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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Classic Aviation

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!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

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!

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

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?

Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

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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Bloody Ghoul's Goblet Halloween Cocktail | Cake + Whisky

* 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

Gin Odyssey London Tour with Planet Pass

Being a tourist in our own city is something we should all do more often.

And if you’re lucky enough to call London, this crazy, massive, fascinating city home, you know what I mean when I say there’s always something to explore.

And one of the very best ways to do so is a good walking tour.

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Now, I know what you think: a walking tour? You mean you want me, a local, to voluntarily join a group of tourists and follow a guide around to see things I’ve already seen a billion time? And my answer is no, absolutely not.

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The time of tacky, pressed-for-time, flag-waving guided tours are over (thank goodness!), and the range of tours available in London are going far beyond the Beginner’s main sights round-up.

From Harry Potter-themed tours, to historical pub walks, street art focused tours to gourmet ones, and even a Pokétour to catch them all (!!), my favourite trick to find London’s best tours is Planet Pass.

Offering dozens of private guided tours in London, it’s a handy little tool to find a tour perfectly customised to your interests and schedule + book everything online in just a few clicks for a set price (the more the merrier!).

Which is just what I did last week, when I went on my own private London Gin Odyssey with Planet Pass*.

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As you’d know from that shocking revelation I made a while ago, I do love my gin!

But I would never have ima-gin‘d that the history of London and that of the juniper-flavoured spirit are linked quite the way they are…

Now, I don’t want to give away to much (because what’s the fun in that eh?), but every step of the history of gin left marks in London’s landscape that are still visible today.

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You’ll never pass by Gordon’s Wine Bar quite the same way once you learn that nearby York Watergate is reminiscent of gin’s first appearance on the British market as a medicine to treat stomach complaints and other ailments…

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Nor will you ever that some of London’s most impressive buildings, built under the reign of William of Orange, probably were fulled by more than a few drops of ‘Mother’s Ruin’…

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Instead of looking for the best crowd-free angle to click yet another picture of the changing of the Guards at the Horse Guard Parade, you’ll be dreaming of G&T…

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And most certainly will insist on dropping by Fortnum & Mason any opportunity you get, just so you can take a look at their beautiful (and ever-growing) collection of gin.

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With bottles from every corner of the world, plus a tonic selection and truly knowledgeable service to match, it truly is any gin lover’s dream come true!

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And if you time everything juuuust right, you might even be able to witness Mr Fortnum & Mr Mason’s hourly bow…

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Passing by St Martin’s in the Fields will bring back memories of the dreadful Gin Craze and the story of the woman who kill her own child, so she could sell his clothes to buy gin will send chills down your spine.

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There are countless anecdotes to be told, each one more ama-gin that the last!

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Plus you’ll discover the very best spot for gin in the City.

Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

Boasting London’s largest gin collection, Mr Fogg’s super retro Gin Parlour just unveiled a magnificent menu of over 300 gins from around the world.

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From well-known international brands, small batch and local distillers, to rare vintage gins, as well as a selection of unique gin liqueurs and a handful of superb gin cocktails to choose from, it’s the best place to end a gin-themed tour with your tipple of choice!

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Especially if said cocktail comes with a side of debating which London bar should make it to the top of my list for classic cocktails with a man than knows his liquors!

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Having taken a few guided tours in the past, I can tell that the guide’s passion is truly what makes the tour, and my guide, James was definitely one of the best in town!

A London historian by day, you’d be hard pressed to find something (or someone!) he doesn’t know about the City!

With the amount of stuff he knows about London & gin, you really could call him a gin-ius & as a result, the whole tour was an absolute delight!

So next time you’re stuck on what to do on the weekend, I absolutely recommend you gather a group and check out Planet Pass’ London tour selection.  The booking system itself is a Y-generation dream come true and all in all, it truly is a brilliant way to discover more of London’s secrets!

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Gin Odyssey London tour with Planet Pass | Cake + Whisky

*my Gin Odyssey Tour was complimentary but opinion, pictures and love of gin my own!

Gin Odyssey London Tour with Planet Pass

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester

Manchester is a great city by day, but it only comes truly alive at night.

Famous across the country for its buzzy nightlife and eclectic music scene, Mancurian bars & clubs are second to none and a visit to one of the city’s top cocktail bars  is an absolute weekend must-do.

