WHILE the young may think Easter is all about them, it's also a great excuse for grown-ups to indulge in the sweeter side of life.

Just remember the sweetie rule: Simnel cake, chocolate gateaux, hot cross buns, tutti-fruiti salads and chocolates taste better paired with the right tipple!

Currently in vogue, tequila is moving away from the shot and slammer spirit of old and evolving into something far more sophisticated. Try Patron XO Cafe (£30, 750ml, Waitrose) which is an unusual blend of ultra-premium tequila and the natural essence of fine coffee.

Extremely smooth, it's delicious sipped on its own, makes an elegant dessert topping and can be used as a premium ingredient in a cocktail.

Or try an Easter Bellini: Dust coco powder around the top of a flute, pour in 25ml Patron XO Cafe and top with Champagne. I wonder what Harry's Bar in Venice (creators of the original bellini made with peach puree and prosecco) would make of it?

If you love cake and cava, try the

sherry-like Freixenet Malvasia, (£16.99, www.everywine.co.uk) made with malvasia grapes from the Pyrenees. A rich glass of fine golden bubbles with notes of raisins, toasted nuts and a hint of candied peel, it's beautifully balanced and delightful with Simnel cake, pastries and even creamy puds such as creme brulee.

A slice of Italian pannetone or Parisian-style macaroons will taste even more wicked if you reach for a brandy glass. Try Remy Martin Coeur de Cognac (£37.99, 70cl, selected Sainsbury's & Tesco, pictured) which is blended for fruitiness rather than ageing.