Posted by: Gram | November 1, 2009

Gin Week 2 : Gin Weaker

With Gin Week 1 but a distant memory of the month of booze than was June, it was high time I had another.

The signs were good for conducting it in September, with the original plan to then break my Gin record at the Axlet wedding, however, circumstances contrived to make that difficult*.  Whilst the latter was attempted (and failed) the former fell by the wayside.

Step forward, Nick and Liz.  Yes, Wedding #3 of 2009 was going to be my excuse.  But as the story unfolds, interesting twists are to be made…

Mine's the girly drink on the right, with a flower in it...

The manly one on the left was a Venison & Dark Chocolate Rob Roy*

Friday : “G&T”at Duke of Cornwall, Hammersmith : Fairly obvious this one, starting on the classics, it’s all good.

Saturday : “Umeshu Martini” at Sushinho, Chelsea : An exotically fruity and elegant Hendrick’s martini with Japanese ume plums, lychee and a splash of cranberry juice.  A rather handsome establishment with bonsai trees, and a mysterious hidden fish that Jodie was obsessed at finding.

Sunday: “Casino“ at The Diner, Soho : Precisely what this *was* I can’t tell you since they officially don’t do it (according to their website) so I’ll let you know next time I’m in Carnaby St.  And remember to update this post…

Monday : “Perfumer”at Buddha Bar, Waterloo-ish : Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grand Marnier, Honey & Coriander Syrup and Fresh Apple and Lime Juice**

Tuesday : “Sakura Ice Tea”at Sakura, Reading  – Finally, Gin Week returns to its spirital home at the “empty place”.  Shark Layer with a shaken mix of Absolut Vodka, Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum, Plymouth Gin, Triple Sec and Midori with Lemon and Lime Juice***. 

GIN HIATUS!! – it’s 2-4-1 cocktails at Sakura, and since it gave me the option of an alternative I went for a Bittersweet.  Raspberry Vodka, strawberry liqueur and Triple Sec.  Less nice, but not bad for free…

Wednesday : “Vanilla Breeze”at Giraffe – vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, passion fruit & pineapple.  It’s also the first time I’ve been to Giraffe since Gin Week 1.  The food, is less than good…

Thursday : “G&C” at John Snow, Soho – A simple twist on the classic, the “Gin and Coke” is a delight introduced to me by James Rowson some years ago.  Alas, this one was somewhat pants and tasted nothing like Dr Pepper**** as it should do when done properly.

Well, I’ve had a week there.  7 of the finest English days.  The interesting note; there was a lack of a G&T record.  In fact, the record attempt went as follows:

Friday : “Champagne” (x4), White Wine (x2), Bath Gem (x2), Bath Organic Ale (x4)” at Peston Mill, Bath.

Yup, I didn’t have a single Gin based beverage at it.  I did however, claim that I’d completed my Gin commitments, and with plans scuppered for every-single-day of GW2, I considered that quite impressive.

It also makes Gin Week 3 significantly easier to plan…

*as a side note, it’s interesting to note that when my life’s gone a bit pear-shaped, I *don’t* drink.  Note this next time I look a little parched and quickly improve my life…

**the cocktail was overshadowed (figuratively) by the £10.50 it cost and (literally) by the two storey Buddha that lives under Waterloo Bridge.  Oh and there is a video IN the urinals.  I know too many places with too interesting urinals…

***I can highly, HIGHLY recommend this one.  Mmmm.

****so, that’s why it’s not a cola…



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