Drinking with the Pack – Family of Hounds Gin No.1

It was only four years ago when the ‘family’ of Family of Hounds tried their first G&T in the countryside in the UK. Needless to say, they fell in love with this quintessentially British drink and made it their mission to test several gins to experience the different flavours and botanicals. They learned what they […]

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Make Mine a Negroni

I can’t get enough of this brightly coloured bitter cocktail, made with equal parts of Campari, sweet vermouth and gin. Thankfully, Negroni Week is about to start, which is the perfect excuse for you all to reacquaint yourselves with this exquisite drink – or indeed be bold enough to try one for the first time! […]

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Amaro and other Italian Bitters – Part 2

Before we look into Italian bitters, let’s recap a little. In part 1 we explored Italian Amari. Amaro is a bittersweet herbal liqueur which is especially popular in Italy. It is mainly served neat as an after-dinner drink, allegedly because of its medicinal benefits. Amaro means bitter, but Italians do not use the word amaro […]

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Amaro and other Italian Bitters – Part 1

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time in Italy, so what better reason to write about Amaro and other bitter liqueurs Italians love to drink? You may be familiar with Italian aperitivo culture, where most drinks (including cocktails) are made with bitters such as Campari or Aperol. Digestifs, on the other hand, are mainly served neat or on the rocks and are more intense in flavour.

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All-natural Amaretto you Must try!!

Distillery Bepi Tosolini, considered one of Italy’s best grappa distillers, has created a selection of tasty, all-natural liqueurs, anything from coffee to liquorice to strawberry and this beautiful Amaretto. Ingredients are sourced mainly locally in Friuli or nearby. Distillery Bepi Tosolini started as a grappa distillery in 1943, but over the years they have extended […]

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Bepi Tosolini – For the Love of Grappa and Family

After my first experiences in 2015 I had a chance to visit another grappa distillery in the heart of the Friulian foothills – the distillery Bepi Tosolini. Since the first trip in this region my interest increased further towards the production of grappa, which takes place in such a short, intense window each year. Grappa is such a […]

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Ciao! Greetings from Italy – Malfy Gin

As soon as I see a bottle of Malfy Gin I instantly start dreaming of the perfect Italian holiday: sunshine, colourful buildings, gelatos, flowers and lemon trees. In fact, the turquoise colour on the Malfy bottle actually represents the Mediterranean Sea, and the bright yellow, the beautiful Italian lemon trees. Not many people are aware […]

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Sanremo: Aperitivos and Seaside Cycling

Last month I visited the Italian Riviera and I was very much looking forward to it as I’m a massive fan of Italy. Truth be told, the Riviera left me slightly disappointed. I felt some of the Italian charm was missing and I also felt it was very overpriced; you just didn’t get value for […]

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Tips for Drinking Around the World

Sharing a few drinks is a great way to get to know people as it can help to break down the language barriers or just calm the nerves when you first set foot in a new country. However, as easily as you can make friends, you can make enemies when it comes to drinking etiquette […]

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