Posts Tagged “cocktails”

Rum Cocktails

Rum Cocktails

Rum Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced rum cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying home in small ‘bubbles’ this year….

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Aloha 65

Aloha 65

Well, shame on me! I looked at the pale blue bottle with 1950s surfer and tiki-bar tones and was determined that this wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. But wait! A little sip and one’s mixologist’s mind is racing. A second taste has one detecting an exotic tapestry of flavours. 65 attempts British…

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Vodka cocktail

Vodka cocktail

Vodka Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced vodka cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying home in small ‘bubbles’ this year….

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Spirited – the perfect gift

Spirited – the perfect gift

Spirited: Cocktails from Around the World I am blessed! I have the opportunity to review books from every English-speaking country and I love my job. Each year I muse upon publications over the past months and consider my Book of the Year. It’s only September and I can tell you I have found it. Spirited…

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Highland Earl Whisky from ALDI

Highland Earl Whisky from ALDI

The weather is distinctly cooler. The days are getting shorter and the central heating will likely be on as darkness falls. It’s time to snuggle with a warming glass and a good book. I don’t know you well enough to recommend the reading matter but if you are a whisky lover then I can suggest…

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Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies

Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies

A trio of cocktail selections I admit it, I was curious but dubious. Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies seemed to promise so much – although so do wine gums and they are nothing to write home about. Smith and Sinclair produce an array of Alcoholic Gummy gift boxes. The Whiskey Club selection was tasteful in…

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Alcoholic gums with Spirit

Alcoholic gums with Spirit

Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies I admit it, I was curious but dubious. Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies seemed to promise so much – although so do wine gums and they are nothing to write home about. Smith and Sinclair produce an array of Alcoholic Gummy gift boxes. I tried the Whiskey Club selection and…

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Brockmans for Fathers Day

Brockmans for Fathers Day

Brockmans stay-at-home cocktail making treats, ordered without having to set foot out of your home,  is a great solution to the Father’s Day (Sunday 21 June 2020) gift conundrum. Whether he needs a stylish and delectable bottle of gin or some cocktail making gadgets to improve his at-home cocktail creations, Brockmans Gin – The Shop…

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Brockmans Gin’s Rewards for Wards

Brockmans Gin’s Rewards for Wards

Brockmans Gin’s ‘Rewards for Wards’ raises £13,700+ for NHS staff   Brockmans Gin’s ‘Rewards for Wards’ initiative has raised £13,740.00. The scheme supported frontline health care workers by donating money to Meals for the NHS. Organisers of the scheme to feed NHS frontline workers have been ‘blown away’ by the generosity of Brockmans Gin and…

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El Rayo Plata Tequila

El Rayo Plata Tequila

Tequila, like all other spirits, comes in different styles and qualities. El Rayo Plata Tequila offers both classic high-end tequila quality and distinct character, and surprisingly it has been specially crafted to go with tonic. Made with 100% blue Weber agave, El Rayo Plata Tequila is found in a unique bottle with a label showing…

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A novel approach for Brockmans Gin

A novel approach for Brockmans Gin

Brockmans Gin is not only a favourite in real life. The super-premium gin is also a fiction favourite. The English gin has been honoured with an appearance in the newly published novel‘Bandwagon’, the showbiz thriller, by Richard Cobourne, just out in digital and paperback formats. The gin is the favourite of one of the book’s…

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Brockmans Gin launches ‘Rewards for Wards’

Brockmans Gin launches ‘Rewards for Wards’

Brockmans Gin is supporting frontline health care workers by donating money to the not-for-profit organisation Meals for the NHS every time a bottle of gin is purchased from its online Brockmans Shop. Brockmans MD, Guy Lawrence, said: “It’s a time like no other, so we at Brockmans Gin decided to support to our heroic frontline…

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ALDI Premium White Rum

ALDI Premium White Rum

ALDI Premium White Rum is bound to be popular with all those bar flies who are now confined to home. They will want a spirit that is versatile and perfect for a host of rum-based cocktails. It needs to have a mild flavour, but it equally needs to be full-strength. Keen price is also appealing…

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Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow Vodka! A nice name and the untutored might imagine that a cow was chosen just as a pretty motif. But the truth is that cows are a key component of this spirit. No, this vodka isn’t made from beef but rather from the milk donated by those aforementioned cattle. A spirit made from…

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STRYYK – Not Vodka

STRYYK – Not Vodka

It’s a new age. We worry about the planet, bush fires, floods, and living cleaner and leaner. That thrust is also found in bars. Legless lads and pavement-hugging princesses are no longer considered cool, with those lost nights closely followed by equally disastrous mornings. STRYYK – Not Vodka could solve both those aforementioned undignified problems….

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Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum from ALDI

Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum from ALDI

Many, in the past, viewed ALDI as something of a 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 of the price. Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum is another…

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Brockmans Gin helps shake up Mother’s Day

Brockmans Gin helps shake up Mother’s Day

A gift Idea from Brockmans   Gin used to be known as ‘mother’s ruin’. We now know that possibly the best way to spoil your mother on Mother’s Day (22 March 2020) is to buy a stylish bottle of gin – or help her shake up a great cocktail. Brockmans is a 40% ABV gin…

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The Brockmans  75

The Brockmans  75

The Brockmans 75 is a simple and festive cocktail for the holidays Ingredients 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice 15ml Sugar syrup Champagne, Prosecco or good quality English sparkling wine Twist of lemon zest to garnish Method Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the Brockmans Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup…

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The Whisky Dictionary: An A–Z of whisky, from history & heritage to distilling & drinking

The Whisky Dictionary: An A–Z of whisky, from history & heritage to distilling & drinking

The Whisky Dictionary, or to give this book its full title – The Whisky Dictionary: An A–Z of whisky, from history & heritage to distilling & drinking, is the discerning sipper’s guide to everything appertaining to whisky as well as whiskey. The difference between those is also explained. Everything from American rye to bourbon spirits…

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Caxton Bar at St Ermin’s

Caxton Bar at St Ermin’s

This is undoubtedly one of the most noteworthy hotels in London. St Ermin’s welcomes guests with iconic architecture and unique ambiance (read more about the hotel here). It has other advantages too: The Caxton Grill (read my review here) and its associated bar. That is a convivial space with not only drinks but a lot…

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