FRANK’S®REDHOT® MAN SCHOOL – UK’s first ‘Man School’ pops up in London and Manchester

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It seems that to be the perfect gentlemen nowadays, you have to know how to dance, how to pick a good wine, and how to dress well.  Yet new research from Frank’s® RedHot® has found that 38% of men think they are bad at dancing and 22% of men  rated themselves as having no fashion sense.

So Frank’s® RedHot® has set up the first ever ‘Man School’ two special pop up events in London and Manchester this September to help men go from Mr. Bean to Mr. Bond.

Taking place on the evenings of 12th September in the Hoxton Apartment, Hoxton Hotel, London EC2A and 18th September at The Great John Street Hotel, Manchester, these events will feature experts giving tips and advice on how to dress, dance and even tell a good joke. At break time – unlike any school most of us know – there will be beers and authentic Frank’s® RedHot® Buffalo wings to enjoy!

With clothing tips from expert stylist and designer John Lancaster, known for his edgy contemporary menswear, and top wine suggestions from Gordon Ramsay sommelier Matt Mawtus, the ‘Man School’ is the secret men’s club where you can learn some top tips, grab a beer and have a laugh. There is even comedy at hand from Joe Bor (London) and David Morgan (Manchester) who will be sharing tips on how to execute a good joke, as well as doing some stand-up comedy to put a smile on your face. Plus tips from memory expert Mark Channon, who will be sharing some tricks of the trade to ensure you never forget that anniversary again!

If you reckon you are a bit lacking in the skills department or your man is not making the cut in these areas, there are 30 spaces open to the public at each event, available on a first come first serve basis.

Get your free tickets by visiting:



The evening is hush hush and should not be revealed to everyone… Remember the first rule of the Frank’s® RedHot® Man School is that you do not talk about Man School!


Frank’s® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce is priced at £1.49 and available from Tesco, Sainsbury’s,  ASDA, Waitrose, Whole Foods, Ocado and Amazon.



What’s On: Malaysia night takes over Trafalgar Square to showcase the very best of this unique nation

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Friday October 4th will see central London transform into a vibrant and bustling taste of Malaysia, as the sights, flavours and sounds of this truly unique country take over Trafalgar Square for the fourth annual Malaysia Night.

The much anticipated event celebrates the unique cultural destination of Malaysia and gives Londoners and visitors to the city the chance to experience the very best of Malaysian food, and immerse themselves in the delightful destination.

Over 20 of the UK’s best Malaysian restaurants will showcase their authentic gastronomic delights for visitors to buy, from well-known favourite dishes including Satay, Laksa, Nasi Goreng and Beef Rendang through to more unusual ones such as Apam Balik, a sweet fluffy pancake filled with peanuts, sugar and sweetcorn.

Visitors can also enjoy a series of live cooking demonstrations taking place throughout the event by well-known chefs including Ian Pengelly of Pan Chai, to show Brits that cooking with Malaysian food is an easy and tasty option.

An authentic bustling Malaysian marketplace, offering ingredients such as sauces, spices and pastes for sale, gives Londoners the opportunity to recreate authentic tasting dishes at home.

Live entertainment will include a variety of artists, flown in from Malaysia especially for the occasion, along with more local talent. Visitors to the event will also be able to enjoy a very special art exhibition, showcasing some of the very best artists in Malaysia.

Increasingly a destination of choice for the traveller eager to experience for themselves foreign cultures with vibrant artistic and culinary traditions, Malaysia offers a whole array of  new experiences to the British traveller.

The night is one of the highlights of the year-long Malaysia Kitchen Programme which aims to inspire British consumers to the world of Malaysian cuisine.

Exhibitors include: 20 of the UK’s top Malaysian restaurants, MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation), Malaysia Airlines and Tourism Malaysia


Event:                                   Malaysia Night

Location                               Trafalgar Square, London

Cost:                                      Free entry

Date                                       4th October 2013

Time:                                     12:00 – 22:00 – stage entertainment from 17:00

Age Restrictions:                N/A

Nearest Underground Stations:

Charing Cross Tube (2 minutes)

Leicester Square Tube (3 minutes)

Piccadilly Circus Tube (6 minutes)

Visit: to find out more about the event.



