It seems 2018 is the year of the fig, particularly within the drinks industry, where we’ve noticed a recent surge in fig-flavoured liqueurs and spirits. We love Esprit de Figues (£25.15, available at masterofmalt.com)
– the world’s first true fig liqueur.
Heinz soups get a spring makeover in a limited-edition takeover by Cath Kidston to celebrate its 25th birthday. From late April, you’ll find Heinz soup tins in three of Cath Kidston’s iconic designs in supermarkets. COLOUR-CHANGING GIN In case drinking gin isn’t already fun enough, how about drinking gin that changes colour? New to Harvey Nichols from The Old Curiosity Distillery, the gins turn from purple to pink or from blue to pink when tonic is added, depending on the flavour. This follows last year’s Sharish Blue gin, which also changes from blue to pink with tonic. Apothecary rose gin, £42 (500ml) harveynichols.com CLOUD VODKA Speaking of unusual spirits, Hilton Head distillery in America’s South Carolina has recently launched a vodka called Aermoor, made using water sourced directly from clouds. PROTEIN ICE CREAM We know it might not be ice creameating weather just yet, but we’ve noticed a trend sweeping across the freezer aisle recently: ice creams containing more protein and less sugar. Brands like Halo Top, Breyers Delights, Koupe and Minioti all produce lower sugar, higher protein dairy ice creams at the moment for those who want their ice cream fix with slightly less guilt.