Wednesday, 30 July 2014

World Class House '14

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This week started rather nicely. After a rather silly weekend of Pedi busing it around London Bridge (Don't ask) and trying not to burn burgers on a makeshift barbie, it was rather a sophisticated evening for me on Monday.

World Class is the drinks industries most prestigious mixology competition in the World. From all over Mixologists show the judges what they can do and create. It's like the Oscars of the drinking world.

This week they have opened up the doors of their own luxury Georgian Townhouse for consumers for cocktails from these masters, tasting classes from the brands themselves and some other rather unique experiences. 

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This is for those who take their drink very seriously indeed, and apparently their decor too- just how beautiful is this place?

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A number of brands had their own bar on spread over the entire house. Tanqueray No. Ten was my favourite of the night. Elegant, sophisticated and very refined. Gin done well.

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The Au'Pear Martini was so crisp, delicate yet still full flavoured.

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The house is spread over 5 stories with dozens of rooms and bars. And if you look har enough, some hidden passage ways too...

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You might remember a while ago I attended a Johnnie Walker Masterclass. Since then I've had rather a little love affair with Whiskey. I've worked with Johnnie Walker before so one of the main excitements of the night was the sneak preview of the new Johnnie Walker film; The Gentleman's Wager. And no obviously Jude Law wasn't a draw...

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Can all cinema's have this set up please?

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We first had a little talk on Blue Label, with a rather ingenious invention by Johnnie Walker- the individual scent notes of the whiskey have been captured and bottled. 

Its a new tool they use in whiskey tasting for novices who need to learn to break down the smell.

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However without further a do here is the film itself. Grab yourself a whiskey... or you know a cuppa and enjoy.


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After mopping up my drool from Jude I wandered over to what looked suspiciously like a kitchen.

But my kind of kitchen... covered in cocktail ingredients.

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Alexander & James are a premium spirit gift service. You can buy exclusive brands, gift sets and something rather fun...

Your own mixologist at home! Best party idea ever.

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And it tasted even better because I made it.

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(Photo Credit- Wilkes McDermid)

I rounded off the evening entering the world of Don Julio's Jalisco (Mexico). Getting into the South American spirit, the talk may have led onto those South American ladies behinds.... I swear it was the men! Nothing to do with me.

So obviously we had to take a #Belfie. Well when in Rome Mexico.

I can't recommend World Class House enough to you. Whats this, you'd like to go?
Well your in luck- its on all week!

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Grazing and Boozing

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The rush hour commute in a morning can be horrific, especially in this weather. No matter what I am wearing I still seem to sweat profusely (sorry for that mental image). Which is why, when I had a very important meeting to go to where I needed to give a rock star performance, sometimes a cheeky taxi is worth it.

Yet a non sweaty brow isn’t all that’s needed for success. We need fuel. No not fuel for your taxi, I’m talking breakfast; which is why I just had to share this with you. 

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Addison Lee have teamed up with Graze Box and now in every taxi you book there will be a Graze inside.

Its pure genius!

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Early mornings they put in the Brainy Breakfast. In the evening they have Party Pretox and airport runs they include the Long Haul Refuel. I think its brilliant. 

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Perfectly portioned snacks of healthy nuts, seed and fruit; its better than scoffing that muffin on the tube wouldn't you agree?

And its pretty darn yummy.

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My taxi was taking me to a important meeting I had in The City which I had been up all night going over again and again in my head. Thankfully by mid day it was out of the way and I had a nice quite afternoon to do as I pleased.

Taking advantage of the good weather- which lets be honest probably wont last- I decided to take a stroll along South Bank and go for a little picnic.

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And meet up with this babe, the ever gorgeous Frou from the amazing wanderlust Facebook page FrouLoves.

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My meeting had gone pretty darn well, and I've got lots of exciting things on my horizon, which is why we decided to spice things up a little bit with a spot of afternoon boozing. 

How very middle class of us.

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One of my new favourite drinks is a little tipple called Pink 76. Its a twist on classic French cocktails by throwing pomegranate juice into the mix.

It was designed by the pretty epic Charlie McCarthy from All About the Cocktail for World Duty Free, and since receiving a copy of their new cocktail book, I've been hooked. 

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They are super easy to make, so yes, even in a park. Grab yourself the key ingredients and get shaking:

You'll need:
  • 20ml Belvedere Intense Vodka
  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 10ml Pomegranate Juice
  • 25ml Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • A cocktail shaker
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Pop open your champagne... easy peasy. 

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Glug in the Belvedere- go on add a little more. Shhh no ones watching. 

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Add the Cointreau and pomegranate and getttttt shakinggggggggg! 

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Its good the bingo wings.

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Serve in a chilled flute and relax. 

I think all meetings should end like this don't you?

I'll pop all the details below for your power meeting prep. Enjoy lovlies.

http://www.addisonlee.com/ - Remember to mentio Graze when you book to make sure they don't forget.
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