The week in pictures
This week in the world of drinks: Stanley Tucci and Ago Perrone from the Connaught Bar create a Tanqueray No. Ten martini, Snoop Dogg presents a 4th of July cocktail recipe, and the results are announced for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2021.
Two industry icons, Hollywood actor Stanley Tucci and Ago Perrone from the legendary Connaught Bar, collaborated recently to create a Tanqueray No. Ten martini. Check out the image of the pair below as well as a video of them both in action.
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Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg presents a 4th of July gin cocktail recipe using his very own brand of gin, Indoggo. The recipe comprises:
2 OZ INDOGGO
5 OZ TONIC WATER
1 OZ GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
GARNISH: GRAPEFRUIT SLICE | PEPPERCORNS | CITRUS PEELS | JUNIPER BERRIES
IN A TONIC GLASS WITH ICE ADD INDOGGO® AND GRAPEFRUIT JUICE. ADD PEPPERCORNS, CITRUS PEELS AND JUNIPER BERRIES. TOP WITH TONIC WATER. GARNISH WITH A FRESH GRAPEFRUIT SLICE.
The results of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2021 have been announced, with an increase in entries this year of 30%, making 2021 the twelfth consecutive year of record submissions for the prestigious competition.
UBC Co-Founder and Judging Director F. Paul Pacult, said: “Aside from being by far the largest USC ever, this year’s Challenge was likewise the most global, with an impressive array of quality distillates from places as far away from New York as China, Croatia, and Chile. Virtually all categories saw healthy gains in submissions, most notably gin, Ready-to-Drink cocktails, hard seltzers, craft spirits, mezcal, rum, and all whiskey and brandy categories.
“Since producers enter their top-shelf marques into USC, it’s clear that they look to us for the most accurate and unbiased data in the industry. We already look forward to USC 2022!”
Douglas Laing has unveiled Scallywag Chocolate Edition ahead of World Chocolate Day (Wednesday 7th July). The release boasts 100% Sherry matured Single Cask Single Malts only from Speyside, with casks selected for their “cocoa-rich tasting notes”.
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We were lucky enough to be invited to Annabel’s this week to a Birley Wine Club dinner celebrating the wines of Burgundy producer Clos des Lambrays, a prized 8.6-hectare estate of clay and limestone-rich soils in the Côtes de Nuits.
Presented by wine writer Victoria Moore, head of wine for The Birley Club Clément Robert, and restaurateur Gearoid Devaney, the evening began in style with Krug, crispy langoustine canapés and live music from this stylish duo.
Bought by luxury goods giant LVMH in 2014, from 2019 Clos des Lambrays has been committed to organic viticulture, with the view to eventually becoming biodynamic. The dinner continued with the estate’s Puligny-Montrachet, which paired a treat with a divine Moroccan lobster dish with quinoa and apple.
To follow was a dish of veal, peas and goat’s cheese tortellini paired with the estate’s Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru Les Loups 2015.
The main event was grilled turbot with girolles and gnocci paired with two vintages of Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru – 2008 and 1990. While both wines were a joy to drink, the 2008 had the edge, with its notes of dried roses and wet autumn leaves. At the start of the dinner Victoria Moore told attendees that the wines of Clos des Lambrays are so exquisite that they are capable of making grown men cry.
The dinner ended on a sweet note with Yquem 2009, theatrically poured from Grecian decanters and paired with a delicious apricot arlette. For our first wine dinner post lockdown, Annabel’s has certainly set the bar high…