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May Your Days be Merry & Bright …

I was invited to learn how to make cocktails at the Cavendish Hotel, just off Piccadilly, round the corner from its sister hotel, the world-famous Ritz in the heart of luxury London.  The hotel was previously owned by Rosa Lewis, the renowned ‘Duchess of Duke St” and her spirit would have loved the fun we had trying to come up with a Christmas cocktail.

Gabor & Warryn the Cocktail Kings

Head Barman Gabor, one of Hungary’s top cocktail professionals, shared the secrets of how it should be done and then we (fellow bloggers from the world of food & drink) split into two teams to create our very own Christmas special.  I’m delighted to say that our team came up with the winning drink. The main ingredient was Bloom Gin – apparently an aromatic combination of natural botanicals of chamomile, pomelo and honeysuckle.  I think the winning touch was the twist of lime and red berries on the top!

Christmas cocktails

After that fun we sat down in Petrichor, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, for a delicious meal.  The dining room overlooks one of my favourite shops in all London, Fortnum & Mason’s fab food emporium.  They are also famous for their Christmas window displays -and this year’s burlesque theme was fun, frivolous and very festive.

Fortnum & Mason window

The following day I window-shopped till I dropped.  There are three famous Shopping Arcades in Mayfair: Piccadilly, Princes and Burlington & and I gazed in envy and lust at all the fabulous items on sale in them all.  What I loved most were the decorations – and for just looking there was not cost involved whatsoever!  In Fortum & Mason I found some tasty treats to take back home for the Christmas stockings and revelled in the magical atmosphere of luxury and indulgence. 

Fortnum & Mason Christmas

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas & Quirkilicious New Year …

“Christmas isn’t just a day: it’s a frame of mind …” Kris Kringle