The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Dingle Gin Old Fashioned

One of the oldest, most celebrated classic cocktails in existence, an Old Fashioned has a typical base of bourbon mixed with Angostura bitters and a sugar cube, garnished with a sliver of orange peel (plus a cocktail cherry in some cases). No, there’s nothing wrong with the original, but the base – like all classic cocktails – has been constantly tinkered with over the past 100 years – much to the dismay of many purists. Some bars favour rye or...

How to Make: Vegan Celeriac & Truffle Soup

With each new year, countless New Year’s Resolutions are made. According to a recent YouGov survey, some of the most popular resolutions made by adults in New York include eating healthier, exercising more, saving money, and focusing on self care. Moreover, with additional push from initiatives such as Dry January and Veganuary, January has become a month synonymous with health. Set up by qualified health coach, Nutritionist and food technician Geeta Sidhu-Robb, Nosh Detox is the UK’s first home detox...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Courvoisier Espresso Martini

According to research from the University of Warwick, brandy is the UK’s favourite Christmas spirit – beating gin and whisky. Though Christmas has passed, it’s clear that brandy is an ideal (generally under-appreciated) spirit for the colder months at the beginning of the year. This week’s cocktail recipe – the Courvoisier espresso martini - for instance, replaces switches traditional vodka for brandy, bringing a rich sweetness perfectly paired with coffee. Moreover, the drink is incredibly easy to recreate at home. Ingredients...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Martell Mint Julep

Following the launch of Martell VS Single Distillery, the Cognac brand has collaborated with Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA. Mr Lyan), working alongside brand ambassador Matthias Lataille to create a number of fresh takes on some classic cocktails. Martell’s latest expression, VS Single Distillery marries spirits from a single distillation source in the Cognac region of France, delivering an intense, rich, fruity taste. Conversely, these fruity notes make the spirit ideal as a cocktail base. The Martell Mint Julep, for instance, features...

Jamavar share Michelin-star curry recipes for launch of National Geographic Food

Culminating with the launch of National Geographic’s first standalone Food magazine in the UK (National Geographic Food), Chef Rhoti Ghai of Jamavar – having recently earned its first Michelin star – has shared a selection of recipes. LAAL MAAS Traditionally made with mutton, this Rajhastani curry owes its vibrant red colour and heat to Mathania chillies, while ‘live’ charcoal imparts a smoky flavour. Serves: 6 Takes: 2 hrs Ingredients 450g ghee or clarified butter, plus extra 2 tbsp to finish...

How to Make… Almond and Matcha Cookies

Drinking green tea has its health benefits, of course, but so many insoluble nutrients actually come from the tea leaves, which are wastefully discarded. Matcha – the world’s most potent green tea – however, is a powder of ground green tea leaves, whisked into hot water to brew tea. It’s also a superfood. Buddhist monks are said to have used Matcha for centuries, in order to stay alert and focused through mediation. Samurai warriors, on the other hand, would use...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Elements Eight Republica Old Cuban

With the rise in popularity of ‘craft’ spirits, independent rum brand Elements Eight have launched Elements Eight Republica. A premium, aged blend of two rums from Cuba and Panama, the blend is produced from 100 per-cent traditional column stills, rather than a combination of pot and column distillations. Naturally sweet in character, the Elements Eight Republica is non-chill filtered and aged in Bourbon casks, imparting further natural vanilla aromas and flavours. An Elements Eight ‘signature cocktail’, using Republica – ‘Old...

How to Make… Dominique Ansel’s Pumpkin Pie

A recent survey conducted by Waitrose suggests one in six Brits now celebrate Thanksgiving. Coinciding with Thanksgiving’s increased UK popularity, a number of American food trends have also escalated – notably the value of the US barbecue food market, now worth £68m in Britain. Numerous stateside food and drink establishments have successfully launched on this side of the Atlantic in recent years, including Shake Shack, Red Rooster and Dominique Ansel Bakery. Creator of the world-famous Cronut, Chef Dominique Ansel was awarded World’s Best Pastry...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: ‘Mr Micawber’s Hot Gin Punch’

Inspired by Wilkins Micawber – a fictional character from Charles Dicken’s David Copperfield – and his love of gin punch, this week’s recipe is ideal for the winter months. Created by Duncan McRae, Global Ambassador of Hendrick’s Gin, the hot gin punch is served in teacups; a nod to the prohibition act of drinking gin from teacups, in order to disguise the contents. Featuring Hendrick’s Gin, distilled in minuscule batches in Scotland with fresh cucumber and rose petals, the recipe...

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