At the Plymouth Gin Distillery I tasted one of the most delicious cocktails ever, Aviation. It’s like drinking liquid Parma Violets.

(It’s actually more of a pale violet shade but the lighting makes it look yellow here.)

The Refectory itself is pretty wonderful, with a huge amount of gin cocktails and big comfy leather sofas to lounge around in as the gin goes to your head. I loved the fact that the theme was purely gin and there were at least 20 gin cocktails all with exciting historical background! I absolutely stole the menu so I could begin a new life of making gin cocktails.

We also enjoyed the Red Snapper, a gin variation on a Bloody Mary and the Corpse Reviver (strong combo of gin and absinthe, two of my favourite spirits).

I’ve discovered that two of the key Aviation ingredients, Creme de Violette and Maraschino Cherry Liquor can be bought online and delivered to my door.  When I have some money I will be making after work cocktails and lounging around in a dimly lit room like I’m living in the 1920s.  I can’t wait.


Autumnal faves

autumnal sunset

My flatmate and I spent last weekend drinking mulled wine, lighting our house with candles and making food and drink for the winter months. Hello hibernation. We started fantasising about gifting all our friends and family with homemade Christmas gifts, and we made quite a few treats.

 jars of alcoholic goodness

Some of the spirits we decided to infuse. Strawberry and basil vodka and damson gin are pictured. We also made grapefruit, lime and basil vodka. The gin has to be left for a couple of months. I made some last year but we ended up drinking it one boozy night without straining the lumps of damson out (it was still glorious) so I aim to present it somehow this time around. The vodka should be ready very soon and probs won’t survive the long cold thirsty months before Christmas. Too bad.

 beyond cute

This jam is super cute, but the recipe makes a really tiny amount. So I anticipate doubling or even tripling up on a rainy day and maybe enacting the Christmas gifts dream. And adding even more adorable finds within the jar? Like crystallised Sylvanian families? I haven’t actually tasted this jelly yet because I think it looks too cute to even touch.

I vowed not to wear tights until October, but have been getting colder by the day, so am looking forward to bringing out my tight collection. I’m also loving my nail polish collection. I’ve been wearing coral and pink all summer but I picked up these shiny wintery beauties today.

hey shinies