Baileys Prize and Cocktails 2016

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates the best fiction written by women, read by everyone. The shortlist of books for the 2016 Prize is as follows, and you can find out more about all the featured books here:

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Cocktails In The City 2016

Last weekend in the beautiful listed building One Mayfair, Cocktails in the City returned to London. After the massive success of last year’s summer event in Bedford Square Gardens, I was very intrigued to see how the event would transfer to an indoor event.
Bigger and better than ever, this year’s event has moved to an international scale, as the bars featured included venues from Paris and Amsterdam.
Over 20 bars and even more cocktails were available over the evening, and the theme seemed to be evocative, original and creative collaborations, far beyond what you would find in a standard bar.

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Licor 43 Workshop – Adventures in Chinatown!

Now, I’m a big fan of Licor 43, but a lot of people haven’t really come across it before. Licor 43 is a Spanish liqueur, named for the 43 different ingredients it contains. It is has a lovely amber-honey colour to it, and the stickiness of pour you would expect from a liqueur. It is an enjoyable sipper all on its own, and this is how we started in the workshop. It is the best way to discover a liqueur, and understand which other flavours it will pair with.

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My Top 3 – Cocktails in the City

We had such a fun experience at Cocktails in the City´╗┐, the only problem was we were not there long enough to try them all!
Every stall had such friendly and knowledgeable bartenders, who had a real passion for the work they do. However, after much exploring, chatting and tasting of their wares, I managed to choose three cocktails to sample. They were all delicious in their own way, and I would visit all of the bars in question. So, in the order I sampled them, my three recommendations are as follows:

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Cocktails in the City – London

Last Sunday I spent a fantastic afternoon at Cocktails in the City´╗┐, an outdoor festival of cocktails in beautiful Bedford Square Gardens. Somehow, in quite a small area, they had created an alternative world, far from the hustle and bustle of London. 25 of the best bars from the city were hosting, paired with quality spirit brands. The best bartenders in town were creating speciality cocktails that showcased bar and spirit to perfection. It was also a lovely sunny day, which helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. As well as the bar stands, there was a tent for cocktail talks and presentations, food stalls, and a host of garden games, such as croquet and boules, to entertain the crowds.

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