Posts Tagged “cocktails”

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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Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe

Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe

Lemon Prosecco cocktail is a lovely drink for summer garden parties. Its light and refreshing and you don’t have to use the finest fizz for this one. Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe 1 bottle of  dry prosecco For the Lemon simple syrup: 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice Champagne glasses for serving Lemon peel…

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Things to do in Mauritius

Things to do in Mauritius

Things to do at Outrigger Mauritius This hotel makes a wonderful relaxing retreat, and it can also act as a hub from which to visit other parts of the Island. But there are lots to do within the resort for all the family. The lagoon location will give both children and adults the opportunity to…

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9 MILE VODKA

9 MILE VODKA

The MBG Group has introduced a new Super Premium Vodka brand. It is curiously called 9 MILE VODKA (I note the bold use of capitals), and that name has more to do with the USA than countries more typically associated with this clear spirit. Following the sale of the Three Sixty Vodka brand in 2005,…

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Chamarel Rhum Distillery – Mauritius

Chamarel Rhum Distillery – Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful island but there is still that temptation to stay within the confines of one’s luxury and well-appointed resort. That would be a shame as there is so much to see here. There is history aplenty and also celebrated rhum. No that’s not a spelling mistake but rather an indication that this…

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Pearson’s Arms Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini

Pearson’s Arms Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini

Here is a delicious cocktail from Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable. It’s their Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini. Its a strong one! Ingredients 40ml malty blood orange gin 20ml Kings Ginger Liqueur 10ml Cointreau  10ml fresh lime juice  Pineapple juice Method Shake hard with pineapple juice and ice till chilled and frothy Visit the Pearsons…

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Chilli and Ginger Gin from ALDI

Chilli and Ginger Gin from ALDI

It seems an unlikely marriage between a popular chain supermarket and Eden Mill. They are producers of Scottish small-batch craft gins. Those who frequent the beverage aisles of ALDI will expect a bargain and those who are familiar with Eden Mill will expect quality. One gets both in this unique stoneware bottle which seems to be the distillery’s trademark…

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Pickering’s Gin & British Airways

Pickering’s Gin & British Airways

Pickering’s Gin & British Airways create world’s first sky-high gin Botanically engineered to enjoy at 30,000ft In a world first, Edinburgh based Pickering’s Gin, have created a gin that has been specifically developed to be enjoyed at altitude. The gin is available to drink onboard on all short haul flights and through the High Life…

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Fortunella – London’s exotic liqueur

Fortunella – London’s exotic liqueur

One glance at the Fortunella Golden Orange Liqueur bottle will lead the prospective sipper to expect something a little different, a refined taste, a well-crafted spirit, a nod to London and its history …and that’s before one even pulls the traditional cork stopper. The name Fortunella refers to the lucky discovery of the fragrant and…

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri From BBC Food   The sweetness of fruit and the kick of lime make this classic Strawberry Daiquiri a real crowd pleaser of a cocktail. Ingredients 4 fresh strawberries, plus ½ strawberry to garnish 2 tsp white sugar 35ml/1½fl oz white rum 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur 25ml/1fl oz lime juice Method Place the…

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Let’s Get Tropical with Cocktails

Let’s Get Tropical with Cocktails

Let’s Get Tropical: Over 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks It will soon be that time of year. Those warm (we hope) summer months when our thoughts turn to al fresco lunches and dinners under the stars. To go with those meals will probably be some exotic drinks, and it’s the…

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Sidecar Cocktail recipe

Sidecar Cocktail recipe

Sidecar is a delicious and classic cocktail with both sweet and sour elements. Vary the ratio of these to find your perfect combination. Ingredients 1 oz. Cognac 1/2 oz. Orange liqueur 1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup   Method Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake till well-chilled and strain into…

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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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