In a week where we unexpectedly lost a couple of greats, and have barely had any time to mourn their loss, we have had cause to celebrate too…
If you didn't raise a G&T to toast The Queen's 90th Birthday, well let's just end this here. For the rest of us, here's our #VinspirePOTW!
We may as well start with HM's birthday, and of course it has something to do with gin! I wasn't aware boodlesgin had brought out a mulberry version, but here it is with some right royal gin-infused treats made by the not-so-British duaneparkpatisserie… To Lizzie!
The Real Wine Fair was earlier this week, and it's no surprise that Fiona Beckett (food_writer) scouted out some awesome wines there. I saw this one pop up on a number of people's feeds; 'I wish I was a ninja', a gently sparkling wine from Craig Hawkins in South Africa's Swartland region - "pure joy" she says. Can we have a pool party now?
Hotbarchick informed us of London's biggest gin bar opening at holborndiningroom. Over 400 bottles of gin, and 27 different tonics, mean there are way too many G&T combinations to try in just one trip. If I go, I fear I may never leave...
E5bakehouse are hosting squarerootldn's Cucumber Soda launch on Saturday 23rd. Lashings of soda with any of e5's amazing baked goods is going to be a sure fire hit. Also, telling your friends that you're off to 'East London's Cucumber Day' is just too good. I advise you wear green.
I'm constantly ogling Chris Coulson's photos (cwiss). Food, booze and snaps of the strange - definitely worth a follow. Here's a bottle-top-shot of this happy little guy from London's claptoncraft. Pretty much my face every Friday.
Bompasandparr - the duo that gave us the Alcoholic Architecture last year - have come up with a genius gin. Created exclusively for warnerleisurehotels, 'Anti-aGin' is inspired by the unending quest for the fountain of youth and is a tounge-in-cheek tribute to laughter lines and a lifetime of accumulated wisdom. Not only is it pun-tastic, but it's made from 40% proof gin distilled with pure collagen.
All the wine buffs have been judging at the International Wine Challenge this week, captured perfectly by drjamiegoode. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.
Streetfeastldn are in full on Friday mode, and I'd happily join in on that bubble bath - turtle included or not. Check out our post on Street Feast's Dinerama.
California dreamin' with this sunrise snap over the vineyards in sonoma_valley. Shall I just meet you at the airport?
451life quoted polpo_restaurants' Russell Norman: "for a cocktail born of a mistake, the Negroni is a pretty fine drink." Abso-bloody-lutely. Here's our #FridayCocktail - 1 oz (1 part) Gin, 1 oz (1 part) Campari, 1 oz (1 part) Sweet Red Vermouth. Stir into a glass over ice, garnish with a slice of orange and serve... Oh, and I should probably tell you that Polpo are introducing a Prosecco Bar at their restaurant in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge! ALL THE FIZZ.