WIN! – Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan & Friends

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Just as a good home-cooked meal can bring friends together, good things to drink can turn great occasions into incredible ones. Cocktails add sparkle to gatherings and make ordinary catch-ups extraordinary. But they’re not just for fancy nights out and snobby mixologists – and they needn’t be time-consuming or complex. In this book, Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan, the man behind award-winning London bars White Lyan and Dandelyan) brings cocktails into your home, taking the fuss out of creating impressive drinks for any get-together, from lazy brunches to summer parties.

If you’ve got a big group to keep entertained, there are batch cocktails that are easy to scale up into bottles, bowls and pitchers. If you’re on a chilly winter ramble, opening a flask of something rich and hot will make you even more popular with your companions. Among 60 easy-to-make and innovative recipes, Mr Lyan shows you how cocktails can become part of your everyday life. He perfects classics such as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan, and experiments with new intriguing combinations and ingredients. And he demonstrates how making cocktails at home is the natural next step in our foodie revolution.

MR LYAN (aka Ryan Chetiyawardana) is the man behind White Lyan and Dandelyan bars in London. He’s celebrated around the world for his inventive cocktail menus and magic way with a shaker. His long list of awards includes being crowned UK bartender of the year (twice) and winning the Best New International Cocktail Bar 2014 at the Spirited Awards (for White Lyan). Mr Lyan is currently nominated for the following Tales of the Cocktail’s 9th Annual Spirited Awards: Best International Bar Team – White Lyan, International Bartender of the Year – Ryan Chetiyawardana, Best International Cocktail Bar – White Lyan, World’s Best Cocktail Menu – Dandelyan, Best New Bar – Dandelyan, Best New Product – Mr Lyan’s range of bottled cocktails.

Fancy winning yourself a copy? I’ve one ‘Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan & Friends’ to give away, and all you need to do is quite simply answer the following question:

What two bars in London does Mr Lyan himself currently own?

If you think you know the answer, tweet me @DrinksEnthusist before November 15th with your answer and the hashtag #MrLyan to be in with a chance of having your very own copy sent straight to you!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By entering this competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions which can be found below.

“By entering this competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions of entry: You are  entering from and resident of one of the eligible countries listed below.  The competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 15th November. To enter the competition, you must tell me ‘What two bars in London does Mr Lyan himself currently own?’, tweeting your answer to @DrinksEnthusist and using the hashtag #MrLyan. One winner will be randomly selected from all complete & correct entries. One entry per person, no bulk or third party entries. The prize is a hardback copy of ‘Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan & Friends ‘. There is one prize to be won, and no cash or prize alternatives. No purchase necessary. The winning entrant will be drawn at random from all valid entries received before the deadline. The winner will be notified by email and no responsibility is taken for incorrectly supplied email addresses. You give consent for Drinks Enthusiast and Jacqui Small Publishing to use your name and photograph on Drinks Enthusiast and Quarto Publishing Group website/social media, in association with this competition. Drinks Enthusiast reserves the right to amend, vary or withdraw the Competition at any time owing to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. This competition will be governed by laws of England & Wales. The Promoter: Drinks Enthusiast, 12 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1JF

Countries eligible to enter the competition: UK

Competition closes on Sunday 15th November, the winner will be selected at random and notified on Monday 16th November.

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WIN! Gin: The Art And Craft Of The Artisan Revival

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For the discerning reader, spirits enthusiast and traveller, New York based gin specialist Aaron Knoll takes us on a world tour through today’s global artisan gin revolution divulging along the way the scintillating history, appreciation, making, tasting and drinking of this ever popular tipple…

Thank goodness for Juniper. For if it weren’t for a plant that has grown across the Northern Hemisphere for tens of thousands of years, the world may never have formed a relationship, medicinal or otherwise, with juniper – and it wouldn’t have become the primary flavouring in gin.

GIN: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival is the first book to take a global overview of new gin categories and place them in context with the old guard. With craft distilleries springing up all over the world and new offers hitting the market almost daily, gin expert Aaron Knoll highlights the ways that today’s artisan drinks-makers have transformed the notion of what a classic or contemporary Gin can and should be.

Charting its rapid expansion from the Renaissance Genever apothecaries of the Netherlands and Belgium to the streets of London, via the distillers and cocktail bars of the Americas, the Antipodes, across Europe and beyond, Knoll’s tantalising, extensive and exhaustive research reminds us of the crests and waves gin has experienced over pre-and-post war decades, giving nods to in-vogue popular culture and ‘the signature cocktail’ scene amongst other
drinking fashions. Knoll also acknowledges prohibition-era cocktails and the female players
in his riveting and spirited historical account.

Featuring 300 of the world’s best gins, fifty gin cocktail recipes, profiles of the world’s emerging and established key players, the importance of botanicals as ingredients, and hundreds of ideas for how to drink it, GIN: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival captures the essence of this subtle, delicate, versatile spirit, and the flavour-boundary-pushing
inventiveness it inspires. Immerse yourself in new botanicals and flavours from Plymouth to Portland to find your perfect mix.

I have three copies to hand, so for your chance to win yourself a copy of Aaron Knoll’s new book, just answer this easy question:

What is the key botanical within all gin recipes?

