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How to make Hazelnut, Walnut &/or Pistachio nut Bourbon or Whisky

There is something really refreshing about the taste of nuts at the back of your throat; it’s a taste that can add a velvet complexity to a cocktail or indeed to whisky based dessert such as a Cranachan. If you are … Continue reading

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How to make wild spiced mulled apple juice

Of all the seasons Autumn is the one that evokes more feelings of nostalgia than any other. A whiff of bonfire smoke or the smell of windfall apples fermenting at our feet can evoke long forgotten memories.  The traditional festivals of … Continue reading

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Elderflower Sherbet Lemon & Elderflower Syrup

Elderflower Sherbet lemon drink and elderflower syrup This year thus far has been a year of travel and I can safely say that I have seen elderflower in bloom from Scotland to Brighton. Such a delightful sight from the train … Continue reading

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The Wild Martini

The Wild Martini From its origins sometime in the 18th century the Martini has endured and evolved. It’s a sophisticated cocktail that gets an upgrade every few years. From the Dry Martini in the roaring 1920’s, to James Bonds Vesper … Continue reading

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1875 The Pisco Sour and the Tom Collins and 1855 The Americano

1875 The Pisco Sour and the Tom Collins Continuing my 800 years of the history of booze. I take a look at 1875 and 1855. The 19th Century was a great time for cocktails and it is hard to pick … Continue reading

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Homemade buckfast and what were we drinking in 1895?

Homemade Buckfast and what we what we were drinking in 1895 I’ll be continuing my countdown of 800 years of booze to coincide with 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.  Thus far I’ve covered predictions for 2015 … Continue reading

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Boozy advent calendar part two, the run up to Christmas day

“I am in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas yet to come? ” said Scrooge. The Spirit answered not, but pointed onward with its hand. ” You are about to show me shadows of the things that have not … Continue reading

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Homemade boozy advent calendar part one

Homemade boozy advent calendar – Part one If there is one month that it’s compulsory to be drunk throughout its December. The office parties, the glasses of mulled wine given out by shop keepers to coax you into buying more, … Continue reading

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Homemade tonic water – Beta

Homemade Tonic water – Beta There are two ways to make tonic water, either the infusion method or the decoction.  Mercifully, they are both very straightforward and apparently yield excellent results. I’ve only tried one of these methods and so … Continue reading

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Blending beers

Blending beers Blending beers was commonplace in Victorian Britain. Landlords would know what blend each of their customers wanted and they would run around with jugs full of beer (before we had bars) and serve each customer there preferred blend. … Continue reading

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