9th November - 15th November
The Cocktail: Bluegrass Julep - MASH
A twist on a classic Mint Julep, it's a fruity and refreshing cocktail with a soft floral touch, however the finish packs a punch with its bold and minty flabours. More specifically it's a mixture of Woodford Reserve, Belthazar rosé vermouth, Guinness syrup and Fernet Branca served over crushed ice and garnished with a sprig of thyme and rosemary. Head to MASH, a subterranean hommage to steak, wine and cocktails, to try this sublime drink. MASH, which stands for Modern American Steak House, is a delightful place to come for a cocktail and soak up the atmosphere, perched at the massive island bar. The Bluegrass Julep comes from their talented bartender Robyn Wilkie.
The Wine: Blaufränkisch Weninger - The Ivy Restaurant
Blaufränkisch Weninger, 2013, Austria at £36 per bottle, The Ivy Restaurant. OK, so it isn't the cheapest in the world, but a) you get to discover a whole new grape variety and style of red from Austria that will set your palate alight and b) you get to enjoy the experience at the vastly improved Ivy whose recent refit has made it look smarter than a dandy in SpringTime. This red has a lot of similarity in flavour terms to Pinot Noir, with lovely bright red and black cherry fruit flavours, a slightly earthy quality that makes it great with game and lots of long lingering flavours on the finish. Great glass of red in a great environment that actually won't break the bank too much.
The Beer: Evil Twin, Hipster - Harrild & Sons
This American Pale Ale is brewed by Evil Twin Brewing in America. It's a hommage to global hipsters, or hipsters living in un-hip cities (poor them...) and while the beer is certainly light hearted in its name it's actually a very delicious ale. On the nose you're going to get loads of fresh hops and caramalised maltiness underneath. The smells packs a punch, indicating a much stronger beer than what's in front of you. Take a sip and marvel at the citrusy explosion, verging on tropical - think pineapple and mango - with even more hops and subtle bitterness, such as pine and resin flavours. Just as on the nose, this beer tastes stronger than its 5.5%. Find it at Harrild & Sons, a beautiful bar in the City on Farringdon Street. It's copper piping, wood panelling and black banquette seating make it the perfect spot to sip craft beer and enjoy the complex flavours from it's incredible list.