Whisky & Bourbon bar launches for London Design Festival
14th – 22nd September 2013

In celebration of its recent launch in the UK market, award-winning U.S. based design incubator Teroforma (, creators of Whisky Stones® beverage cubes and an array of thoughtfully crafted objects for the table, kitchen, bar and home, will launch Colonial Common at London Design Festival (14th-23rd September), a nine day American whiskey and bourbon bar experience, combining whiskey tastings and cocktails with bluegrass music, low-country cooking and high design.

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In support of Teroforma’s brand focus on “creating objects which bring people together,” Colonial Common is an experience-rich bar, tasting room, and design shop which invites show-goers to celebrate all the uncommonly intriguing aspects of the American small-batch bourbon and sipping whisky culture as it touches down in Shoreditch during the Festival for the delight and merriment of all in common.

Founded in 2006 by American-Swedish husband and wife team Anna and Andrew Hellman, Teroforma’s unique business model is all about connecting people through the products they make – whether that’s around the table at home or through the products themselves and into the stories of those who created them. The Colonial Common extends this theme by bringing together all those connected to the wild world of American whiskey – from those who make it to those who make products for it, from those who enjoy it to those who write music about it.


Tapping into the burgeoning fascination with bourbon and US whiskies at a timely point in their ascendancy in the UK, Colonial Common is thematically a way to re-present the famous “spirit” of the British Isles back to its inventors, with an American flair.

An evolving space set in the heart of the Shoreditch Design Triangle, Colonial Common will be a speakeasy bar, a product showcase, culinary tasting room and creative design hub.
Colonial Common will host experience-driven events each day from live bluegrass bands such as;

Lands End Trio (, The Barker Band(; Foodtrucks and partners such as; Paxton Chocolate (, Beard to Tail (, Joe’s Southern Chicken (, Anna Mae’s ( to whisky and bourbon tastings and cocktails from select bartenders at Aqua at the Shard (, Lockhart (, Beard to Tail (, Milk and Honey (, Joe’s Southern Chicken ( and Social Eating House (

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With artisanship always at the heart of the Teroforma brand, the special guests to be showcased at Colonial Common have been chosen for their unique perspective, energy and talent, just like Teroforma’s own designers and producers.

Teroforma’s hand-carved Vermont soapstone beverage cubes, Whisky Stones, designed to perfectly chill cask-aged spirits without diluting or over-cooling the drink will feature alongside other products from the ‘family’, and limited edition pieces designed for Colonial Common.




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D&D London celebrates the Dark River for the Thames Festival

6th – 15th September 2013



“The name of the river ‘Thames’ itself is said to “derive from the Sanskrit term for ‘dark’ and it has often been known as the dark river.” 

Peter Ackroyd


D&D London is delighted to announce the launch of the Butler’s Wharf Blackout as part of the Thames Festival celebration from 6th – 15th September 2013.


D&D London’s collective of iconic riverside restaurants at Butler’s Wharf – Le Pont de La Tour, Cantina del Ponte, Blueprint Café and Butler’s Wharf Chophouse – will be literally ‘blacking out’ electricity in all four restaurants from 8.30pm every evening throughout the10 days of the festival. Free from the light pollution of modern London, diners will have the unique opportunity to savour spectacular views of the Thames and experience the unspoilt beauty of the river by darkness and subtle candlelight.


For the duration of Butler’s Wharf Blackout, guests will enjoy candlelight dining and late night drinking sessions at each venue alongside a calendar of special events from Blind Wine Tasting, to Ghost Bus Tours, to a Fire and Flambé night.


Echoing the central purpose of the Thames Festival, each of these sensory experiences will celebrate the history and beauty of the Thames, its ancient mystery and the changing modern landscape. The events will encourage diners to engage with the unparalleled views from the riverside vantage points and are designed to inspire respect and appreciation for London’s greatest natural asset.


