For festive drinking, choose Christmas spirits

December is a great time of the year to rebel against what Kingsley Amis called ‘the tyranny of wine’

How to make a perfect martini

Should you go for shaken or stirred?

How brewers and distillers are raising the bar

The colourful display of bottles behind a counter is always a sight to lift the spirits

I can’t handle these half pints

The trouble with letting children into pubs

My love affair with single malt whisky

It’s taken me by surprise, but this late-blooming passion is all-consuming

Life’s still too short to drink bad wine

Jonathan Ray on how he updated and expanded Simon Hoggart’s classic guide for wine connoisseurs

Stay-at-home drinkers should get out and support their local gastropub

We needed gastropubs to improve the pub-going experience. Now, they need us.

Why can’t Australians cope with a British Empire-themed restaurant?

The British Colonial Co. faced a backlash when it announced it was taking its inspiration from ‘the stylish days’ of the British Empire

Honey: the nectar of gods and posh hippies

Honey has been prized throughout history and its sweet appeal shows no sign of abating

Mussel memories: How to cook perfect moules marinière

Knocking up a steaming bowl of moules is quick, easy and guaranteed to conjure the holiday spirit at home

How gruel became cool

Nowadays it’s health-crazed hipsters rather than penniless orphans who are asking for more

Will these new apps be an Uber for eating?

EatAbout and Dish Next Door connect chefs and amateur cooks to hungry diners, cutting out the restaurant trade entirely