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The New Liquid Diet

by Rosa Park, globetrotter, Raw-gasm hunter and bon vivant-tress
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If I read one more article — affixed next to an airbrushed image of a wholesome model with a toothy smile on a treadmill — telling me this is the year for a new me I swear I’m going to vomit. With January long past and the guilt of breaking our New Year’s resolutions safely stowed away, I invite you to join me in an all-day, liquor-fueled splurge: the new liquid diet. Forget the blueprint cleanse. What I’m endorsing involves booze and merriment, rather than wheatgrass and mood swings.

The inspiration behind this dietary regimen is Goldbrick House. A fun-stop destination of delish, GB’s houses a café, champagne and cocktail bar, restaurant, rooftop terrace, a study and a library. The ultimate playground for the leisure set that loves to drink (and eat), GB’s has fast become my home away from home.

It goes without saying that I spend the bulk of my time at the champagne and cocktail bar, and this will be the site of my 24-hour bender where only drinks will be consumed. (The British drinking habits are slowly but surely catching up to me.) GB’s creates all of their syrups and infusions in house, where the staff is devoted to using fresh, seasonal ingredients in bringing the best in drink to their patrons. While it’s my modus operandi to start my outings with a glass of wine, I make sure to cocktail when drinking here. Yes, it’s really that good.
I’ve taken the liberty of crafting a bespoke liquid diet based on GB’s cocktail menu. If you’re unable to visit GB’s in the near future, concoct these bad boys at home and follow suit. Bottoms up!

  1. 11:30 a.m. Slow Off the Mark: Chai tea and plum jam form the fruit and spice base, to then thickly lay on Makers Mark bourbon, crisp mint and Plymouth Sloe gin. Poured over cracked ice and served in a jam jar. As GB’s menu says, “A perfect start to the day!” Order two, I’ve always believed in eating a big breakfast.
  2. 1:30 p.m. 24th Monarch: Fresh grapes are smashed with Beefeater 24 gin, crisp mint leaves, basil, cloudy apple juice, elderflower cordial, shaken firmly and laid into a coupette glass. Keep it classy … it’s still just early afternoon.
  3. 3:30 p.m. Ladies Tea Fix: Plymouth gin is infused with Lady Grey and elderflower syrup, peach bitters, crisp mint leaves, and whisked up egg white over crushed ice. It’s teatime in England so pinkies up when enjoying your Ladies Tea Fix!
  4. 5:30 p.m. Luxury Smokers Cocktail: Woodford Reserve infused with tobacco, stirred with Martini Rosso sweet vermouth, added with dashes of maple syrup, angostura bitters and Ardbeg whisky. Who needs a smoke break when you have this drink?
  5. 7:30 p.m. The Cider Punch Rules: Brugal añejo rum, fresh lemon juice, cloudy apple juice, Stowford Press cider, fig liqueur, lychee juice and maple syrup fused together to create a punch bowl that serves up to five people. It’s time for supper and you’ve been drinking solo all day, time to call your pals so they can join in on the fun. There’s nothing like a shared punch bowl to liven up a group hang.
  6. 9:30 p.m. Tiki Me Home: Fresh pineapple is smashed, and then built up with elderflower cordial, fresh pink grapefruit juice and orgeat. This beverage is non-alcoholic, it’s time for you to wind down and head home. Well done, you’re a trooper!

Goldbrick House give you a reason to spend the day sipping. Photo courtesy of www.goldbrickhouse.co.uk