A highlight will be the ‘Blackout Banquet’, a pop-up 40 metre, 140 seat banqueting table spanning the riverbank, starting from British dining institution Butler’s Wharf Chophouse, to classic French restaurant Le Pont de La Tour, and ending alongside Italian trattoria Cantina del Ponte. Diners will feast on a rotating menu of dishes showcasing each of the restaurants.


The candlelit culinary journey through each cuisine will occur every evening throughout the festival period and at lunchtimes on Saturdays and Sundays. The banqueting table will work in all weathers with a clear cover to allow riverside views come rain or shine.


With food and drink events designed to heighten the sensory experience of darkness by the river, including blind wine tastings, blindfold dinners, fire menus, and innovative and futuristic activity which will light the darkness with neon, LED and laser lighting – the Butler’s Wharf Blackout will showcase The Thames in all its glory.




Each restaurant will serve a different three course, fixed price special ‘Blackout Menu’ over the ten days. Blueprint Café’s ‘Black Menu’ will feature dishes such as Black Lentils with Sour Cream, Sweet Tamarind & Dock Spices, Blackened Orchard Farm Pork with Black Potatoes and Liquorice Parfait. (£25 for 3 courses)


La Pont de La Tour will focus on locally sourced ingredients, with dishes such as London Cure Salmon, Navarin of Foulness Island Lamb, Roast Pumpkin & Beetroot and Assiette of English Blackberries. (£30 for 3 courses)


Butler’s Wharf Chophouse will be featuring British dishes such as Roast Thames valley wood pigeon, black pudding, braised beetroot & turnips as well as Kentish bramble syllabub, short bread. (£25 for 3 courses)


Cantina Del Ponte celebrates Italian cooking by candlelight with Pumpkin, gorgonzola, baby lamb lettuce & almonds and Pannacotta with wild berry compote. (£25 for three courses)


Each venue has created a bespoke cocktail menu, featuring Ketel One Espresso Martinis, Tanqueray Swim & Tonics, refreshing Don Julio cocktails and spiced Zacapa Daiquiris / elderflower whisky sour with Johnnie Walker.


Meals at the ‘Blackout Banquet’ banqueting table are priced at £35 per head for three courses including an arrival drink and coffee. Reservations can be made via 0207 940 1833.


Cocktail 101** A pop–up so good, they named it twice

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The Spirit, the Cuisine, and the Music of Jamaica Comes to London


Tuesday August 6th (Independence Day) – Tuesday 20th August at the Jam Tree Chelsea and Clapham


Following the success of New Orleans Pop-Up Jambalaya in April, this August the Jam Tree are hosting Jamaica Jamaica, a two week pop-up that is set to bring a slice of the tropical island to London. During the Pop-up both Jam Tree venues will serve up the best in Caribbean food from the kitchen and barbeque with a Reggae soundtrack to match.

Jamaican cuisine is a fusion of flavours, spices and influences from the indigenous islanders, as well as the Spanish, African, Indian and Chinese who have resided there. Vibrant in colour, and delightfully pungent in taste, the fare from this Caribbean island is a melting pot of tastes and textures.


The Jam Tree’s Executive Chef James Browne is Brixton born and bred and having travelled throughout Jamaica, will be bringing back that unique and unforgettable flavour to London. Expect dishes like Curried Goat, Fried Dumplings, Ackee and Salt Fish (The Jamaican National Dish), Fried Plantain, Jerk Chicken, Brown Stew Chicken, Grilled Snapper Escoveitch, Stamp and Go, and Jamaican Patties.

Rum is an integral part of Jamaican culture so Pop-Up partners and Jamaican producers Wray & Nephew and Appleton Rum were carefully selected to provide an authentic taste. Expect refreshing cocktails like The Jamaican Mule, The Mary Pickford and a number of bespoke cocktails such as The Usain Bolt and Shabba Ranks to feature.


Nothing defines Jamaica more than Reggae music and it was as far back as the late 1960s that Reggae emerged as a reinterpretation of American rhythm and blues. Reggae has now become hugely popular around the world, due in large part to the international success of artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff. Jamaica, Jamaica will feature Reggae through 5 decades with music consultants Music concierge (, using their considerable expertise, to painstakingly put together the soundtrack for the whole fortnight.


