Classic Aviation

A classic Aviation is my go-to spring cocktail.

Citrus-sy and delicately floral, it’s tart without being too sharp, sweet without being sickly and easy to whip up at a moment’s notice.

The perfect cocktail for bloom season – or any Friday celebration throughout the year!Classic Aviation Cocktail // Simple Spring Cocktail // Cake + Whisky

It’s one of the simplest cocktail known to man.

There’s only a handful of ingredients and they keep forever, so you can always have them in the cupboard just in case.

Classic Aviation Cocktail // Simple Spring Cocktail // Cake + Whisky

That, a simple shaker and a few minutes and you’re good to go, making the Aviation a great cocktail to make whether for one, two or a group and in any environment.

I’m thinking picnic party in a meadow… Who’s joining?

Classic Aviation Cocktail // Simple Spring Cocktail // Cake + Whisky

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Have you ever tried an Aviation cocktail? What’s your favourite classic cocktail?

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Festive Old Fashioned

Classic Aviation

Festive Old Fashioned Cocktail

The old fashioned is the classic whisky cocktail.

And you know me, there’s nothing I like more than putting a twist on a classic…

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Especially when said twist happens to be a festive one.

I mean, there’s a very limited period of time when people (my boyfriend) won’t judge me for adding cinnamon and cranberry to any food/drink that gets near me. And I fully intend to make the absolute most of it.

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The perfect festive mix of sweet cranberry syrup, zesty orange and warming cinnamon, this festive old fashioned remains true to its classic roots, but with a little cheer-y lift.

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The perfect berry & bright tipple to go alongside a spot of tree decorating and Bublé singalong.

But you know the drill – don’t drink and drive, ‘elf and safety etc…

Festive old fashioned ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

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Festive Old Fashioned Cocktail

Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties & a little festive tipple!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

And in that field, things don’t get any better than a tangy Christmas Martini.

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

I first tried them at the Borough Kitchen Christmas press do, and they immediately became a seasonal staple.

They are a modern take on traditional mulled wine and a real Christmas cracker of a drinks recipe!

Mulled-wine inspired Christmas Martini ● Christmas cocktail recipe ● Cake + Whisky

Super easy, quick and completely delicious, I have it on good authority that Mr & Mrs Claus enjoy a few of these on the run up to Christmas eve.

Just make sure you drink them responsibly… ‘elf & safety first, promise?!

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Mulled Wine Inspired Christmas Martini

On Whisky Cocktails

Whisky is a divider sort of drink.

You love it or you loathe it.

You drink it neat or on the rocks, with maybe a few classic cocktails thrown in for good measure.

And that’s about all the options there seem to be.

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But while I’m a neat-whisky-loving kind of person with some bias towards a nicely crafted Manhattan, Sazerac or Whisky Sour, I still find this vision to be quite limitative.

Whisky doesn’t have to be the manly-man drink it’s too often seen as being.

Drinking whisky can be done in a variety of ways.

Whisky cocktails don’t always have to be strong – they can also be subtle, and go all the way around the flavour wheel.

Spicy, floral, zesty, herbacious… the only  limit is your imagination – or that of a good bartender, as recently demonstrated by an incredible Bruichladdich-based cocktail I tried recently at The Rosewood’s Scarfes Bar.

Unlike any whisky I’d ever tried before, this was fresh and sour, subtle and floral and all-in-all absolutely fantastic!

So if you’re convinced you’re a whisky loather, give this one a go… maybe it’ll convert you!

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Pineapple Fizz Mocktail

There are weeks where everything works the way it should.

And then, there are weeks when you need a cocktail by 11am on Monday morning.

This week is of the later sort.

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But because I still have to go through the rest of the week with a clear head, this was sort of a no-go.

So, mocktail it was.

After a quick fridge forage, I came up with this delicious Pineapple Fizz little number.

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It’s super refreshing on hot days and a much healthier alternative to sugary sodas.

And, of course, it’s super quick & easy to prepare, whether you’re making it just for you or for a crowd, making it the perfect choice for tough Mondays and alcohol-free cocktail hour too!

Really quite a fine-apple if you ask me!

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Classic Old Fashioned

I’m the most useless person when it comes to New Year’s resolutions.

