cocktails at home
I've long been a fan of Guinness. It's part nostalgia but it is still my favourite beer. Irish spirits have taken a little longer for me; An Irish gin graced the back bar at Bramble years back, but when I was living in Scotland, Irish Whiskey (they adopt an extra 'e' in there) never really broke through.
Innovation in any means should be about accessibility and relevance. If you create something that's relevant to your own tastes, you're guaranteed to make something new by virtue of your own unique disposition, and hopefully you'll find a new favourite for you and your friends.
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.
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.
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...
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.