Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet – The Aviation

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet – The Aviation

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet (our regular apothecary writes…). As we are well and truly into summer, I thought this week I would talk about Sacred Orris Gin (£37.70), a floral (ie summery), violet-scented gin with dominant notes of Italian orris root that some would describe as tasting like the colour purple!

Cautionary tales for Chablis fans

Cautionary tales for Chablis fans

Last Monday, we went to Hix Oyster and Chop House. It’s Oyster Happy Hour on weeknights which lasts for, er, three hours with oysters at £1.25 a pop. Hix also offers free corkage on a Monday. Winner, winner, fishy dinner. We took our last bottle of Billaud-Simon Chablis Premier Cru Mont de Milieu 2012…

Cowbell Stew

Cowbell Stew

We’ve let some Beavertown Holy Cowbell go past its better before date. Doh! We have knocked it down to £1.50 a can to get rid of it. We often think about food and beer matching, when we’re not thinking about food and wine matching, and what better match for Holy Cowbell than Holy Cow? Mr Prohibition Wines loves a good beef stew and here’s a recipe that uses out of date Holy Cowbell, based loosely on the Boeuf Bourguignon recipe from the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook.

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet – Cardamom Mule

Dr Hilary’s Cocktail Cabinet – Cardamom Mule

At the time of writing, we are currently enjoying warm, if rather muggy, weather – the sort of weather that cries out for a long, cool delicious drink such as a Sacred Cardamom Gin and Tonic! I think that, in general, people tend to add too much tonic and drown the gin but the beauty of Sacred Cardamom Gin is that…