Category Archives: Liquid Love

Malabar Tea Estate.

Tea Tourism in Bandung

European thirst for tea shaped history in bizarre ways. That’s because, for centuries, all the tea that came to Europe was made in China, where tea has been cultivated for…

Exterior of The Belgian Monk, a 17th-century pub in Norwich, UK.

The Belgian Monk: The Best Value Pub Lunch in Norwich

Before the Beer Orders of 1989, almost every British pub was tied to a brewery, and British pub food and beer made your average German beer garden seem a pinnacle…

Cup of coffee with decorated foam.

Five Ways to Enjoy Coffee

Cold Brew Cold brew coffee is brewed, well, cold. And, if that’s not enough to love, you can choose it fizzy or foaming. In theory, the brewing reduces acidity and…

Detail of Negroni at Glen Bar in Beijing.

Why the Negroni is MY Drink

I adore Negronis. And, when it comes to travel, they’re one of the perfect cocktails. Why? Because they’re pretty much impossible to screw up. Of course, they can be made…

Sea buckthorn berries.

Sea Buckthorn Juice: the Ultimate Vitamin C Drink?

One great food find from Everest Base Camp? Sea buckthorn juice. I knew about this lovely stuff, of course. Sea buckthorn berries are famous for containing more Vitamin C than…

Tongba hot beer 1024-4

Hot Beer? It’s a Thing!

Unbowed by my experiences with yak butter tea, a flavour which, while not as bad as you’d think, definitely falls under the rubric of “acquired” (I’ll write it up for…

Singapore Sling

A Curious Tale: Who Invented the Singapore Sling?

Raffles Hotel, Singapore, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month. (This despite the fact that the hotel didn’t open until 1 December 1887.) And, perhaps predictably, they’re celebrating with an…

Old-Fashioned

I Don’t Know You, But I Blame You Very Much

Somebody, somewhere in Beirut – and that someone probably knows who he is – has been doing a lot of cocktail training. And that somebody, somewhere, who’s done a lot…

Woodcut of Jerry Thomas making his famous Blue Blazer.

Jerry Thomas: The First Bartending Superstar

Long, long before Tom Cruise was shaking up drinks in Cocktail, Jerry Thomas was making theatre behind the bar. With a status equivalent to any of today’s celebrity chefs, his…