Alcohol abuse is a growing lifestyle risk – know the statistics

More than 9 million people in the UK are drinking over the recommended alcohol allowance every day!

Cheers London are all about fun, but make sure you stay safe when drinking.

How much is too much?

In the UK, we are recommended no to drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week – how much is 14 units of alcohol though:

Wine: 6 glasses

Beer: 6 pints

There is plenty of scope there to enjoy your night in the pub – just keep everything in moderation!

What does alcohol do to us?

Alcohol is linked to all sorts of problems such as various cancers and liver problems. In recent times, alcohol related problems have resulted in over 1 million hospital admissions a year, with around 21,512 deaths every year.

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Do the young drink too much?

In short: yes!

Alcohol Concern’s latest polls said over 40% of school pupils under 15 have tried alcohol. If this is maybe not unsurprising, over 300 people between the ages 15-34 die each year from alcohol-related causes.

The young can think they are invincible – even they should think twice though about the damage they are doing to their livers.

Is there help out there for alcohol related problems?

Help is everywhere should you need it. Alcohol Concern is just one of many groups out there offering support, hosting such events as Alcohol Awareness Week within London.

 

 

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

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

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

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 

Big in Japan – the growth of a whisky

We are delving into the world of Japanese whisky, taking a look at what makes it one of the most talked about drinks on the market!

Japanese Whisky

Yes, you heard it right, Japan is the up and coming force in world whisky. Gone are the days where sushi restaurants would be the only provider of Japanese beverages, with them now being a crucial part of any bar’s armoury.

Scottish Beginnings

Inspired by scotch whisky, the world has Masakata Taketsuru’s obsession with the Highlands blends to thank for the Yamazaki and Hibiki that we enjoy today. The legend has it the chief distiller of Yamazaki vowed nearly 100 years ago upon completing a tour of Scotland to not give up until he had made Japanese Whisky the world’s best – well he’s now not far off!

But which one?

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Yes, there is now a vast array of Japanese whisky to choose from, but personal favourite at Cheers London is the 18 year Yamazaki. A texture to match the finest Scotch out there, drink it neat, and let it guide your night.

Of course, you should not limit your palette there. Hibiki and Nikkei stand up to the very finest of tests, and should not be ignored!

Article by John Kent

 

 

 

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

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!

 

5 Reasons Why Cider Is For You!

Is cider making a comeback?

Cider seems to be in limbo at the minute. The refreshing drink conjures up images of picnics in the park or summer BBQs. Although the weather is somewhat bipolar at the minute, here at CheersLondon we feel that cider can be drunk all year round! In those cold winter months, cider is the perfect an alternative to the traditional mulled wine.

Whether it’s a summertime picnic or a wintery walk- cider is the one!

Of course it is to some people’s taste. But with that out the way and the warmer months seemingly in an out of reach.. where does that leave our ciders?
 Well we still think cider is a great drink of choice and this is why!

Here are 5 reasons why it can become a drink for you all year round:

1. It can be cheap– a pint of cider is pretty reasonably priced even in the ever more expensive town of London.
2. It can be sipped slowly. This makes it easy on the wallet. If you are a bit skint and your mates want you down the pub, it’s surprising how long you can make a cider last.
3. It’s fruity! The fruity options make it seem like you aren’t drinking alcohol at all. Lovely if you want a refreshing night cap, just remember it is alcoholic so I wouldn’t suggest downing loads with the trickery of no alcohol in mind.
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4. Memory lane. It will bring back memories. Some good (summer nights and chilling with friends) some bad (uni days of one two many snakebites)
5. Healthy? Cider is traditionally made from apples… that’s healthy right? **
**Cider typically contains 210 calories in one pint… so the healthy aspect is on par with wine being from grapes.
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So why not give this beverage a chance in the next week? Let’s make Cider great again and a drink for all occasions!

Cider is making a comeback!

We’re celebrating cider here at CheersLondon!

Whether your a cider lover, or are yet to find your favourite tipple, we’ll have something for you.

We champion real cider, made from 100% juices of apples.

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From different flavoured ciders, to drinks deals…to how to cook with cider– CheersLondon will look to find you the best alcoholic alternative to apple juice!

Cheers!

 

By Alicia Edwards