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Friday, 30 September 2016

London Cocktail Week - Cobalt Grapefruit Margarita, K West

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends - we're back today with another cocktail to celebrate London Cocktail Week!

With award-winning bars and trendy hotels throwing open their doors to show off their most impressive tipples, Rock ‘n’ roll hotel K West has joined in the fiesta with its new Margarita, created especially for the week-long cocktail carnival.  

The brand new concoction, Cobalt Grapefruit Margarita, consists of Pisco, triple sec, blue curaƧao, lemon juice and pink grapefruit juice. The drink is finished with a garnish of a white and red salt rim and a pink grapefruit wedge. 

The Cobalt Grapefruit Margaritas are available for £11.95 each.

The cocktail can be enjoyed in the hotel’s stylish Studio Bar area whilst listening to the in-house DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, head to Studio Kitchen on the mezzanine floor which boasts an urban New York vibe.

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Thursday, 29 September 2016

London Cocktail Week - Tennessee Honey Tea, Lancaster London

Hello there,

Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends! We hope you're having a sweet day!

With London Cocktail Week stirring up a storm in the capital from 3 to 9 October 2016, Lancaster London has created an exclusive honey-infused cocktail to celebrate the occasion. 

The brand new concoction, Tennessee Honey Tea, features a mouth-watering fusion of Jack Daniel’s Honey, homemade cinnamon schnapps, unsweetened tea, Triple Sec and ginger beer. Lancaster London has taken advantage of its very own rooftop bees to create the homemade schnapps for the brand new cocktail.

Tennessee Honey Tea - Lancaster London - London Cocktail Week 2016

The Tennessee Honey Teas are available for £9.50 each.

The cocktail can be enjoyed in the hotel’s ground floor restaurant, Island Grill or the hotel’s first floor Lounge Bar.  

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Let's Celebrate Cocktail Week.....with a coffee or two!

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Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends! Did you know that International Coffee Day is this week? Neither did we! It's no secret that Lorna and I are partial to the odd cup of coffee as well as the gallons of tea we enjoy....we also love a cocktail or two. Today's post combines two of our favourite beverages....

In honour of Cocktail Week and International Coffee Day on 1st October, the bars within Jason Atherton’s The Social Company are teaming up with Mr Black to create a range of cocktails featuring the Australian distillery’s coffee liqueur to be available from 26th September until 1st October.

Cold-extracted at 23 degrees, Mr Black’s coffee liqueur packs a punch of coffee flavour, providing the perfect base for a range of cocktails all displaying The Social Company’s signature playful and creative cocktails.

The Geisha at 7 Tales

Located downstairs at Japanese restaurant, Sosharu, downtown Tokyo inspired bar, 7 Tales, will be offering a particularly exclusive cocktail to mark International Coffee Week. The jewel in the crown of Mr Black’s collection, the Panama Geisha is a prize winning and limited edition coffee liqueur, with only 289 bottles available worldwide. With the Geisha an iconic character within Japanese culture, the coffee liqueur is a natural fit for 7 Tales’ Japanese-inspired menu and will be blended with 1999 Nikka coffey grain from the bar’s extensive collection of whiskies. Served in an elegant coupette glass and garnished with a stencil of the quintessential Japanese cultural figure, ‘The Geisha’ features a banana, apricot and sesame foam to create a subtle tropical flavour that pairs perfectly with the coffee liqueur and the 1999 Nikka coffey grain, presenting a modern interpretation of an espresso martini. Priced at £50 per glass, reflecting the exclusive nature of the ingredients used, ‘The Geisha’ will be London’s most luxurious tribute to this year’s International Coffee Day.

Hard Wired Cherry Cola at The Blind Pig

In celebration of International Coffee Day, guests at Jason Atherton’s speakeasy-style bar, The Blind Pig, can enjoy the specially created Hard Wired Cherry Cola. With a blend of Mr Black coffee liqueur, Cherry Heering, a cherry flavoured-brandy, a dash of Fernet Branca digestif and a topping of cherry cola, and finished with a cherry and lemon twist garnish, the cocktail offers guests a grown up interpretation of the classic childhood fizzy drink.

Coff’ Medicine at Pollen Street Social

This International Coffee Day, the bar at Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social will be serving Coff’ Medicine, created by Group Bar Executive, Jamie Jones. Using Mr Black coffee liqueur as the base, Coff’ Medicine is a heady mix of mescal, Campari and chilli and chocolate bitters, to complement the coffee undertones. Garnished with an orange twist and prescription garnish, Coff’ Medicine is just what the doctor ordered.

