Oddments

SWIG Hip Flasks

I like hip flasks. In some ways, they are the gentleman’s version of a bottle in a brown paper bag. If you think about them objectively, they are the purview of a person who cannot (or does not want to) go without a dram for a day. That said, they ooze sophistication and whenever one …

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Thoughts on garnish

The garnish seems to be so deeply ingrained in cocktail-culture that I have mostly taken it for granted. However, over the last few months, I have been increasingly neglecting this staple of the drinks-world; I just let the gin do the talking on a familiar canvas of tonic water. I have found myself becoming frustrated with the …

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Sipsmith Summer Cup

Sipsmith bought out their Summer Cup last year but I managed to miss it; life and its limited retail distribution conspired to keep it from my grubby mitts. However, during the same trip to Waitrose that I acquired a bottle of Bulldog gin, I also saw, gleaming on the shelf, the newly repackaged Summer Cup – …

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Gin & Tonic Marmalade

I recently acquired a new twitter follower with an interesting name; The Jammy Cow (@thejammycow). As with most new followers, I checked-out the profile page  and found a company with some remarkable products. You see, The Jammy Cow sells jam, and interesting jam at that. I love good jam, and marmalade is even better. You …

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Homemade Gin

I love making things; there is a little, but insistent, part of my brain that looks at things and whispers “that can’t be too hard to make”. Just yesterday, I made my own shaving cream and today I made gin. I’ve had a Liebig condenser kicking around the house for some years and I was …

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