Just One Drink: Martini

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52% of my fellow Britons want to leave the EU. I have no idea what this will mean long term, but the pound is already suffering. I’m sad, because I like being European as well as British. Here’s a martini made with Spanish gin and French vermouth. Yes, I know it’s early. Gin Mare is … Read More

Just One Drink: French 75

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This is the recipe I used for a cheapskate French 75: 25 ml gin 25 ml lemon juice 25 ml sugar syrup 100 ml cava or prosecco slice of pink grapefruit The IBA’s standard recipe is 6:3:1.5 champagne to gin to lemon juice, with a couple of dashes of sugar syrup. Cross’s Classic 1000 Cocktails … Read More

Just One Drink: Gimlet

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A gimlet is a small, sharp tool for drilling holes, and a gimlet cocktail is similarly short and sharp. According to my favourite cocktail book (Robert Cross’ Classic 1000 Cocktails) the Gimlet emerged in 1930 as a cross between two cocktails, a Gimblet (1 1/2 gin, 1/2 lime juice) and a Gimlet (1:1 msr Plymouth … Read More

Just One Drink: Gin & Tonic

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So, as a new parent I can only really have one or two drinks in the evening. Cocktails make it easier to ration alcohol, and I like gin. This is a really nice G&T. The G&T was a way to make tonic water palatable by adding gin in the early 19th century (if you believe … Read More

Four Gins Enter, One Gin Leaves

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We have gin, we have gin-loving friends — let’s have a gin-off! The Candidates We had four rather nice gins to try: Bloom, a light floral gin that features honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo Bulldog, a spicy gin that includes dragon eye (similar to lychee) and poppy Portobello Road gin, the most traditional of the four … Read More