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Treat Your Friends to Parisian-Inspired Coffee and Petit Fours

Four Ways to Add Some Ooh-la-la to Your Festive Season | Photographer: Steve Steinfeld, The Joburg Foodie.

We are slowly slipping into the festive season, and there’s one thing for certain: there’s a little bit of magic in the air. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, defined by extravagance, indulgence and special memories with friends and family. In celebration of long summer days and nights dedicated to decadence, here are four ways to add some ‘ooh la la’ to your festive season:

Treat Your Friends to Parisian-Inspired Coffee and Petit Fours

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the festive season that tantalises our senses and heightens our expectation, so why not up the ante and treat your loved ones to Parisian-inspired coffee and petit fours? Nespresso has launched their annual Limited Edition Variations coffees, made with Parisian treats in mind. These coffees, inspired by the traditional French flavours of Parisian patisseries, including Macaron and Praliné, are the crème de la crème of decadent delight. These treats are perfect for any summer soiree and sharing special moments with loved ones throughout the festive season.

To bring these flavours to life, we have modernised the traditional praline choux. Together with the Variations Paris Praliné espresso, the hazelnut, chocolate, cream and dark chocolate all come together to remind you of this timeless Parisian dessert.

Give this recipe a try; it’s sheer Parisian chic in a cup.

Variations Paris Praliné Indulgence

1 capsule Variations Paris Praline , brewed as an espresso

100 ml milk

1 teaspoon Hazelnut Crumbs

1 teaspoon Dark Chocolate Shavings

2 teaspoons Chocolate Spread

Here’s how to make it:

Pour 2 teaspoons of chocolate spread into a cup.

Extract the coffee over it.

Froth your milk and pour on top of the coffee .

Sprinkle some crumbs and dark chocolate shavings on top and enjoy!

Photo: Steve Steinfeld

Plan a Picnic

The days are long and the weather is fine; it would be a waste not to take advantage of this age-old cliché by spending these glorious moments inside. Grab some pillows and blankets, savoury snacks, sweet summer fruits and a flask of iced coffee, and head on over to your favourite picnic spot or lakeside vista for the kind of déjà vu you’ll want to have again and again.

Pro tip: a great way to kick your iced coffee up a notch is to infuse ice cubes with interesting flavoured syrups. As the day gets warmer and the ice melts, your drink will slowly but surely change flavour.

Head Out on a Road Trip

We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and the lush landscape in December is just begging to be explored. The open road with a great playlist and even better company is a great way to spend quality time while discovering all of the wonders that South Africa has to offer. Charge a couple of Nespresso travel mugs with your favourite brew, fill your picnic baskets and let your wanderlust lead the way.

Indulge in Coffee Cocktails – Poolside

Wonderful, warm summer days make sipping on an iced glass of your favourite Nespresso coffee next to the pool the place where paradise is found. Beat the heat and enjoy your caffeine kick in a new and exciting way – try it with a few blocks of flavoured ice, or simply add your favourite flavoured syrup or ice cream; why not smear the sides of your glass with a chocolate spread or add a tot of rosewater or even tonic for a refreshing twist? Grab your towel, lounge on your pool lounger, and enjoy the sun whilst sipping on a refreshingly iced coffee cocktail par excellence.

Recipe to Try: Variations Paris Macaron With Almond Milk

1 capsule Variations Paris Macaron , brewed as Espresso

30 ml Almond Milk

10 ml Almond Syrup

4 Ice cubes

Here’s how to make it:

Pour the almond syrup into a cup.

Place 4 big ice cubes in the glass.

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