Do you know the best way to convince people you are serving them a rare and expensive gin, and not a two-for-one special you bought in Asda? A heavy glass. Serve your gin in a heavy glass and people think you have splashed on the good stuff. Pour your finest, artisan gin […]

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Do you remember what life was like before Aperol Spritzes? No, me either. Even my parents have a bottle of Aperol in the fridge now. There’s no escape. As soon as the sun crests the clouds and the air is warm enough to allow cardigans to slip […]

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Very clearly a breakfast drink

I’ll begin this post with a disclaimer: I know Emma Stokes, aka GinMonkey, the author of The Periodic Table of COCKTAILS. We have drunk more than a little gin together, so the chances of this review being unbiased are very […]

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One for me, one for you…..no. Wait. Two for me. You can go and make your own

Is it too late to talk about summer? We have blue skies still, and on the days when I put on a jumper I end up smelling like a teenager’s trainer because it’s […]

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"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.

I […]

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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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Rhubarb kir royales

There are two words that, when combined together, slap a smile on my face that cannot be scrubbed off, not even with Vanish. These words are “free” and “booze”.

Just before Easter they both appeared – in a more sophisticated guise – in an email from the PR representing ZTH, […]

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