Charles Moore’s Notes: Who’d be a diplomat now?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The other day, a friend told me, he had been chatting to an old friend of his who has spent…

Franz Marangolo’s advertisement , 1950 (From The Life Negroni)

A soothing Negroni for la dolce vita

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The first draft of the famous story was called ‘A Martini as Big as the Ritz’. That’s not true, but…

At last, trendy gins are tasting like gin again

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Trendy gin now tastes as it should, says Simon Berry

Favourite cocktails from Matthew Parris, Jeremy Clarke, Martin Vander Weyer and more

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Spectator writers share their favourite concoctions

The delicious return of Gin Lane

28 June 2014 9:00 am

In 1751, William Hogarth was asked to create two prints: one depicting the evils of gin, the other the virtues…

Christopher Sykes’s diary: David Hockney, Bridlington lobster, and the risks of a third martini

6 July 2013 9:00 am

I began my week with a trip to Bridlington, the closest seaside town to my childhood home. ‘Brid’, as it’s…

Liquid hideaways

7 April 2011 12:00 am

What makes the perfect drinking den? Should it be dark, bright, modern or classic? And what about the quality of the cocktails? Sybil Kapoor on a quest for quintessence