to our Aperitif Drinks and Nibbles collection and grab yourself a jar now!

  • Goodbye gin, vermouth is the new kid in the bar!

    Goodbye gin, vermouth is the new kid in the bar!

    Vermouth? Hmmmm .... Is that the dusty old bottle at the back of your parents' drinks cabinet? Well not any more. Vermouth is making a comeback, and some of the most exciting new vermouths on the scene are from Spain. In Barcelona's vermuterias (vermouth bars), this fortified wine, aromatized with botanicals like chamomile, coriander, gentian, juniper, saffron and sage in what is usually a very closely guarded process, is served very simply, in a tumbler glass with a slice of orange or lemon, and perhaps an olive. The Spanish drink mainly red vermouth which is infused with orange and Mediterranean herbs. It's sweet, but not as intensely sweet as sweet liqueurs like amaretto. The flavours of red vermouth are dark fruits, spice, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and herbs. Vermouth is an ideal aperitif, as its herbal profile aids in the stomach's digestion of food. It's delicious served with small bites of spicy sausage, dry and salty cheeses, or a selection of gourmet tinned fish appetizers. With an inviting aroma of Mediterranean herbs,vermouth is an easy to drink aperitif that is the perfect way to start a relaxed evening of sharing food and conversation with good friends. Head to Saporista's Spanish collection to get involved and discover the delights of vermouth for yourself!