New year, new me simply isn’t for me. The thing is, I don’t want things to change completely.

So what I’m wishing you & myself for 2017 is some more balance. Just as many cakes, cocktails, burgers and general naughtiness, but also some extra greens, vitamins and general healthy things.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Starting things as I mean to go on (and introducing the new ‘Cocktail of the month’ feature on Cake + Whisky!) with an Old Fashioned.

Simple, strong & smooth, it’s a true Mad Men-worthy cocktail and the perfect introduction to the world of drink mixing.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

First of, peel a wide slice of orange peel and place it in a tumbler glass.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Top with 10ml simple sugar syrup (2 bar spoons) and muddle lightly using a bar spoon.

Cocktail of the month - The Old Fashioned

Add a double mesure (50ml) of your fave cocktail whisky (I used Woodford Reserve Bourbon).

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Add 3 ice cubes and a few dashes of Angostura bitters.

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Stir with a bar spoon.

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Pel another slice of orange peel and twist over the drink to release citrus oil, then rub the inside of the peel on the rim of the glass before adding the peel to the drink.

Repeat as many times as you have guests and serve immediately.

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Oh, and if you’re going away some time soon (lucky you!), make sure you pick up one of Tipplesworth’s genius cocktail kits* to get everything you need to make the sassiest drinks on the go (or without having to leave your couch)!

What’s your favourite classic cocktail? Also, what sort of drinks would you like to see featured in this new ‘Cocktail of the month’ feature? 

*The old fashioned cocktail kit I used to mix this drink was sent to me by Tipplesworth but all pictures, opinions and inability to take new year’s resolutions my own.

Classic Old Fashioned

Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Bonfires burning & bright pumpkin faces in the night…

Witches, ghosts, vampires & zombies gathering in the shadows…

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It’s definitely time to get ready for the most frightful night of the year!

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Line up the candy apples, befriend a few spiders, get working on the pumpkin carving & dust the old potion book…

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

… For there’s no Halloween party without a spooky (witches’) brew of a Halloween cocktail!

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My elixir of choice? How about a Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet*?!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

The perfect mix of sweet & sour, this spooky serve, inspired by thebar.com Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet, is sure to cast a spell on your guests!

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Just don’t be alarmed when you see some creepy creatures at the bottom of your glass, for if you don’t garnish drinks with worms & tarantula brains on Halloween, then when?

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Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet (serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Tanqueray gin
  • 150ml ginger ale
  • 2 slices blood orange + juice of 1/4
  • a few drops red food colouring
  • Gummy worm sweets, mini plastic spiders, pomegranate seeds & small blackberries

1. Fill an ice tray with gummy worms sweets, plastic spiders & small blackberries (a few to each square) and add water. Add a few drops of food colouring, then freeze.

2. Add 2–3 gummy worm sweet ice cubes to a tumbler glass.

3. Pour Tanqueray gin into the tumbler, add the blood orange juice and top with ginger ale.

4. Garnish with blood orange slices and pomegranate seeds & serve immediately.

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* This post was sponsored by thebar.com and the featured recipe was inspired by their Smirnoff Ghoul’s Goblet but all text, pictures and Halloween cocktail excitement my own.

Halloween Cocktail – Bloody Ghoul’s Goblet

Asian Small Plates at Tootoomoo

It’s only been about a month since my last holiday.

Until last Monday, all was going well. Then the travel bug struck again and before I knew it I was browsing Pinterest and day-dreaming of road trips across Asia.

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Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen any time soon, so instead of plane-hoping, I went for the ‘travel with your taste buds’ alternative.

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Serving an ‘Asian tapas’ menu inspired by the street market flavours of Japan, China and Southeast Asia, Tootoomoo brings the tastes and atmosphere of an Asian shophouse to London, and was therefore the perfect destination to satiate my hunger (both literally and figuratively).

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The restaurant itself feels like something you could discover on holiday.

Colourful furniture, filament lightbulbs, cracked-paint effect, low lighting… it has that charming beach-shack-at-sunset vibe that’ll make cocktails an absolute necessity.

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Of course we obliged with a couple of Cinderella mocktails (because, well, Monday).

Absolutely no regret whatsoever though, as the combination of orange, pinneaple, cranberry, grenadine & soda water was absolutely spot on!