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Manchester’s hip Northern Quarter is full of great places to spend the night, but top of my list is Dusk til Pawn.

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Find the big ‘Pawn Shop’ sign in the window and make a beeline for one of Manchester’s coolest speakeasy bars.

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Popular with locals and visitors alike, Dusk til Pawn is famous for both its creative cocktail menu & its great atmosphere.

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… not to mention its impressive liquor collection (and that’s not even all of it!)!

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Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Grab a seat at the bar, pick your poison and watch in awe as the bartenders work their magic, stirring, mixing and shaking glass after glass of delicious creations for you to taste.

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Favourites included The Sinnerman (Bourbon, cinnamon, cherry juice)

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The Bail Bond (House celery gin, elderflower, rosemary, tonic)

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Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

The Brass Ball (Whisky, marmelade, ginger, bitters)

Make sure you also order ‘A Million Dollars’.

You might not end up quite as rich as you’d expect, but you certainly are in for a treat…

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… And a bit of a show!

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Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester | Cake + Whisky

Let the oak smoke infuse into the barrel-aged fig old fashioned for as long as you can bare it.

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Then delight in the strong smokey notes, balancing perfectly against the sweetness of the fig.

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Another highlight was the Diamond Glove (Gin, rhubarb, rosemary, grapefruit).

And even if you’re late to make it for your restaurant reservation (#truestory), you must have a Hustle (oh, the irony!)

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Combining house plum gin, bail, lime and pomegranate, it’s one of the most surprising cocktails I’ve ever tasted.

Quite worth the risk of ending up without a table to be honest…

So whether you live there all year round or are just visiting for a couple of days, make sure you include Dusk til Pawn into your Manchester weekend plans.

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And in case you were wondering, yes, we did make it in time for our dinner booking in the end.

But that my friends is a (burger full) story for another day (tomorrow)…

 

Dusk til Pawn, Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1FB  

Dusk til Pawn, Manchester

VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg’s

“Little nips of whisky, little drops of gin,

Make a lady wonder where on earth she’s been” – Anon.

Gin is, in my mind, intimatelly linked to London. Even though its origins can be traced back to both Holland and Italy where it’s most probably been invented, Londoners very quickly fell head over heels (quite literally, see Gin Craze) for that spirit and it’s been included in many typically British cocktails, and stars in one of my own favourites, Gin & Tonic.

I’ll admit that I’m far from being an expert, but I’m working on it. And what better way for that than being invited over to taste London’s latest gin blend, VII Hills? 

VII Hills was created by three of London’s best bartenders, who are behind award-winning bar Mr Fogg’s: Danilo Tersigni, Filippo Previero and Francesco Medici. True to their Italian roots, they created a blend combining ancient Roman botanicals with the great British art of distillery to create a unique flavour of past and present.

Just like Mr Fogg’s incomparable atmosphere, VII Hills Gins end up being somewhere juggling between tradition and quirkiness.

Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonThe promise of cocktails was the perfect excuse to catch up with some of my absolute favourite London bloggers, Rosie of A Little Lusciousness and Jasiminne of Posh, Broke & BoredCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonWhile discussing each other’s current projects (Rosie is planning a few pop-up dinners in July and they look absolutely ace!), we couldn’t help but click too many pictures of the surroundings… but in my defence, aren’t those bowl hat lamps the cuttest?Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonAfter some plotting to take various pieces of the decor home (we didn’t), it was time for the tasting to begin! We started with VII Hills Gin by itself, which was quite wonderful as it had very pleasant sweet orange notes on top of the usual juniper, with fairly spicy, almost Szechuan-like mid-tones. Very unlike anything else I’ve tried before and definitely on my radar for this summer’s G&Ts!Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonWe also got to try the VII Hills Gin in two of Mr Fogg’s signature cocktail, starting with the ridiculously pretty Cape of Good Hope (VII Hills Gin, pear puree, fresh rosemary, lavender tincuture, egg white & soda)Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonSurprisingly enough, it looks almost as pretty when it’s empty! I mean, look at those swirls!
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The Kiouni (VII Hills Gin, St Germain liqueur, apple juice, lime juice and peach bitter) might seem a lot simpler but tasted of summer. Since the weather doesn’t seem to want to take the calendar into consideration, I suppose this is the next best thing. Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonOne last cup of coffee and we were on our way. Up, up and away?

VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg’s