Scented Gin for Shrinking Violets

Fi Bird | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Violets aren't always easy to see; perhaps this is why the Victorians associated the flower with modesty - the shrinking violet. I've often found them under the leaves of less bashful celandines. Once located, there is usually a mate or two on the patch.

Merchant House, London

Dom Ramsey | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dom Ramsey

I love a good cocktail. Unfortunately, I'm not very good at ordering them and nine times out of ten, what looks great on the menu turns out to be florescent pink and arrives topped with the entire contents of a can of spray cream. And glitter. Not exactly the sophisticated look I would like to project, but one I can't seem to escape.

Following Gin to Its Source

Mike Gerrard | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

Rain that fell on Iceland anything from 500-1000 years ago is only now being drunk - and some of it in gin and tonics. The rain that lands on lava rocks slowly soaks beneath the surface, and so dense and extensive are the layers of rock that the rainwater takes several hundred years to drip through.

What Makes a Summer Party Quintessentially British?

Desmond Payne | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Desmond Payne

When the weather is fine - not always a given - nothing beats a summer's day in England and I have gathered a few tips over the years that make for the ingredients of a garden party that will go with a swing.

London's Best Gin Cocktails

BarChick | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The Secret Garden is one of the most refreshing and delicious drinks we've tasted recently; served in a coupe glass, the combination of Beefeater 24 Gin, Midori and cucumber makes for a pretty pale green coloured drink with a frothy egg white top and a sprig of thyme garnish. It's practically summer in a glass.

Bang for Your Buck

Ryan Cheti | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

A sense of value is a funny thing. Good value definitely doesn't always mean cheap. This'll be plainly obvious to all of us having bought a cheaper alternative to only find it break on first use. It however, also certainly doesn't mean the most expensive - there are plenty of products on the market that are simply there to exploit those with more money than sense.

Williams Chase Gin: The Distillery Tour

Rebecca Williams | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

I love Chase Gin SO much I travelled for hours to visit a muddy farm in Herefordshire to discover where the magic happens.

Five Gins to Own - With Recipes to Match

Ryan Cheti | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Here is a list of five gins it might be worth having, giving reason and usage for each. Sure, no one needs five gins at home, but if you're buying one, trying one, or simply trying to ascertain where your tastes lie, it's worth bearing in mind that each one is different and has its own character. I've included five easy to find gins.

The London Cocktail Craze

Victoria Ferran | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Ferran

London just can't get enough of cocktails at the moment and we don't mean cheeky vimto - oh no, we're talking artisanal tipples. Bartenders have taken a leaf out of the food world - quite literally in the case of one West London bar using foraged Mojito ingredients.

Six DIY Cocktail Recipes To Make At Home And Save Yourself A Bomb

The Huffington Post UK | Alice Harvey | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

It's London Cocktail Week (7 -13 October) and what better way to celebrate than pour yourself a drink or two? So, for all the budding mixologists o...

London Cocktail Week and Stolen Gin

Lucy Karsten | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Karsten

London Cocktail Week is returning. This should, naturally, not come as a huge surprise, LCW being an annual event that has occurred over the last 3 years at this time in London. However, given the very nature of LCW, which includes hundreds of cocktail-based events, opportunities and discounts, such memory loss might be more forgivable.

The One With the CCTV and the Gin

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

The drinks aisle has CCTV cameras and TV screens for security and there we were, up on the big screen, having a lovely Mummy and boy hug, with me clutching a bottle of cheap, own brand gin in my hand and waving it at the camera like a drunk Aunt at a wedding, doing the bending down dance with a toddler.

Five Spirit Suggestions From the Big and Small

Ryan Cheti | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Some casks are lacking the magic to be chosen alone - perhaps interesting, but not the wonder that wants to stand alone. The key is trusting bottlers who reflect your own tastes...

World Gin Day - 5 of the Best

Jerrine M Lowe | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jerrine M Lowe

Commonly thought as a quintessential English tipple, gin actually hails from across the shores and its creation is credited to Dutch physician, Sylvius de Bouve. Originally intended for medicinal purposes, the juniper berry concoction was believed to improve circulation and treat other ailments.

Booze - The Best of British

Ryan Cheti | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

The heritage of alcohol in Britain goes far back; in fact there's brands and houses that have been around longer than many countries. In many cases, these brands have shaped their categories, and even the law surrounding them. Give these a go...

Charlie Thomas

LOOK: First Look Around The Beefeater Gin Distillery Experience (PICTURES) | Charlie Thomas | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

Is this the start of London's great gin revival? Last Christmas saw the opening of the City of London's first gin distillery for 200 years and now Bee...

The Much Maligned Home Bar

Ryan Cheti | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

One thing people always seem to ask me is how long the products will last. I've been served drinks in people's homes that really should've been thrown out long ago. Similarly, I've been served whiskies in bars that have simply been open too long.

Charlie Thomas

How A Cereal Grower Launched The City Of London's First Gin Distillery For 200 Years (INTERVIEW) | Charlie Thomas | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK

London used to be heaving with distilleries, but Jamie Baxter has opened the city of London's first one for 200 years. Here, he tells us why gin is...

Ditch Malagav - Take a Trip to Madeira

Ryan Cheti | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

As I've described before, alcohol is inextricably linked with our humanity. I know so many people who will ask recommendations for bars and restaurants in places they are going to visit, but I suggest a different tact; Make them the destination.

Charlie Thomas

Brits Are Opting For British Booze - Including Gin, Whisky, Vodka And Wine | Charlie Thomas | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK

In the first part of The Business of British Booze, the Huffington Post UK investigated the rise of British beer producers throughout the recession. I...

No Ice? Stick to the Beer

Ryan Cheti | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

The real disappointment is that it's often just one simple step that's overlooked, and that's the ice. You might've seen many bars putting a big focus on their ice- triple frozen, pride of place illuminated blocks glistening like glass, ice blocks cut into diamonds... the bar world has gone ice mad.

Aged Balsamic, Heritage Beets - But What About the Gin?

Ryan Cheti | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

To me, the real crux of the food revival hasn't been that more people own a kitchen blowtorch or a bottle of truffle oil than before, but that people are focussing on their own tastes much closely... My real hope is that with a few pointers, I can get people doing the same with their drinks

A delicious twist on a classic cocktail: The Jelly Bramble

Rupert Duffy | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Duffy

The Bramble is about as quintessential an English cocktail as you can get. Traditionally it's a blend of gin, lemon juice and sugar finished with a sp...

Oh Look! Oh No! It's a Gin-alo!

Mammasaurus | Posted 15.10.2011 | UK


Mammasaurus Poem #1 - Mothers Ruin

Mammasaurus | Posted 10.10.2011 | UK

I shout but no one listens I call but no one cares But rustle a bag of crisps And they'll come bombing down the stairs. I cook but get no thank y...