Double Dutch drinks at Aubaine


Double Dutch Drinks, founded by Dutch twins Joyce & Raissa, create spirit mixers using all-natural ingredients with unusual flavour combinations. The brand, which is very much in its infancy, currently has two drinks to its name: Pomegranate + Basil, and Cucumber + Watermelon.

Franco Dutch

Despite being on the scene for less than a year, Double Dutch drinks are currently stocked in Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, and a whole host of other retailers and bars.

I was lucky enough to meet the twins recently, who disclosed that they’re working on a Christmas drink with chilli and cardamom, which I can’t wait to try!

But for now, you can try their existing range in cocktails at Aubaine restaurants, including the super refreshing Franco Dutch (or make it yourself with the recipe below).

50ml Diplome Gin
150ml Double Dutch pomegranate and basil tonic
2 Basil Leaves
5ml Grenadine
10ml Vanilla syrup
10ml Lime juice
1/8th fresh pomegranate

Basil top
Pomegranate wedge

In a high ball glass muddle the Grenadine and basil lightly. Fill the glass with cubed ice, then add the Diplome, lime juice, and seeds from the pomegranate.

Top up with Double Dutch pomegranate and basil tonic and garnish with a sprig of basil and wedge of pomegranate.

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London Cocktail Week roundup: top picks

Cocktails, Events

London Cocktail Week, run by DrinkUp.London, takes place from 5 – 11 October 2015.

Here are my top picks for the things you mustn’t miss.


The Tanqueray Art Deco Bar

If this is anything like last year’s pop-up, it’ll be a cracking place to sit back, enjoy a brilliant G&T or fancy LCW cocktail, and soak up the atmosphere. This year, it’s situated in the World Class London Cocktail Week Hub in the heart of Soho.

Gin Mare and Oysters

Gin Mare team up with the Wright Brothers of Spitalfields for an evening masterclass of gin and oyster pairings. True decadence, and you’re right next to the Spitalfields LCW hub, so check out the goings on there afterwards. Tickets include 4 cocktails and 6 oysters.


East Meets West

Expert Bartender Jackie Lo, from Shanghai, explores an oriental take on Dodd’s Gin, which is lovingly crafted in Battersea. Ticket price includes cocktails, distillery open house, and a copy of Ian Buxton’s book 101 Gins to Try Before You Die. Tickets available here.

Literature & Liquor

Head to Mussel Men on Kingsland Road on Saturday for the second Oyster & Gin thing we’re loving this week. Be entertained with the literature of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Ian Fleming, Dickens and more, coupled with 4 Edinburgh Gin cocktails, and an Edinburgh Gin Oyster Garden. Fancy.

New London Craft Gins

A session with author of 101 Gins To Try Before You Buy, Ian Buxton, and the lovely team from Merchant House. Ticket includes a cocktail and a copy of Ian’s book. The only way to spend your Tuesday lunchtime.

Gin Hot Toddy Recipe

Cocktails, Ginspiration

Cold and flu season has struck. If you’re anything like me – wincing while gulping down a Lemsip and subsisting on now flavourless soup – you’ll be super grateful for this juniper-based take on the traditional Hot Toddy.

Photo: Johanna Kollman CCL

Photo: Johanna Kollman CCL

Juice half an orange into a mug. Add a teaspoon of honey, and a good slug of gin (Sipsmith works well, but anything with heavy juniper will work, too). Top with boiling water, bruise a couple of cardamom pods and add to the mix. Stir until the honey has dissolved, remove the cardomom pods, and enjoy.

If a couple of these don’t help your cold, you’ll at least be half cut and won’t care about your snotty nose anymore. Yay!

Avoid the tube strike with a pub crawl (duh)


We all know the tube strike is the pits. Avoid the hellish gridlock, taxi queues and aggro fellow commuters on the bus by pub crawling your way home, instead. It’s Thirsty Thursday after all, right?

Kudos to The Evening Standard for this nifty interactive map, which plots the best* pubs on all the tube routes (other than the Waterloo & City, obvs)

*according to them. Actually, some of these are pretty spot on. Although ‘The Bow Bells’ is in Bow, not Stratford. Perhaps they couldn’t bring themselves to direct anyone to Westfield.

Anno Kent Dry Gin

Tasting notes

I discovered this gem of a gin earlier this summer at Taste of London. Instantly drawn to a stunningly beautiful bottle design, I was pleased to learn that it tastes pretty darn good, too.


Made by Anno Distillers, the first micro-distillery in the county, Anno Kent Dry Gin (43% ABV) is the first gin to be made in Kent in over 200 years.

Crisp, citrusy and floral on the nose, there’s a classic Juniper flavour to start, with a long, hoppy, herbal finish.

With 16 botanicals, and many of them local, this gin is distinctive both in flavour, and in appearance. The thing that really stood out for me, though, was one botanical in particular; local samphire from Romney Marsh.

Kent Botanicals for mailing

It’s something I’d never seen before in a gin, and boy, does it work.

Pick up some and say you tried it first, because this stuff is going to be big.

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You may have noticed the name of this blog has changed. In my eagerness to start working on this project (of sorts), I rushed into something I wasn’t totally comfortable with.

Formerly, I felt this blog deserved a name more befitting of what it really is: an online collection of my drink-related babble, a place that exists only in coding and wires, and not, as was formerly suggested, a physical presence in the real world. Gin palaces are bars and drinking dens of old, and not the musings of an over-eager twenty-something gin fanatic.

So this is what I’ve become; an enthusiast for gin. The Ginthusiast. Find me tweeting all things mother’s ruin at @ginthusiastUK.