The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: recipes

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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Muddy makes: asparagus and goat’s cheese tarts

2 May 2016

The asparagus season is upon us – hurrah!  I used to rent a house with a fancy circular garden and an established asparagus bed, so I’d gorge myself silly on the stuff for weeks (you can have too much of a good thing it turns out). Now in my own place, I’ve got an overgrown veg patch with just one unidentified oversized cabbagey thing and some leftover tomato plants, so I’ll be buying big, cheap bags of asparagus odds and sods (short ones, thin ones, fat ones) from New Cross Fruit Farm just outside South Petherton. 

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