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The Language of Cocktails

Ryan Cheti | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

I've always been a huge advocate of the humble Martini. Such a simple cocktail, yet few others possess its prowess in pulling off the sort of focus that it provides. To me, the Martini is a perfect restorative; it picks you up after a hard day, offers a gentle rejuvenation, and narrows your thoughts in the most perfect way.

Celebrating the Best of British

Ryan Cheti | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

The food and drink scene in Britain has always had an illustrious history, though it sadly fell to the wayside for a little while. Thankfully, I think it's in a stronger place than ever.

Grow Your Own Cocktails

Ryan Cheti | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

With even a small garden this can be short-sighted (especially given the interconnectedness of ecosystems; an issue noted by many gardeners and farmers when their crops fail) but for the time being, given space constraints, I've focused on plants that can provide new flavours for my food and cocktails.

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.

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.

Store Board Essentials and Kitchen Inspiration

Ryan Cheti | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Having worked briefly as a chef and loving spending time in the kitchen at home, I often draw parallels between the bar and the kitchen - but also between making a dish and making a cocktail.

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...

Drinking Can Be Good for You!

Ryan Cheti | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Booze is bad for you, right? Well, I'm quick to defend our humble drinks but I'm also certainly wary to describe them as good for you. The problem is, having dedicated myself to a life revolving around food and drink, I'm also quick to challenge the position posited by the British Government that alcohol is the source of all society's ills.

Eating Insects and Recycling Cocktails - The Future!

Ryan Cheti | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

I toyed with putting insects in the drinks too, but settled upon the idea of addressing the future sustainability of drinks through other means. This took several approaches. One looked to seasonal and wild goods, but how this could form part of a viable agriculture.

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...

Spring Is Here - Rejoice With Tequila!

Ryan Cheti | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

They say mud tends to stick, and tequila has had a hell of a lot of dirt thrown at it over the years. But I've been amazed, and very glad, to see how it continues to boom and shake off its tarnished reputation.

Five Pointers to Get More From Your Bar

Ryan Cheti | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Ordering in a bar is easy; you chat to your bartender or server, and exchange some money for your goods and services. So why am I writing about it? Well, for one, have any of you felt particularly underwhelmed by a bar experience a friend has raved about? This piece is about maximising your chances of having an experience that lives up to this.

Five Ways to Liven Up Everyday Drinking

Ryan Cheti | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

I'm quite inclined to make myself a cocktail at the end of a long day, and I'll certainly put together a few if I have friends coming over, but sometimes you just need something simple and easy.

Beer and Wine, Mixing Them's Fine

Ryan Cheti | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

I see nothing wrong with mixing your drinks. To be honest, the headache you're dealing with isn't because you've had wine then beer then whisky, it's because you've had wine and beer and whisky (with a couple of cheeky tequilas thrown in for good measure). It's excess, not the booze's fault.

Sexism and Alcohol - Can We Say No Now, Please?

Ryan Cheti | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

I've experienced first hand some truly incredible behaviour. I've had sommeliers refuse to address a wine to a female companion, or a bartender refuse to serve someone a particular drink (baffling).

Warnings That You Should Stick to the Wine: 10 Cocktail Red Flags

Ryan Cheti | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Cocktails require craft. If they're offering you half price drinks there's something fishy going on - they're not offering you half price beer or wine are they? Chances are it's cut price booze and a lot of sugar - neither which your head or liver will thank you for the next day.

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.