Bar Personality Award

My Mum, Gran and Great Aunt Stella (my Gran’s sister) in times past, had all worked at the Connought Pub at the dockside in the East end of London.   In the 1940’s the Connought public house was used as a meeting place where men went in the hope of getting work at the...

The Bloody Mary Hangover Stroll

On a recent trip to Bandon, Oregon USA, I took part in the Bloody Mary Hangover Stroll, which was the culmination of the 3 day long Gorse Blossom Festival. The collection of an engraved tankard, a festival Bloody Mary Stroll T-shirt and a map illustrating the route,...
Capturing the spirit of Place

Capturing the spirit of Place

I was chatting to someone who had a Pisco Sour cocktail on holiday, and he was so taken with the drink that he purchased the necessary ingredients to recreate it at home.  The result was quite disappointing, as the drink didn’t deliver the same sensation as...

Choosing Cocktails for your Party

After you’ve decided you want a cocktail party, you’ll need to choose your drinks menu.  Your cocktails should compliment your event and suit your guests.  Cocktails can be selected and tweaked to suit a range of themes.  If your party celebrates a particular era for...

10 Golden rules of wild fruit picking

Harvesting roships for Rosehip Liqueur We’re racing through July and Summer!  I’m making plans to pick berries this week and ahead of August & September I thought I would offer 10 golden rules.  Autumn in particular offers fantastic opportunities for...

Liqueurs since 1985

We moved house last year and while we were packing all our stuff to move from one place to another I came across the remains of a bottle of Damson Liqueur made in 1985.  The colour had faded and it has lost its lovely velvety plummy taste, but it reminded me that I...

Women Bar Tenders Rock

If you’re looking for local quality bar service, you’ll find it in Ayrshire, as Ayrshire  Business Women have got it covered.  Whether you need a fully functioning bar with backlit bottle gantry or bespoke cocktail service for your private party or event...

A Fluffy Duck for Easter

This is a bit of a seasonal post as yellow chicks & fluffy ducks are appearing along with other spring and Easter paraphernalia reminding me of my first real cocktail. It seemed more real than the Babycham with glacé cherry I’d sampled during my cocktail...

It’s a Gin thing

I often joke that I have been brought up on gin.  I don’t mean that literally of course, but that both parents and grandparents drank gin at gatherings & parties. I found the smell very pleasant & fragrant, not realising then, that juniper scented the...
Seduced by the Bottle

Seduced by the Bottle

Do you buy a bottle for the design or the liquid content? The same question can be posed of any product and packaging.  There is an incredible market for desireable packaging, and the style, colour and print gives information & messages about its content,...
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