Sakura at Sake no Hana

One would surely have to be the most miserable of persons not to feel a sprinkle of joy at the sight of cherry blossom adorning branches throughout the country.

The delicate pink petals are proof positive that the long winter is over and sunshine is on its way. Truly, it’s a sight that makes me more than a little bit happy.

So I greeted the news that Sake No Hana was celebrating the arrival of spring with a pop-up Japanese Cherry Blossom Secret Garden with something of a squeal.

Sake No Hana - Katy Pearson

The Hanami Bellini Cocktail. It’s a little bit lush

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The Monterrico at Nightjar

I don’t like rum. I never have. My dad adores it – in pretty much all its guises. But rum and me? Well, we’ve never really hit it off.

But I do like a cocktail (as you may well have gathered.) And I love chocolate. So I was prepared to give rum-based cocktail The Monterrico a go.

And good golly, was that a good idea!

The Monterrico at Nightjar. Beats an Easter egg everytime...

The Monterrico at Nightjar. Beats an Easter egg everytime…

The Monterrico, available over Easter Weekend exclusively at Nightjar, is made with Ron Zacapa. This is a crucial fact. Ron Zacapa is the pinnacle of super premium rums. Which in short means it’s a rum that’s actually nice. (Indeed so stunned was I by this fact I did actually drink a shot of Ron Zacapa 23 neat to check that it wasn’t the rest of the bits in the cocktail making it so moreish. It wasn’t.)

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Champagne sales fall as we turn to cheaper sparkling wines

It’s hardly the most surprising of news (there has been something of a recession after all) but Champagne shipments to the UK dropped last year.

And research shows that sales of cheaper sparkling wines like cava and prosecco soared during the same period of time.

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There’s Cava at the finish line!

Approximately 30,000 people will take on the London Marathon this Sunday.

These brave (and very fit) souls will run 26.2 miles (42.2kms) through the streets of our capital, in aid of very good causes.

I haven’t ever run one. And, to be honest, I doubt I ever will. But last weekend my sister completed her first one. She ran the Brighton Marathon, for Cancer Research UK, in under four hours (3.53.47 to be precise.)

As promised... Cava at the finish line

As promised… Cava at the finish line

My contribution to this marvellous effort? Well, when she started training months ago I said I would watch, drink some wine, and have a bottle of pink fizz for her at the finish line.

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Why I’m mostly wishing I could send a flute of fizz up to heaven today

To my darling girl Vicky,

Today it is a whole year since you died. And it still doesn’t make any sense. A 31-year-old non-smoking victim of lung cancer.

I can’t help but feel like I should have done so much more in this year without you. Lived doubly hard. Done things for you that you never got to do. I’m forever reading about people who change laws in their friend’s memory. Or jump out of airplanes. Or shave their heads. Or go and, I don’t know, adopt five children (okay that’s rarer, but you know what I mean.)

Vicky Baker Katy Pearson and Vicky Cole

Proof that the best friendships are born from laughter and wine

I haven’t done anything like that. I haven’t done much actually. I hope you know that’s not because I’m not missing you dreadfully. And I hope it doesn’t make me a failure as a friend.

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An *actual* beer pump

So, obviously, I’m not actually going to try this myself (beer, ew) but the fellas might enjoy it.

Earlham Street Clubhouse, the 90s American-inspired cocktail and pizza joint in the heart of Covent Garden, today introduced a custom made, vintage Esso gas-pump-turned-beer-pump.

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