How to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

This is a slight departure from my normal work, but I’ve got a cold and was craving something less potent and more sweet and fruity than a martini.    Enter the Old Fashioned cocktail.  Apparently emerging in the early 1800s (it might even have evolved towards the late 1700s), this drink is a lot older than a Martini. It also has a reputation for being … Continue reading How to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail

A martini for weekend introverts

Have you had a long week at work? Instead of hitting the pub or attending ‘junipaluza’ in London, do you feel more inclined to stay indoors and unwind in solitude? E.B White described martinis as “the elixir of quietude” so they are absolutely perfect for relaxing at home in peace rather than going crazy on the town.    So, as a suggestion, pour yourself a … Continue reading A martini for weekend introverts

A breakfast gin and tonic in the Middle East

 Flying back from a brief work assignment in Dubai, I decided to have a gin and tonic to help me relax.  I happened to be flying over Iranian airspace at the time, while it was also 7am in London. Thus two rules were very thoroughly broken. However, I think an early drink is acceptable when one is flying. It helped me sleep for … Continue reading A breakfast gin and tonic in the Middle East