Quickly followed by a smorgasboard of small plates crafted to invoke a tour of the best of Asia.

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We started our journey in China with a steaming bowl of Wanton Soup.

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Our culinary journey then took use to Japan for a plateful of plump & crispy Chicken Gyoza with black rice vinaigrette.

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Followed by the most succulent Tiger Prawn Tempura. Sprinkled with nori dust & served with fiery spicy mayo on the side, it was a refreshing twist on the classic and a really good one indeed!

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We liked it so much we decided to stay around for a little longer… Just enough time for a taste of the sashimi-inspired Salmon salad with yuzu vinaigrette & Kizami wasabi!

Then, back to China for a modern take on the traditional aromatic duck.

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Tootoomoo does serve the original, complete with hoisin sauce and pancakes, but we went for the salad version instead. Served with watermelon, cashew & hoisin.

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It was definitely quite different from the original, but really ducking good!

Pan Asian tapas at Tootoomoo | Cake + Whisky

Last stop: Thailand for Pad Thai (of course).

Pan Asian tapas at Tootoomoo | Cake + Whisky

If you didn’t see that one coming, you udon know me very well! #PastaLover

Pan Asian tapas at Tootoomoo | Cake + Whisky

There’s much more on the menu to discover, including sushi, Thai curries, noodles, Rendang… So book a table here and go on your own little foodie adventure!

And no matter what you’ll choose, I think you’ll agree: Tootoomoo is tootoogood!

Tootoomoo Islington, 278 St Paul’s Rd, Islington N1 2LH

*I dined at Tootoomoo as a guest, but all opinions, pictures and wanderlust my own.

Asian Small Plates at Tootoomoo

The Cinnamon Club

Was it the Colonel Mustar with the wrench in the library?

As I was perusing the cocktail menu while waiting for the Mr. to get to The Cinnamon Club for his birthday feast, Cluedo-themed flashbacks kept popping into my mind.

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And for good reasons, as Chef Vivek Singh’s flagship restaurant, an instution in the world of Indian fine dining, is set in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library.

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Opened 15 years ago, The Cinnamon Club has a long history of serving innovative and creative Indian cuisine in a magnificently majestic setting.

And the restaurant’s bar is no exception and is an absolute heaven for book- and cocktail-lovers alike.

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Books all round, old London maps, beautiful, plush chairs in deep-blue, elegant charcoal and vibrant yellow shades…

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… and stunning cocktails to match!

The Cinnamon Club | Cake + Whisky

Pisco Punch (turmeric-infused pisco, herbal liqueur, lemon juice, pineapple syrup & preserved pineapple)

Refreshing, tropical but not too sweet, it’s the perfect drink for the season!

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The Cinnamon Club’s signature cocktail, the Affinity (Mango infused Scotch whisky, sweet and dry vermouth, herbal liqueur, bitters) was an even bigger hit as it was perfectly mixed and just the right balance of strength and sweetness.

The perfect start to any celebration if you ask me!

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Shortly after, we were led to our table in the restaurant’s main dining room.

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And what a stunning room it is indeed: massive, luxurious yet so restrained, it’s the perfect backdrop to highlight both the building’s stunning features and Chef Vivek’s incredible modern Indian cuisine.

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The perfect spot to get lost into a good book…

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…or, you know, a good menu!

Soon after, the table started getting covered in fragrant plates.

As soon as we finished one, another immediately appeared in its place.

Much like having dinner in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’s enchanted library, really.

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First things first, more cocktails and some Champagne!

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The amuse-bouche of the day, a cube of rice sponge (similar to South Indian Idli if only a bit more dry) with tomato chutney and other bits…

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Super moist & succulent Reshmi kebab of Norfolk free range chicken, with excellent yoghurt raita & coriander chutney.

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But the star of the whole evening was the dish that made us book a table in the first place after tasting it earlier this year at Taste of London: the restaurant’s signature Smoked Herdwick lamb fillet and galouti kebab mille feuille.

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Layers of delicately spiced mince lamb meat, seared lamb fillet & velvety lamb kebab, with picked vegetables, raita & coriander chutney.

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An extremely technical dish, where every element was cooked to perfection and came together to form one of the best things we’ve eaten all year.

