"Gin is very much a breakfast drink"

I’m upside-down. Next to me ShedLikesFood is also upside-down. She doesn’t seem surprised. Maybe she remembers getting on the roller coaster. The last thing I remember is being waist-high in seawater. We were on our arses and laughing because we couldn’t get up.

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Siberian Kiss (it’s a rule of cocktails that they must have slightly embarrassing names)

When I was growing up, my knowledge of cocktails was drawn exclusively from murder mysteries. Dangerous and glamorous, they were bought on trays to the library by butlers and drunk by doomed house guests dressed in [...]

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A milky bedtime drink

On January 6, 2011 By

Hot milk and brandy

I can’t sleep. I don’t know why, but while the rest of London is snoring and drooling its way through the Land of Nod, I am thrashing up and down my bed, twisting my bedsheets into a knot and staring at the ceiling, feverishly imagining leaping, sleep-bringing sheep.

The [...]

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Ginger hot toddy

On March 18, 2010 By

Ginger hot toddy

The campaign to use up all the festering things in my kitchen cupboards continues apace. Having used up most of my jar of stem ginger in Brownies with stem ginger and Rhubarb and ginger cake, I now have a lot of stem ginger [...]

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Hot toddy

On January 12, 2010 By

Hot toddy

It’s claimed that there is no known cure for the common cold. This is a lie. There’s an excellent cure, but an evil conglomerate of tissue knitters, cough syrup brewers, paracetamol miners and chicken soup enthusiasts have got together and promoted this falsehood in order to sell you more of their symptom [...]

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Marmalade martini

On December 31, 2009 By

Marmalade martini

The year’s funeral is upon us and we’re a few hours away from dancing on its grave in a glittery novelty hat. It’s time to get maudlin and sentimental, remembering the year in all its glories and skating over the disappointments with a defiant, slightly threatening look.

Setting [...]

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