Mushroom Risotto Recipe : Make a delicious Mushroom Risotto and use up your White Wine!

If you’ve got bottles of white wine waiting to be used up in the fridge or just fancy an excuse for a glass of white wine with dinner, this recipe for a mushroom risotto is sure to go down a treat.

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Mushroom Risotto (serves 2)

  • 50g dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250g pack chestnut mushroom, sliced and washed
  • 150g risotto rice
  • 1 x 175ml glass white wine
  • 25g butter
  • handful parsley leaves, chopped
  • 50g Parmesan (to serve)
  1. Chop the onions and garlic.
  2. Put the dried mushrooms into a large bowl and pour over 1 litre boiling water. Soak for 20 mins then chop.
  3. Chop the mushrooms.
  4. Heat the oil in a shallow saucepan or deep frying pan over a medium flame. Add the onions and garlic, then fry for about 5 mins until soft.
  5. Stir in the fresh and dried mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for 5-10 mins until the fresh mushrooms have softened.
  6. Tip the rice into the pan and cook for 1 min. Pour over the wine and let it bubble to nothing so the alcohol evaporates. Keep the pan over a medium heat and pour in a quarter of the mushroom stock. Simmer the rice, stirring often, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Add about the same amount of stock again and continue to simmer and stir – it should start to become creamy, plump and tender. By the time the final quarter of stock is added, the rice should be almost cooked.
  7. Continue stirring until the rice is cooked.
  8. Give the risotto a final stir, spoon into bowls and scatter with the cheese and remaining parsley.

Alicia Edwards for Cheers London

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Beavertown beer: craft beer at its best

Inspired by global breweries brought home to London

Craft beer- interesting, bold flavoured beers made by small-scale breweries that focus on retaining the quality over mass production. But can craft beer live up to the hype and persuade drinkers away from a traditional British pint? We think so!

The Gamma Ray American Pale Ale

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Beavertown’s Gamma Ray American Pale Ale is a delicious tropical juicy beer- light in flavour something that you can drink all day! Packed full with malt and flavours of mango and grapefruit. One of CheersLondon favourites!

Fancy something different?

A great alternative is the Neck Oil Session Indian Pale Ale. For Beavertown apparently this started as a home brew. Light and crispy- with a huge addition of late hops to the brew, this is an easy drinker!

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Pick up a selection of Beavertown beers at The Good Wine Shop and enjoy!

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By Anna Johnston

Best of British, a UK vineyard

As the days get longer and the sun pokes its head from out the clouds it’s time to pay homage to home grown producers who battle against the British weather all year round.

When we think of a bottle of wine its often Napa, California, The Rhone Valley, Medoc or Provence in France that spring to mind. But have you ever thought of bringing a local wine to the dinner table?

Tucked away near the Camel Valley Estuary in Cornwall sits the Camel Valley Vineyard. One of Britain’s few and most successful wine producers since 1989.

Set up by Bob and Annie an ex army couple, the vineyard has been lovingly grown from the ground up since they moved here almost 30 years ago.

But surely the weather in Britain isn’t suitable for growing bumper crops of grapes? With plenty of sun most summers in the South West of England, the sloping hills are drenched in hot sunshine, whilst the winter brings plenty of rainfall feeding the dry ground.

Camel Valley Bottle TopsI was lucky enough to visit the winery on a Wednesday when they open to the public for tours and sampling! Not being a wine buff myself I wasn’t sure what to expect but one of the Camel Valley team led us around the vineyard and we were introduced to the vertical basket press, oak vats and barrels and wine plungers!

Of course the highlight was being led back into the warmth and sampling the delights of the wine. Sparkling white, rose and even red! Something totally new. Spit buckets were of course provided for the refined amongst us..it was debatable how much use ours got.

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The wine was divine. Knowing it had been grown only meters from our seats made it taste even better. The Camel Valley team haven’t gone empty handed. They have been awarded numerous awards for their produce. Waitrose Drinks Producer of the Year Awards in 2002, followed by a Gold Medal for The International Wine Challenge in 2005l. In 2010 they took the Trophy for ‘Best International Traditional Method Sparkling Wine’ , ahead of Bollinger and Roederer. A feat indeed.

