Cocktail Recipe: Broken Negroni

Broken Negroni Recipe

Campari is having quite a time of it at the moment, flaunting its herby, bitter-orange Italian swagger in pop-up bars all over the place. Over at Bookshelf Boyfriend, it has mostly been popping up in the form of a Negroni – which has the double benefit of being ridiculously delicious AND ridiculously quick and easy to make: equal parts Campari, gin, sweet vermouth, in a glass, … [Read more...]

Zoe’s Hot Buttered Rum

Zoe's Hot Buttered Rum

This is a gorgeous recipe for a hot boozy drink to warm up a winter party. It makes a nice change from mulled wine or hot toddies, and manages to taste refreshing, fruity, rich - and like maple syrup all at the same time. Pretty special! You will need (makes 2 litres): 1 bottle of aged dark rum 3-4 teaspoons of butter Demerara sugar Maple syrup Mixed spice (or … [Read more...]

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

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How to brew and serve a 'proper' cup of tea Choose a ceramic tea pot as metal ones don't hold the heat as well and can affect the taste. Run the tea pot under hot tap water before pouring in boiling water so it doesn't hit cold ceramic and cool quickly. Fill your kettle with fresh cool water, preferably filtered and bring to the boil. Add the tea leaves to the empty … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Wine


Wine is undoubtedly gorgeous and great at lifting the spirits, but knowing how and what to choose can be a minefield to the uninitiated. Different people take different approaches to choosing a wine: for some, grape variety is paramount; for others, region takes priority; many select by style, for example, a "light, fresh, fruity white", and others simply by price. Once you … [Read more...]

How to Taste Wine


There are ways to get the most out of the smell (nose/bouquet) and taste (palate) of wine, by agitating the liquid and mixing it with lots of air once it's poured. It's amazing how much more vivid the smells and tastes become. Smelling 1- Pour a small amount of wine (around 1-2 cms) into a wine glass – to the widest point, which should be less then half way up. 2- … [Read more...]

Wine: Tasting Guide to Different Grape Varieties


Grapes come in many varieties which are used in a number of ways to make different wines. Particular countries and regions have realised their suitability to growing certain grape varieties. Not all wines state which varieties they contain. While this shouldn't put you off (some of the best wines reveal only the name of the chateau where they are made), below is a guide to the … [Read more...]

Guide to Wine Regions

image courtesy Megan Mallen

Where grapes are grown makes an enormous difference to their flavour, as does how the wine is made. Grape varieties can be better suited, or develop certain flavours, in particular climates and soils. It is important to remember that, apart from with single vineyards, there is a huge range of wines within each of the categories below. OLD WORLD WINES France, Italy, … [Read more...]

How to Choose Wine

By Quinn Dombrowski

What did you drink the last time you went out for dinner? If "red" or "white" is the answer, then it's time to take charge of ordering the wine in a restaurant. The power of the internet has forced any serious restaurateur to develop a website reflecting the restaurant and more often than not, the wine list is available to download. By taking advantage of this you can browse … [Read more...]

Wine and Dinner parties

By Francesco Pappalardo

Dinner parties need not be a wine nightmare! Wine storage Have you got a well-stocked wine cellar at home? No? Well you are not alone. Many people have a few bottles lying around or just pick up a bottle or two from the supermarket with the weekly shop. But buying ahead and carefully storing a few bottles of wine at home means there will be one less thing to worry about when … [Read more...]

A Guide to Real Ales


A complete guide to Real Ales Beer is as varied and as complex as wine in colour, texture, aroma, flavour and alcoholic content. This variety is steadily becoming better appreciated by the public at large as hundreds of micro-breweries in Britain alone are lovingly producing an ever expanding range of high quality 'real ales'. The following information all relates to real ales … [Read more...]