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Perfect Aperitifs

This week we have been thinking about dinner party cocktails. Quite a grandiose sounding theme, but we think the dinner party is set to make a comeback, especially with the popularity of TV shows like Come Dine With Me. What are aperitifs? Traditionally, aperitifs...

How to plan the perfect Christmas party

Planning the perfect Christmas party… The season of goodwill will shortly be upon us, and so most of us will be turning our thoughts to the festive period and planning how best to celebrate. For those of you tasked with organising the annual escapade of planned...

Navy Strength – a nautical history

We are used to seeing bottles of gin or rum with the term “navy strength” on the label, but what does this actually mean? Well, like so much of the drinks world it has its roots in the UK’s insatiable thirst for booze. In this case the Royal Navy. Not that the term...

Bath Bartender of the Year 2017

As part of Bath’s annual festival of food, the Great Bath Feast, we were very pleased to be invited to host the Bath Bartender of the Year Competition. Having been serving cocktails in Bath for 14 years, we have seen the cocktail scene change radically, and we now...

Four great autumn cocktails

With autumn upon us us, it is time to think about some lovely seasonal cocktails. Perfect for a bonfire night party or just sipping at home, here are four autumnal concoctions to warm your cockles. Sloe Bramble We love sloe gin at Sub 13, and every year Tim braves the...

Making Flavoured Spirits

Making flavoured spirits is very easy, you just need a decent bottle of gin or vodka and something to put in it! And with autumn now upon us, it is the perfect time to start thinking about turning some of the wonderful fruits in our gardens and even out and about into...

Toussaint coffee liqueur is back in our espresso martinis

Toussaint coffee liqueur is back! After a four-year hiatus, our original coffee liqueur is back on the shelf at Sub 13. We have certainly missed it, and our espresso martini recipe has had to change several times during its absence, using both Illyquore and Mr Black...

Tarquin’s Blackberry Gin – the taste of Summer

Tarquin’s Blackberry Gin is one of the new additions to our special reserve gin collection. Fresh blackberries and Cornish wildflower honey are infused into delicious Tarquin’s Cornish Gin. The result is reminiscent of blackberry crumble and really is like a mouthful...

Citadelle, from France to our new gin collection

An old name Citadelle gin is one of the latest additions to our gin collection. Pierre Ferrand, who also make Cognac, have been distilling Citadelle gin since 1995. The brand dates back to the 18th Century when Louis XVI authorised the opening of a genièvre distillery...

Happy Pink Gin Day

Today is Pink Gin Day, so let’s take a look at the history behind this quintessentially-British tipple. Angostura bitters Pink gin wouldn’t be pink gin without Angostura bitters. Johann Siegert was a German physician and was attached to the Venezuelan military in the...