In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Pack a pouch or two

How do you buy yours? The packaging that is. These days wine, and other alcoholic beverages, are available in a number of containers giving you the option to select the best option for that day’s particular activities. We are familiar in this country with wine in a box. It may still carry an unwarranted stigma of low quality wine, but ...

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Tiptree Tipple

From Tiptree jam to Tiptree tipple, we take a look at fruity specialities from Essex. Wilkin & Sons Ltd are the makers of the world-famous Tiptree jams, the company dating back to 1700 with a Royal Warrant for their jams granted in 1911. It also produces a range of fruit-based liqueurs and has recently added English Spiced Rum. This prompted ...

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One Ale of a Beer

New World pale ales make a great tangy summertime beer. According to Waitrose, “One topic of conversation that dominates the beer world is the seemingly insatiable demand for New World pale ales. The number one attraction of these beers is their intensely hoppy flavour, which comes from American, Australian and New Zealand hops and delivers punchy, tropical-fruit flavours.” The trend ...

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Get the party started

The coolest drinks for parties this spring are pink… Everything’s coming up pink for spring, from pink house plaques for historic females to gins, vodkas and wines. Pink wine, i.e. rosé, is tipped for a bumper year. Supermarkets have prominent blocks of shelf space dedicated to the pink genre, mixing all types together, grape types and countries of origin and ...

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The best Irish solution… have a party!

One way or another it looks like Ireland will still be in the news this month. It is also time for the annual onslaught of green face paint, Guinness hats and shamrock bunting to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. Forget the border question for a while and enjoy some good old-fashioned Irish craic. Create a balanced drinks list ...

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One ale of a drink!

Here is a Trappist beer made in England – a timely Brexit backstop. Mount Saint Bernard Abbey Tynt Meadow English Trappist® Ale became available last July after a five year development programme by the monks. It has come as a timely replacement for the established range of Trappist ales, which are mostly Belgian, as a backstop against a potential interruption ...

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A TOUCH OF SPICE

Face the winter days with a spicy winter ale or tangy, fruity zero-alcohol spritzer. January, cold and wet and short days, the cheery Christmas lights have gone and no London Boat Show to provide sunshine-sailing escapism. Some will ease into the New Year enjoying appropriate winter ales. Others might take a course of voluntary abstention to recover their body or ...

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Colourful beer cans and craftily strong spirits to keep yours up through the festive season. New ‘craft’ beers from young entrepreneurs offer new flavours and styles from the USA and Europe. The favoured packaging seems to be cans branded with bold and colourful Banksy-style artworks or stark industrial minimalist graphics. Collectively in-store they create a cheerful burst of colour which ...

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Cheers to Toast!

TOAST – the best thing in beer since sliced bread. While turning the tide on plastic waste in the world’s oceans is gaining momentum with many people around the world, other eco-unfriendly issues are emerging which also need our attention. Food waste, for example. In a world where food poverty blights many nations, food wastage in developed countries is an ...

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Time for drinks

PX stands for the best sherry and whisky liqueur. PX, or the full name Pedro Ximénez, prominently displayed on a bottle of sherry looks like a brand name but it is not. It is actually the name of the grape-type used in the production process thats is Denominación de Origen controlled in the adjacent Montilla-Moriles and Jerez de la Frontera ...

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