Friday, 13 May 2016

#VinspirePOTW: Our Fave Boozy Pictures #6

Come rain or shine, we're here again! We started the week with a #VinspirePOTW, and we're ending it with another.

What have you all been drinking over the past week? I went to a crackin' New Zealand wine tasting at my local, The Grape Escape (you can view my posts on their previous tastings here - look out for one about this at some point in the future). I know our very own Tim has been sipping snazzy cocktails with a view… He's made it into our top 10!

Oh, and incase you'd not seen, it's World Cocktail Day today! Friday 13th clearly ain't always about bad vibes; unleash your inner Taylor Swift and shake it off!

After my attempt to persuade the sun to stay last week - which failed miserably - I've avoided the full on cold beverage/summery snaps this time (bar one or two, but they're from outside the UK, so it doesn't really count). We've got beer, blossom and bitters… Here's to the weekend!


Ok, so let's get the jealousy out of the way. @clerkenwellboyec1 seems to have the life we all wish we had; eating and drinking his was around the best of London's food and drink hotspots. Now he's off to bloody Bordeaux to experience all the French delights, aka ALL THE WINE. 


@ginfoundryuk let us in on a little tonic secret; Thomas Henry Cherry Blossom Tonic Water! Sounds like a delicious way to change up your usual G&T, and you can pick it up from the Gin Kiosk website (another new one to me) for £1.20! 


The BBC Food & Farming Awards happened recently, and this year's winner of the Best Drinks Producer was @halletscider! Produced in Wales at Blaengawney farm, renowned for its altitude and cold weather, Hallets produce real cider from locally grown apples. "Year by year, the weather and seasons change, which produces new flavours and textures that enables [them] to select the blend
that we think is perfect for that particular year." A true small, independent cider maker which makes them very special indeed - congratulations!


Coconut water is so last year (though you could go and check out our Chi post if you're still into it). How about this watermelon water cleverly named 'What A Melon'? I do love a pun, and it has the celebrity approval thanks to @fearnecotton.



Here's Tim with the Thames! Cocktail, check. Snacks, check. View, check. Our @tjmilford does live the life, and he highly recommends the Gong Bar at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard. Maybe don't go if you're afraid of heights. 



@three.sheets combine cocktails and cats in a very arty way. There are some serious cocktail recipe ideas in their feed, but here they're showing of Crude Bitters. "I wasn't at all surprised when the founder and owner of Crude, Craig Rudewicz, won the Good Food Award in 2015 for his 'Rizzo' bitters (rosemary, grapefruit, peppercorn). If you haven't had these in a Martini, you should." I've taken note. 


English Wine Week is coming up again from 28th May - 5th June, so here we have @oatleyvineyard in Somerset showing off their al fresco "tasting room". They'll be open every day throughout the week from 11am - 6pm. Looks lovely if you ask me! 


You probably saw Rachael's post on Eurovision beers earlier, and before you ask, YES I am a fan! Sweden are the host country this year, and what better way to celebrate than by having a drop of Sweden's finest whisky? @mackmyrawhisky nestled in the gorgeous Scandinavian blossom might just be my favourite #VinspirePOTW this week!


I came across @thebeershelf on my hunt for more beer accounts to follow, and there was something so humorously crude about their posts. A square wooden box (or shelf) with a bottle/can of beer, a glass containing the poured beer and a little score out of ten scribbled on some paper. Simples. 


@mountgayrum bring us our #FridayCocktail; The Daquiri! "A proper daquiri is a thing of simplicity, and does not emerge from a bar-top machine." Blend 2oz Mount Gay Eclipse, 1oz simple syrup and the juice of one lime. Shake and strain, served up or over ice.

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