Tag Archives: Gin

5 things I’ve learnt from 10 years in drink

I’ve been writing this blog on and off for ten years, so I’ve now got a decade’s worth of experience as a drinks writer to share with you, dear reader. I’ve witnessed the rise of natural wine, I’ve seen the … Continue reading

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This week I’m drinking . . . . the Christmas Negroni

I’ve been sent these rather lovely looking bottles from Martini. They are Martini Rubino Vermouth, Ambrato Vermouth and Martini Bitters. There’s something of a vermouth revival going on at the moment with delicious new products from South Africa (Badenhorst), Australia … Continue reading

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Is vodka’s highest calling to be tasteless?

This appeared in Harper’s Wine and Spirits magazine earlier this year. It seems like not a day goes by without the launch of a new gin. I thought we’d reached peak gin two years ago but it shows no signs … Continue reading

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Introducing . . . . the Martoni

I’m not bragging so don’t put me down but I’ve just invented a game-changing new cocktail. All you mixologists out there better give up and go home. Basically it’s a martini crossed with a negroni. I call it the Martoni. Imagine … Continue reading

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So. Much. Gin

Samuel Coleridge wouldn’t have stood a chance these days. Every time my wife settles down to write the novel that will lift us out of lower middle-class penury, the doorbell rings. These latter days men from Porlock are couriers bearing … Continue reading

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Ivy League cocktails

I’ve been doing some serious research for my latest Guardian column. It’s on cocktails made with fortified wine. I did so much research that I feel a bit bleary this morning. No matter, I can pretend it’s work. This is what … Continue reading

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You can no more keep a Martini in the refrigerator than you can keep a kiss there.

Tor the dedicated drinker, there’s no happier time than 6pm (or sometimes 5, if I’m on childcare duty). And there’s no better ode to this magical time than a very short book by American historian Bernard DeVoto, called The Hour: … Continue reading

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How I made the worst negroni ever

There are a lot of ’boutique’ drinks around. There are boutique vermouths and boutique ouzos, boutique bitters and boutique vodkas. The category, however, with the most ’boutique’ labels is gin. Ever since I started writing about drink for the Guardian – … Continue reading

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My books of the year

This article originally appeared in the Independent: One of the things people used to say about Les Dawson was that in order to play the piano like a clown, he had to be a masterful pianist. Simon Woods, the author … Continue reading

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The negroni – cocktail of the gods

Like a properly-fitted suit, a well-made negroni should grab you by the shoulders, make you stand up straight and give you a general feeling of importance. Nothing hits the spot quite like it but be warned they are powerful and dangerously … Continue reading

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