For years going out for a cocktail meant a cheesy bar and a badly-made Sex On The Beach, Long Island Iced Tea, or Carrie’s favourite, a Cosmopolitan. Sweet, sickly, not nice. Then cocktails went through a Heston Blumenthal-esque phase – if you weren’t seen at some painfully-trendy pop-up bar ordering something with dry ice that glowed in the dark you were, quite frankly, so ‘last century’.
But done well, great cocktails are an instant way of breaking the ice when having friends round. Which is why we were very happy to hear of Jamie Oliver’s latest new venture, Drinks Tube. Jamie is teaming up with the people at Barcardi to put the fun back into cocktails – and with summer fast approaching this is very good timing we think. From Manhattans to Mint juleps and Daiquiris, each week Jamie and co (including award-winning mixologists Camille Vidal and Simone Caporale, pictured below) will be demonstrating how to make a series of classic drinks. And you don’t have to stock up on a job-lot of cocktail umbrellas or buy a bar shaped like a ship to make them (although of course if you do feel the urge, we're not stopping you!)
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And Drinks Tube won’t be all about cocktails either. We’ll be checking it out for quick, fun snippets to help steer us through the (sometimes mystifying) world of wine and beer, courtesy of girls such as Sarah Warman and Amelia Singer. In the video below Amelia explains the difference between Cava, Prosecco and Champagne. She says; ‘Prosecco is the Ryan Gosling of bubbles – fun, fruity and young’; ‘Cava is like Colin Farrell - easy on the eye but something else going on there and you definitely don’t want to take him home to your parents!’ And Champagne? ‘It’s like Christian Bale. Sleek, together, structured, refined, yet complex - he could have a freak out at any second.’ Nicely put Amelia!
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