Black to the Future at City Social

To celebrate this year’s Coffee Day, guests at the bar at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred City Social can enjoy Black to the Future. A futuristic take on an espresso martini, instead of coffee, the bar team will be blending Mr Black coffee liqueur with Aylesbury Duck vodka and dash of soy sauce to create a cocktail more akin to a dirty vodka martini. In a nod to the cocktail’s movie namesake, Black to the Future will also be garnished with an OUTATIME number plate, for a cocktail that plays with visuals as well as flavours.

I don't know about you, but I love the sound of the Hard Wired Cherry Cola!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

It's nearly London Cocktail Week!

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Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends!

Today we're taking a little look at London Cocktail Week - well you know us, we love a great cocktail as well as a piece of cake! London Cocktail Week is the biggest, most vibrant celebration of our capital’s fantastic cocktail scene. Now in it's seventh year, London Cocktail Week takes place from  3 - 9 October 2016. 
If you take a look at their website, you'll see that there is plenty going on in London to celebrate! From masterclasses, tutored tastings and supper clubs to meet the maker evenings, parties and pop-ups- something for every cocktail lover out there!

As well as individual events at different locations there will also be a village of pop-up cocktail bars, experiences and food vendors Old Spitalfields Market. The village is holding different sessions throughout the week, which you need a pass to enter. For more details pop by the website.

In addition to all this, various London Cocktail Week partners are offering all kinds of cocktail offers throughout the week! Partners have put together special cocktails and Sip and Snack offers including:

MEATliquor W1
SIP : Irish Latte Shake - Kahlua coffee liqueur & Jameson Irish whiskey milkshake
SNACK : Monkey Fingers - Battered fillets of marinated chicken breast slathered in house made hot pepper sauce, with blue cheese dip.

£6.50 - Offer available during all usual opening hours.

STK at ME London Hotel
SIP : STK London's Bourbon - Bulleit bourbon, Martini Bianco vermouth, melon syrup, agave syrup and Peyhaud’s bitters.
SNACK : The BRG - Wagyu beef with special sauce and a sesame seed bun.

£8.50 - Offer available Mon-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm.

Dishroom Carnaby
SIP : East India Gimlet - Portobello Road gin, Rose’s lime cordial and celery bitters.
SNACK : Okra Fries - Fine lady's fingers for the fingers.

£10 - Offer available Mon- Fri Midday-6pm.

These are just some of the fab offers avaliable during London Cocktail Week - for more pop by their website! Over the next couple of days we're also going to be sharing with you some of the fab cocktails that have been created especially for London Cocktail Week - so watch this space!

If you enjoy a cocktail during London Cocktail Week 2016 we'd love to hear all about it!

Thank you for popping by today,
Rachel & Lorna

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Sunday Scone Review - M&S Devon Scones

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Happy Sunday! Welcome back to Tea With Me and Friends and our regular scone review blog post!

This week we've been sampling scones from the M&S range.....

Devon scones from M&S

These scones are enriched with buttermilk and clotted cream- the packaging even states "just add jam".....but me being me....well I didn't see that instruction and bought myself some M&S clotted cream too!

Let's talk about the cream first, which is Cornish Clotted Cream. It's quite unusual to find own brand clotted cream in supermarkets, so I was intrigued to try this one out. To be honest I was a little disappointed as this cream had the consistency of butter and was really hard to spread. 

The scones were also slightly disappointing in appearance, as they looked rather flat.

At this stage I still hadn't seen the "just add jam" notice and ploughed ahead with a layer of clotted cream and a dollop of strawberry jam on top....

Devon scones from M&S

The scones held the cream and jam well, but the flavour was also disappointing - they really tasted mass produced. Even worse than this.....the scones were claggy in texture.

It was at this point that I saw the "just add jam" bit on the side of the packaging....so I decided to try the scones this way....layering jam onto the scone minus the cream (which felt very odd indeed!).

Devon scones from M&S

This time the scone was a bit easier to eat, being slightly less claggy in texture. But I was still not particularly impressed with these scones.

I can't remember exactly how much I paid for these, I think it was about £1.50 for four scones (there is a red sticker on the packet offering me two bakery products for £2.50). This makes them the same price as the other "posh" scones we have tried so far - but they are definitely not my favourite. In fact I think I'll give these scones 1 star out of 5 (because they held the toppings well).

I also noted these scones didn't last so well at home.

Pop back next week to see which other scones we've tried at home!

Thank you for popping by today,