Monday, 25 April 2016

Basil and raspberry cocktail

The other day we had an event where the client had a sponsor providing Sipsmith Gin. My challenge was to create a nice cocktail that looked/tasted good, was easy to make and was cost effective with ingredients (as the event was pretty much for free). I talked to a bar tender downstairs and we came up with something based off a bramble, it probably already exists in the cocktail world but I don't know what it is called. Anyway, here was my process:

I created a basil infused gomme by literally boiling basil in water and adding an equal ratio of sugar (1:1 ratio water/sugar). The gomme helps make the cocktail taste sweeter. When it came to mixing all the ingredients I used these measures:

50ml Sipsmith Gin
25ml Chambord (raspberry liqueur)
15ml Lemon juice
And a dash of the basil infused gomme syrup
Top with sparkling water.

For presentation, I put them in the jam jar glasses (mason jar glasses) and garnished with basil. I also used crushed ice opposed to cubes.

It was super popular and I think it was delicious (if I do say so myself).

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

The London Coffee Festival 2016

For my birthday I went to the London Coffee festival. It was great and I managed to tick off another thing I've always wanted to do but had no time in the past. I did this on the 7th of April -- over a week ago. The reason I haven't posted this is because I want to annotate the photos, but unless I post what I have this will never reach the light of your monitors. So I'm just going to post this picture heavy page.

Essentially the festival was a convention where suppliers of machinery and produce showed their wares. Additionally, there were Master Baristas competing and sharing their experience with guests.

VIP lounge.

Coffee cupping session.

Love this machine! I want one!!!

I bought a bag of Bauhaus coffee for my housemate. I was just charmed by the name.

Coffee sampling of Bauhaus beans / barista.

A Master face off! They did a cupping session to figure out where the beans were from, followed by properly extracting the beans and then a coffee based cocktail.

And they had artsy things available as we were in Shoreditch afterall.

Coffee made with oat milk. It was quite tasty!

So that it. I may come back to this post and embellish it when I have the time.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Polish Night Out

Today the Events team went on our cultural night out. We went to a Polish restaurant called Ognisko (in South Kensington) and had a really awesome time. The food was sooo delicious. My favourite was probably the dumplings from the starter closely followed by the apple fritters.

 I also chose a Polish beer -- this was honey beer. It was really nice with a subtle honey hint. It comes from the city of one of the event girls, so it's pretty cool to be able to share a part of their culture together.

The three-course dinner was only £30 a head and it was excellent value as the portions were generous!

We had a sharing starter of the items below:
Pork and veal dumplings. Yum.

Chicory salad.

Smoked salmon and herring.

Lamb meatballs (with pinenuts!!!) and hummus.
For the mains we chose an option from the menu. I had the salmon. Then there was a sharing side of potato and beans.

Sharing sides. Beans and potato.

Salmon. It was so well cooked!

Apple Fritters -- these were awesome!
So yeah. I'm home now blogging this feeling like I'm going to explode. I'm going to lie down now and try to digest that marvelous feast.