drinking

Spectacular wines that won’t cost you a fortune this Christmas

Four magnificent bottles to stock up on in December

6 Dec 2016

Don’t waste good sherry on granny this Christmas

Our 12 Drinks of Christmas series continues with a selection of fine sherries to sample

The best American whiskeys to drink this Christmas

The first in our 12 Drinks of Christmas series, courtesy of the Thinking Drinkers

The art of good mulling

How to make delicious and uplifting mulled wine at home

29 Nov 2016

Boozing, flirting and a little brawling is the best way to enjoy the festive season

Julie Burchill on how to survive the party circuit this Christmas

25 Nov 2016

Milk: a drink for the ages

We still can’t get enough of the stuff, but dairy farmers need our help to survive

22 Nov 2016

Where sampling gin is a serious business

214 Bermondsey is a gin-lovers’ paradise, even if you don’t get a slice of lemon with your G and T

17 Nov 2016

All the presidents’ drinks

A brief history of the Commanders in Chief who loved a drop

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

31 Oct 2016

Mezcal: The Day of the Dead’s most potent spirit

Leave tequila on the shelf and give Mexico’s other fiery booze a try

2015 is the only vintage wine-lovers need to remember

If your mind goes blank when picking out a bottle, just go for one very good year

7 Oct 2016

An absolutely fabulous guide to quaffing champagne

Ab Fab’s Helen Lederer celebrates National Champagne Week in style

6 Oct 2016

Ignore the NHS propaganda: fat people aren’t to blame for its soaring costs

Of all the attempts of NHS mandarins to blame patients for the spiralling costs of their bureaucratic leviathan, Simon Stevens’…

9 Jun 2016

I tried a ‘dry January’ — and now I can’t imagine ever drinking again

Alcohol is firmly woven into the fabric of society. It can bind people together, break down barriers and generally grease…

14 Jan 2016

Simon Jenkins is wrong about France and booze: its state is just as much a nanny as ours is

In a piece for the Guardian the journalist Simon Jenkins has argued that the state should leave people alone regarding…

10 Jan 2016

Young Europeans ‘may lead shorter lives than their grandparents’

The World Health Organisation has warned that the current generation of young people in Europe may live shorter lives than…

Stop boozing after four drinks? The public health people just don’t want us to have fun

Nothing better sums up the out-of-touchness of public health prigs than the debate about so-called binge drinking. To these teetotal,…

6 Aug 2015