How enticing is a steamy, spicy hot cup on Bonfire Night to warm the soul (and the fingers)?  Mulled wine is too Christmassy, so I prefer to brew up something more autumnal on  5 November, and throughout the winter months too. Make the base an apple one instead, using decent cider and apple brandy  at the core (sorry). I use medium (not bone-dry) cider in a hot punch – it tastes softer and juicier. Use a good-quality, glass-bottled one, such as those below. Method For four drinks, gently warm up a litre or so of cider in a large pan with just two or … Continue reading HOT CIDER


There are many benefits to drinking gunpowder green tea, including preventing chronic disease, soothing arthritis, stimulating the metabolism, aiding in weight loss, preventing tooth decay, protecting the heart, lowering blood sugar and improving the appearance of the skin, among others. In terms of side effects, drinking an excessive amount of green tea can increase your risk of developing kidney stones, and due to the rather high caffeine level, it can be damaging to the nervous system and may induce anxiety when consumed in large quantities. TABLE OF CONTENTS What is Gunpowder Green Tea? Health Benefits of Gunpowder Green Tea Digestive Issues Chronic Disease Energy Boost Diabetes Management Heart Health Immune System Weight Loss How to … Continue reading GUNPOWDER TEA


ABOUT THE WHISKEY SOUR COCKTAIL Spirit, sugar, citrus—the original big three—come together in the Whiskey Sour, whose history stretches back to the Lincoln administration. Few drinks in the cocktail canon are as quick to satisfy and endlessly mutable as the Whiskey Sour. Add a flourish to any component, and you have your own personal spin on the classic. We like our Whiskey Sour thickened with egg white and a few dashes of aromatic bitters for a complementary spice note. INGREDIENTS IN THE WHISKEY SOUR COCKTAIL 2 oz  Bourbon (Try it with George Dickel No. 12) .75 oz Fresh lemon juice .5 oz  Simple syrup .5 oz Egg … Continue reading WHISKY SOUR


A Little Background For all its name’s melodrama, the Dark and Stormy’s history is tame. In 1806, an early Gosling family member sailed from England bound for Virginia. He didn’t make it to America—the sea was too still—so the ship headed for the nearest dock instead, which happened to be in Bermuda. There, he used his family background in spirits to create the recipe for Gosling’s aged black rum. On another part of the island after World War I, British naval officers were brewing up ginger beer to combat sea sickness. They swirled the two together in a cup, a … Continue reading DARK AND STORMY


WHETHER IT’S AN old-school pale ale or a sumptuous pint of stout, one thing is for sure: no one keeps cask beer quite like the British. While more or less every pub in London will have a couple of lines of cask on draught, it’s not always of tip-top quality. For the absolute best selection of cask beers – old-school and craft – give these pubs and bars a go.  The Harp 47 CHANDOS PLACE, WC2N 4HS If the thousands of pump clips hanging above this Covent Garden pub’s bar say anything to us, it’s that they probably know a thing … Continue reading LONDON CASK ALES


Did you know that Ginger Tea benefits are no longer a myth of herbalists but a fact of scientists? Indeed, we now have proof that this delicious, wholesome Herbal Tea can improve daily living in a variety of ways. Most famously, it aids digestion and supports the immune system. However, it can also offer so much more. Some of the questions we will answer in this blog include: How to Make Ginger Tea? Does Ginger Tea Have Caffeine? Is it Good for You? Is Ginger Tea Good for Stomach Bacteria? Is this tea Good for Acid Reflux? Is it Good for … Continue reading GINGER TEA