St George’s Day

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With St George’s Day  approaching on Wednesday 23rd April, it’s time to celebrate all things English.

We English typically aren’t very good at making a fuss about how great we are, (spending more time commemorating  other countries’  celebratory dates than our own), so perhaps it’s about time we showed our pride in being English!

From classic fish and chips by the sea to a good old cup of tea, there’s plenty to be proud of this St George’s Day!

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The best way to demonstrate your appreciation is with items featuring the England flag. If you are celebrating St George’s Day with a party, use some of the following products to decorate your home (and car!) and toast to the day with a celebratory drink!:

6. England Flag                                                                                          england flag

11. England Paper Cups 9.4oz / 266ml                                                      england paper cup

13. Ultimate England Beer Bong Funnel                                                     beer bong

14. St George’s Car Nose                                                                            car nose

The humble cup of tea… it’s an English institution. There’s nothing better than finally getting home after a long day and settling down on the sofa with a soothing cup of tea and a biscuit to calm away the stresses of the day!

Therefore the cup of tea quite rightly deserves its place in the honorary list of English pride and you can show your appreciation with one of our plentiful tea drinking vessels – some of which have been selected below:

1. Churchill White Maple Tea Cup COL 7oz / 19.6cl                                       mug       

4. Blue Rim Enamel Mug White 12.5oz / 360ml                                                enamel mug

16. Elia Orientix Mugs 28cl                                                                                elia

A hearty pie is another classic English fare. Served up in an old English pub with a pint of beer – settled next to a roaring fire – nothing could be better on a chilly day! (Ok, the temperature in England perhaps being one thing we are not so proud of!). 

Some options to enjoy in our pie dishes below include recipes for English Beef & Ale Pie, Steak & Kidney Pie and Cheese Pie.                                                                                      

2.     Royal Genware Oval Pie Dish 16cm                                                         pie dish

5. Mason Cash Round Perfect Pie Dish 24cm                                                   mason cash pie

The perfect accompaniment to a traditional pie is an English Craft Beer or English ale or cider. Enjoy a refreshing pint in one of our classic tankards:

8. The Great British Dimple Mug 20oz / 568ml                                                      dimple

9. LSA Bar Beer Tankard 17.6oz / 500ml                                                              lsa tankard

A trip to the seaside to enjoy some fish and chips is an iconic English pastime. Mark that tradition by serving a delicious portion of fish and chips in one of our stylish food display products:

7. Retro French Fry Cone with Sauce Dippers                                                     retro cone

15. Ceramic Presentation Frying Pan & Wire Basket                                            ceramic

Jam making is increasing in popularity again after years of decline – which is a good thing, because there’s nothing nicer for breakfast or afternoon tea than a hefty dollop of home-made jam.

Make your own fruity and flavoursome jam in one of our English-made Kilner jars:  a selection of which are shown below:

3. Kilner Round Twist Top Jar 580ml                                                                     twist top

10. Kilner Round Clip Top Jar 1ltr                                                                         kilner clip

12. Kilner Push Top Glass Storage Jar 1ltr                                                           filner push

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Prove that England is worth feeling proud about and celebrate a very happy St George’s Day this year!

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Easter Party

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With the sun shining, blossom on the trees and lambs prancing in the fields, Spring is definitely in the air – meaning that Easter is just around the corner!

Create a vintage, village-fete-style tea party for your Easter celebrations this Friday 18th to Monday 21st April with the help of some of our Easter party products, and enjoy a hot cross bun or a deliciously chocolatey Easter themed cocktail!

(Of course you could substitute the chocolate eggs for real eggs, but where’s the fun in that?!)

