Photo of
April 21, 2009

Anyone else for a Tom Collins? I for one am delighted to see that gin is making a comeback. The spirit has finally banished it’s tawdry image of being Mother’s Little Helper, and is the staple ingredient of many classic and modern cocktails being served in trendy bars. The Telegraph website have a helpful article highlighting the benefits of using a good quality gin as the base for your cocktails, and you can also find many good gin-based recipes here.

If you feel that you need a hand shaking things up and perfecting your tipples, why not try one of Bar Soba’s cocktail masterclasses? April’s main ingredients feature Havana Club, Beefeater Gin and Chivas Regal, and you can book your masterclass with meal on

I can’t wait for the weather to get that little bit warmer so I can justify sitting outside with my favourite gin cocktail – the Bramble. I can almost taste the summer just thinking about it!