Recently we’ve been reading Ruth Bourdain’s memoir, Comfort Me With Offal, and she aptly points out that restaurant writers too often insert lines from popular hip-hop songs to “enliven any restaurant review.”
We’ve often been accused of doing the exact same thing. So here is our solemn vow: if we can make it through this story about Heston Blumenthal designing a line of tea-flavored gin for the British chain Waitrose, and not mention the song “Gin and Juice” by Snoop
Dogg Lion, we’ll be proud of our accomplishment.
Ahem. Famous Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal recently announced the newest addition to the product line he’s designed for British gourmet supermarket Waitrose, which will be a high-end lemon gin with infused Earl Grey Tea.
Waitrose’s gin sales shot up by 13% in the past year, due largely to the sudden proliferation of underground gin bars and a renewed interest in lesser craft brands. (Random question: What do they call “hipsters” in England?) The Daily Mail noted that Earl Grey is Blumenthal’s favorite tea, and infusing it in gin seemed like a natural next step.
To drink it, Blumenthal says that “since we’ve packed so many flavours into this wonderful gin, all you need to do is add a splash of tonic and a slice of lemon to make a classic British tipple.” It’s the perfect beverage for a lazy afternoon, strollin’ down the lane, smoking duck breasts, sippin’ on gin and tea.
DANG IT WE LOST.
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