Alcohol and pancakes can be the perfect mix for any date

Loyal observers of Cheers London will have already seen how we can use previously featured drink Whisky to make everyone’s favourite sweet treat. Whisky too harsh for you though? Well have no fear, as we give you the definitive list of tipples to have alongside your sugar and lemon coated pancakes.

Like most things in life, a complete package is dependent on many factors. Fancy a sweet pancake? Well perhaps a fruit beer could be the order of the day! Looking for something more savoury? Stick to the cider! Here are just a few of our ideas, though we expect the night to take on a life of its own.

1. Smoked salmon blini

Ok, maybe a bit obvious, but Cheers London are classy if nothing else. Obviously Champagne!

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2. Lemon and Sugar

Only one thing for lemon! Grab a shot of tequila whilst you’re at it – we just hope you remember Shrove Tuesday afterwards!

3. Chocolate covered goodness

Ale will always go down a treat with chocolate – the way we see it: the darker the better!

4. Chicken and Mushroom (or other savoury style)

This is a pancake not for the kids! A sophisticated meal, deserving a sophisticated beverage – Pinot Noir it is!

Follow these tips, and you’re sure to have one of your best Pancake Days to date! Happy baking all!

Article written by John Kent

Whisking With Whisky!

Bored of traditional pancakes with sugar and lemon? As it’s Whisky Week we’re breaking the norm with these super easy whisky sauce recipes! Simply pour them over your favourite pancakes for an indulgent treat!

Whisky Maple and Bacon Syrup

You’ll need:

8 oz thin-sliced bacon, diced and cooked crisp

350ml maple syrup

1 shot rye whisky

Method:

1. Put all ingredients in a small saucepan and place over low heat until it just comes to a simmer.

2. Take off the heat and if the syrup is too hot, it runs thin, so serve when just warm. Makes approximately 1 ¾ cups. Keep it in the fridge and use within one week.

Fruity Whisky Sauce

You’ll need:

2 tbsp honey

15g butter

3 tbsp whisky

150g fresh strawberries

Method:

1. Pour the orange juice into a frying pan and add the honey and butter. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the whisky.

2. Pour over pancakes and sprinkle sliced strawberries on top.

Cheat your way to a boozy, meaty, sinful pancake day!

If you don’t feel like making pancakes today then get down to The Book Club in Shoreditch to try their very own Whisky Maple Syrup Pulled Pork Pancakes!

They’re open till 10pm!

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Whisky Maple Syrup Pulled Pork Pancakes at The Book Club, Shoreditch

Gin Festival London 2017

What: Gin Festival London 2017

When: Friday 17th-Sunday 19th February

Where: Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2DA

Why: Magazine Time Out had endorsed it as one of the top 10 things to do in 2016, so expect more gin styled magic this time round

Info: https://www.ginfestival.com/events/gin-festival-london-2017

Gin is a staple of any millennial’s diet – two of the most ordered drinks in any part of the country are the Gin Martini and the Negroni, whilst a simple but effective G & T fuels many a good night out.

Fancy investigating the drink further though? Well make sure you get down to the Docklands on from the 17th-19th February, as anyone who knows anything about gin come together for one massive occasion.

Tickets are hard to come by, but check out the website to see if you can get your hands on passes to the in-demand event!

Health and Alcohol: Keeping yourself slim as we approach the summer

Health is everywhere. Where once you saw fry-ups, you now see avocado on toast; where once you had hungover Sunday movie clubs, you now have health obsessed running clubs. Have no fear however, we here at Cheers London won’t be quitting our Friday tipples anytime soon! Better yet, London Personal Trainer, Guido Gabriela Basola has given us the low-down on how to stay fit and fun (please don’t tell the fitness army we said they’re not fun).

Before we go into the finer details of what to drink, there is one rule anybody wanting to achieve anything the day after an alcohol fuelled night must adhere to: DO NOT MIX YOUR DRINKS! Yes, we know after one too many, student priced vodka may seem like an acceptable substitute for more pricey G&Ts….believe us, it is not! Choose your drink, and stick to it!

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Right, what to drink then? Guido took time out of the gym tell us what drink has the smallest effect on the dreaded bulge (Guido was once manager at top London location Sketch, so knows a thing or two about drinks – you are in safe hands!)