Tuesday August 6th – Tuesday 20th August 2013

The Jam Tree Clapham, 13 – 19 Old Town, London SW4 0JT The Jam Tree Chelsea, 541 Kings Road, London, SW6 2EB

Movie 101** Cinnamon Kitchen and Picturehouse Cinemas team up for a unique pop-up screen

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Cinnamon Kitchen and Picturehouse Cinemas have teamed up for a unique pop-up screen on the 26th and 27th of July. The screen will be set up on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, showing Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on the Friday and Life of Pi on the Saturday. There will of course be plenty of food and drinks on offer, including a selection of Vivek Singh’s award-winning canapés and cinematic cocktails like the Little Bit Corny – popcorn-infused rum with home-made spiced bitters and cola.
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 – Anise at Cinnamon Kitchen will launch their carnivorous Butcher Bar on August 20th to coincide with the start of game season on August 12th. There will be a whole range of delicious meaty treats on offer and meat inspired cocktails. A haven for meat lovers everywhere!


London Westfield Stratford (11th-14th July)
Birmingham Bullring (25th-28th July)
Manchester Exchange Square (23rd-26th August)
Free (over 18s only)
If personalised styling from ASOS, manicures by Nails inc, hairdressing by TONI&GUY and delicious Malibu cocktails are your idea of heaven, then head to your nearest pop-up Malibutique, which hits the nation’s high streets again this summer.
Malibu, the original coconut rum, is bringing some of the hottest names in fashion and beauty together to offer the British public the ultimate place to discover summer’s freshest fashion, beauty and drinks trends. Launching on 6th June and touring across the country, the Malibutique will visit Liverpool Paradise Place, London Westfield Stratford, Birmingham Bullring and finally Manchester Exchange Square.
ASOS, will be offering styling tips and fashion advice whilst showcasing their bespoke Malibu inspired summer range. The UK’s leading fashion forward nail brand, Nails inc, will also be on-hand offering complimentary mini-manicures at the Malibutique Beauty Bar and the pioneers of fashion-led hairdressing, TONI&GUY, will ensure guests have their hair coiffed, preened and styled –and it’s all completely free.
Once you’ve finished being pampered, the Malibu cocktail team will be on hand to teach you how to make your favourite Caribbean cocktails at the “Mix it Up Malibu Style” cocktail bar.  Become a cocktail pro and learn how to create the Mali-Colada, Mali-Woo Woo, Mali-Bellini and the Malibu Cosmo cocktails.
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If that wasn’t enough then when you visit the Malibutique you’ll have access to a range of exclusive offers and freebies from ASOS, Nails inc and TONI&GUY as well as the chance to win one of hundreds of the new-look Malibu bottles launched this summer.  To top it off ASOS will be running a summer long competition giving everyone the chance to win the four Malibutique outfits showcased during the events.  
Malibu, the much-loved original coconut rum is refreshingly versatile. Whether served as a cocktail, with your favourite mixer or in a pitcher with fruit juices and lots of fresh fruit for sharing with friends,Malibu makes for the perfect drink all year round.
For more information about Malibu, please visit
Malibu Coconut Rum is available from all major supermarkets (RRP £14.75) and is widely available in bars nationwide. Malibu Coconut Rum is part of Pernod Ricard.
Enjoy Malibu responsibly

What’s On: It’s hotting up – so refreshing drinks maker Juicy Water has created a super-sized water sprinkler to help Londoners cool down AND set a world record


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As the Capital looks set to bask in glorious sunshine this weekend (yipppeeee – and it’s about time we say!), Londoners are being invited to squeeze into their swimming gear, bring out their bikinis and head to Victoria Park, East London – to enjoy the world’s biggest water sprinkler.


Refreshing drinks maker Juicy Water has specially built the giant sprinkler for the event, which will be running from 12-noon to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Measuring in at over eight metres long, with jets of water reaching heights of up to seven metres, it’s expected to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS titleTM for the largest ever residential water sprinkler.


