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What grows in your cocktail?

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on Wednesday, 17 July 2013
I'd say I'm a pretty dab hand at knocking up a decent gin and tonic. For example, I know that you should use spherical ice in your drink as they melt slower, keeping your drink cool whilst not diluting it too much. But to be honest that is my one  beverage based pearl of wisdom and anything more than a simple G&T or a Pimms I leave to the barman.

But Bourne and Hollingsworth's latest event, Drink What You Sow, sees you becoming the barman. The idea behind the concept is you take along something you can grow in your garden or buy from your local green grocer and one of B&H's talented barmen will show you how to pair it with a liquor and create a great cocktail.
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Clearly someone in our group wanted to challenge the barman and turned up with, not your average, easy to incorporate into a cocktail ingredient, but cauliflower....oh yes.

But with a bit of B&H guidance we soon discovered that cauliflower with a bit of rum and beetroot with a splash of vodka, actually work surprisingly well - so well in fact I had several beetroot and vodka concoctions.
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Priced at just £30 per person it is great value for money and a great alternative to a Saturday night down the pub. Perfect for the gardening enthusiast and the cocktail lover.

(And for those of you wondering what I brought to the party, it was a nectarine. Who knew that had cocktail potential?!)

www.kitchenpartypopup.com

Around the world in eighty cocktails

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on Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Novelty nightlife seems to be quite the thing in London at the moment; Art Deco flapper themed evenings or keep calm and keep the drinks coming at forties nights, we seem to love them.

But Mr Fogg's the latest novelty drinking establishment is a breath of fresh air as it steers clear of the somewhat overdone twenties and forties eras and takes you back to the Victorian.

Set in a former pub in Mayfair, Mr Fogg's is decked out to represent the Victorian abode of the Around the World in Eighty Days explorer, Phileas J Fogg.

Sat in a rather comfy leather chair next to the fire (fake, but then it's far too hot for real fires at present), I had the chance to really take in the room. Various Victorian relics, books, stuffed animals, a globe, ottomans, a hot air balloon basket and, supposedly, a real parrot loitering somewhere, you can really lose yourself in the adventurer's travels. The bar is in Mayfair, but you could be any number of places around the world.
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The cocktail and spirits list is really quite vast; I imagine it would take you eighty days to persue it properly. Luckily the Major (aka the barman, all the staff are trained to keep in character) was on hand to help with our selection.

The only thing that disappointed me was the lack of gin based cocktails on the menu. There are plenty of gins on the menu, but hardly any in cocktail form. Although slightly disappointing this did force me into trying a cocktail with a different base, and gladly so as the rum and ginger concoction was tip top.

Despite the lack of gin cocktails, you are sure to find something on the list to tantalise your taste buds. There is also a selection of bar snacks to nibble on, from nuts to posh toasties.

For a quirky evening out, Mr Fogg's is rather spiffing choice indeed.

www.mr-foggs.com


Words by Melonie Clarke

Cocktails with Churchill

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on Monday, 04 February 2013
What do you picture when you think of Churchill? Most (unless, God forbid, you picture a Yorkshire-accented insurance dog) imagine an older man, war weary but wise, loved by his nation. Most also imagine the stout and rounded figure of a man well-acquainted with the delights of food and drink.

Many seem to forget that this portly PM was once a plucky young man. A new bar on Portman Square aims to capture the spirit of a younger Churchill, celebrating the more romantic but lesser known side of this eminent leader.
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The bar’s intimate interior is a shrine to the sweet relationship between Churchill and the love of his life, wife Clementine. Their handwritten love notes are framed and hung discreetly on the walls, the bookshelves are filled with his’n’ hers books that the Churchills would have read, and grainy photos show the glamorous pair in their youth. There are also knitted animals quietly adorning the shelves, commemorating Churchill’s habit of putting one of his children’s soft toys on the spot where he’d removed a book, so he’d know where to return it.

