When you think gin, do you think English? British gin, and specifically English gin, has an evocative backstory that involves the clash of classes, the impact of technology, the adventure on the high seas and so on. Here’s a quick overview of the long and often tempestuous history of English gin.
Well done! At last, you’ve made it to the end of Dry January, and you’re feeling so much better for it. With any luck, you saved a bit of money and lost a few pounds, as well as gaining that slightly smug air of satisfaction at proving you could go without for a whole month. Or not. Or perhaps you didn’t quite get this far, and your resolutions were overturned before the Christmas tree was even dismantled. Either way, it’s okay. Let’s make February a time to celebrate anyway, as we go back to business as usual but with brand new motivation for the year ahead, in our drinking as well as in the rest of life.
Beer comes in all different types, and we don't usually stop to pay much attention to what goes into the making of the drink. However, we can definitely tell when we like one beer over another, and that's the point we might want to know what goes into our beer. So let's have a look at the main ingredients.
There's little to beat a crisp white wine at just the right moment. Whether you're looking for something light and breezy to drink on a spring lunchtime picnic, or a typical drink to accompany the fish or pasta dish at your upcoming dinner party, white wine is a firm favourite for socialising as well as a classic at the table. Here we'll take a look at some of the best white wines England has to offer, all available here at the Real English Drinks House. We think you'll want to stock up and give them all a try!
British beers come in many different styles and brands, but if you’re looking for the best, you can trust Redh to bring you the most worthy contenders. We pride ourselves on stocking only the sour beers we believe in and are happy to recommend to the most discerning sour beer drinkers. So here, in no particular order, is a range of the very best sour beers the UK has to offer, as well as one from slightly further afield!
Gin is the perfect versatile and social drink for experimenting with tastes and mixers, especially during the festive season. So many flavours and garnishes beyond the basic tonic lend themselves to creating all kinds of delicious blends. Here are just a few of our favourite craft gin mixers for you try whether you’re in the party mood, or planning a quiet night in with friends.
It’s that time again where we continue our journey profiling the UK producers of some of the favourite quality drinks that we always keep in stock, here at Redh. And this time, we’re turning south to the Isle of Wight to get to know a little bit more about the makers of the very popular Mermaid Gin.
So let’s talk about fruit cider because we reckon there is no time of year when sweet fruit cider isn’t an excellent choice as a beverage. Yes, ok, during the summer there’s that fresh, crisp seasonal appeal, and of course, it’s the stuff of picnics and the English countryside, and social events where you throw wellies and buy jam and so on. But don’t forget British fruit ciders are also perfect in the autumn and winter months. Just listen to the varieties we think you'll want to serve at your Christmas and New Year parties.
Juniper! is the obvious pub quiz response. And of course, that’s correct. Juniper is definitely the main thing, but there’s plenty more you need to know about the gin-making process before you can really say you know about gin. How is gin made? How long does gin-making take? How are the different varieties affected by the locality in which it’s made? What makes top-quality gin, and is price a factor in which is the best?
There are so many types of gin, you could be forgiven for not having tried them all. But what makes gin such a versatile mixer in the cocktail world comes down to its compatibility with so many other flavours and aromas. It’s the ideal match for most flavours, and with some experimentation, you can find the perfect way to drink your gin. Let’s have a look at the different types you can choose between.