Calm

Politics are in uproar. It feels like a full time job just keeping up with the news. My recommended antidote is a cold, strong one; the silver bullet; the elixir of quietude. Plus dogs/cats/plants if you have any to hand. Here is my weekend cure: a classic gin martini with a twist of lemon. The lemons came from the Co-op which I believe to provide … Continue reading Calm

Mums Limoncello from the Last Milennium

We were clearing up the house after taking down all the Christmas decorations and we came across this mysterious bottle. Okay okay… I say “mysterious” but actually, as soon as I saw it I knew exactly what it was. Sometime in the last few years mum made some limoncello with vodka and lemon rind then left it to season. Obviously we forgot about it and … Continue reading Mums Limoncello from the Last Milennium

Martini Porn for World Gin Day

Happy World Gin Day everyone. To whet your appetites I’ve put together a selection of some martini images from the last few months. If you fancy making your own tonight, here is my guide. Enjoy!   A Lemon Drop Martini during a London Spring sunset.        A classic martini, the most elegant of drinks.   Channeling Danish hygge at my aunty’s house.    A selection of … Continue reading Martini Porn for World Gin Day

A Martini with Crushed Oyster Shell

I drifted into borough market the other day and found myself standing in front of a fishmonger’s counter staring at all the produce. I couldn’t leave empty handed and suddenly felt a craving for salty, briny oysters so I bought a handful.I’ve made a martini with oysters before (you can see the blog post here). This time, though, I was inspired by a story I’d … Continue reading A Martini with Crushed Oyster Shell

The Breakfast Martini

Wake up to something magically taboo.   Marmalade cocktails have been around for a long time but the decadent breakfast martini was invented by Salvatore Calabrese in the Lanesborough hotel in London in 2000. It involves gin, marmalade, lemon juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec.    Those nice people at Fragata sent me a jar of Marmalade from their native Spain. It tasted so good … Continue reading The Breakfast Martini

A Dirty Martini with lemon olives

This is a very tasty variation on a classic.    It’s just a normal dirty martini but with an extra sour-silken touch of citrus.   I’ve mentioned previously that Fragata kindly sent me a box of goodies to try out. I usually eat their olives stuffed with anchovies but now I’m trying out their olives stuffed with lemon. While I still prefer to eat their … Continue reading A Dirty Martini with lemon olives

A garnish like the wings of Hermes

Okay so the title may sound a little bit melodramatic.    Nonetheless, I like the style of this simple lemon garnish.    I first saw it in the Skylon bar in London’s southbank.    It’s very easy to put together. Once you’ve squeezed your lemon peel into the martini glass (remember why this is important) cut it into an elongated diamond shape.    Cut a long slit … Continue reading A garnish like the wings of Hermes

Bar Arabica, Borough Market, 2/5

A relatively pleasant martini was let down by bad service and poor value for money.   It wouldn’t take much to perfect their martini but some of the fundamentally poor elements of the restaurant will be more difficult to rectify.    Nestled under a railway arch in Borough Market, I had high hopes for this Levantine restaurant. However, the service wasn’t particularly attentive, the portions … Continue reading Bar Arabica, Borough Market, 2/5