Posts Tagged “cocktails”

Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from ALDI

Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from ALDI

Is this getting monotonous? I keep saying ‘ALDI has done it again!’ and ‘Another winner from ALDI’. But they do seem to have the edge when it comes to quality spirits at an attractive price. Here we have Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from the ALDI shelves and it doesn’t disappoint. The bottle is flat-sided…

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Bayou Bar Hurricane Cocktail

Bayou Bar Hurricane Cocktail

Bayou Bar, the first permanent offering from London’s renowned Street Food Union team launched earlier this year is serving up a carefully selected small but perfectly formed range of cocktails in tribute to their New Orleans inspired roots. The drinks menu, created by the team’s mixologist Toby Steinberg, delivers authentic drinks like The Hurricane, The…

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Old Hopking Dark Rum

Old Hopking Dark Rum

Many, in the past, viewed Aldi as something of bargain basement supermarket, but that perception is changing. Yes, they sport attractive price tags on their goods but that, at least in my experience of the spirits department, doesn’t indicate a lowering of standards – just the price. Old Hopking Dark Rum is another Aldi gem….

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Bellucci Amaretto from ALDI

Bellucci Amaretto from ALDI

Here we are again! Visiting the spirits department of Aldi. This store has made a name for itself by offering groceries at a lower price than some of their larger competitors. They are now becoming justifiably celebrated for their beverages, and they are not putting a foot wrong – at least from the review samples…

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Nordés is the first Atlantic Galician Gin

Nordés is the first Atlantic Galician Gin

I first met Nordés Atlantic Galician Gin a few years ago. I was dashing through an airport returning from a stay in this unique region of Spain. No, it wasn’t a purchase made after lingering research, but it turned out to be a wonderful choice. It was several weeks before I even opened the bottle,…

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Black Pig Cocktail

Black Pig Cocktail

The Black Pig is a cocktail for lovers of those drinks that shout aniseed. The Vodka tastes of berries but both Sambuca and Pernot offer distinct non-fruit flavours of fennel-like herbs.   Ingredients Black Liquorice Sambuca 25ml Pernod 25ml Eristoff Black Vodka 25ml   Method   Put all the ingredients into an ice-filled shaker and…

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Topaz Blue Premium Gin by Aldi

Topaz Blue Premium Gin by Aldi

Aldi have done it again! Topaz Blue Premium Gin is perhaps one of the best Premium gins around considering its very attractive price point. Its blue-backed bottle has shelf appeal and is rather reminiscent of another gin with a similar azure hue. Aldi say, ‘Topaz small-batch, hand-crafted superior gin is a testament to the passion…

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Bumbu Rum XO

Bumbu Rum XO

Well, here is a rather different rum. Bumbu has great shelf appeal with a bottle and oversized cork which have as much to do with swashbuckling pirates and Errol Flynn as contemporary drinks marketing. The black glass is embossed with the company name, and a metal ‘X’ flies like a pirate’s insignia right in the…

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McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

New York-based wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands has produced a new and rather exceptional gin called McQueen and the Violet Fog.  This contains a wealth of botanicals, and six of them are said to be “found in no other gin in the world”. The McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin bottle is statuesque and…

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Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

Yes, gin is trending and has been for a while. Shelves are filled with bottles of crystal-clear and water-white gin; but then there are a very few that have another hue. Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin stands out! Four Pillars distillery in Australia is all about gin. They have a selection of gins and two…

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Devil’s Margarita

Devil’s Margarita

Devil’s Margarita is a deliciously different cocktail from The Plough Inn, Lupton   Ingredients 75ml tequila 25ml lime juice 25ml sugar syrup Red wine to top up   Method Fill a martini glass with ice to chill whilst you make the drink. Put tequila, lime juice and sugar syrup in a shaker over lots of…

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Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

What san-gria is to summer, this crowd-pleasing punch is to winter. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull: so much more interesting than mulled wine. Mull over the joys of the season whilst this sharing-recipe prepares itself in a slow-cooker, filling the room with a wonderfully festive aroma. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull SERVES 6 150ml Brockmans Gin 1…

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Brockmans Herbal Sour

Brockmans Herbal Sour

Brockmans Herbal Sour is delicious at any time of the year. The tarragon is aromatic and fresh and the ginger warming. Ingredients 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Lemon Juice 12.5ml Gomme White of one egg 3 or 4 slices of Fresh Ginger Large Fresh Tarragon Sprig and more for garnish Method Muddle a large sprig of…

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Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Handmade and individually painted, each bottle of Clase Azul is a unique and charming work of ceramic art. In the small Mexican town of Santa Maria Canchesda, over 100 artisans are employed just to produce these trade-mark bottles. The beautifully handcrafted flasks of Clase Azul are statuesque and are indeed meant to be kept and…

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Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

Hayman’s Sloe Gin is a classic with the fresh fruitiness of the autumn. This plum-coloured gin displays great balance on the palate with gin at its centre, but being neither too sweet nor too tart. The berries are macerated for several months to allow the characteristic flavours to infuse. This well-crafted Sloe Gin is perfect…

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Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Yes, it’s trending. Gin is ubiquitous in every bar throughout the nation. It is loved by young sippers who have irrevocably banished the dusty reputation of ‘Mother’s ruin’.  Gin is presented as a key component in every guise of cocktail, from fruity and floral to spicy and exotic. These often-colourful libations may mask a fairly…

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The Root 7 G & Tea set

The Root 7 G & Tea set

The Root 7 G & Tea set is a rather beautiful glass teapot with two matching cups. The fabulously sophisticated design, by master mixologists, is of high-quality rainbow-tinted borosilicate glass with a shimmering gold script. That glass is ideal for both boiling-hot water and the coolest of iced gins and tonics, with perhaps a few…

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El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

A small glass of El Dorado 12-year-old Rum by Demerara Distillers will waft the lucky sipper back to the days of sailing ships and sugar plantations, and perhaps some romantic pirates. Guyana has always produced rich rums, and this bottle is a fine example of what many of us would view as an adult and…

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Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists is a one-stop shop for lovers of this versatile spirit …but what actually is it? Vodka is more popular than ever due to the cocktail-drinking trend. It has introduced vodka to a new audience as well as knowledgeable bartenders who appreciate this spirit as a base for…

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Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha means ‘bee’ in Portuguese and the striking label offers a swarm of them on this bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça. It speaks to one of summer days, nature, wholesome pleasures, and all of those happen to be found in Brazil from where this characterful spirit hails. Cachaça is a popular spirit which some describe…

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