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Hoxton Gin and Bottomless Brunches: Gerry Calabrese’s Genius

SEEN has been very heartened by how Londoners – citizen and visitor alike – have embraced gin as their drink of choice. Indeed the summer has been awash with this most excellent beverage (so emblematic of London), and autumn shows no sign of letting up. Thus it is that Gerry Calabrese, famed mixologist and owner of the excellent Wringer and Mangle, has concocted some delightful recipes.

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SEEN has been very heartened by how Londoners – citizen and visitor alike – have embraced gin as their drink of choice. Indeed the summer has been awash with this most excellent beverage (so emblematic of London), and autumn shows no sign of letting up. Thus it is that Gerry Calabrese, famed mixologist and owner of the excellent Wringer and Mangle, has concocted some delightful recipes:

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GRAPEFRUIT MARTINI
5 – 7 mint leaves
50ml Grapefruit Juice
25ml Elderflower Cordial
Shake and Fine Strain
Straight Up
Garnish – Grapefruit Twist

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HOXTON COOLER
10ml Lemon
15ml Sugar
10ml Aperol
3 Grapes
20ml Sauvignon Blanc
30ml Hoxton
Muddle, Shake, Strain
Cubed Ice
Garnish – Lemon Wedge, Grape , Mint Sprig, Short Straw

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MEXICAN ELBOW
3 Basil Leave
Pinch Of Black Pepper
15ml Lemon
15ml Sugar
20ml Chambord
25ml Tequila (100% agave)
25ml Hoxton
Muddle, shake and fine strain
Straight Up
Garnish – Basil leaf

Make SEEN’s a Mexican Elbow. If you didn’t know, Hoxton Gin boasts an exotic yet eclectic set of ingredients: Coconut,m grapefruit, Juniper, Iris, Tarragon and Ginger, all natural and ethically sourced. At 40% proof, Hoxton Gin promises something of a smoother kick than it had previously, all the better to mix with tonic or ginger ale, or even to drink on its own. Available through Tesco, Harrods and Gerry’s, Soho.

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Buzzing restaurant and club venue Wringer and Mangle has launched Bottomless Brunches: Spicy Sweet Potato and Sweetcorn Hash with Poached Egg? SEEN would love some, thanks. Committed carnivores will go for a proper Wringer and Mangle full English breakfast with maple syrup-cured bacon, Cumberland sausages, eggs how you like them, black pudding and home-made baked beans. The drinks are also bottomless when you choose an item from the brunch menu (or a roast from the Sunday menu). So, for a very reasonable £15 you can see your day(s) of rest ahead, in fine gastronomic style. You can always walk it off in nearby London Fields.

wringerandmangle.com

Wringer and Mangle Bar & Restaurant
13-18 Sidworth Street
Hackney
London
E8 3SD
0203 457 7285

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Oh to be at Camino Bankside Now that Summer is Here

With temperatures set to soar as though it was 1976 (SEEN remembers sweltering through that), your best bet is to get anywhere by the river Thames, where the views are gobsmacking, and the food is fabulous. Like last year, London is awash with marvellous gins – and let’s remind ourselves, if you drink gin you are partaking in a resonant and historical pastime that is inextricably linked to London’s rich, vibrant and – dare we say it – dark past.

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Kieren Hughes: Urban Dreamscape

SEEN was instantly captivated by the work of the Cheltenham-born artist Kieren Hughes recently. His unsettling images seem born of modern-day anxieties about urban living, as in Chicago Fever Dream or the privileges accrued by a rich elite, as in The Last Privilege of an Oil Man.