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Bourbon with spiced apple - the kind of comforting, warming drink that perks up a spring evening of lashing rain, thunder and lightning
Tart, tangy rhubarb pickles are delicious with some sharp cheddar or some cold grilled chicken, but I think I love them best on top of a turkey burger fresh from the grill.
Pizza with vodka sauce - inspired by Rubirosa.
Chocolate pots with jelly worms - a little pot of squirming delight to lighten the end of any dinner party.
The Tom Collins - always a classic
Pineapple, Coconut and Lime Loaf Cake - a little slice of tropical heaven in a cake.
Frozen mint juleps - this is the version that I prefer to drink. Extra frosty, extra minty, with no annoying mint bits in the teeth.
There are several different versions of recipes for a Maiden’s Blush, not including all the ones you’re thinking of right now that have nothing to do with cocktails. This one comes from the bar of the Ritz Paris.
Brown sugar raspberry meringue nests - great as a full dessert, or really cute as miniature canapes.
Vanilla almond cake is a very satisfying cake to eat – with yogurt and honey from breakfast, warm with a cup of coffee any time, or with berries and cream for dessert.
Lillet rose. Gin, grapefruit and lillet - an elegant drink for any evening.
The grenadine was a huge plus for me, also the name, which sounds terribly Victorian Era Music Hall Dancer – did you see Wild Irish Rose last night at the Palladium?
Lemon bars, the perfect gift to balance out a karmic debt or just for eating on the balcony in the sunshine.
Campari and orange, a herbal and slightly deco drink, can instill any evening with a touch of glamour.
With spring breaking out across the northern hemisphere, what could be better than chicken with feta, cherry tomatoes, olives and shredded mint?
Fettuccine alfredo with peas and pancetta - extremely easy to make, and extremely easy to eat.
The Steadier - a perfect cocktail for frazzled nerves and times of catastrophe.
Chocolate walnut banana bread - Because when you're making big decisions, chocolate always helps
Profiteroles for Oscar night
A classic champagne cocktails - the perfect pairing for Oscar night.
Gin, vermouth, pernod and grenadine - the perfect pick me up after a bad day.
These warm, rich, melting chocolate cakes are a boost to romance for sure, but also a patch up for heartbreak, a solitary treat, or a dinner party classic.
There’s debate over whether this qualifies as a martini, in which case, I suppose it’s just a “French”, which somehow sounds a lot dirtier.
Rosé, prosecco, raspberries, strawberries and rose petals combine to form the most luxurious Valentines sangria
Any steak will be improved by the addition of a bourbon butter sauce.
Whisky and deep fried mars bars - it must be Burns night!
My sister is going for her Master of Wine and these are her recommendations for New Zealand Pinot Noir.
A French 75 - named after a 75mm field gun, because apparently drinking a couple would make you feel like you'd been shelled.
I first drank fig martinis at a cookery class in Istanbul. They're divine, and the perfect drink to celebrate the end of the festive season
These port jellies do not need to be passed. Get one. Keep it. Eat it. Be happy.
Port, cinnamon and a cloved roasted orange - this is the ultimate mulled wine for the holiday season.
Rich hot chocolate, spiked with peppermint schnapps and stirred with a candy cane - Christmas in a glass.
Little pots of tender duck, hot buttered toast for scooping and spreading, cranberry confit on the side, and a glass of red wine.
Hot buttered rum - the perfect winter warming cocktail. The butter mixture can be made in advance so it's ideal for parties