Not just kept to Cornwall. Camel’s delights can be found in Waitrose nationally along with Hakkasan and Fortnum’s in London.

For visits to the vineyard book online at https://www.camelvalley.com/grand-tour-tasting.html

Tours run every Wednesday at 17.00 throughout April- October

Treat your mum on Mother’s Day

Sunday 26th March is the day all mothers deserve to be massively spoilt, and within London there are plenty of possibilities when it comes to sharing a tipple with your most loyal supporter. Cheers London outlines a few of the possibilities!

1. Lantana Boozie Brunch – Price: ££

Ok, for you it may be a case of hair of the dog, but why not disguise it with the excuse of treating your mum to some morning booze!? Lantana in Fitzrovia is one of the most popular places around when it comes to such an occasion, and with good reason! Hidden in Charlotte Place, this is the place where people who know there brunch from their lunch come. We recommend starting with a round of Bloody Mary’s, before moving on to their famous banana bread!

Address: 13 Charlotte Place, Fitsrovia

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2. Cocktails at The Artesian – Price: £££

Ok, this may be a little more pricey than our normal choices – but it’s Mother’s Day right!? Located just off Portland Place, The Artesian is located within the Langham Hotel, and is recognised as one of the top cocktail bars in the world! Really want to impress your mum?? Give the Two Memories a try!

Address: The Langham London, Portland Place

3. Champagne in bed – Price: £

Ok, we’ve all done this before with bacon and eggs – why not try it with a bottle of champagne and wake your mum up to the best surprise ever! Head to your local supermarket and pick anything up (prosecco and sparkling wine will both do on this occasion), and give your mum the best Mother’s Day suprise ever!

Address: Wherever you may be!

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Article written by John Kent

Feel like Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast…

We can’t get enough of Emma Watson in the new Beauty and the Beast live action remake here at Cheers London.

Set in an enchanted French castle, the Emma Watson and the rest of the cast invites you to ‘be our guest’ and dive into the magic of disney for a couple of hours.

We particularly enjoyed watching this ‘tale as old as time’ with a glass of french red wine which you can get in any of the Picturehouse cinemas in London as well as a number of other independent theatres.

Or, if you’d prefer a night at home, why not watch the original film and treat yourself to a bottle of Chateauneuf de pape from Tesco for just £10!

 

 

 

 

Alicia Edwards for Cheers!

This way to the cocktail train

Have a knees up in yester-year

If you are on the look out for a little bit of vintage drinking, in a great location with plenty of banter then we have the place for you! Set in an “abandoned” tube station just after the second world war Cahoots promises to leave you feeling squiffy while having a spiffing good time!

The cocktails are a bit pricey so this night would be reserved for a special occasion and booking is definitely necessary; people are queuing round the block to experience the delights of Cahoots. The menu is packed with cocktails named after famous people of the time including old time sweethearts Vera Lynn and Rita Hayworth. If you are feeling peckish then make sure to get your rations in the form of crisp and said cream sandwich or scotch egg, perfect to line the stomach.

Most importantly kick back with friends and enjoy and evening of debauchery and delight! Tally ho old chaps!

By Elle Vickery 

Help me through a wine list! Cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and malbec all make it on our top wine guide

Did you know there are over 10,000 varieties of wine in the world?

Being given a wine list is scary. Cheers London can help you ensure success without having to go ‘bottom right’.

1. Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

One for the fruit lovers out there. Distinct aromas of plum, blackberry and currants – whilst giving a lovely after taste of liquorice. The 2013 vintage will keep you going right through to 2028!

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2. Malbec: Alpamanta, Mendoza

Like our number one, another one for the fruit lovers. Mendoza has long been considered the ‘home’ of Malbec, so we are of course spoilt for choice. It was the balsamic traces that did it for us on this one though! Being Argentine, we of course recommend it with a good steak – for extra marks show your regional knowledge by ordering a ‘bife de lomo’.

