Gin ramblings

gin rambling

Recently we’ve seen scandals tear through politics, the police and press. We’ve been rioted, we’ve been looted, we’ve been screwed by hikes and strikes. And bankers. We’re living off less but everything costs more. There’s an apocalyptic mood lingering over the city, and it won’t go away…. 

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Bank holiday barbecue

Just a quick post to pay tribute to a blissful bank holiday.

Sausages, burgers, kebabs, halloumi and sweet, sweet corn on the cob. (Thanks Natt – you’re wonderful!)

So…I thought I’d share with you a recipe from the weekend (originally nicked from friends out in Portugal). I’m definitely going to be making it again later on in the week to bring a bit of Monday Bank Holiday to a mid-week Wednesday:

Passion Fruit Caiprinha

1 lime
1 passion fruit
2 shots of cachaça
¾ shot of sugar syrup (mix 2tbs of sugar with 1tbs of hot water to make the syrup – it’s best to make a big jug of syrup at the start of the night if you’re planning to drink several throughout the evening…multiply the amounts but keep the ratios the same).

Nb. One shot is supposed to be 30ml or 1 fl oz – but it’s ok to make the shots smaller or bigger dependent on your mood – just make sure that if you put in more cachaça then you put in more lime and syrup too!

Scoop out the passion fruits, and mix with lime juice and the (cooled) sugar syrup. Taste (and alter if necessary) and then add the cachaça. Stir, and serve on ice. (You’re supposed to use ice chips, but I prefer cubes – they’re less likely to melt, dilute the drink and change the taste.)

We filled a pitcher with ice, and stirred together all the ingredients in that – like making a big Pimms. (6 scooped-out passion fruits, the juice of 6 limes, 12 shots of cachaça and 4 ½ shots of sugar syrup). Phenomenal.


Alembic, San Francisco

Just a quick heads up that my reviews of the best bars in San Francisco, Oxford, Birmingham and Nottingham are up on the diffordsguide website.

Check it out – it’s a very cool website. As well as bar reviews, there’s a great page with a slot machine function to help you use up the dregs in your drinks cabinet with hundreds of cocktail recipes.