A negroni by candle light

Gin Cocktails | Negroni Week

New here? Join our email list and receive The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Martinis. for free.This week is Negroni Week all over the world. And I am so pleased because I adore a Negroni! I am so pleased they have come roaring back into fashion of late and they are being really well made. The […] Read more…

Gin in Bars | The Clock Hotel

There are two main questions I get when I mention this blog. The first question is ‘what’s your favourite gin?’ Which is a really, really hard question for me to answer; what am I drinking it in? What’s the weather like? Where am I? And I just can’t choose! The question I get a lot […] Read more…

Gin Cocktails | Lady Patricia Mother’s Day cocktail

I inadvertently got my start in understanding gin from my mother. She’s a herbalist so I learnt about herbs and flowers and flavours from as early as I can remember. I taste the difference between echinacea angustifolia and echinacea purpurea from ten paces, but I also learned about things like liquorice root and angelica and […] Read more…

The Absolute Beginners’ Guide to Martinis

The martini is the quintessential gin cocktail. It is a cocktail that lets gin shine with all its ginny goodness. With a little know-how a martini is quite easy to make. Our Absolute Beginners’ Guide to Martinis takes all the guess work out of making martinis with a step-by-step process for the five basic martinis: dry, dirty, wet, perfect […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Blackwoods Dry Vintage Gin 60%

So I stocked up on gins when I was in London last year. The problem is I get really attached to bottles of gin bought overseas, so attached that I don’t want to open them, let alone drink them. I keep them in my gin cupboard, an oak cupboard that belonged to my great great […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Four Pillars Gin

Last week I was delighted to get an early taste of Four Pillars Gin at soft launch at Kitchen by Mike. I could tell you about the party, the food,  the delicious cocktails from Trolley’d, the costumes! But I suspect what you really want to know is: how’s the gin?! Well the gin is good. […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Martin Miller’s Gin

‘But hang on!’ the most observant of you say. ‘You already reviewed Martin Miller’s Gin!’ That’s true, but I reviewed the Westbourne Strength, which clocks in at 45.8% ABV, this is the regular strength at 40% ABV. From my extensive research (reading their website…) I have gathered that the two versions are made in much […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength

If money was no object and you just wanted to make the most wonderful gin possible, what would you do? This was the starting point for Martin Miller’s Gin. And it’s not a bad starting point, if money is no object. Martin Miller the man came to prominence publishing an etiquette guide called Success with […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | City of London Distillery

Firstly, a confession. Somewhere between my aunt’s house in London and my house in Sydney, my notebook with all my gin notes from my trip to Europe went missing. Hence it’s been months and I still haven’t written up my gin tastings. I’ve finally accepted that the notes are gone for good and I’m going […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Willliam Chase Gin

William Chase Gin is a gin I desperately wanted to love. William Chase is the only gin in England made from a neutral spirit made by the distillery; all other distilleries buy in their neutral spirit. Most gins are made with a grain based neutral spirit, William Chase make their spirits from cider apples. So […] Read more…

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