Drinks & drinkware

The history of gin and tonic

A firm favourite, the classic gin and tonic has been a staple amongst British cocktails since the 1800s. As it’s the 10th anniversary of International Gin and Tonic Day today, here’s a look back at the history of this (more…)

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How to create a bar in your garden

For many, 2021 means spending your annual summer holiday at home, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to curb travel to several popular holiday destinations. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get inventive in making your own personal space into a fun and relaxing place to spend your summer. With a little imagination and to suit any budget, you can turn your outside space into the (more…)

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Home-brewed beer on the upturn

Many people have taken the time to discover new hobbies and pastimes over the past year or so, and homebrewing is one of them. One of the nation’s favourite tipples, the brewing of beer has been part of Britain’s heritage for centuries, and it has never been easier to set up your own (more…)

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Retro drinks to savour this summer

With the pandemic restrictions gradually easing, thoughts of enjoying that great British pastime, the barbecue, are once again at the forefront of our minds. Hot summer days and balmy evenings are the perfect time to sample a tipple or two, and this year’s hot trend is fruit-laden cocktails, slushies, smoothies and spritzers. Here are some ideas for your next (more…)

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Best rum cocktails for summer staycations

As the weather hots up and thoughts turn to summer holidays, there’s no doubt that most people will be thinking of a ‘staycation’ due to travel restrictions, but this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious rum cocktail or two to remind you of more exotic locations. Here are some ideas to tempt your taste buds: Rum Babalu Add two parts of your favourite rum to some freshly squeezed lime juice, a squirt of maple syrup to taste and a little...

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Top Campari cocktails for the summer

Many of a certain age are sure to remember the classic Campari advertisements of the mid-1970s, with Lorraine Chase and her classic, ‘no, Luton airport’ line. The advert poked fun at the newly emerging middle class and the increase in world travel, showing how tastes and the desire for more sophisticated drinks were emerging throughout (more…)

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