Turbo Gin & Tonic

Ingredients

35ml Gin (Gin Foundry uses Sipsmith at Junipalooza)

10ml Sandows Cold Brew Coffee

Tonic water

Lemon peel to garnish

Method

Pour the gin over ice into a Collins glass.

Add the cold brew coffee, then top up with tonic water and garnish with a long lemon peel.

We recommend either using a classic gin or a citrus forward gin in a Turbo G&T – the coffee wants to dominate the mix and you need either some fresh acidity or big punchy juniper core to balance it out.

So who’s excited about their first Turbo G&T then?

Better than Baked Beans

Ingredients:
2 tsp Oil
2 Onions, halved and thinly sliced
4 Rashers of streaky bacons cut into largish pieces
2 tsp Brown Sugar
2 x 400g cans Chopped Tomatoes
200ml stock from a cube
2 x 410g cans Cannellini, Butter or Haricot Beans in water drained and rinsed

Method:
Heat the slow cooker (if required).
Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onions and bacon until the onions soften and just starting to turn golden, stir in the sugar, tomatoes and stock and some seasoning.
Put all into the Slow Cooker and stir in the beans.

Cook on low for 9-10 hours

Serve on hot buttered toast.

 

Pimp your Gin and Tonic

If you’re partial to a gin and tonic, then here’s a product we know you’ll love. Personalising your drinks is all the rage at the moment, so these new botanical packs from OriGINario are just the thing.

originario

There are four contrasting styles each one adds an intriguing slant to your G&T.

Floral – roses and lemongrass
Mediterranean – lemon and orange peel
Spiced – star anise and clove
Traditional – juniper berries and Brazilian pepper

Either pair your botanical pack with a complementary gin that is similar in style, or go leftfield and choose a contrasting style – either way, the result will be a cut above your average G&T! Once you’ve made your drink, simply add the contents of the pack, and you’ll notice a fresh hit of aromatics that takes your G&T to the next level.

Available for £16.95 from the Whisky Exchange

Sharish Blue Magic Gin

bright blue Portuguese gin from the Sharish range. The only difference from the regular Sharish is the magnificent colour that comes from all natural extracts of the Clitoria Ternatea flower, also known as Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, or the blue pea. According to the producer this Gin has a magical touch. When tonic water is added and both liquids are mixed it will transform into a light pink hue! In Sharish Blue Magic delightful notes of strawberry and fresh raspberries give it a sweet, refreshing flavour. Warming notes of coriander and cinnamon develop behind the juicy fruit and there are traces of citrus and other sweet spices from the botanicals that include juniper, coriander, angelica root, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon peel, strawberry and raspberry.

I no longer have patience

I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.

 José Micard 

Caipirinha

1 Lime

2 and Half Measures of Cachaça

1 and half tea spoons of sugar.
Cut lime into 8 pieces.

Put lime and sugar in glass and muddle until sugar is disolved.

Add Cachaça and muddle some more. Add ice and muddle more.

​3 NEW WAYS TO BEAT SAD THIS WINTER

Days are about to get even darker, here are three scientifically backed ways to stop your mood from dropping.

As of 2am on Sunday (30th of October), days got darker. While it might mean an extra hour in bed, it can also translate into Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
SAD pretty much does what it says on the tin. The shortening of daylight hours and the lack of sunlight in winter can cause a biochemical imbalance in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus which regulates mood, appetite and sleep with half a million people in the UK both physically and mentally suffering.

The result? Sleep problems, anxiety, depression, lack of energy, and compulsive overeating.

 Here’s our guide to feeling happier when – and before – SAD strikes.

1. LIGHTEN UP
‘Make the most of natural light and take advantage of any opportunity to be exposed to natural light when possible,’ explains psychologist Elaine Slater.
If your office seat isn’t near a window and you haven’t got time for lunch, a light box packed with bright white fluorescent bulbs can give your serotonin levels a boost right when they need it and reset your internal clock to a more summery schedule.
Position the box just above your eyeline and angle it downwards for about 30 minutes each morning. A 10,000 lux bulb is best.

2. POP A HAPPY PILL
No we aren’t suggesting you self-medicate. But supplementing your diet might do you the world of good.
‘SAD can trigger cravings for carbohydrates, but you can nix that by being more mindful about nutrition during SAD season,’ explains Slater.
Vitamin D is the obvious choice when it gets darker but why not try 5-HTP. Derived from tryptophan (also found in turkey and chickpeas), it can aid sleep and is then converted by the body into the happy hormone serotonin.
Take two before you hit the hay to wake up smiling – even if the streetlights are still on.

3. NEGATIVE ATMOSPHERE, POSITIVE VIBE
Science from Columbia University has revealed that negative ions may be the key to fighting the winter blues.
Negative ions are most prevalent in outdoor summer air, but a slump of them in winter can make your mood spiral downwards.

