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How to make a quick and easy strawberry daiquiri at home this bank holiday weekend


Alex Watson



Name a more iconic summer drink, I’ll wait… 

Strawberry daiquiris are boozy, sugary and all-round delicious crowd-pleasing drinks, so it’s only right you become the master daiquiri maker for the bank holiday weekend!

Despite how delicious they are, they’re also incredibly easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients, a blender and voila!

Be warned, this recipe only calls for 10ml of rum but that’s barely a drizzle so feel free to add more – always drink responsibly though, of course.

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  • 500g Strawberries
  • 100g Ice
  • 10ml Rum
  • Half a lime Lime 


  1. Blend your strawberries and sieve through the puree. 
  2. Add puree, ice, rum and half a squeeze of lime into a blender.
  3. Serve!
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Add as many amazing garnishes as you like, including fresh strawberries and even a drizzle of rum on the top. 

From this recipe, you can pretty much make any other flavour combination of daiquiris you like! Why not make a few different flavours and layer them in a tall glass to create a rainbow daiquiri!?

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A new spot dedicated to pastel de nata has opened in Manchester Arndale

This looks so good!

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If you love pastel de nata and are gutted that a trip to Portugal to sample them in their home country looks to be off the cards this year, then we’ve got some good news for you.

A new spot dedicated to the delicious little Portuguese treats has opened in the Arndale food market, and it looks so good.

Just Natas officially launched in the Arndale Market this week, joining established vendors like Viet Shack and Salt & Pepper.

Born out of a passion for the delicious, custard-filled snacks, Just Natas only serves up pastéis de nata and espresso – but what more could you want?

It’s open from 10am until 5pm – or until they sell-out, which has already happened this week – so you best be quick if you want to grab some.

It’s all baked fresh on-site daily, and you can even grab takeaway boxes stacked with as many natas as you like (all of them).

Just Natas is open every day from 10am at the Arndale Market, and you can follow them on Instagram here to stay up to date.

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Harvey Nichols launches an orange and gingerbread light-up snow globe gin with gold flecks 

This looks amazing!

Alex Watson



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What better way to get your house all festive than an actual snow globe full of gin that not only lights up but has shimmering flecks of REAL gold in?! 

Coming in at £29, this Orange and Gingerbread Snow Globe Gin Liqueur from Harvey Nichols contains 23 karat gold leaf and a lamp on the base that lights up the bottle on your shelf. 

It’s that pretty it will become a part of your Christmas decorations! 

The gin contains zesty Seville orange with a warming gingerbread, notes of cinnamon and dried cloves to really give it that perfect Christmas flavour. 

Harvey Nichols

If the flavours didn’t get you in the Christmas spirit enough, give the bottle a gentle shake and switch on the light and you’ll have a twinkling gold leaf cascade in front of a snowy Christmas scene found inside the bottle. 

That’s not the end of the boujee gold either – the box is a beautiful gold-foiled gift box making it the perfect present for all those gin lovers in your life. 

The gin liqueur is paired perfectly with Prosecco for a bubbly cocktail at home. Or you can mix with tonic for a simpler and longer drink or just enjoy neat over ice! 

The gin is served in 700ml bottles and comes in at 20%ABV. You can get it from Harvey Nichols stores from November.

Find all the Christmas specials at Harvey Nichols here


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Manchester’s newest outdoor food market is now doing brunch and it looks next level

That’s my weekend plans sorted…

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Escape To Freight Island

If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a brunch with a difference this weekend, then we’ve got just the place for you.

Head down to Escape To Freight Island, as it just got a whole lot better with the launch of its brand spanking new weekend brunch menu.

It’s available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm, and it looks like some absolutely next level scran.

Escape To Freight Island

You can expect a seriously good selection of delicious brunch dishes and plenty of cocktails (not just prosecco!). There’s loads on the menu, with the platform offering up plenty of veggie and vegan options too.

Grab yourself some delicious things like the Patty Queen Breakfast Bun (£6.50), with double sausage patty, free-range egg, proper American cheese, grilled potato, brioche bun, and top and bottom ketchup.

There’s also some great flatbreads on offer, like the Smashed Cannellini & Nduja Pizetta (£8), with Cannellini bean, Nduja, Cumberland sausage, red onion, kale and Fior di Latte cheese.

Escape To Freight Island

There’s also a vegan favourite, Grilled Avo & Halloumi Khubz (£8), with avocado, grilled portobello mushroom, coriander and pickled cucumber.

As for drinks, you can choose from a great selection of beers, soft drinks and cocktails, including Mimosas and Bloody Marys –  a brunch classic.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself booked in here!

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