It’s January and everyone is talking about “detoxing”. Scientists may be sceptical about some usages of the term which, in the strictest sense, means that products should actively remove toxic substances from the body. But, if we stick to its feel-good meaning of “stuff that is good for you”, there are plenty of ideas for …

When Charles Dickens died in 1870, his executors found over 200 bottles of cognac among his personal effects. They were labelled “Pale Brandy F Courvoisier”, so Courvoisier distributor Maxxium UK – which had a busy “summer of punch” – has been inspired to create a walk around central London mixed up with a bit of …

Simone Caporale Bloom Gin

Simone Caporale (pictured), a bartender at the Artesian bar at London’s Langham Hotel, won the first cocktail competition organised by Bloom gin. He beat nine other talented competitors with his Lavender Daisy, fresh and feminine cocktail that reflects the delicate floral notes of the gin. It is made with 50ml Bloom gin, 20ml of lemon …

Until a few years ago, Halloween in Britain meant little more than some scary films on TV and the occasional child turning up on your doorstep demanding sweets (with menaces). But, inspired by the Halloween portrayed in American TV shows and movies, the holy day has become a major party night for adults as well …