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Spirit Show London

1 Dec

A trip to the Spirit Show London today to view and try lots of different brands in one place.

It took place at the Business Design Centre in Islington and we booked ‘premium’ tickets at £35 each which included:

  • Fast track entry to the show
  • Limited edition tasting glass
  • 6-bottle jute bag to carry all your shopping home!
  • Access to VIP Lounge
  • Complimentary mixology class and cocktail
  • Private cloakroom and ‘Shop and Drop’ facility
  • Canapés
  • All drink samples

The show itself was interesting and we enjoyed getting to see so many different spirits (mainly gin it seemed), talk to brands and try them.

We got to try lots of different things and purchased some from that including:

Elephant sloe gin- my favourite!

Elephant sloe gin

Haycocks spiced liqueur

These fabulous vermouths from Regal Rogue

These delicious snacks to accompany drinks from Made For Drink

I would have expected more ‘unusual spirits’ to try as it was hard to distinguish between all the gin brands or determine which ones to taste (there’s no limit on tastings other than what you can physically handle!)

It was good that there were lots of good places you could park your shopping and even have it easily and cheaply shipped to you.

I thought the premium tickets were worth it mainly as it gave us somewhere to return to and sit down every now and then but that wasn’t really worth £15 extra and there should have been seating for everyone. But we did get early entry and seeing how much it was filling up by the time we left we were glad of that.

My main criticism of the show is that even though their website said:

‘As well as eating, visitors are encouraged to drink plenty of water in between tastings and take regular breaks from tasting during the Show.

There will be free drinking water available in easily visible locations throughout the venue’

There was no easily accessible, or free, water. We asked multiple members of staff, asked at the VIP section and even tweeted the show (which they’ve ignored) but nothing.

Instead you had to go upstairs, potentially walk the whole length of the show, and buy some at the cafe – a ridiculous situation which showed a complete lack of care and would make me consider even giving them my money again available in easily visible locations throughout the venue.

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Sloe Gin Sour

26 Nov

I know it’s still November but sometimes it’s good to plan ahead…

This great book from Victoria Moore (and her other amazing one which introduced me to the world of drinking …) always comes out at this time of year and this evening I’m enjoying a Sloe Gin Sour.

The ingredients are:

  • 50ml sloe gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1tsp egg white (I love a froth so doubled the recipe and used a whole egg white)

All shaken up with ice

My sloe gin is not sweet so to add a sweeter touch, without sugar, I added some sweet Bar 40 Bitters which balanced it all out- heaven!

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 

Por Do Sol Negroni

8 Jun

For Negroni Week my second drink of the day is a Por Do Sol courtesy of Imbibe.

The recipe is:

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The end result is oh so bitter with a warmth and sweetness from the Cachaca.

 

Cola and Ginger

2 May

It’s week 8 of 52 weeks of mixology and this week’s theme is cola.

I usually drink cola just with lots of bitters in it, or with rum and lime but for this week I thought I’d try something new (and sadly no limes in the house).

Not knowing what to pair it with I searched through my booze for something I fancied and chose Kings Ginger. Knowing rhubarb and ginger are lovely together I added in some rhubarb bitters and came up with this:

  • 1.5 oz Kings Ginger

  • 5oz Cola

  • 30 drops of bitters (it needed this much to cut through all the sweetness- I could really have done with a lime!)

All stirred over ice


  

The end result is mildly gingery- vanillay and very moreish!

Chocolate Cherry Cocktail

27 Mar

It’s week 4 of 52 weeks of mixology and the theme is St Patricks Day.

With Irish parents and far too many aunts and females cousins to count my main thoughts when trying to decide on an Irish drink centred around Baileys.

Sadly I’m not really a fan but then I remembered that last year my sister introduced me to the joys of chocolate Baileys and that I had a bottle in the back of the cupboard.

I don’t have much of a sweet-tooth and prefer my chocolate at 90% but this drink is good. Chocolatey without being too sweet and very moreish.

But knowing that just pouring this over ice wasn’t going to be enough I got to thinking about what would pair with it. I had no fresh mint or orange in the house and was worried lemon juice would curdle it so instead I settled on Maraschino for a chocolate/ cherry combo.

Knowing it would still be too sweet and needed depth I scoured my bitters and choose a sour cherry one and the end drink- I loved it!

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The recipe is:
– 2oz chocolate Balleys
– 1oz Maraschino
– 20 drops of bitters

All shaken over lots of ice to get it super chilled and then finished with some maraschino cherries to fish out at the end

Chocolate Stout

12 Mar

Continuing my search for a beer cocktail I experimented this evening with Guinness and chocolate and made this drink I’ve titled Chocolate Stout.

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Although I like chocolate I don’t love the sugary varieties so usually plump for 85% plus but this Sweet Freedom Chocolate Shot is perfect for a chocolate hit. Its ingredients are just Sweet Freedom® (natural fruit extracts; apples, grapes & carob), water, cocoa, rapeseed oil and natural chocolate flavour . I used it in coffee to make a mocha and on ice-cream as a sauce- this is the first time I’ve used it in a cocktail.
I then rummaged for some chocolate bitters and found these chocolate and coffee ones from Crude Bitters and they seemed perfect for the task at hand.

The recipes I used was:
– 15ml of Chocolate shot
– 30 drops of the bitters
– 1 can of Guinness stirred in

The end result was a delicious drink with all the dark bitterness of Guinness with a chocolate hit and a chocolate and coffee finish.

It’s a perfect ‘dessert cocktail’ if you don’t have too sweet a tooth though you could add extra chocolate shot if wanted.

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