Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Gin O'Clock #5

I am a bad bad blogger. I’m not even sure I qualify as a blogger anymore.  Lets blame a technology crisis (the areas on either side of a mouse pad are not crisp bowls*)

Anyway, thanks to a well timed birthday laptop and a four month late BT broadband connection- I’m back in business.

While I do plan to stay true to my first loves of gin and handbags, I am considering branching out – although more on my latest boozorial** acquisitions shortly.

I have been inspired to resusictate the blog mostly thanks to the upcoming South West Blogger Event taking place this Saturday in Exeter.  It’s a pretty good start that the venue is one of my favorite bars, the Oddfellows, but throw in a bunch of talks from blogging experts and a goodie bag to die for – hopefully all over a couple of Tom Collins cocktails and you have yourself all the makings of a decent Gin & Handbags day out!

Now to return to terra firma- as I mentioned earlier t’was indeed my birthday recently. Not that I need an excuse, but I decided to enhance my summer bag collection and went for this gorgeous Barbara Wiggins number from Lorna Ruby.

I love the papery, leaf like quality of the bag- and the fact that it’s as attractive from the front as it is from the back. I’m also quite impressed with the restraint I demonstrated in not going for one in every colour…

The same can not be said for my compulsive purchasing of hipanema bracelets, but then how is one meant to decide between red and pink? They also look conveniently homemade enough that the people in my life who care about my bank balance will never know the truth - laughs evilly.

On the gin front, the latest addition is Monkey 47- I would go out on a limb and say that the bottle is even more attractive than Hendricks’s, I am a big fan of the apothecary- style. It also boasts a recipe of 47 botanicals (of which I could perhaps recognise three) and at 47% proof it is the strongest of my collection.  More eye watering still it comes with a £42 price tag. You can tell I’m a fan. 

Maybe try before you buy at the Oddfellows...

*Do crisp bowls that attach to either side of laptop mouse pads already exist? If not, I’m on it.

**Boozorial- portmanteau of booze and sartorial and the best combination ever, period.

This Gin O'Clock was brought to you by ...

Tom Collins


  • 1 1/2 ounces Monkey 47 
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce syrup
  • soda
  • A maraschino cherry
  • Lemon slice for garnish

when I drink it I feel like this...