In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Something for the ladies

Something for the ladies

Considering how simple and enjoyable the standard London dry gin recipe is, the number of boutique distilleries opening up around the country and the expanding range of gins now available is quite remarkable. The new arrivals are mostly the result of enthusiasts dreaming up a better London dry gin mousetrap, like Sipsmith or Adnams. In retaliation, mainstream distillers are resurrecting ...

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First of the summer wines

First of the summer wines

June is the first month of the summer quarter-year and the month when the JP Morgan Round the Isle of Wight race kicks off the summer regatta scene afloat and ashore. Time then to consider summer wines… What makes a wine a summer wine? A practical benchmark is what goes with barbecues, cold crustaceans, salads and al fresco dining on ...

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Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Boutique breweries get crafty. . .

Once upon a time, before motor transport and telephones, there were individual public houses in England’s towns and villages brewing their own beer on the premises for consumption by their own customers. Then brewing companies were established to supply all the pubs in the village – and beyond. Then there were mergers and the UK was down to six or ...

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A buoyant Vintage

A buoyant Vintage

Somerset Cider Revival DESPITE the floods, Somerset’s only cider-brandy distillery kept on going. “We are still heavily flooded and most of the roads to our farm shop are blocked. But we are still in business for ciders and cider brandy via our website, with a daily courier truck that gets through the one road that is passable and the distillery ...

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Vermouth revival

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Vermouth is back in style, helped by a resurgence of interest in cocktail drinking at home as much as in trendy bars. It’s essential to many classic cocktail recipes, from martinis to the Manhattan, while also regaining favour in its own right as a pleasant aperitif – its original raison d’être. The category is benchmarked by Italian Martini and French ...

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Going local

Going local

Be inspired to try something different from the micro brewing world The Belleville Brewing company of Wandsworth, South West London, founded January 2013, is an interesting micro brewery with a genuinely unique selling point: American style beers, billed as ‘beers from over there brewed over here’ and delivering distinctly different tastes. You might think of American beers as ubiquitous lager ...

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Special celebratory drinks gifts for sailors

Special celebratory drinks gifts for sailors

For festive tipples with a nautical twist, here’s All At Sea’s wish list The Hebridean Spirits & Liqueurs company of Helensburgh, West Scotland, has come up with a novel idea for its newest products: small and compact bottles just 10 centimeters cubed which will definitely never roll off the saloon table. Hebridean’s Ancient Mariner London Dry Gin is distilled in ...

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Tricks and treats for grown ups…

Tricks and treats for grown ups...

On Trafalgar Night and Halloween This is the month for Battle of Trafalgar annual dinners. There are traditional meal menus to follow but some thought, too, for the drinks will enhance the special occasion. Cornwall’s St Austell Brewery’s Admiral’s Ale, with its jolly Nelsonian ‘I see no ships’ pictorial label, is a good start. Flavoursome golden beer in the Tribute ...

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Rum punch reveries

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Autumn brings dreams of sailing the Caribbean and sipping brews from Barbados THE frenetic list of summer regattas is over, evenings are beginning to draw in and the PSP Southampton Boat Show is here again. It is only natural, then, that the shiny new yachts on show and enticing charter deals on offer turn our thoughts to Caribbean sailing – ...

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Small beers go large

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The latest low-strength ‘small’ beers are tapping into a health- and driving-conscious market of men and women and becoming a regular choice, thanks to their lower alcohol strength. With major and boutique breweries piling in to join the party and supermarkets offering a large choice of lagers and beers at 2.8 per cent or less on dedicated shelves, sales are ...

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