So good in fact that the Mr. said he couldn’t get a better version of that same dish anywhere in India (and he’s really demanding when it comes to kebabs, so that’s really saying something!)

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There was also Black lentil Makhani dal, which was very nicely spiced if only a touch too ‘bit-ey’.

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Mopped up with sweet, soft Garlic naan (what else?)

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Tandoori breast of Anjou squab pigeon, tawa mince of legs, black stone flower reduction

Juicy, pink pigeon breast, strong, almost offal-y mince, served alongside a generous quenelle of velvety, spicy mash, it was a lovely combination that could only have been improved by a bit more of the aromatic sauce on the plate…

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Roast saddle of Romney Marsh lamb, corn sauce, pickled root vegetables, masala cashew nut

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An unexpected combination that worked wonders, carried by eye-rollingly good lamb (I actually did) and subtle spicing across the plate.

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Another shining example of The Cinnamon Club’s chefs way with lamb, and a beautiful combination with a glass of dry Bourgogne wine.

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Pudding came with a bit of flambé-ing tableside show…

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Baked Jalandhar, an Indian-inspired take on the classic Baked Alaska.

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With layers of thandai (a traditional drink combining almonds, fennel seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar), saffron and carrot halwa ice cream topped with spiced meringue and set on fire before your very own eyes!

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The ultimate exotic show-stopper of a pudding!

The Cinnamon Club | Cake + Whisky

Last but not least, Green cardamom brulée with rose petal biscotti.

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Silky smooth, with a good cardamom taste and a thin layer of caramelised sugar on top, it was everything a good brulée should be.

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The birthday treat, complimentary Lassi panna cotta was also perfectly crafted.

Light, creamy & jiggle-y, it’s the perfect pudding for those times you wish you could manage pudding but aren’t sure you actually can.

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Encouraged by the attentive and truly hospitable team, we linguered over chocolate truffle petits fours (and a sneaky little glass of sticky Pedro Ximenez) until late in the night.

Chatting, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.

The very best way to celebrate your nearest & dearest special day, and I cannot recommend The Cinnamon Club enough, especially for a special occasion.

It is not cheap, but considering the quality of the food, the drinks and the service, as well as the stunning venue and felted atmosphere, it’s well worth it and I garantee you’ll leave feeling like a Maharajah!

The Cinnamon Club, The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU

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Basement Sate Dessert & Cocktail Bar

A party without cake is really just a meeting.

And birthday meetings aren’t really a thing, so cake was most definitely needed after our Bao feast.

Basement Sate | Cake + Whisky

Dessert bars are having a bit of a revival in London, and Basement Sate was one of the trend-setters.

Created by two friends who love well made drinks, decadent desserts and meaningful music in equal parts.

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Inspired by the revival of Soho, they created a place where people can sate (= satisfy (a desire or an appetite) to the full) themself in an informal and social setting, and where the music is as vibrant as the cocktails & desserts.

Cocktails + dessert it was then!

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Little Japan for the Mr.

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An unusual but intoxicating mix of Japanese whisky, artichoke liqueur and sweet vermouth.

Basement Sate | Cake + Whisky

El Pampa (pisco, almond & champagne syrup, granny smith juice) for me.

… and then the puds!

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The Hazelnut Rocher.

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A Ferrero-inspired wonder combining hazelnut praline brownie, chocolate espuma, milk chocolate sphere, dark gianduja, caramelised hazelnuts, chocolate caviar and caramelia pearls.

Basement Sate | Cake + Whisky

Between smashing the chocolate dome & all the endorphins, it’d be a delicious cure for a bad day (and the perfect way to make a good one eve better!)

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And then there was fruit.

Cocktail-inspired fruit-based pud’, that is…

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The beautiful, zesty & exotic Bitter Orange.

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Basically a Negroni in dessert-shape, with white and pink grapefruit jelly, gin-infused rhubarb wind, vanilla poached rhubarb, chocolate crumble & orange sponge cake.

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Creative desserts & cocktails, Basement Sate definitely lived up to the expectation and is the perfect venue for any special celebration (or any time you want to treat the sweet-toothed in your life!)

Only one thing left to say: ‘Pip Pip Hooray, it (was) my birthday’

Basement Sate8 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8HN

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Basement Sate Dessert & Cocktail Bar