Archive | December, 2010

SodaStream’s Flame-Boyant Christmas Cocktail


SodaStream’s Flame-Boyant Christmas Cocktail

Posted on 20 December 2010 by Chris Ford

For a unique and tantalising twist to your Christmas celebration, SodaStream has joined forces with celebrity mixologist Bryan Pietersen to create the Ultimate Christmas Cocktail.

The iconic brand and leading mixologist teamed up to create this distinctive tasting limited edition cocktail – which goes on sale at Purl bar in London this December.

Bryan’s team are known for their Heston Blumenthal approach to cocktail-making and this unique cocktail sees SodaStream mix two of their most popular flavours – Apple and Ginger Ale – with the ultimate in festive ingredients – including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, to create a lip-smacking, tongue-tingling cocktail.

For the flamboyant finishing touch the cocktail is served in a Christmas Bauble along with a flaming mince pie surrounded by a misty cloud of dry ice! There will be no other drink to have this December.

To sample this delicious concoction head down to Purl bar – 50/54 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 8JX Or if you followed my advice last month and bought yourself a Soda Stream you can make the cocktail in the comfort of your own home by mixing the following ingredients in your drinks maker :

200ml. Mineral Water

200ml Apple Juice

50ml SodaStream Apple Syrup
100ml Gin 50ml Winter Syrup 10ml Sodastream Ginger Ale

SodaStream drinksmakers are available from selected Sainsbury, Maplin, John Lewis, Comet, Argos, Robert Dyas, Lakeland and selected Asda stores, including Asda Living. The drinks makers cost from £49.99 and flavours from £2.99. For more information visit or look them up on Twitter @sodastreamuk.

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It won’t be cold this Winter if Lyle & Scott can help it

It won’t be cold this Winter if Lyle & Scott can help it

Posted on 02 December 2010 by Marc

In October I gave you advance notice that Lyle & Scott would be launching a range of snazzy socks in December. Well, December is here and with it arrives the launch of the entire Autumn Winter collection from Lyle & Scott, come on, you didn’t think all they would be offering were socks did you?

Those nice people at Lyle & Scott asked Mr Black and I if we wanted to have a look at the new range before it hit the rails and who were we to say no, especially when the invitation is delivered by a golden eagle swooping out of the sky? Okay, perhaps I that’s stretching the truth a little, the invite arrived by email but wouldn’t Eagle Post be something special?

As you can imagine, there were lots of sweaters and cardigans, both in chunky knits and materials such as lambswool together with a fine array of jackets, polo shirts, hats, scarves, trousers and well, everything you’d expect Lyle & Scott to deliver, all of which is available to purchase now both in store and online from

Now if, like me, you’re worrying about how you’re going to pay for all the things you want from the new collection I’ve got some great news. Lyle & Scott have given us a discount code to share with our readers which entitles you to a 10% discount on all online purchases excluding items from the Archive range, reduced items and delivery charges. Simply shop online at before 11.59pm on 22 December 2010 and enter blog10 when you reach the checkout stage to receive your exclusive Gentlemen’s Goods 10% discount.

Curated by Lyle & Scott

While you’re visiting the site make sure you sign up for tickets to Curated by Lyle & Scott, an exclusive series of gigs taking place at London’s XOYO club. There will be four gigs in total; the first will take place on Wednesday 8 December with the remainder taking place in early 2011. Tickets can be obtained from

Headlining the first show will be that awesome one man band James Yuill who will be more than amply supported by Trophy Wife and Babe Shadow. There is even a competition running which will allow fans to decide the fourth slot in the 2011 gigs. More information on that can be found at

To whet your appetite here’s a short clip from the launch event where Trophy Wife played a selection of their tracks in the intimate surroundings of the Russian Club in Hoxton’s Kingsland Road.

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