Visitors are encouraged to make the most of the hot weather and recall bygone days running through their garden sprinkler. They can also take part in a giant water pistol fight or simply lie back, catch some sun and strike a pose on one of the sun loungers.  With a DJ playing in a garden shed, and giant inflatables, it’ll be the most fun way to cool down this summer – and feel like a big kid again.


Emilie Stephenson, of Juicy Water, said: “It’s going to be a scorcher this weekend, so what better way to cool down than with a giant water sprinkler – and help us set a world record at the same time.”

When: 6/7 July 2013 from 12pm – 6pm

Where: Victoria Park, Royal Gate Entrance

Event is free of charge


Pop-up 101 – Get out of the norm and into Hutch


-Subterranean Cocktail & Jazz Lounge launches at Quaglino’s-

This summer sees the launch of THE HUTCH CLUB at QUAGLINO’S in Mayfair ( a glamorous cocktail and jazz pop up bar which plays homage to the venue’s hedonistic spirit, which began when flamboyant host Giovanni Quaglino opened the doors to a beautiful, decadent society crowd in 1929.

Named after ‘Hutch’ one of the most popular cabaret entertainers of the twentieth century who took London’s café society by storm. Legend has it that he created a stir by arriving at nightclubs with a white piano strapped to his chauffeur–driven car, dressed like an aristocrat and dazzled audiences with his brilliance.

The velvet voice of Hutch was one of the highlights of an evening at Quaglino’s and he was idolised by all the best people—The Prince of Wales even asked him to play at St James’s Palace.

THE HUTCH CLUB at QUAGLINO’S will be located in the depths of the iconic London venue from 1st June 2013 – 31st August 2013 and will boast an Art Deco inspired Martini Bar, a private Drinking Den and London’s first boutique alcoholic Popcorn Bar – we like this!

Strictly by reservation only, guests will descend into an underground late-night bar featuring vintage golden palm trees, dimly lit cocktail lounges and the old-fashioned glamour of a grand piano, overlooking the legendary sweeping staircase to Quaglino’s restaurant floor.

The late-night revelry and charm of evenings with Hutch will be revived with a programme of live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring the Basin Street Brawlers who will bring to life the hottest stomps and rag tunes from the roaring 1920’s. Other acts include vintage vocal duo Verity & Violet; Benoit Viellefon and His Hot Club playing the feverish swinging music that emerged from the infamous Parisian Cafes of that era and The Dixie Ticklers, playing Dixieland jazz with a contemporary London edge.

The Hutch Club will feature London’s first boutique alcoholic Popcorn Bar curated by gourmet popcorn connoisseurs Joe & Seph, who have designed an exclusive Gin & Tonic flavour with No 3 London Dry Gin for the club, among other alcoholic varieties to be paired with artfully crafted cocktails.

Guests can take pleasure in late summer evenings at the luxurious subterranean lounge; from an Art Deco inspired Martini Bar to a decadent Drinking Den, which can be booked exclusively for your own special event.

A wonderful array of heritage cocktails will be served, featuring iconic spirit brands Courvoisier Exclusif VSOP Cognac, The Macallan Amber Malt Whisky, No3 London Dry Gin and elit by Stolichnaya Vodka.

Guests will also be able to indulge in a delicious selection of alcohol-infused small plates priced at £5.50 per person per dish. Dishes include Salmon Tartar with Vodka Jelly & Herring Roe; Oyster & Gin Soup with Lime & Coriander; Duck Breast with Cognac, Cherry & Chilli and Smoked Chocolate Ice Cream with Whisky Cream & Mandarin Popcorn.

The Hutch Club will also play host to a number of exciting master classes where guests can learn and explore the art of mixology. Blind wine tastings at The Secret
Wine Club will allow budding oenophiles a chance to guess the wine to receive a complimentary cocktail to enjoy in The Hutch Club after dinner.