3. Chardonnay: The Ring, Weltevrede 

Coming from The Jonker Family Estate in South Africa, this lightly bubbling chardonnay drink will please any palette with it’s refreshing lemony aroma. A favourite for a lunch-time tipple, a great accompaniment for any poultry or white fish.

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Article Written by John Kent

Will you be ‘sipping Gin and Juice’ with Katy Perry at Radio 1’s Big Weekend this summer?

This morning, BBC Radio 1 announced that Katy Perry is going to be headlining their ‘Big Weekend’ which will be in Hull this year.

The announcement, along with the sun finally making in appearance in London, got us thinking about the looming Festival season this year.

If Radio 1’s Big Weekend is a bit too far for you Londoners to trek for a bit of festival fun, or perhaps if Reading or Glastonbury are more your bag, theres one thing think all festivals goers have in common, they like to have a drink.

When you think of most festivals you imagine the beer tents and cider bars, but why not give Gin a go as your festival tipple?

When the sun is shining theres nothing better than a cold Gin and Tonic, and most festivals are now serving chilled tins of G&T ready to go, or if you’re going to Glastonbury this year, keep your eyes peeled for Cocktail and Gin pop up bars around the site, for a freshly made G&T or cocktail.

So ditch that beer belly this summer and give the Gin ago this festival season, see you there… Cheers!

 

Alicia Edwards for Cheers!

Welcome to Sipsmith

We went on a weeknight distillery tour at this hipster hotspot.

Welcome to Sipsmith! Whether you consider yourself a gin lover or partial to the odd g&t, this tour is for everyone! Needless to say we were handed a gin cocktail on arrival it was already a good start to the evening.

When you arrive at the tiny Distillery nestled on a back street in West London, you don’t think much of the junkyard exterior. But just like a tardis, we were let into Sipsmith’s hidden world of exclusive gin tasting.

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Who are Sipsmith?

The team on hand were less like tour guides but all ginthusiasts themselves. After being told the story of gin from mothers ruin to a favourite spirit we got to understand a bit more about the company. So what is Sipsmith all about? Their mission seems simple. The revival of the London Dry Gin, but with, as Fairfax and Sam (their founders) put it ‘truly uncompromising quality and character’.

Find your bottle!

Our The production method is by no means simple, or efficient but in essence produces delicious gin in individually hand-crafted bottles. To the extent where if you have a bottle of it at home you can search your batch number on their website to see what was happening at the distillery the day your gin was born…Truly unique.

Meet the stills

We then got to see the beautiful stills in all their glory. Prudence was the first copper pot still to launch in London for nearly 200 years. We were told that Prudence was ironically named during the recession when Sipsmith’s owners were being financially prudent to fund the drink we know and love today.

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Patience came along four years later, and after patiently waiting the team moved the Chiswick distillery where both stills could reach their full potential. The final copper lady is Constance. The largest still of the three works solely on producing Sipsmith’s most popular London Dry Gin- and we could hear constant hum of her stilling throughout our tour.

Thank you..and cheers!

A fantastic evening all round! It was an opportunity to learn about a craft Distillery gem- hidden away on our doorstep. Here at CheersLondon, we thoroughly enjoyed sipping our way what Sipsmith had to offer!

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Thank you Sipsmith!

By Anna Johnston 

Gin and Tonic with a caffeine twist

Espresso martini, reinvented!

There’s a new gin cocktail on the hipster block and it’s been dubbed as the ‘Turbo G&T’.
This take on the traditional gin and tonic is spiked with cold-brew coffee, giving it the name Cold Brew Gin and Tonic or CBGT.
Gin and Coffee, a Brit’s two vices.. what’s not to love?

What makes this hedonistic mix of alcohol and caffeine so great?

When you’re used to only mixing caffeine with vodka sometimes it’s hard to stray from the norm. But, believe me it’s worth straying and you may never look back.
If you’re not a coffee connoisseur you may be thinking, ‘what even is a cold brew?’ Well, it’s essentially coffee soaked in cold water overnight.

