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What We're Drinking This Week

Jane Ryan, Chris Orr & Erin Bottomley | 30/11/2015 Last updated: 07/12/2015

A Christmas punch, a refreshing, zippy white and a malty, citrusy beer.

This Week: 7th December - 13th December

The Cocktail: Dickins Hot Punch - Punch Room

We featured this drink in our Christmas cocktail round up and are so smitten with it it's also our cocktail of the week. As the menu says - "In the desperate words of young Ollie, “Please sir, I want some more” is a phrase we’ll gladly indulge when it comes to this hot serve. With wholly warming elements like Cognac, Earl Grey and cinnamon, you’ll find this punch is far more palatable than grey slop." Made with Smith and Cross Rum, Hennessy fin de Cognac, Kamm & Sons, Earl Grey tea, lemon juice and orange and grapefruit & lemon oleum sacchurum it's a delight. Find it in the Punch Room at The London Edition, with it's comfortble armchairs, roaring fire and book shelf laden with art and design magazines. 

The Wine: Montado Blanco 2014 - El Camino

Montado Blanco 2014, Castilla y Leon, Spain,  £18.40.

It’s difficult to find decent wines under £20 in restaurants these days, which is why this lovely refreshing, zippy white is such a delight. Try it’s lovely apple and pears fruits, with a plate of the restaruants Iberico ham. Simple, but absolutely stunning.

The Beer: First Chop, Ava

Tasting notes from Ferment & Beer52

Named after Rik’s daughter, Ava is the baby of our range, coming in at 3.5%. Low ABV it might be, but like its namesake it’s definitely got the flavour! It’s pale but with loads of malty flavour from the floor malted Maris Otter and Hopwise, two lupulin legends – Galaxy and Saaz – bring aromatic spice, citrus, peach and passion fruit to the party. And at that strength the party can go on all night!

Last Week: 30th November - 6th December

The Cocktail: Perfect Storm - Happiness Forgets

A perfect winter warmer from Happiness Forgets in Shoreditch, the Perfect Storm is a subtle twist on the classic Dark n' Stormy. Keeping the traditional flavours of rum and ginger the team here have also added Vielle Prune (plum brandy), lemon and honey, all lengthened with ginger ale. It's rich with a tasty spice making it a perfect long winter drink. 

The Wine: Cuveé Jean-Paul Gascogne Blanc de Blancs - The Lodge, Coq d’Argent

The Lodge is the Coq d’Argent’s winter apres ski bar, and the cracking value (£24.50) of this delicious white from Gascony, means you can afford to warm the cockles as the chill sets in, with copious amounts of its lovely ripe peach and pear fruit combo. Awesome value. 

The Beer: Thiriez L’Ambree d’Esquelbecq 

Tasting notes from Ferment & Beer52

Daniel Thiriez painstakingly crafts his rustic farmhouse ales in his brewery in the beautiful countryside of French Flanders. This brisk Amber Ale is a really luminous goldenred. It is perfectly balanced, with a soft, fresh hop bitterness playing off a hearty wholegrain maltiness, and accentuated by an entrancing nose of earth and spice that is typical of French farmcountry brewing.


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