Five essential Gins every home bar needs

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I wrote something a little while ago for Flaviar.com about the five Gins that every Gin fan should have at home (spoiler: yes you need an Old Tom). Obviously, it’s virtually impossible to pick just five Gin brands, so instead I picked out styles.

I’m thinking about following it up with something on the kit essentials for every home bar (glassware, jiggers, shakers, etc)., as well as all the other bits you need to make the best classic Gin cocktails. Watch this space…

Read the full thing here.

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Eight things you never knew about Juniper

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Here’s an article I recently wrote for Flaviar.com about Juniper:

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Small, but perfectly formed, juniper berries are a necessity when making one of the world’s best-loved spirits, so why do we know so little about them? Here are eight things you probably never knew about juniper, no matter how many bottles of Gin you went through…

You can read the whole thing here.

ICYMI: World Gin Day – the best Gins from around the globe

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Here’s a little something I wrote for Flaviar.com on travelling the world in gin for World Gin Day:

London Dry Gin is having somewhat of a renaissance in its namesake country. The g-industry is worth £1.76bn to the UK economy, and the Brits are the biggest exporters of Gin in the world, selling enough to make 1.6bn G&Ts a year 

Read the whole thing here.

Gin Hot Toddy Recipe

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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 cardamom 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)

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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.