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New Pink Gin

This cocktail is a fusion of two classic gin concoctions – Pink Gin and Gin and Tonic – and it pays homage to these two iconic drinks by giving them a modern interpretation. It has been created as a fresh alternative to a G&T, introducing new flavours while still keeping things nice and simple. Always […]

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MEDJOOL DATE, ESPRESSO & FENNEL MARTINI

Espresso martinis have become a staple of cocktail lists across London, and we have added our own Oklava touch. At the restaurant we use a Cypriot brandy called Anglias, which is available online, but any good-quality brandy would do. If you don’t have an espresso machine, we recommend brewing a strong, full-bodied coffee in a […]

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Top Five Red Wine Food Pairings

Whether you’re hosting a festive dinner with friends or need something to impress the in-laws this Christmas, a glass of wine can be transformed by a complimentary food pairing. This week, we’re sharing our top five pairings for that bottle of red you’ve been saving for a special occasion. 1. Red burgundy Consider the weight and […]

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Weekend Recipe: Mojito

Although mojitos appear on drinks menus across the country, they can often be badly  made. Channel your inner bartender and avoid a disappointing mojito by recreating them at home with these tips from drinks expert Dave Broom. GET YOUR MOJITO WORKING Use the right glass. It’s a refreshing slinger of a drink, not a pint. Go […]

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Top 5 rums to pair with coconut water

Coconut water is the perfect partner in crime for rum. The combination of subtle sweetness, savoury edge, and firm nuttiness gives it a complexity that can elevate your rum. In Rum the Manual, Dave Broom shares his top five rum and coconut water pairings. LA HECHICERA 40% ABV This rum is complex, and while oak-driven, […]

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Handpicked: Coffee Shop Tour

To celebrate International Coffee Day next Friday, we’ve rounded up our top five coffee spots in London. Espresso yourself in a different one everyday next week and let us know what you think and drink on Twitter @octopus_books. Start your Monday in Allpress Espresso Bar on Redchurch Street. In an area famous for pop ups […]

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Beers that speak of the British ale revival

The UK is unusual in the world of beer for having had not one but two ale revolutions in the past 40 years.  First there was the saving of cask-conditioned or ‘real’ ale by CAMRA and now there is the re-discovery and revival of far older styles from Britain and the rest of the world […]

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Top Five Benefits of Tea

        Whether you like yours green, black, or milky, there’s nothing better than a decent cup of tea. This week, we’re sharing five benefits of drinking tea every day. So go on, what are you waiting for, pop the kettle on and have a look. Tea can complement and improve the flavour […]

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