In The Drink with Paul Antrobus

Thought in a bottle

In The Drink - All At Sea

A bottle is a always a useful present, but make it different, something that requires a bit of sourcing effort, and it becomes more than just the bottle that counts. On our cruises we often come across enjoyable local drinks, never seen in shops at home because their production volumes are too low for serious exporting. However, you may just ...

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Patriotic solution to the fizz fuss

In The Drink - All At Sea

Whatever was all that fuss about our political leaders being seen ‘quaffing’ Champagne? Where have all the Champagne socialists gone? I know people for whom Champagne is their regular tipple . . . well, one. For the rest of us it holds a clear position as a symbol of celebration, success or ultimate hospitality. What would the Formula 1 podium ...

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Buy beer for the Legion and then look east for wine

In The Drink - All At Sea

In a month marking the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II, the fleet of Dunkirk Little Ships cruising up the Thames for their annual reunion lunch at Weybridge Mariners Club seemed very poignant. Many had Chelsea Pensioners on board, some of them on the actual little ship that had rescued them in June 1940. Next month, once ...

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Gin born in Cheshire

In The Drink - All At Sea

If Dutch Genever is the original gin, what then is Original Bombay Gin? Simply the first gin of that name by the Bombay Spirits Co of England, originally distilled in Cheshire and the forerunner of today’s popular Bombay Sapphire. Although based on a recipe dating from 1761, the Bombay brand dates only from the mid 1900’s and Bombay Sapphire was ...

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Stout and oysters for Calves Week

In The Drink - All At Sea

August sailing news may be dominated by Cowes Week but there is plenty going on elsewhere. In the same week that 1,000 plus boats and 8,500 sailors take over Cowes for the regatta first run in 1826, across the sea in Ireland in Cork Harbour the younger, smaller and more skittish Calves Week Regatta goes on. Plan for next year ...

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