May at mmm… and glug…

May is the month of flowers (and indeed flours) and time to look forward to the coming of summer!

To help bring on the sunshine we share some great recipes and invite you to join us in store for some tasty events.

hepple-packshotSupplier of the month: Hepple Gin

We invite you to come and meet Northumberland-based distillers Hepple Gin at mmm… this Saturday (14 May) from 1pm.

Hepple have just won Gold at the drink’s ‘Oscars’ – the 2016 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

Hepple go beyond traditional distillation with an innovative three-stage process to reveal botanicals at their most vital.

In season

Bagna Cauda 033A fleeting treat, British asparagus is in season from the end April to mid June.

Freshly picked asparagus is traditionally matched with hollandaise sauce.

But, for a little twist on the traditional try our Bagna Cauda with British Asparagus. 

Moz’s Bagna Cauda – a mmm… recipe

She Devil BBQ sauceRecipe of the month – ‘She Devil’ BBQ sauce

Create a delicious sauce to pep up your barbecues with a bit of a spicy kick.

You can also pour over ribs, sausages or chicken wings just before they’re finished cooking for a nice spicy glaze!

Moz’s ‘She Devil’ BBQ Sauce – a mmm… recipe

Coming up in May….

  • Hepple Gin meet the distiller: this Saturday (14 May)
  • Rose’ wines in-store tasting: Saturday, 21 May
  • Bim’s Kitchen meet the supplier: Saturday, 4 June.

And finally, Real Bread Week runs from 14 to 21 May and whether you are a seasoned bread baker or a first timer we have a wide range of great flours.

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Poetic License at glug…

Here’s to the wild spirits

We are delighted to welcome Poetic License to glug… with a tasting of their independent small batch distilled gin and vodka from 1pm today (Saturday, 2 April 2016).

Poetic License logoPoetic License use a traditional production method that, although labour intensive, means they are crafting high quality spirits they are happy to give their name to.

For gins, they hand-crush botanicals, macerate and then boil them to gently and gradually release their delightful flavours.

As the liquid evaporates and makes its way around the still it takes with it molecules of oil extracted from the botanicals, meanwhile filling the air with a glorious gin aroma.

When it cools back down to a liquid it begins to come out the other end of the still as gin.

Each of the botanical flavours come through in stages and they know exactly the order so they can track the distillation by taste.

Poetic only take the centre cut known as the hearts, which are the purest and most flavoursome parts of the batch.

For their vodka, using British wheat as the spirit base gives it it’s smoothness and distilling it seven times, making it purer each time, gives it it’s graceful name.

You can enjoy a bottle of Poetic License spirit from glug… knowing it was crafted with care and commitment by hand.

What we sell at glug… 

Northern Dry Gin – Juniper, Cardamom, Pepper, Citrus (43.2% Vol.)

Expect a big punch of juniper that is finely balanced with green cardamom for a warm and spicy flavour.

Poetic License Northern Dry GinWith undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume.

With undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume.

As for the other botanicals … well, that’s Poetic’s secret for now.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “The gin drinker’s choice, specifically crafted to stand-out in many gin-based cocktails.

“The sweet and bitter flavours of a Negroni and the sharp citrusy flavours of a classic Gin Sour balance well with this powerful, floral gin.”

Serving suggestion: relished over large chunks of ice, with your favourite premium tonic garnished with pink grapefruit.

Old Tom Gin – Juniper, Sweetness, Rose, Oak (41.6% Vol.)

This classic originating from the mid-1800s delivers a sweeter and more peppery taste in comparison with the Dry Gin.

Poetic License Old Tom GinFrom the botanicals alone Poetic nurture its sweet taste, while their oak casks continue t add flavour and colour.

The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a slight rose gold tinge.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “The sweet notes of our Old Tom Gin thrive in more subtle cocktail recipes.

“Ingredients like lavender and rose give it good balance whereas bolder ingredients such as anise, juniper and clove could mask its delicate flavours and are best used sparingly.”

Serving suggestion: pour two measures over ice, serve with premium Ginger Ale, garnish with red apple and cinnamon.

Graceful Vodka – Smooth, pure, subtle sweetness. (40.4% Vol.)

When Poetic say Graceful, they mean it’s a gloriously smooth spirit, to be sipped and savoured.

Poetic License Graceful VodkaCreated entirely from British wheat giving a velvety smooth texture, they distil the vodka seven times for purity while preserving its subtle taste.

Poetic License’s mixing tips: “Cocktails with a lighter citrusy flavour work best with our Graceful Vodka; avoid mixers with too much acidic content so it doesn’t lose its cosy warmth.

“A Dry Vodka Martini would be ideal as the smoothness of the vodka complements the light tartness of the Vermouth and balances the drink perfectly.”

Serving suggestion: best enjoyed chilled, neat or savoured with your favourite premium mixer over ice.

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Thanks to Poetic License for the information on their gins and vodkas. Photographs (c) Ian Clarkin of mmm food and drink ltd.