What exactly is going on with English, for want of a better word, cuisine? First of all I find this:
At first I thought it was a parody, or at least a joke, and maybe it is but I don’t think so, though I really can’t tell anymore. And are they potato chips?crisps? I'm confused because it says "made using" potatoes rather than "made from." In any case, is a winter berry a thing? Or does it just mean berries that appear in the winter? Holly? Mistletoe?
And then I happened (I had my reasons) to be looking at the menu of Rules, London’s oldest restaurant: 1798, though obviously there are older pubs. Me and my mate Neil went to Rules once and we ordered the grouse and the waiter looked at us dubiously as though he didn’t think we were grouse-worthy – though I think we proved that we were.
And anyway, I did know there was a royal connection - Edward VII used to eat upstairs with his mistress Lillie Langtree in what’s now the cocktail bar – but I was still surprised to find there on the drinks menu - bottom right hand corner - a cocktail called the Kate Middleton's “Royal 29.”
Looks like this apparently:
And as you see from the description, it contains Sipsmith and Pinky Vodka. And this was all new to me. The questions came thick and fast. Pinky Vodka – is that a thing? Yep turns out it is:
And Sipsmith? Yep that’s a thing too - a kind of gin, apparently made from swans:
But even I know I’m not swan-worthy.