Negroni Week 2017 – Negroni Sour

6 Jun

It’s Negroni Week and I’m finally having my first of the week: a Negroni Sour.

-dry shake all the ingredients for a Negroni and an egg white with the whisk from a Hawthorne strainer

-add ice cubes and shake like mad

– if the egg white has taken away too much sour for your liking then add some in with lemon juice or some drops of these fab sour bitters from Bar 40 Bitters

– enjoy!

The drink is simply a Negroni with the added froth & silkiness that the egg white provides – delicious 


Caravan at Exmouth Market

24 Apr

After my Cherry Heering experience I needed food & coffee and as my next appointment was in Exmouth Market I headed to Caravan.

Here I ordered ‘crispy salt-chilli tofu, ong Chou, fermented black beans and sesame’ and ‘pan-fried mackerel, pine-nuts, preserved lemon, sultanas and capers’ with a ‘Jamie Casilas coffee shrub’ to wash it down.

The food was good- if expensive for what you get (these were ‘small plates’ at £8 and £8.50 respectively) and both has more garnish & style than substance.

The shrub was good (I’d hope so at £3.50 for a very small glass) with a very mild coffee taste and a stronger, very nice, vinegaryness to it.

Still hungry I ordered ‘grilled pineapple, sumac custard, oat and Brazil nut crumb, cardamom ‘ (£6.50)  and this was much more successful (and a bit more filling). The taste was fresh, more savoury than sweet, and very moreish. The portion was better than the small plates and went well with a nice coffee.

All in all in it was nice but with a bill for £32.96 with tip (and no booze!) this is too much expensive style over more filling substance for my liking

Cherry Heering

24 Apr

Cherry Heering is a name, but not a taste, that I know well.

Spend any amount of time on Diffords and you’ll come across it as an ingredient in many cocktails and for a long time I’ve been meaning to get some so I could increase my repartee, but the time was never right.

So when the opportunity for a Cherry Heering masterclass came up I leapt at it and today headed off to the Bethal Green branch of London Cocktail Club (ignore Google maps! It’s closer to the station than they make it seem hence my wandering alleyways for a good 20 minutes) to learn more about this liqueur.

I then spent an enjoyable couple of hours trying the drink itself, and also combined with 12 other spirits, to taste its effect and I definitely left a convert.

The drink itself is very nice, sweet but balanced, and with a depth that raises it above other liqueurs. Add a touch of sour (a squeeze of lime say) and serve over ice for a refreshing drink.

I’m going to get some and experiment with it as I think it will be lovely when hit with some sour and lengthened with soda water for the summer. I also plan to make the Pogo Lounge Singapore Sling  by Rhys Wilson of Happiness Forgets that we tried today- maybe my new favourite cocktail… and I always appreciate a new way to use Cynar

Basil Smash 

7 Aug

Celebrating the return of summer with a basil smash cocktail 

  • 8-10 basil leaves muddled with 1/2 oz simple syrup in shaker
  • add ice, 2oz gin, 3/4 oz lemon juice and shake
  • serve over crushed ice with a basil sprig & enjoy!

Coffee Tequila 

5 Jul

I discovered coffee tequila existed recently and am finally trying it – and it was worth the wait!Rich and smooth this drink from Patron has a coffee kick & taste with a subtle, smooth tequila warmth.

Lillet Rose

18 Jun

Lillet Rose is a delicious aperitif with a fruity & floral scent and taste. It has a lot more body and substance than a rose wine and can stand to be paired with other strong flavours in a cocktail or as a food pairing.

Perfect for a steak accompaniment in this sunny day

Mr Black Coffee Liquer

18 Jun

Oh yum! As someone who loves coffee & booze but isn’t such a fan of sweetness I’ve been searching for a good coffee liqueur and I think I’ve found it in Mr Black Coffee Liqueur.

It has a real coffee kick with a balanced mix of bitter & sweet. Delicious over ice and I look forward to trying it in cocktails.

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