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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 November, 2009, 12:00am

1 Some people use top-end vodka as a mixer but it's a bit of a waste - you can't really taste the nuances when it's mixed with other ingredients. Belvedere black raspberry vodka should be drunk on its own: chilled, of course. It's made by macerating the fruit in the vodka, so the black raspberry smell and taste is intense. It's about HK$350 from shops that carry a good range of liqueurs.

2 At first glance, we thought this was a barbell for babies. Thank goodness it's not - it's a coffee tamper for espresso makers. Baristas use it to compact the coffee grounds before making espresso. Doing so is said to allow for the best flavour when the water is forced through the grounds. This one - made by Progressive - sells for HK$70 at City'super (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888; New Town Plaza, Sha Tin, tel: 2603 3488; Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2375 8222; and IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7128).

3 Blood limes look like small limes that have been cross-bred with blood oranges - they have reddish skin, flesh and juice. They're grown in Australia and we've never seen the fruit fresh in Hong Kong, so we were pleased to find Dash wild blood lime marmalade. Stir before using because the liquid separates from the thick pulp. The Dash people suggest serving the sweet-tangy marmalade with cheese or meats. It's HK$38.90 for a 200-gram jar at Great, Pacific Place, Admiralty (tel: 2918 9986).