  1. Straight spirits – gin and vodka are top of the list!

  2. Martini – we aren’t completely boring here

  3. Spirit Mixer – Skinny Bitch anyone? (That’s a vodka,lime, soda before anyone gets offended!)

  4. Skinny Prosecco – treat yourself and head to Selfridges for Guido’s personal favourite

  5. Red Wine – here’s one you didn’t know: a glass of red wine will help show your 6 pack due to dehydration. We at Cheers London therefore see it as a necessity, and that’s before we talk about the health benefits of flavonoids!

There you have it then, your one stop guide to keeping your place in the fitness army, whilst also being socially accepted by your work colleagues!

Article by John Kent

An idiots guide to whisky

Whisky is the latest of our featured drinks, and comes with more complications then getting around London on tube strike day. Have no fear though, as we guide you through the basic steps in our idiots guide to whisky.

1) Whisky vs Whiskey

Trying to impress someone by ordering a sophisticated dram of whisk(e)y? Rule number one, don’t get the nationality wrong! Scotland and Ireland have dominated the distallary scene for years, and pride runs strong through the veins of both nations! It really is simple though:

  1. Whiskey – the ‘e’ signals an Irish/American origin
  2. Whisky – spelt without an ‘e’ means it is scotch based, and therefore originates from our Northern neighbours

One simple piece of knowledge ensuring you survive a night out in an Irish bar!

2) Peaty vs Smokey

The pre-eminent aromas of whisky language! Get this one wrong and your facial expression will immediately give away your disdain to the flavour. Choose your weapon wisely!

I will keep it simple – peaty flavour is like the tabacco of the cigar, whilst smokey is well, the smoke part!

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3) To Ice or Not To Ice? That is the question

A certain amount of respect goes out to any customer who orders a whisky neat, yet there is a certain sense of Je ne sais qoui about ordering ‘on the rocks’.

Which is for you though?

Much debate surrounds this topic, but in my mind it is best to keep it simple!

  • Expensive: neat
  • Cheap: on the rocks
  • hardened drinker: neat!

 

Why pick Whisky? A history in a bottle

Whisky has a long and  adventurous history. With nearly 500 hundred brands of whisky across the world, how do you know where to start? Here at CheersLondon we’ll unlock the mystery behind whisky and why we think this Scottish malt is a go to classic!

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John Dewar & Sons

So who was John Dewar? One of the most famous names in Scotch whisky, John Dewar & Sons was established in Perth, Scotland in 1846. Whisky was and always has been at the heart of the business.

How whisky became a success story?

The 19th century was the boom for whisky trading, and sons of John Dewar Alexander and Tommy built built Aberfeldy distillery between 1896 and 1898 to provide malt for blending purposes.

But hard times were still to come, and the company financially struggled during the 20th century ultimately merging with rivals James Buchanan & Co in 1915 to form Buchanan-Dewar.

In 1925 the company became part of the global Distillers Company Ltd (DCL) and later sold to Bicardi in 1998.

Today, John Dewar & Sons currently employs near to three hundred people at seven highland distillery locations.

So what does this whisky taste like?

Firstly on the nose you get an overwhelmingly toasty smell, toffee nut with a malt flavour and smoky aromas. The palette is a little fuller, barley undertones. A hint of honey comes through reflecting the colour of the blend.

Buy yourself a bottle here!

https://www.masterofmalt.com/distilleries/dewars-branded-whisky/ 

 

By Anna Johnston

‘Whisky Live’ is coming to London next month!

Next month, Whisky live is returning to London on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April. Described as the ‘world’s premier whisky tasting show’ it will take place at a historic 18th Century mansion, set in a six acre garden close to Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations.

Whisky Live boasts of having a ‘brand new whisky themed menu for 2017, Masterclasses, food pairings, the VIP Lounge and exclusive private VIP pouring’s’.

Ticket prices range from £45 to £99 and masterclasses are available to purchase separately.

Tickets are still on sale and are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whisky-live-london-2017-tickets-27749045141

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul to star in Jack Daniels drama!

 

Why choose Whisky?

