Posts Tagged “cocktails”

The Bartender’s Book

The Bartender’s Book

This is a little gem of bartending support. The Bartender’s Book, or to give it its full and impressive title The Bartender’s Book: The Essential Guide for Mixologists, by Dave Broom, is something of a barman’s/woman’s almanac. The cover gives a sense of the early 20th century, when cocktails became fashionable. The book offers excellent…

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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

There are several popular varieties of cocktail cherry. Most of them are bright enough to read a book by and sticky enough to become the candy of choice of any 5-year-old with a sweet tooth. No, not all cherries are created equal, so it’s worth doing some homework and buying the best. That would be…

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Pink Grapefruit Gin by Pickering

Pink Grapefruit Gin by Pickering

This is a summer winner. Pickering’s Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass Gin Liqueur is complex and surprisingly refreshing for a drink that describes itself as a liqueur. Gin is trending at the moment. That can be a good thing as it exposes lovers of that spirit to a greater range of styles … but there are…

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Maraschino Luxardo

Maraschino Luxardo

  We all, I am sure, remember our Nan’s cherry brandy on the sideboard at Christmas; and then there is the cherry alcohol one uses for fondue. They are very much part of the ‘spirit’ family of drinks. Then there is Maraschino Luxardo, which is a sweet liqueur, and an indispensable bottle behind any bar…

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YUU Kitchen for Dinner

YUU Kitchen for Dinner

Well, this was a surprise, and what a lovely one. Not often you can say that in these times of over-priced and under-achieving restaurants. YUU Kitchen is a little beacon of delicious accessibility. This casual restaurant is just around the corner from Aldgate East Underground station, so within easy reach of most of Central London….

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Hayman’s Distillery Tour with Sam and Old Tom – review

Hayman’s Distillery Tour with Sam and Old Tom – review

Balham isn’t the first neighbourhood in which one might think to find a distillery. But here it is on a small industrial estate, and looking thoroughly contemporary with white walls and crisp painted logo. The first impression is of, perhaps, a drinks warehouse, but this building houses heritage, history and a distilling revival. This is…

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Caorunn – the Scottish London Dry Gin – review

Caorunn – the Scottish London Dry Gin – review

The first thing one notices about Caorunn gin is, well, the gin! Its rather classy bottle presents mountain-stream-clear aromatic alcohol in its purest form. It invites the prospective drinker to anticipate the cool, crisp gin within. For me, Caorunn is a classic gin. It’s well-crafted and balanced. Its infusion is delicate, a few of the…

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Chotto Matte for Sunday Brunch – restaurant review

Chotto Matte for Sunday Brunch – restaurant review

Chotto Matte is one of my favourite Soho restaurants. It’s original, reasonably priced and the food is always exceptional. I have previously visited for dinner (read my review here) and this second visit for Brunch did not disappoint. Each brunch booking allows the diners (minimum of 2) a couple of cocktails and prosecco, beer or…

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Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

Emma Janzen has penned a companion to the bartender’s under-utilised spirit called Mezcal. People often assume it is a brand of tequila but in fact the opposite is nearer the truth. Tequila is made from only one variety of agave, where Mezcal is allowed a broader choice and therefore a larger range of taste experiences….

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Chino Latino – restaurant review

Chino Latino – restaurant review

Diners at the front tables of Chino Latino have a stunning view To the untutored this location might not seem the best, being on the ‘other side of the river’. However, it has great transport links, being set between Waterloo and Vauxhall stations, with fleets of convenient red buses running past the door – or…

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Chotto Matte, Soho – restaurant review

Chotto Matte, Soho – restaurant review

Chotto Matte is Japanese for ‘please wait a minute’. No, dear reader, don’t go thinking that this is a veiled threat of slow service. It’s surely more a statement that dishes are freshly prepared. It’s not a matter of waiting but more like allowing yourself a little time to anticipate. Having said that, Chotto Matte…

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The Drift – Bishopsgate – restaurant review

The Drift – Bishopsgate – restaurant review

The Drift has an enviable location in a contemporary and noteworthy building but in the heart of the historic City of London. Its address is Bishopsgate but one finds the front door on Houndsditch. Yes, dear reader, I was thinking the same thing – that perhaps the owners, Drake and Morgan, didn’t like the shabby…

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Stagolee’s – restaurant review

Stagolee’s – restaurant review

Stagolee’s is an American restaurant and we have plenty of those in the UK, ranging from dubious to excellent in quality. But Stagolee’s is unlike all those other US-inspired eateries. This spot will introduce the diner to a different face of American food but a truly authentic one, and you’ll likely not find these vibrant…

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Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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Blackhouse restaurant review

Blackhouse restaurant review

It’s not surprising that we were invited here to enjoy a meal with meat as the show-piece. This was Blackhouse Grill at Smithfield, after all! Smithfield’s meat market dates from the 10th century, and is now London’s only remaining wholesale market in continuous use since medieval times. It’s a bloody spot in other ways, too….

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Black Roe – restaurant review

Black Roe  – restaurant review

Black Roe is tucked away in a side street in the heart of Mayfair. It couldn’t be better located for transport and diners. This is a neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants but it is making its mark, attracting visitors who want quality food and something a little unique. Pacific Rim cuisine is what’s offered here…

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CERU, South Kensington – A Taste of The Levant – restaurant review

CERU, South Kensington – A Taste of The Levant – restaurant review

I knew where CERU was – it’s just around the corner from South Kensington Underground Station; but where was The Levant? It’s actually an historic geographic term referring to a large area in the Eastern Mediterranean. It entered the English language from the French in the late 15th century and encompasses countries such as Cyprus,…

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The Happenstance on Paternoster Square – restaurant review

The Happenstance on Paternoster Square – restaurant review

Paternoster Square is a striking corner of the City and owned by the Mitsubishi Estate Company. It is, however, quintessentially English with its location on the left-hand side of the mighty St Paul’s Cathedral. The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome has dominated the skyline for…

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Hawkers Bar and Brasserie: finer dining in Kingston – restaurant review

Hawkers Bar and Brasserie: finer dining in Kingston – restaurant review

I live only a short bus ride, or an even shorter train ride, from Kingston. I am there very often for retail therapy at the Bentalls Centre, and a frequent visitor to the large Chinese, Japanese and Korean supermarket. I enjoy the historic daily fruit and vegetable market. But I have never thought of Kingston…

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Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych – bar review

Trolley in the Lobby Bar at One Aldwych – bar review

The name ‘lobby bar’ might give the impression that this is something of an after-thought. Perhaps a venue through which to pass. A prequel to the main event. That couldn’t be further from the truth. It now has a trolley! One Aldwych and its Lobby Bar occupy one of the most important Edwardian buildings in…

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