Microbiology PhD Dr Lukas Radosa and immersive theatre producer Eva Liparova have combined their talents to create Rabbit gin, the first tipple to be produced by their Animal Spirits brand, based in south Bermondsey. It’s made with organically sourced juniper from a primeval forest and distilled with corn spirit, cardamom, Sichuan green pepper, mint, orange peel, magnolia berries, angelica, Kazbek hops, and two secret botanicals, resulting in a full bodied dry London gin.
£37.50 at animal-spirits.com
Christmas Cocktail gift set
Gin01 The Rabbit
Tristan Scutt opened his bar Little Nan’s in 2013, using all his Nan’s old furniture and treasured ornaments and creating shrines to Pat Butcher while serving Costa del Deptford cocktails in teapots. During lockdown he began doing takeaway cocktails (or “locktails” as he calls them) and has now branched out into DIY party boxes, bringing all the kitsch fun from his front room to yours.
Kanpai is the UK’s first sake brewery – born and bred in Peckham. They craft a range of sakes in a modern style using traditional Japanese techniques. For Christmas they’ve launched a range of gift sets to suit everyone – from a ‘Festive Fizz’ set for something a little different to toast with, to a ‘Christmas Cocktail’ set to mix up something unique and a sweet-sake edition too. All products available through online shop for delivery or click-and-collect: https://kanpai.london/shop
Specialist Cellars in Brixton is putting New World wines on the map, led by Melanie Brown, founder and CEO of Heist Group, which incorporates Specialist Cellars, the Pop Brixton store and The Laundry at Walton Lodge, an all-day neighbourhood bistro and wine shop.
A chef from New Zealand, Melanie is also a wine maven and entrepreneur who has worked with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Peter Gordon, Jamie Oliver and the wine-lovers at Vinoteca. Brixton has been her home for the last eight years, where she uses her experience in restaurants and wine retail to bring the best of NZ and the New World wines to the UK.
All you need is Sav
Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc duo
49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ.
London’s first craft chocolatier Amarachi Uzowuru is raising the bar with her company Lucocoa, which advocates no child labour and fair prices for farmers. Based in Bermondsey’s Spa Terminus, Amarachi makes the chocolate by hand over a period of three days using only rare Criollo and Trinitario cocoa beans from Haiti, Belize, Guatamala, and the Dominican Republic, which she sweetens with unrefined coconut sugar and the Peruvian lucuma fruit. Bars start from £2.50.
Arch 3 Spa Terminus business park, SE16 4EJ.
Lucocoa chocolate bars
PLOUGH WAY CAFE
Looking for a gift for the foodie in your life?
Local gem, the Plough Way Café has gift vouchers of any value that can be used towards a meal. Give them a call on 020 7237 1327 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or pop in to see the team at Seafarer Way, Deptford, SE16 7UD.
OTHER LARDER ESSENTIALS
England Preserves Bermondsey Bramble £4.75
Bermondsey Street Bees Union Collection Dark Essex Raw Honey (330g) £12
Bermondsey’s Kernel Brewery, London Brick, Red Rye Ale, 6.8% (330ml) £3
Dulwich’s Fatty’s organic winter spiced orange gin £45
Bermondsey beer mile’s cloudwater pale ale £3.75
Peckham’s Old Spike Roastery Benedict blend (Brazil and Nicaragua) £7.50