If you think you know the answer, tweet me @DrinksEnthusist before September 30th with your answer and the hashtag #GinWin to be in with a chance of having your very own copy sent straight to you!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By entering this competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions which can be found below.

“By entering this competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions of entry: You are  entering from and resident of one of the eligible countries listed below.  The competition closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 30th September. To enter the competition, you must tell me ‘What is the key botanical within all gin recipes?’, tweeting your answer to @DrinksEnthusist and using the hashtag #GinWin. Three winners will be randomly selected from all complete & correct entries. One entry per person, no bulk or third party entries. The prize is a hardback copy of ‘Gin: The Art And Craft Of The Artisan Revival’. There are three prizes to be won, and no cash or prize alternatives. No purchase necessary. The winning entrants will be drawn at random from all valid entries received before the deadline. The winner will be notified by email and no responsibility is taken for incorrectly supplied email addresses. You give consent for Drinks Enthusiast and Jacqui Small Publishing to use your name and photograph on Drinks Enthusiast and Jacqui Small Publishing website/social media, in association with this competition. Drinks Enthusiast reserves the right to amend, vary or withdraw the Competition at any time owing to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. This competition will be governed by laws of England & Wales. The Promoter: Drinks Enthusiast, 12 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 1JF

Countries eligible to enter the competition: UK, Ireland, USA or Canada.

Competition closes on Wednesday 30th September, the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday 1st October. 

Artisan Drinks

Lindy Wildsmith Artisan Drinks

I’ve many a reference book on my shelves, ranging from brand specific, to cocktail ideas, to category overviews. It’s odd to admit then that despite the numerous titles, I don’t sit down, open one up and flick through. I do know why. I get incredibly frustrated if I come across an inspiring idea, or a cocktail that I would love to re-create and experience. I haven’t got the bar, the arena to show these new-found ideas off. Well, not yet anyway. But until that day when I sign on the dotted line, I keep my nose firmly out of a good book for my own sanity. My only outburst of this shall we say is the goal of Drinks Enthusiast and this very website that you are browsing. This site, this drinks directory more than anything, is my outlet, my ‘sneak peak’ as I stride towards experiencing as much as I can in view of what I believe will be a ground-breaking concept for a bar. To some, this whole paragraph may sound confusing, spacial maybe. Odd perhaps. But I invite you to my bar in the future and I promise it will all become clear.

However I’m contradicting myself a little. I’m not a blogger who rambles on about their ideas. No, never have been, but I believe an explanation was due as this feature looks at the one aspect of my life I try to avoid. This feature looks at a category I have never once reviewed, and starts with a book entitled ‘Artisan Drinks’.

The cover may look familiar to some as the author Lindy Wildsmith released this back at the latter end of last year. And I’ll hold my hands up, I’m late into the party when I promised to take a look at this. The aforementioned reason perhaps, as essentially I’ll be raking in some ideas that Lindy has published, and wishing I could recreate for the crowds in Manchester. Intrigue has got the better of me though as the aspect of DIY liquids has become a hot topic in the last few years between both bartenders and customers.

So lets take a look.

Lindy herself runs a venue named ‘The Chef’s Room’ in Wales, specialising in British country cooking and Italian regional food, a passion she picked up after living in Rome for several years. This sentence alone sets the tone of the recipes and ideas. Italy is seen as on of the countries that originates the combination of herbs, elixirs and fruits, while Britain gives the simplicity to the recipes which make them stand out for all to re-create. Take her ideas for cordials and soft drinks. The first recipe is a ‘Italian lime siroppo‘, a modern take on a 1696 idea, and is essentially 5 limes, and a 2:1 ratio of water to sugar. You couldn’t start with a simpler Italian/British combination! Grenadine, ginger, lemon barley and spiced blackberry are all covered, as are some of the more intriguing bases including raspberry vinegar, rosehip syrup and syrop de menthe (mint).

It’s not just your usual syrups that Lindy covers though. she dives into the likes of beer, cider and perry, wine, digestifs, punches and cocktails, as well as dabbling with non alcohol versions of sparkling, soft drinks and elegant mocktails. Her mocktails, for example, utilise her previous recipes, including one for a ‘Prohibition’ cocktail. Home-made apple juice combines with syrop de menthe and egg for a truly unique drink for an evening. I’m sure there’s no better feeling when you blend two home-made creations to make one truly artisan drink!

it’s not just your usual fruits and herbs that get a shoe-in within the book though. The last chapter dives into the teas, tisanes and spicy brews, something that has grown with fascination these last few years. Examples include ‘herb garden tisanes‘ using thyme, sweet cicely and borage amongst others, or ‘hot tangerine and nutmeg chocolate’ that will surely blow away your usual supermarket mix. While flicking through though, you can’t help but notice some stunning photography skills which really make each recipe hit with impact. Photographer Kevin Summers is a 20 year veteran, working with the likes of Delia Smith and Nigel Slater, and has produced some amazing shots of all aspects of recipe production.

I’m glad I plucked up the courage to open up and have a read. A recipe book essentially, and one that has now filled me with ideas for that opening night. The recipes are simple and I’m sure incredibly effective, and it seems that there is a finished product that would work for just about any palate. Variation is key these days, and Lindy has got it spot on. Grab a copy and take a look for yourself. I suppose though that I can only guess at the moment that her recipes will stand up to others who have come before her.

Give it a year and I’ll let you know.

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