West country gin

The weather is normally a boon in the UK. It provides a useful conversational bridge between “hello” and “goodbye” and means we don’t have to turn up to parties drunk in order to come up with something interesting to say (although we do that any [...]

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Three little gins, waiting in a row

The year is young, my intentions are good and there is gin to be drunk. My first gin of 2014 is one I was sent by a PR last year and I meant to drink it before Christmas. But, due to all the [...]

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Hello gin in my garden

It’s the festive party season. A time of sequins, paper hats and nibbly things on sticks. A time to gather your friends together to make merry in the lambent glow of the Christmas tree. A time to risk your soft palate by playing microwaved mince [...]

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Look at the snazzy bottle

At the start of the year F and I made a pact to go to the cinema once a month on the grounds that this was the kind of new year’s resolution we could keep up. And we mostly have. We trot along to

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Last week a PR sent me a bottle of Opihr Gin, a London Dry gin that’s made with botanicals from the spice route. It arrived in a hessian sack filled with a few of the 10 botanicals, which include cubeb berries, coriander, cardamom, juniper, orange and grapefruit zest and ginger. The serving suggestions for an Opihr and tonic is a double measure of gin, Fentimans Tonic Water (natch) and a slice of red chilli. It’s practically a meal.

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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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Gins being given an airing

In honour of World Gin Day on the 9th June, I thought it was about time I a) posted something on this sad, sorry, neglected website; and b) drank some gin. I’ve been very remiss on both counts recently, preferring to spend my [...]

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The remains of a martini at The Savoy

There are some PR invites that are impossible to refuse, and an invitation to go on a martini safari around London’s swisher hotel bars is one of them. Noilly Prat, the vermouth every discerning cocktail shaker has on hand to moisten [...]

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Sloane’s Premium Dry Gin

Once again the Gin Fairy has come calling and this time she has bought me a stylish bottle of Sloane’s Premium Dry Gin. So stylish is the bottle that I’ve begun to reconsider my usual habit of sneaking around Nunhead, depositing empties in my neighbour’s recycling bins. [...]

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Sipsmith sloe gin and damson vodka

At the Ladies Ale Night fellow lady food blogger Eats the World introduced me to the term “gincident”, which describes an event caused by gin. Or, more specifically, excess gin. Viewed through the prism of the gincident, my life suddenly makes much more [...]

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