Festive Tipples with Scotch + Limon

When it comes to drinks, there is very little that Barrie Wilson and Fabrice Limon do not know. With over 40 years of experience between them, this tenacious twosome decided to set up their own company which they aptly named Scotch + Limon.

In the spirit of festive cheer (pun intended), we asked Barrie and Fabrice to create a few tipples just for Smythson. Here is how it’s done…

Fabrice and Barrie met for the first time when they were judging a gin competition with some of the finest bartenders in the north of England. “After that, we became good friends through our wives who forced us to hang out and drink cocktails.” With an expertise that covers everything from bartending to the infinite world of boutique spirits, we could not help ourselves from asking them for a bit of insider knowledge…

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What are your top tips for throwing a cocktail party?

  1. Make sure you have plenty of ice (double what you initially think)
  2. Prepare everything in advance and decant into bottles/jugs
  3. Keep your glasses in the freezer
  4. Make sure you spend a lot of time on the playlist – great music makes a great party

What is the best way to handle someone who has had one too many?

Serve them non-alcoholic drinks with food and always remind them of their behaviour the following day.

What cocktail looks more complicated than it is?

The classic champagne cocktail, you just drop a sugar cube into a champagne flute with a dash of angostura bitters, slug of cognac and top with champagne. Every cocktail looks more complicated than it is. They are actually really easy to do; it’s all about a balance of flavours, temperature and confidence.

Festive-CocktailsA few things you did not know about Barrie…

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What’s in your suitcase?

Shirt stays from Sharp & Dapper (always) and suits and shirts from Reiss

The best present you ever received?

I got my very own bottle of Tanqueray gin named after me. I’m scared to open it.

What book are you currently reading?

‘Fear and loathing in Las Vegas’ by Hunter S. Thompson

Your favourite…

London bar – Punch Room at the Edition Hotel

Cocktail – Gin martini

Spirit – Gin

Film – True Romance

Quote – “I love to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I’m under the table, after four I’m under the host” – Dorothy Parker

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A few things you did not know about Fabrice…

What’s in your suitcase?

Always a warm cashmere jumper as I hate being cold and a spare pair of socks

The best present you ever received?

A remote controlled monster beetle as a child (I still have it)

What book are you currently reading?

‘The first fifteen lives of Harry August’ by Claire North

Your favourite…

London bar – Seymour’s Parlour in Marylebone

Cocktail – Gin martini

Spirit – Tequila

Film – Le Grand Bleu

Quote – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – Ferris Bueller

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Without further ado, here are the cocktail recipes featured in our Festive Tipples with Scotch + Limon film.

Spiced Pepper Martini Recipe

Party in a Pear Tree Recipe
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