The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: drinks

Top of the hops: 10 of Somerset’s best bottled craft beers

13 Feb 2017

Now Somerset, with its mellow, rainy, mild climate is famous (and justly so) for its cider orchards, and it may be that, like me, you’ve been too busy knocking back prosecco to explore the vibrant crop of hand-made, small-batch, craft beers that our breweries are producing. So over the past week, I decided to discover just what I’ve been missing out on (hic)…

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November’s cocktail: marmalade fizz

19 Nov 2016

Hey, we’re not only getting recipes from Somerset’s top mixologist, we’re also getting a whet-your-whistlestop tour of the history of cocktail. This month Jake’s giving us his twist on the classic ‘Ramos gin fizz’ invented by Harry Ramos in 1888 at his bar in New Orleans. Legend has it that the drink was so popular in its prime that bars used to employ up to 20 bartenders to keep up with the demand.

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Cocktail of the month: The hung, drawn and quartered

22 Oct 2016

With Halloween in mind, October’s recipe from Muddy’s resident mixologist Jake Merrick-Wren of The Wren’s Nest, is the gruesomely named but delicious Hung, Drawn & Quartered. Or should that be ‘hanged’? I’ve no idea, you tell me.

This macabre tipple has been inspired by the infamous Bloody Assizes of 1685, in which Judge Jeffreys tried hundreds of people at Taunton Castle for supporting the Monmouth Rebellion against the King James II.

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Cocktail of the month: The Quantock Bramble

26 Sep 2016

Aren’t I good to you? Muddy’s only gone and teamed up with mixologist Jake Merrick-Wren from bespoke bartending service The Wren’s Nest to bring you the recipe for a new cocktail or deliciously boozy drink every month. And with the hedgerows popping with juicy blackberries at this time of year, what better concoction to kick off with than The Quantock Bramble?

This is a Somerset-inspired tribute to legendary Soho bartender Dick Bradsell’s classic cocktail, The Bramble, which he created at Fred’s Club back in the 1980s.

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