1) Well, it took some finding but I managed to get there eventually. You can listen to the whole of PG Wodehouse’s 1927 Christmas Classic, Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit online here. What a ruddy treat! It’s read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, as an added bonus.
2) Tis the season for boozing and if you’re still in London you can combine history, Christmas and delicious ale with Time Out‘s Charles Dickens-themed pub walk. It includes a few of my ol’ favourites and if the pictures are to be believed, one pub includes a cat in a ruff.
3) I’ve spent most of this week lying down in various warm places reading. It’s a known fact that short stories and anthologies are best in these situations, as a full belly, booze-addled brain, central heating and a reclining position generally lead to snoozing. I’ve been working through Fitzgerald’s On Booze writings mainly, leading to the discovery of one of his favourite cocktails.
If you want to get warmly drunk, the Seelbach cocktail might do the trick. In The Great Gatsby, a venue inspired by the Seelbach Hotel is the backdrop to Tom and Daisy’s wedding – this is the real hotel’s signature, which disappeared in the 80 years following the prohibition. Potent.
Pour the bourbon into a champagne flute then add the Cointreau and bitters. Top with champagne. Imbibe.
By the way, bitters are important kit if you like your booze. You can get them in any decent supermarket but The Bitter Truth also do a snazzy selection if you like your alcohol to look as good as it tastes.
4) Being in Sheffield is tops, largely because there’s so much amazing ale. Kelham Island Brewery is one of our faves and their -Rider selection is always worth a sniff. For Christmas, I’m looking forward to tackling Sleigh Rider which contains crystal malt. Oooh.
5) Oh and… Sheffield is also great for vintage shopping as we all know. These Christmas jumpers may or may not have come home with today.