The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier

2017 was unquestionably the year of the Negroni; it was hard to walk past a bar in London last summer and not see it listed as one of the cocktails on offer. Invented, as the story goes, for Count Negroni in 1919 when he asked the barman to make him a stronger version of his…

Warm Wintry Gins

Warm Wintry Gins

Christmas means stress, frantic shopping, indulgence and general craziness. All of which, apart from the indulgence part, can be super stressful. There is one foolproof way to ease all the festive season madness and that’s with gin! That’s why I wanted to share a few Christmas themed ways to enjoy gin! Easy, simple but warm…

Whisky Cocktail Cherries

Whisky Cocktail Cherries

I first came across these cherries in my Manhattan at The Savoy Hotel’s legendary American Bar. The cherry was a revelation, I hate the sweetness of those bright red Maraschino Cherries used in most cocktails, so not having one in my Manhattan was a relief. As I bit into the cherry my mouth was flooded…

Harry’s Bar Venice

Harry’s Bar Venice

Of all the cocktail bar names out there, ‘Harry’s’ has to be among the most popular, conjuring up images of high quality cocktails served with immaculate style and service, thanks to the standards set by the Ciprianis. Harry’s Bar in Venice came into existence when Giuseppe Cipriani opened the bar in 1931. The circumstance around…

The Manhattan - Recipe

The Manhattan - Recipe

With its sweet smokiness it’s not hard to see why the Manhattan is a classic of the cocktail world. Not only a classic, it also has huge versatility past the initial question of Bourbon or Rye. Personally I prefer mine dry rather than sweet and made by the capable hands of the team at The…

Harry’s Bar Florence

Harry’s Bar Florence

Among the famous inventions of Cipriani at Harry’s Bar in Venice is, of course, the Bellini, a heady mix of pink Italian peach purée mixed with prosecco. But Harry’s Bar Florence has at times laid claim to being home of the Bellini. The Florence bar is set on the great River Arno that cuts the…