Use an electrical ionizer machine (like the HeavenFresh HF100 Black Negative ion generator) to mimic summer air.
Just 90 minutes a day should do the trick. You can almost smell the Ambre Solaire

Bacardi Cocktail

A simple but delicious cocktail, very moreish.

1.5 Measures of Bacardi

1 Measure of Lime Juice

0.5 Measures of Gomme Syrup

1 teaspoon of Grenadine

Put ice in shaker with all ingredients and shake thoroughly.

Garnish with a cherry.

Enjoy

5 Ways of increasing your chances of surviving a plane crash

The odds of getting into a plane crash are low. Very low. In fact, your odds are only 1 in 8,357 of dying in an “air and space transport incident,” as the National Safety Council calls it. In fact, you are more likely to die from a lightning strike than to face an aircraft evacuation. But, the reality is, every time you strap yourself to the seat in a metal tube as it hurls itself through the air, you are facing the possibility of an emergency evacuation.

Recent events such as the crash of Emirates flight 521 are a reminder that as safe as air travel is, quick thinking flight attendants and a competent flight crew can mean the difference life and death. Long lines, tight spaces, and elbow rubbing with strangers is now the norm when it comes to air travel. Although packed planes only add to the chaos during an evacuation, with a little foresight and these tips, you will find yourself better prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency.

1. Keep your shoes on during take-off and landing.

Taxi, take-off, and landing are the most critical phases of flight. They are so crucial that flight attendants and pilots are prohibited from communicating with each other unless they are discussing an issue related to the safety of the flight. It is okay to slip your shoes off during flight, but putting your shoes back on prior to landing will prevent you from having to run barefoot across a jet-fuel soaked tarmac.

2. Do not drink or take medication to help you relax.

Sometimes nerves, the desire to start vacation early, or down right fear of flying will cause a passenger to drink alcoholic beverages or take a prescription medication to ease the stress of air travel. And while a cocktail is alright, keep in mind that your blood will be thinner at the high altitude even after cabin pressurization, and this can make the effects of alcohol feel more pronounced. When it comes to prescription medications, make sure you discuss your travel plans and anxieties with your doctor. The chances of surviving a plane crash hinge on two things: the ability of the flight attendants to get the exits open and your ability to get yourself to the exit. Make sure you are sober-minded enough to think clearly and move quickly.

3. Consider the type of aircraft.

Every type of aircraft is different. Even if you fly all the time, you are more than likely flying on different types of airplanes and sitting in different seats each time you take to the sky. Every time you get on a plane, take a minute or two to review the safety information card in the seatback pocket in front of your seat. Look at the diagram of the door and make a mental note as to how it opens. Does the plane you are flying on have slides at all the doors? What about the window exits? If you look closely right before take-off and right before landing, you may be able to catch your flight attendant doing a quick 30-second review once she takes her jumpseat. During this review, flight attendants mentally review what their actions would be in the case of an evacuation. They picture themselves opening the door or over wing exit and mental review evacuation commands. As a passenger, you should be familiar with the evacuation procedures, too. Especially if you are stretching out in the exit row.

4. Know how far you are from the nearest exit.

“Take a moment to locate the exit nearest you keeping in mind that the closest usable exit may be located behind you.” More than likely you have heard these instructions repeated during the safety demonstration before every flight but how many times have you actually taken the time to locate the exit nearest to your seat? Some regional jets don’t have aft door in the back of the plane, so sitting toward the rear of the cabin means going forward to evacuate. Sometimes you may find yourself sitting just a row or two in front of the window exit and didn’t even notice during the hustle and bustle of boarding. Knowing exactly how many rows you are from the exit can make all the difference when trying to find your way through a dark or smoke filled cabin.

5. Do not take anything with you.

This one may be the biggest factor when it comes to quickly and safely evacuating during an emergency. Former flight attendant Bobby Laurie was pretty clear in his most recent Huffington Post article when he said, “Leave. Your. Luggage. Can you hear me? Did you read it right? Leave your luggage. Leave it. Go.” During the recent Emirates evacuation, numerous passengers were seen evacuating with carry-on bags and the cell phone video from inside the cabin is even scarier. Passengers took the time to open overhead bins in an attempt to retrieve carry on luggage. These open bins slowed down the movement of passengers and blocked the flow of egress as people attempted to get out of their seats. Probably the most surprising part watching these passengers attempt to retrieve their bags while hearing the flight attendants in the background yelling “Leave your bags behind! Jump! Jump and slide! Jump and slide!” When a plane is on fire, sinking into the water, or otherwise unsafe to occupy, precious seconds are just that, precious. Do not put your life or the life of another passenger at risk to retrieve you bags. Possessions are replaceable, people are not.

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