Today saw the start of the very first London Cocktail week. And it’s a pretty exciting first too. Up until now there hasn’t been an industry event in the UK to compare with cocktail conferences hosted in America (such as Tales of the Cocktail) and hopes are high that this will be a worthy contender. Big kudos to Simon Difford for getting this off the ground. Continue reading ‘London Cocktail Week’
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Tags: Ada Coleman, Benedictine, Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, Callooh Callay, Clayton Kola Tonic, Cocktail, Courvoisier, Feijoa, Four Roses Bourbon, Future Gallery, Jenever, John Collins, LAB Academy, London Cocktail Week, Savoy Cocktail Book, Sean Ware, The Savoy
Tags: Callooh Callay, Cocktail, drinking on public transport, Gin, Martini, martini monday, orange bitters, vermouth
I’d decided last-minute to visit friends in Bristol and, having been rather extravagant lately, National Express’ advertising beguiled me into travelling by coach. So cheap, so fast… seemingly.
Once the spell of a £5 deal had worn off, I was painfully aware that embarking on a 2.5 hour coach ride at 6pm on a Friday night was not going to constitute a TFIF moment. Emergency measures were required to make this ordeal endurable. Continue reading ‘Have Martini, will travel’
Tags: Angostura bitters, bourbon, Old Fashioned
Let me say this clearly – I am an Old Fashioned type of girl. Not, to my regret, in an Eartha Kitt way but because of my loyalty to this oldest and most delicious of cocktails. Continue reading ‘An Old Fashioned girl’
Tags: Clover Club, Clover Leaf, Gin, grenadine, raspberry syrup, Savoy Cocktail Book
Tags: Cinco de Mayo, Creme de Cacao, Guava, Lillet, Mezcal, Tabasco, Twentieth Century
In England we don’t tend to take much notice of the more obscure national holidays of other countries. St Patrick’s Day, Bastille day, Fourth of July and Halloween were pretty much all we recognised until very recently.
Which is a massive shame as not only are such holidays an opportunity to find out about other cultures but a great excuse to party. And that brings me to today’s excuse – Cinco de Mayo. This day commemorated the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla but is now more a general celebration in the U.S. of Mexican heritage and pride. Continue reading ‘Cinco de Mayo’