The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Pizza Pilgrims’ Hot Pococello

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food As the result of a collaboration between the Chase Distillery and the acclaimed restaurateurs behind Pizza Pilgrims, Pococello was inspired by a trip to Italy, using specially selected Amalfi lemons for a drink that’s not too dissimilar to classic Limoncello. Pococello, however, is far less sickly-sweet – crafted with some of England’s finest spirit and hand-crafted in small batches. And in the time of brutally cold weather, Pizza Pilgrims have recently added the Hot...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Home House’s ‘Santa’s Night Cab’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food First commissioned in 1773 by Elizabeth, Countess of Home, with plans for George III’s architect James Wyatt to build a sophisticated ‘Pavilion’ designed purely for enjoyment and entertainment, at 20 Portman Square, Home House was then completed by his competitor Robert Adams, after Wyatt was sacked, and is to this day regarded as Adam’s finest surviving London town house. And since being taken over by a Quintillion UK Limited in 2004, Home House has...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Charles Dickens Hot Gin Punch

Photo: Daniel Lewis By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Inspired by Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, this week’s cocktail recipe comes from Portobello Road Gin Master Blender Jake Burger. Just in time for Christmas, this hot gin punch takes time to make, but the effort certainly pays off as soon as the warming concoction touches your lips in the lead up to the festive season. Based on Dickens’ Mr Micawber’s guidelines given in David Copperfield, this drink features gin, madeira, brown...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Kensington Place’s ‘Aztec Cocoa’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Located in Notting Hill, Kensington Place first opened back in 1987. Having grown over the years, the restaurant is now a destination space that prides itself on relaxed and casual dining with a strong focus on fish and seafood. What’s more, there’s also a bar that serves some exciting cocktails. Created especially for Christmas, this week’s recipe is for the Aztec Cocoa - a twist on Mexican hot chocolate that uses tequila, chilli, cinnamon,...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – The Distillery’s Queen Elizabeth II

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Taking residence within the newly opened Hilton Hotel within London’s Bankside, The Distillery was designed as a bar and meeting point for the local area’s residents with a chic, casual environment. Built on the former site of Stevenson & Howell’s Standard Works essence factory, The Distillery pays homage to its heritage by serving a range of signature cocktails that incorporate a number of homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters. Also available, the bar stocks 50...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Joyeux Bordel’s ‘Jolly Mess’

Photo: addiechinn.com By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened in April by Experimental Group, the team behind the likes of Experimental Cocktail Club and Compagnie des Vins, Joyeux Bordel is situated upon Shoreditch’s Curtain Road. Taking over the East London basement, Joyeux Bordel is essentially a cocktail bar, but there’s also a strong focus on music as well – featuring a vintage sound system with emphasis on vinyl and an eclectic music programme that embraces afro, soul, funk, and disco through...

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