Entry strictly by reservation only:
Contact 020 7930 6767 /

Address: The Hutch Club at Quaglino’s, 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ
Twitter: @TheHutchClub


Basin Street Brawlers (
29th June, 12th July, 2nd & 16th August
Bringing to life the hottest stomps, rags and Dixieland tunes from the roaring 1920’s

Benoit Viellefon and his Hot Club (
7th & 28th June, 19th July, 30th August
Playing the feverish swinging music that emerged from the infamous Parisian Cafes of that era

The Dixie Ticklers (
31st May, 10th & 31st August
Led by clarinettist and composer Dom James, the ensemble play Dixieland jazz with a contemporary London edge

Jojo Desmond (
8th & 22nd June, 13th & 27th July, 17th August
A superbly talented 1940’s jazz singer bringing glamour and sparkling luminosity to the stage

Verity & Violet (
1st & 14th June, 20th July, 3rd August
An impressive vintage inspired singing duo, mixing the old with the new

Luca Rossi Trio (
15th June, 5th & 26th July, 9th & 23rd August
A group specialising in 1930’s jazz with a mélange of modern classics,

Roland Perrin Trio (
21st June, 6th July, 24th August
Playing a variety of hot jazz from the 20s and 30s as well as Latin and jazz classics


Pop-up 101 – Tanqueray Botanical Gin Garden launches at Carom Soho


-Tanqueray hosts a secret summer cocktail garden of living botanicals until October 2013 –

This summer 2013, Carom ( will be transformed into a living botanical secret garden bar with award-winning gin Tanqueray.

Located in the heart of bustling Soho at 100 Wardour Street, the Botanical Gin Garden will provide an elegant glasshouse space for guests to indulge in botanical-bacchanalia, with long balmy evenings of imaginatively infused cocktails and delicious pan-Indian dishes amongst the garden’s fragrant living wall of herbs and natural flora.

Guests will be greeted by an intoxicating aroma of flourishing blossoms as they sit on antique garden benches with crates of terracotta potting plants, pretty jam jars of fragrant wild flowers, hanging pots of herbs, and green bottles sprouting verdant foliage throughout.

A glass roof pyramid will reveal the sky above, accented with trailing living plants and greenery and an enormous vintage glass chandelier that catches the light.

Expect midnight garden parties, sipping on gin cocktails created by Calum Lawrie and Adam Spinks, such as the elegant Rose & Lychee Collins using Tanqueray and garnished with orange peels and fragrant dried petals or the refreshing Tiny Ten martini simply combining Tanqueray No.TEN with pink grapefruit to bring out the spirit’s existing notes of whole citrus fruit botanicals incorporated at distillation.

The Rangpur Southside cocktail uses Indian inspired Tanqueray Rangpur with freshly grown mint, ginger, lime and garnished with a bay leaf. The Malacca Fizz combines fresh cream, orange blossom water, lemon juice, soda and is finished with cinnamon and sugar, using the very special Tanqueray Malacca, which was derived from an 1839 recipe and has notes of cinnamon and orange.

Budding botanists can form a collaborative partnership with their bartender to create bespoke cocktails using a classic Tom Collins base with Tanqueray London Dry Gin’s complex combination of refreshing juniper, peppery coriander and aromatic angelica, and using the growing botanicals in the garden for a bespoke flavour profile.


The Botanical Gin Garden will host a series of interactive events throughout the summer, right through to autumn 2013:

• June:
-Malacca Supperclub(25th June 2013) A specially prepared dinner by Carom’s Executive Chef to be paired with the botanicals of the mythical Malacca, with insight into and its history and closely guarded secret recipe

• July:
-Cocktails at home: Foraging in the Summer(16th July 2013) Guests are invited to forage in the botanical gin garden to create their own bespoke cocktail creations, and will learn about ingredients they can use at home for delicious drinks throughout the summer

• August:
-Rangpur Indian Supperclub(6th August 2013) A specially curated Indian supper designed by Carom’s Executive Chef to be paired with the botanicals of Rangpur gin, and a flavour history of India

• September:
-Tanqueray No.TEN Infusion Evening Hosted by Master Distiller Tom Nichol(17th September 2013)

• October:
-Cocktails at home: Foraging in the Autumn(22nd October 2013) Guests are invited to forage in the botanical gin garden to create their own bespoke cocktail creations, and will learn about ingredients they can use at home for delicious drinks throughout the Autumn