Add Some Ooh-la-la to Your Festive Season with Nespresso

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I can hear a little magic in the air. Everything seems a little more brighter, colourful and festive… and we all plan to indulge just a little more than usual. I can’t wait to see my family and spend Christmas eve around the table!

Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling. Edna Ferber

Treat Your Friends & Family 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, Nespresso has 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!

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.

Pour in the almond milk. Extract the coffee over it. Add the remaining two ice cubes and mix. Et voila!

To celebrate the launch of the Limited Edition ​Variations range, ​Nespresso is offering you two free Touch Lungo Cups for every 15​ Variations sleeves from 26 November to 4 January. If you buy 25 sleeves, ​Nespresso​​ will sweeten the deal with four free Touch Lungo Cups.

What’s more, from 14 December to 4 January, if you purchase 15 ​Variations sleeves, you can get your hands on two boxes of ​Nespresso’s bespoke milk and dark chocolate. If you buy 25 sleeves, four chocolate boxes will be yours. Nespresso ​Limited Edition Variations are available now from ​Nespresso ​​Boutiques and Booths worldwide, as well as through orders from the ​Nespresso Club ​​on 0800 637773 or online at ​​.

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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