Lest you think the bar too sentimental, it also has the elegant edge of a gentleman’s club. With muted tones of grey and gold, there are comfortable armchairs to relax in, and even a cigar fumigator in the corner in case you feel like channelling a true Churchill vibe. Outside on the terrace there is even a life-size bronze statue of Churchill sitting in one of the chairs, so you can enjoy a drink with him.
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And enjoy a drink you shall. The bar’s cocktail menu is one of the most impressive in the capital (and, to be frank, we’ve sampled a lot). There are several inventive twists on the very British gin and tonic, including the perfectly bitter G A & P (gin, Aperol and plum bitters). The house cocktail Parliamentary Preseve is also one to savour: an intensely-flavoured mix of Chase Marmalade vodka and Campari is topped off with a spritz of orange bitters, creating a drink which is dangerously moreish. Fresh olives and other nibbles are served with your drinks, but you can also order bigger plates too. The quail Scotch eggs are a must-try.
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Situated just a moment’s walk from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, the Churchill Bar and Terrace is a wonderful place to relax and chat.  In fact, melting into a cushioned chair with a colourful cocktail in hand, Churchill – young or old – begins to seem very glamorous indeed…

For more information visit www.london.churchill.hyatt.co.uk

A new old classic

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on Friday, 28 September 2012
The foodie heavyweights behind the New Street Grill and Fish Market have recently opened a new cocktail bar on this quaint street. Elegant, fun and more than a little glamorous, the Old Bengal Bar is bound to become a top spot for a bit of post-work relaxation. In fact, we went along mere days after it opened and it was already bursting at the seams.oldbengalbar1s.

Located in a fetching grade II-listed building (which was originally built by The East India Company), the interior of this establishment – much like the classic City-types – is impeccably put-together. Slick mirrors contrast with the exposed brickwork, and the black marble bar adds a real note of decadence to the place. How could you not enjoy a cocktail served on such an opulent surface?

Indeed, it is this cocktail list which will have people coming from afar. It stretches on page after tantalising page, covering all the crucial cocktail classics. Bar manager Milos Popovic has previously held court at Claridges, and his concotions are something to behold. We sampled the Italian classic Negroni which was perfectly bitter and perfectly refreshing.
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The Old Bengal Warehouse comprises the aforementioned fish restaurant and modern British grill, but if you can get food at the bar too. The homemade Scotch eggs are dangerously delicious, as are the Bengal hamburgers.

In our opinion, tucking into aged steak and sipping time-tested cocktails is a very fitting end to a long day.

For more information visit www.oldbengalbar.co.uk 

A Royal stir

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on Friday, 01 June 2012

Are you eating/sleeping/breathing the Jubilee? Well, now you can drink it too.

The mixing maestros at The Botanist, in London's fashionable Sloane Square, have created a range of cocktails inspired by members of the Royal Family.

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A very Cool tasting

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on Monday, 21 May 2012

We young ladies have been fortunate to sample a range of delicious drinks, from whiskey tasting to cocktail concocting to quaffing the Queen’s favourite aperitif.

Not wanting to give the wrong impression, we are fond of partaking of a tipple or too (all in the name of work, obviously). So last week when we were invited along to experience the new range of Jacob’s Creek wine, we said a resounding: ‘Cheers.’

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Ginbilee!

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on Friday, 20 April 2012

Jubliee fever is gathering pace. At London's The Rib Room, this infusion of spirit has inspired a literal spirit infusion.

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Bombay Sapphire expert mixologist Sam Carter has worked with five of the nation’s most creative people to invent the niftily-named ‘Ginbilee’ celebration. Florist Robbie Honey, interior designer David Carter, event designer Fiona Leahy, product designer Anna Bullus and art director Rhea Thierstein have each added a personal twist to the standard Gin & Tonic. I was delighted to discover that you need only very simple additions to take this popular tipple up a notch, and even the most novice of mixologists (a.k.a me) can recreate the concoctions.

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