According to Sandows, who make and bottle cold brew coffee in London,
“It’s fresh coffee and filtered water, brewed slowly and without heat to extract minimal acidity. The result is a much smoother flavour without that bitterness you usually get in black coffee.”
They describe it as ‘bloomin’ refreshing’ – making it perfect for summer.

The hints of juniper in the gin and bitterness of the tonic really stand up to the cold brew to create a unique melange of flavours.

Sandows likes to call their version the ‘London Morning Tonic’ – because we all need an energy boast even after a nights sleep, right?

Where to try a Cold Brew Gin and Tonic Cocktail

You can order one at the Mondrian Hotel, London or at The White Lyon, Hoxton.
They are also becoming more popular at espresso café come cocktail bars across London.

How To Make your own Turbo G&T

At CheersLondon we know the struggle of deciding between drinking at fancy bars or buying groceries, so we have this supercharged cocktail recipe for you. Now you can sip on a decedent caffeine tonic whilst eating your Tesco’s ready meal! Oh, we do spoil you!

Ingredients:

35ml Gin (we recommend Sipsmith)
10ml Sandows Cold Brew Coffee
Tonic water
Lemon or orange peel to garnish

Method:

– Take a long Collins glass and add ice and then the gin
– Next add the cold brew coffee
– Top up the mixture with tonic water and garnish with a lemon or orange peel

For a stronger coffee flavour pour the cold brew coffee in last so that it floats on top of the drink.

We’ve got more cocktail recipes here.

Cheers!

By Dominique Starbuck

Gin: Its safe for mothers!

Happy Mother’s Day!

In the recent years, Gin has become the trendy drink favoured by hipsters and city workers alike. So long to the Vodka, lime and lemonade and Cheers to the Gin and Tonic.

Some may know that Gin is also known as “Mothers Ruin” due to its links to depression and unpredictable behaviour from the consumer. Why is this?

Back in the day (18th Century to be precise) Gin was introduced as a cheap spirit, accessible to the masses as a remedy to pretty much get battered! The tax on beer was far too expensive whereas gin only had a price of 2 pence a gallon and in London alone 10 million gallons of gin was being distilled annually.

So what did this do to the great pissed public? Well, more popular among women, the drinking of Gin meant children were neglected and even sold into prostitution to feed the habit and some babies were drunk on the spirit to keep them quiet. Men were left impotent and some were driven to madness!

When the government realised there was a Gin related crisis they upped the tax on the beverage driving sales underground and onto the black market. People sold their homes to get their hands on it, using the effects of the alcohol to keep them warm in the winter and sloshed in the summer.

This continued until the Duke of Wellington passed a bill that got rid of the beer tax. The insatiable thirst for gin soon disappeared.

Gin: No longer a ruin for mothers!

Fast-forward a couple of hundred years and gin is back in fashion. It could be argued that the increased interest in cocktails has played a part and if you chuck the word “Craft” at the front of anything you will have people queuing up round the block to say they had it first.

Whatever the reason for Gin making the biggest comeback since Take That, I’ll definitely be taking it. Mine’s a Gin and Tonic, straight up with a slice of lemon.

By Elle Vickery 

When is gin time?

Cheers HQ were conflicted…

The weather has been a teasing minx, warm for a day which meant we rushed to a beer garden squeezing our lemons into our gin as we went. Now its cold again, is there still a place for that refreshing summer tipple? Of course there is!

 

But what time is Gin o’clock?

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We think one of the below:

6pm on a Friday – After work drinks

3pm on a Sunday – Chilled end of the weekend drinks

10pm on a Wednesday – It’s only half way through the week drinks

Head over to our twitter page here  to vote on your chosen time.

in the meantime, if all this gin talk has got you in the mood for one see below for a twist on the traditional beverage!

So what goes into this classic?

1 part gin (our favourite at the moment is Sipsmith)

2 parts tonic (Try Fever-Tree tonic)

For some added CheersLondon flare:
1 lime wheel
1 lemon wheel
2 juniper berries

Whether you like a classic g&t or a more adventurous blend, CheersLondon will have something for you!

By Elle Vickery