You’ve guessed it’s another drink to celebrate here at CheersLondon. This time it’s Whisky!

You might well be a whisky connoisseur. But if not, then we have the answers to what is the best whisky to try if you are a newbie like us?

Are you partial to a Scottish or Irish blend? If you are yet to find your favourite tipple we’ll have something for you.

Here are CheersLondon we’ll find out more about the history of whisky, or the hipster brands on the market. We’ll even bring you latest about whiskey tasting opportunities.

Take a look to find out more!

By Alicia Edwards

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Craft Beer Rising 2017

A festival of beer, cider, music and street food is taking place in Shoreditch from 23-25 February.

Craft Beer Rising Festival returns for a fifth year to the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

There’ll be over 700 beers and ciders to try and a selection of London’s best street food vendors to keep you going through the night.

The event also boasts of world renowned dj’s and other live music.

With around 6000 people expected to attend you won’t want to miss this brewery extravaganza – grab your tickets here!

 

Cocktails just got a revamp

Cocktails just got a little bit naughty. Forget fancy spirits, nouveau wines and acting a bit of a ponce.

It’s time we stuck to life’s simple pleasures…let’s get seasonal with our produce; a sophisticated take on a scrumptious tipple.

Cider is back and this time bartender’s are getting a little bit cheeky with the timeless brew.

We’ve put together a handful of our favourites. They are so quick and so easy to prep ( not to mention drink), that there’s little excuse for whipping up a batch for friends and co this weekend.

APPLE CIDER SANGRIA

With prices on the up up up! Forget sangria with the red and look no further than its apple cousin.

Apple Cider Sangria is happening and its time you tried it.

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Ingredients:

1 bottle (standard size) of pinot grigio
2 1/2 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger brandy
3 honey crisp apples, chopped
3 pears, chopped

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together and stir, stir, stir. Refrigerate for an hour or so (or longer!) before serving.

CRANBERRY APPLE CIDER COCKTAIL 

A trio of rockstars; the cranberries and vodka in this drink make the cider a little bit classy

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INGREDIENTS

2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice, strained
1 ounce vodka
1 bottle hard cider, chilled
apple slice for garnish

 

DIRECTIONS

Fill glass and cocktail shaker with ice.
Add cranberry juice, orange juice and vodka to the cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass.
Top off the glass with the hard cider and garnish with apple slice.
Sip and enjoy!
Chin chin darling!
MULLED CIDER 
I have to admit, this is my absolute favourite when it comes to Christmas market tipples. Wooly gloves, steaming mugs of hot apple cider and twinkling fairy lights. Nothing beats it.
OK…yes it may not be Christmas now, but its winter, its cold and we need something a little heart warming!
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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of fresh apple cider
  • 2 cups of dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 orange or 2 tangerines (sliced)
  • 1 medium apple or 4 Lady apples (sliced 1/4 inch thick)

DIRECTIONS

Combine apple cider, dry red wine, maple syrup, peppercorns, orange or tangerines, and apple(s) in a medium pot. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm, in mugs.

True cider fans look no further. Britain’s best home brew.

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Only true scrumpy fans apply.

Now in no way are we condoning irresponsible drinking, but your status as a true cider fan would never be complete without at least an attempt at the infamous Cori Tap Challenge.

The Cori Tap you ask? Centuries old and one of Britain’s most esteemed cider houses, The Coronation Tap is just a short walk from Brunel’s Suspension Bridge in Bristol. With such a plethora of ciders on tap, available nowhere else in the world, this little inn, is undoubtedly a rose amongst the thorns of modern day chains, who all serve nothing but mass produced plonk.

 

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Home brewed, and at 8.5% the ciders here are the real deal. Of course the West Country folk would make them no other way, and boy, do people go crazy for them…so here’s the challenge.

Ten delicate half pints consumed within one evening of pure merriment. What do you win? The respect of The Cori’s forefathers who serve you at the bar. It’s that simple, but few manage it.

 

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If one evening of debauchery down The Cori isn’t enough for you, then be sure not to miss the inn’s very own cider festival this summer, ‘The Corifest’. The second weekend of August will see a weekend filled with hog roasts, live folk music and of course Bristol’s home brewed cider.