First world problems

It’s my birthday next month and I’ve decided to have a Negroni party, because of course I’ve decided to have a negroni party. Being me, rather than just serving Negroni’s, I’m serving bottle aged Negroni’s. The Negroni is a fantastic drink with a lovely combination of bitter from the campari, sweet from the vermouth and…

Secret Double Life

I have a secret double life. At least as far as social media is concerned. When I’m not blogging about booze, I am taking photos of things I have baked on Instagram. Today, these two worlds have collided. Boozy baking. Oh yes. You read that correctly. Boozy baking. It’s Lovely Girlfriend’s birthday today. To celebrate…

Shopping!

I’ve just been glassware shopping! When I moved house last August I gave all my cocktail glasses to a charity shop. They weren’t particularly nice and definitely not worth trying to lug across London in one piece. This has mean I’ve been cocktail glassless for the past six months, which in turn means I’ve not…

Swift Half

A new bar in Soho with Nightjar and Milk & Honey heritage?!? Why yes. Swift has recently opened at the Charing Cross Road end of Old Compton Street. It’s a two floor bar with a light ‘drop in’ bar at street level serving mostly gin based drinks and a basement speak easy focusing far more…

You’ll never believe what happened next!

I know you’re all dying to know what happened to the spiced rum. A Spiced Rum Sidecar. That’s what happened to the spiced rum. 1 part spiced rum 1 part brandy 1 part triple-sec 1 part lemon juice (later on this became a mix of lemon and lime juice as we ran out of lemons)…

Slightly smug (also spiced rum)

I’ll get the smug bit out of the way, so that we can get to the matter at hand. I’ve just been on holiday to the Caribbean. St Lucia to be exact. While I was there I was reminded that spiced rum is a thing. More importantly than that I was reminded (or more accurately…

Purls of Wisdom

Last night I went out for a drink! (I know, right!) I paid a visit to a bar I’ve wanted to go to for years, but for some reason never gotten round to. Inspired by going for a birthday drink with Lovely Girlfriend’s brother, we made a trip. PurlĀ in Marylebone is one of those ‘basement…

Hair of the dog

This post was supposed to be about the open brewery evening at Hammerton Brewery in Islington, which I attended yesterday evening. It had much tasty beer. Far too much tasty beer. Instead, it has become an ode to the wonderfully restorative properties of the Bloody Mary. It’s a wonderful thing, the Bloody Mary. That combination…

London Cocktail Week [part 2]

Tuesday times! A former colleague/fellow booze nerd was picking up his wrist band, so we decided it’d be a good idea to meet in the other hub/wrist band exchange – a series of pop up bars in international house. His new girlfriend is a massive gin fiend, so by the time we got there they…

London Cocktail Week [part 1]

This past week has been London Cocktail Week. This is an event that I 100% endorse. It has cocktails, in London (for a week). The basic premise is that you get a wrist band which gives you access to a village of pop-ups (mostly run by spirits companies, plus a few bars), and a book…