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Apr 24, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

You have tempted me now...to both drink & crumble!

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Excellent. As you know, my ole mum used to love it. But she would only drink it with Plymouth Gin. In her opinion ( and mine tbf) the best gin. Botanicals in PH gin are very different to other gins. Takes away some of the sweetness!

Enjoying your Sunday Guy. 👍🏽

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Apr 24, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

Cheers! 'twas your brother's birthday too and thank goodness he wasn't born by C-section on the 20th April, the day before as we know whose birthday that was!! Your father asked a few minutes ago should we have some rhubarb for our lunch and why not though it will be needing some rain or it will go all woody as last year. Dubonnet - never tasted it. The old Bombay gin - yes... one of your maiden aunts born 1889, died 1986, had gin & T every day and in her later years this brand every day and smoked too. Maiden aunt because like tens of thousands of others their future husbands died in the Great War. She was a Land Girl in this war and not sure what she did for the rest of her life other than she had an long affair with a married man and may have worked in a Hull department store's ladies section. She lived with her family in whatever houses they had and carped about having to help with housework though in her latter years only rose at about 11 a.m. after breakfast brought to her in bed, in those days families looked after their own for as long as possible and only her last weeks were in hospital. Virginia Nicholson wrote an excellent book 2007 'Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War' about all the thousands of maiden aunts and how remarkable and brave many were. Now to go and pick some rhubarb!

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Omg

I shall try but I’m sure I’ve tried dubbonet before & thought it horrid. Crumble ? Dubonnet? You dirty b*****d ( aka phoenix nights!)

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Then by the size of that dish, you have enough fir a while. They are missing a treat.

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Apr 24, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

It's an interesting cocktail for how it sits in the middle of the range and a move in any direction gives you a new drink. Dubonnet is a vermouth in all but name so this is a weak version of the 70s "Gin and It". Swap out half the vermouth for Campari and you have the oh-so-2010s Negroni. Swap the gin for bourbon and it's the cherry ripeness of the Manhattan. Dial up the gin to get to the Martinez. Go further and dry it up and you have the Martini. Add lemon syrup and soda for a gin Sling and then chuck out the Dubonnet for a Tom Collins.

I think a few drops of orange Angostura bitters would add something to the base gin + Dubonnet.

In terms of gin, I think you want the citrus and juniper in a gin to shine through the vermouth so Tanqueray 10, Tanqueray, No3 or even just a straight forward Beefeater. Plymouth I've always found too punchy neat (although not as much as Martin Miller), but might calm down with a good slug of Dubonnet and plenty of ice.

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Apr 24, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

Apparently Prince Phillip favoured a can Boddingtons, which I find hard to believe. And not because it’s an awful beverage.

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Apr 24, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

The crumble is very 1980s :-)

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Apr 24, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

Years ago I was persuaded to try a gin and martini rosso (miles too sweet...) but eventually found solace in a gin and campari...double gin single campari plenty of ice / lemon and a tonic for the lightweights...Adds a welcome bitterness..

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Apr 25, 2022Liked by Guy Walters

I’ll pass on the rhubarb crumble. Satan in dish.

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