My Foodie Adventures

Making up healthy recipes as I go along...

Category: Potables (page 2 of 3)

Rosemary & Elderflower Gordon’s Gin and Tonic

I’m not being deliberately obtuse in my choice of drinks. I didn’t want this to be a pedestrian, prosaic blog post about gin. Essentially, I didn’t want to talk to you like you’re idiots. You know how to make a Gin and Tonic. What I wanted was to help elevate your drinks so that next time you’re at a party or cocktail evening, you can start pulling these out the bag like it’s no big deal.

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Gordon’s Gin Bramble

This has long been one of my favourite Summer cocktails. Occasionally, with a fruity cocktail you end up with a  glass of saccharine goop. The joy of the Bramble is that it balances the sweetness of using Creme de Cassis (or Creme de Mure) with the tartness of red berries and lemon juice. Again, this one is usually a stronger one but it doesn’t do any damage to put a splash of soda water in to lighten the tone.

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Gordon’s Gin Negroni

This is one of those cocktails that just makes you effortlessly cool. I like a good Martini but I always have the worry of the glass being too fragile while I’m drinking it. I’m concerned that one decent sneeze and the glass would explode. And don’t even get me started on walking between 2 points with that glass! It’s like a bloody wave pool.

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Gordon’s Gin Pickled Onion Martini

Don’t walk away, seriously! This works. If you like your drinks a little stronger, then this one is for you. No one in my family likes what basically amounts to drinking straight spirits, apart from me. So I got to enjoy this one all to myself. I was in one of those situations where everyone tried it, pulled a face, said it was nice but too strong and handed it back to me. So I got one compliment and that’s all I need.

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Gordon’s Gin Cocktail Party

I recently received a wonderful email. A far cry from my usual spam and newsletters I’ve signed up for.

Gordon’s asked me if I would be willing to write a blog post about their gin. Willing? Like I was going to say no? They even sent me a bottle to get me started on my gin based adventure. I knew this blogging malarky would eventually pay off!

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Gordon’s Gin and Tonic Float

Do you remember, as a child, that time when you put ice cream in lemonade? It was a revelation, right?!

You were just messing about, being a child, and you created something utterly delicious.

That’s what I wanted to capture with this drink. I wanted the whimsy of youth mixed with a little refinement that comes with age. So I created the G&T Earl Grey Float.

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Wild Beer Co. Review: Evolver IPA

This journey continues…

I love a good IPA. You know where you stand with a decent, proper Indian Pale Ale and based on my current set of encounters with Wild Beer Co., I was aware I was in for something rather special.

Reading the back of the bottle, I found myself in a quandary. This beer promises to evolve (for want of a better word) over the course of its life. So, I was left in a curious pickle. Do I drink it now or should I leave it for 3-6months until it achieves its final form, like a really tasty Pokemon.

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Wild Beer Co. Review: Wild Goose Chase

So, the journey begins…

I had intended to leave them all until the weekend. However, events as marvellous as this happen few and far between for me, so I decided that I would allow myself to enjoy one drink.

After reading the bottles (and obviously not settling for the wine bottle sized one) I opted to go with the Wild Goose Chase.

Described as an “All Day Beer”, it was the obvious choice. At 4.5%, it’s not too strong for a weekday. I do have things to do. There were no food suggestions offered on the back of the bottle and that fit in perfectly with the fact that I had eaten far too much cottage pie an hour or so before.

The front of the bottle informs me that it is a farmhouse pale with gooseberry and zingy. I don’t know what a “zingy” is but, the other two, I am fairly familiar with.

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The Wild Beer Co. Review: The Arrival

After 3 failed delivery attempts (because I refuse to get up before 10am on my days off), my package from Wild Beer Co. arrived.

I had been sent a selection of their sour beers as I made an arse of myself because I didn’t think that the beer I bought was supposed to be sour. They then proceeded to school me on the nuances of beer in, quite possibly, the politest way I have ever been schooled.

They also sent me a lengthy and profoundly interesting account on how the beer I bought was brewed. From start to finish. I learned something I had no need of knowing, yet I felt better with that knowledge.

I would like to preface this series of posts with a disclaimer. I am not a beer sommelier. I have only brewed my own beer twice and the first time, I think I nearly killed someone. I have, however, enjoyed beer for a long time. I enjoy the range of tastes and styles. I am not a beer expert, I would probably label myself as an “enthusiastic hobbyist”.

I have a rough understanding of the terminology behind beers but I would definitely fail a blind taste test. So don’t expect talk of hops and yeasts, unless I’m directly quoting from the bottle. But do expect my usual brand of pop culture references, obscure analogies which weirdly work and a whole load of enthusiasm.

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One Man Tea Party: Coconut Green Tea

I have found a fellow tea connoisseur with Zoe, who occasionally comes into our work to do… something? I’m not sure entirely, but she seems super busy all the time. You can check out some of her stuff at Blue Teapot Media.

Anyway, back to the tea.

I like tea and so does Zoe, so she brought a load into work and one of them caught my eye. It was a lovely looking green number from Heath & Heather. Admittedly, I’ve never heard of that company before, but the packaging was enticing enough and the coconut sealed the deal.

So I gave it a pour and enjoyed a pint of it from my massive Batman mug, because I may not know how to properly adult.

It was a really nice tea, although  I think I may have over steeped it. That’s because I’m an idiot and I always leave the teabags in the mug while I drink. This meant that the latter half of the cup was quite bitter, but hey ho. Them’s the brakes I guess.

The coconut was really subtle, I kept forgetting it was in there a couple of times but it kept coming back as a nice surprise. I think it would have benefitted from a drop of honey, but I didn’t have any to hand.

This wasn’t as fun as the mulled wine tea I had before but that’s what you get with a green tea. It’s not exactly party material. Green tea, on its own, is more medicinal that delicious; however, the addition of a light coconut flavour definitely added a bit of mirth to the entire event.

In summation, I would be thrilled to drink this again (which I probably will) and if you like green tea, definitely give this one a go. If you’re not a fan of green tea, this isn’t going to suddenly convert you into a believer.

Zoe brought in loads of different teas, which means that this tea reviewing malarkey will be well supplied for the foreseeable future.  A fact that I am needlessly excited about.

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