The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Blind Spot ‘Marrakech, Morocco’

A speakeasy bar within St Martins Lane hotel, in the heart of Covent Garden, Blind Spot has launched a new ‘Spin the Globe’ cocktail menu. Designed by St Martins Lane General Bar Manager, Wilfried Rique, the 24 new ‘Spin the Globe’ drinks available at Blind Spot are each inspired by locations from around the globe. These include the likes of New York, Sydney, Venice, Mumbai, Marrakech and more. Each inspired by the scents, flavours and histories of various global destinations,...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: The Botanist Spring Collins

Islay’s first and only dry gin, The Botanist is distilled with an assortment of 31 botanicals - 22 of which are locally foraged. As a result, the gin is exceptionally complex, rich and mellow with plenty of citrus freshness. With this, The Botanist also complements a wide variety of garnishes (personally, we prefer a sprig of rosemary), rendering the spirit an ideal base for inventive cocktails. Featuring homemade elderflower cordial (recipe below), the Spring Collins is a seasonal serve, also comprising...

How to Make: duck rillettes & Peckham Pale Ale pickled onions

Launched by best friends Dan Benjamins and Chef John Holland, The Habit opened its second restaurant last year. At the South London Gallery in Camberwell, The Habit’s second site continues to serve seasonally-led menus comprising simple, clean flavours, with a prominent focus on local ingredients. Coffee beans, for instance, are sourced from Peckham roaster Old Spike, meat is sourced from Peckham butchers Flock & Herd, and Nunhead fishmonger FC Soper supplies the restaurant’s fish. From the evening menu’s ‘For the...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Annabel’s ‘Citrus On My Garden’

Occupying an 18th Century, Grade One listed Georgian Townhouse on Berkeley Square in Mayfair, a reimagined Annabel’s has reopened. With new interiors designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (The Ivy, Sexy Fish), the private member’s club now offers an all day and all-night experience. Amongst the four floors, Annabel’s is home to four restaurants, seven bars, two private dining rooms and a cigar salon. On the third floor, Annabel’s Mexican/Latin restaurant boasts the largest collection of tequila and mezcal in...

How to Make: Cime di Rapa pasta with black olives, pine nuts & ricotta

Rapini, a cruciferous green vegetable, is particularly associated with Italian cuisine. Available with different names throughout the country, rapini is better known as ‘Cime di Rapa’ in Puglia – literally meaning “turnip tops”. The distinctively bitter leaves are often paired with creamy pasta dishes, as is the case with this recipe from Panzer’s Deli and Grocer in St John’s Wood. Another Puglian staple, the recipe also features Benedetto Cavalieri dischi volanti (or orecchiette). Like all pasta, orecchiette is best when...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: ‘The After Dinner Mint’

“An alternative night cap” for St Patrick’s Day, ‘The After Dinner Mint’ features Irish Artisan Dingle Original Gin; distilled with botanicals such as rowan berry from the mountain ash trees, fuchsia, bog myrtle, hawthorn and heather. The London dry style gin is macerated for 24 hours then cut using the purest water from the distillery’s own well, 240 feet below ground. Alternatively, the gin can be substituted with Dingle Vodka, teamed with Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao Brun and...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: ‘Yellow Fairy’, The Rum Runner

Determined to prove that bar-quality drinks can be served at any event, Sam Paget Steavenson (better known as The Rum Runner) creates bespoke cocktails for some of the country’s leading events, bars and restaurants. Having worked with the likes of Ralph Lauren and the Design Museum with British Vogue, The Rum Runner has developed various techniques in order to guarantee refined, complex drinks able to be served on a large scale. A collaboration beginning at cult Indian restaurant Kricket’s original...

How to Make: ‘Piggy Pie’ for British Pie Week

One of the year’s few national (insert food here) weeks worth getting excited about – British Pie Week begins on Tuesday 6th March. Since appearing on MasterChef in 2016, runners-up Billy and Jack have since teamed up to host a number of supper clubs and cooking experiences. Most recently, the pair held a 24-hour supper club at Plum + Spilt Milk, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Elsewhere, Billy and Jack have also worked with a variety of brands as...

How to Make: Vegan Leek & Potato Soup

Celebrated since the 12th Century, St. David’s Day (or Dydd Gŵyl Dewi) commemorates Saint David, the Patron Saint of Wales. Falling on 1st March, the day is typically celebrated by wearing daffodils and leeks, and by eating traditional Welsh food. On the day, various parades also take place through Welsh cities such as Cardiff, Swansea and Aberystwyth. Based in the Snowdonia mountains, Keith Squires is an author and leading chef – currently working at the Dru Yoga Centre. Filled with...

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