 

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 1.  Linz Highball Glasses 13oz / 390ml (Details of Creme Egg cocktail recipe below)

 

 

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 2.  Handwoven Round Basket Natural 8.5 x 2.25 inch

 

 

Mason Drinking Jars

 

 

3. Mason Drinking Jar Glasses with Lids 20oz / 568ml (Details of Easter Bunny cocktail recipe are below)

 

 

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                        4. Oval Polywicker Basket 9 inch

 

 

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                        5. Living Nostalgia Wire Egg Basket

 

 

Straws

 

 

                         6. Pink n Mix Pink Striped Paper Straws 8inch

 

 

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7. Royal Genware Egg Cup

 

 

Vintage jug

 

 

 8. Living Nostalgia Water Jug Vintage Blue 81oz / 2.3ltr

 

 

Milk bottle mini eggs

 

 

 9. Traditional School Milk Bottle 7oz / 200ml

 

 

 

Cake stand

 

 

                          10.Utopia Footed Cake Plate 11.5inch

 

 

3 Tier Cake Stand

 

 

                           11. Utopia Square 3 Tier Plates 29cm

 

 

Easter Cocktail Recipes

If you like the look of the two cocktails featured at our Easter tea party, check out the recipes below for how to make them:

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Ingredients:

                  • 25ml Bacardi Superior rum
                  • 25ml Mozart chocolate liqueur
                  • sprig of mint
                  • 25ml sugar syrup
                  • dash of lime juice
                  • dash of soda
                  • 2 chocolate eggs

Method:

Bruise the mint sprig and put it in the bottom of the glass along with the rum and chocolate liquer.

Next add the sugar syrup and lime juice to the mix, then some crushed ice and smashed up chocolate egg and give it all a stir.

Top with a little more crushed ice and a dash of soda on top.

Serve with an oozy half of Cadbury’s Crème Egg.

 

  Easter Bunny

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Ingredients:

                  • 1 1/2 ounces dark creme de cacao
                  • 1/2 ounce vodka
                  • 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup
                  • 1 teaspoon cherry brandy

Method:

Pour the crème de cacao and vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice.
Shake well.
Strain into an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
Float chocolate syrup and cherry brandy on top.

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 Check out all products in our Easter Party section to help you create your own tea party, and enjoy an indulgent and relaxing Easter!

 

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Easter Competition: Guess how many Cadbury’s Creme Eggs can fit in our bar@drinkstuff Glass Beer Boot!

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What’s the best thing about Easter?… Cadbury’s Creme Eggs of course!

If you’re a fan of the super sweet treat then our Easter competition will definitely have you drooling!

To enter, you’ll need to guess how many Cadbury’s Creme Eggs can fit inside our 3.5 pint bar@drinkstuff Glass Beer Boot.

If you guess the correct amount you could win the bar@drinkstuff Giant Glass Beer Boot and all of the Creme Eggs that are inside!

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You’ll need to LIKE the drinkstuff Facebook page, and then click on the competition link where you can add in your email address and submit your guess!

Plus if you share the competition with the rest of your Facebook friends and encourage them to LIKE the drinkstuff Facebook page, you’ll earn yourself an extra entry!

Good luck and have a very Happy Easter!

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Around the World in 7 Cocktails

Today’s blog post comes courtesy of our guest blogger, Josie Sampson  

 

We all know that when it comes to the summer, a cold jug of Pimms topped with chopped fruit and lashings of ice is practically an English institution – but what about the rest of the world? When it comes to cocktails, it seems every country has its very own favourite. Here we introduce you to some cult classic cocktails from all over the globe.

 

Brazil: Caipirinha

Team the Brazilian sugarcane spirit cachaça with generous helpings of rum and sugar, and you’ll soon see why Brazil’s favourite cocktail has become a worldwide hit. Once upon a time, these ingredients were used as a medicinal remedy to ward off attacks of the Spanish flu – and it wasn’t long until someone cottoned on to the delightful taste of the caipirinha! Since then, it’s transformed into a deliciously sweet and sour cocktail enjoyed all over the world.

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 2oz cachaça
                  • 1 lime
                  • 2 heaped teaspoons fine sugar

 

Cuba: Mojito

These days it’s one of the most popular cocktails in the world; the mojito dates all the way back to the 16th century. The story goes that when Sir Francis Drake sailed from the Spanish New World back to England, outbreaks onboard of scurvy and dysentery forced the crew to dock in Cuba. The natives kindly presented them with a medicinal drink of rum, sugar, lime and mint – all you need is a dash of sparkling water and the mojito as we all know and love it is born!

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 2tsp sugar
                  • 6-8 mint leaves
                  • Club soda
                  • 1 lime, halved
                  • 2oz light rum
                  • Mint sprig for garnish

 

Greece: Ouzo

Believe it or not, Greece’s biggest hit drink belongs to a group of 14th century monks living in a monastery on Mount Athos. In fact, the Greeks love the aniseed flavoured drink so much that in 2006, the country won the right to label Ouzo as exclusively Greek, barring any other countries from using the name! This popular aperitif is typically mixed with water and served over ice, where it turns cloudy white or even slightly blue.

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 1 ½oz Ouzo
                  • ¾oz water

 

Singapore: Singapore Sling

A bar tender by the name of Ngiam Tong Boon is ours to thank for the Singapore Sling, back in 1915. Working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore, he whipped up his creation one night using gin, Cherry Heering, Benedictine and pineapple juice. The recipe has changed a little since then but one thing’s for sure: it’s delicious enough to sling yourself onto a flight to Singapore just to taste one in the very place it was invented.

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 1 ½oz gin
                  • 1oz lemon juice
                  • ¼oz simple syrup
                  • 1 ½ teaspoon powdered sugar
                  • 2oz club soda
                  • ½oz cherry brandy
                  • Lemon slice for garnish
                  • Cherry for garnish

 

Belgium: Black Russian

Although you may think that a Black Russian is the territory of Russia and not Belgium, the drink was actually conceived in Belgium and simply owes its name to its use of vodka, a traditional Russian spirit. Invented at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels by Belgian bartender Gustave Tops in 1949, the Black Russian was created in honour of Perle Mesta, the US ambassador to Luxembourg at the time. We’re all very thankful!

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 1 ¾oz vodka
                  • ¾oz coffee liqueur

 

Puerto Rico: Piña Colada

The piña colada is so loved by the folks of Puerto Rico that the government declared it the official drink of the country in 1978. This creamy glass of tropical deliciousness was created by Puerto Rican bartender Ramon Marrero in 1954, whilst he was working at the Caribe Hilton International Hotel. Since then, it’s become an undeniable classic the world over and the no beach holiday is quite complete without one. 

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 2oz pineapple juice
                  • 2oz light rum
                  • 1 ½oz coconut cream
                  • Pineapple wedge for garnish
                  • Cherry for garnish

 

Mexico: Margarita

No one can say for sure where the classic margarita began its life, but one popular story suggests that the socialite Margarita Sames invented the drink at a Christmas party in Acapulco, Mexico in 1948. With Tommy Hilton of Hilton Hotels at the same party, the drink was super quick to spread to all the right places! A simple mix of tequila, orange flavoured Cointreau and lime, the margarita was an instant hit.

Ingredients (one drink):

                  • 1 ½oz tequila
                  • ½oz triple sec such as Cointreau
                  • 1oz fresh lime juice
                  • Lime wedge for garnish
                  • Salt or sugar to rim the margarita glass

 

What’s the most delicious cocktail you’ve discovered around the world?

 

 

 

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Help us buy what YOU want!

Have you ever wished you had a choice over which products become available to you here at drinkstuff.com? Well here’s your chance to have your voice heard!

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An interactive page on our website called ‘Help us buy what YOU want’ enables you to offer your opinion on products we are considering buying in.

You will be able to view a selection of products for which you can then add in your feedback and rate whether you Like or Dislike each item.

Once you have rated each product it will disappear from the list, making it easy for you to see the next product in the list to give your opinion on.

Head over to the page now and rate quirky products from a Ceramic Coconut Glass to Mini Appetizer Glasses!

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