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Gin & Elderflower Cocktail

Ingredients

50ml gin
50ml elderflower cordial
150ml tonic water
Slice of peach
Raspberries
Ice cubes

Method

1. Mix the elderflower cordial and gin together in your chosen cup.
2. Add your ice cubes.
3. Then top up with tonic water.
4. Finally, add the finishing touches with a slice of peach and raspberries.

15th June 2017

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Botanical Ice Cubes

Ingredients

Water
Pink food colouring
Lemon juice
Variety of edible flowers
Lemon
Lime
Raspberries
Blackberries

Method

1. First of all, decide what flowers you would like and remove the part you would like to use.
2. Chop and slice the fruit into small chunks so they can fit into the tray.
3. Fill up the ice cube tray hallway with water then place your chosen flower or fruit on the surface.
4. Gently fill up the rest of the tray with water and add a splash of food colouring to your chosen cubes.
5. Place them in a freezer flat and freeze up to 24 hours

15th June 2017

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The Viners Guide to Weddings

As we enter the British wedding season, we’ve written a guide to help you navigate the ins and outs of the special day. Whether you’re organising your big day, the Best Man or Maid of Honour, or a guest, we’ve got some great ideas to help make the occasion that little bit more special.

Table setting ideas

The ceremony and exchange of vows are obviously the most important thing about any wedding, but let’s be honest: the wedding breakfast is a close second, so it’s important that your wedding table shines.

Most wedding venues will take care of this for you, but if you want more of a personal touch, try dressing your table with items from our High Fashion range of cutlery.

Eminence Gold

Eminence Gold cutlery is the ultimate in style and luxury, and is perfect for a wedding. If you’re going for a gold theme, then appropriately-coloured cutlery is a bold option for the table.

Baroque

The Baroque range exudes charisma, with the detailed filigree decoration on each piece bringing a regal statement to proceedings.

Mayfair

Timeless and endearing, Mayfair makes a beautiful addition to the table and will lend itself to a wide variety of setting styles.

Say cheese!

With the cheese course making a return to popularity, serving a cheese board to a large number of people is an ideal way to get people talking. It’s a perfect conversation starter when served on a large central board for guests to help themselves.

Choice

It’s easy to get carried away with picking a wide range of cheese, but keeping your choice to around 3-4 varieties will allow you to buy larger quantities to cater for all your guests.

Try to aim for at least a hard, a soft, and a blue to start with: So a medium-mature cheddar, a creamy brie or camembert, and a mild Stilton will go down really well! Note that the hardest cheeses will probably be the most popular so make sure you order enough! If you’re looking for an extra variety or two, then it might be worth thinking about a goat’s cheese or something crumbly like Wensleydale or Cheshire.

Aim to provide between 70g and 100g of cheese per person.

Extras

Any good cheese board needs more than just the cheese, so in order to make the most of your offering, you’ll need extras.

Crackers are a classic, but you can mix it up some fresh baguettes, pita or even poppadoms for a crisp crunch. Serve with dried fruit or grapes for some sweetness and think about an olive tapenade or sundried tomato paste too.

For the Guests: Gifting ideas

Cutlery has been given as a wedding gift for many many years and at Viners we’re proud to be a part of the tradition. Our cutlery sets have appeared on wedding lists for generations.

Viners cutlery is long lasting and can be used by the happy couple again and again for many years to come as they remember your gift every time they set the table.

Chocolate: Nala and Contour

A luxurious chocolate finish. Our brand new Chocolate range is modern and elegant and the 16 piece gift boxes make for a beautiful wedding present.

Nala possesses an ombre effect, blending from long elegant matt handles to a bright mirror polish.

With a polish to bring a modern look to the table, Contour is soft and rounded with a unique stand up knife.

Exclusive Black, Gold, and Rose

Style

For the Guests: Table etiquette

Formal dining can be daunting to the uninitiated, but there is one important rule to follow: Cutlery should be used from the outside inwards.

There are more etiquette rules in the infographic below:

Hen and Stag parties: Cocktail masterclasses

Cocktails are a great way to celebrate and if you’re having a hen or stag party ahead of your big day, then a cocktail experiment night is a great way to break the ice between multiple groups of friends that may not have met each other before.

Pick up a variety of spirits and mixers and experiment with different flavour combinations or try sticking to an easy recipe such as a blueberry mojito royale, a whisky sour, or a refreshing pineapple caipirinha to get the party started!

The Viners Guide to Steak: Selecting, Preparing & Cooking

The perfect steak is as elusive as it is delicious. Selecting the right cut, preparing it the right way, and cooking it expertly is an art form and can take many years to master. But fear not, we’ve compiled a handy guide to help you every step of the way.

Selection

The cut is important, with a range of quality and price options available to you. Let your butcher know what your budget is and they’ll be able to guide you through the process.

Whichever cut you go for, here are some things to look out for:

Colour

If your butcher sells both grass-fed and grain-fed meat, you’ll notice that they’ll differ in colour. Grass-fed meat will tend to have a darker red colour than grain-fed meat.

The marbling will also have a different colour depending on how the cow was reared. Grain-fed meat will possess a white or creamy marble and grass-fed marbling will be a yellowish colour.

Smell

Obviously, if the meat smells off, it probably is. Look out for a sour smell or an ammonia scent which would indicate the meat is not fresh.

You won’t be able to tell how pre-packed meat from the supermarket smells until you get home but if it’s not right, return it immediately.

Preparation

When it comes to steak, all advice leans towards keeping it as simple as possible.

  • Remove the steak from the fridge and allow it to warm up to room temperature an hour before cooking.
  • Make sure your pan is blazing hot before the meat goes in.
  • Sprinkle salt and cracked black pepper onto a plate. Lay the steak on the plate immediately before putting it in the pan. Salt will draw moisture from your meat the longer it is left on.

Cooking

The wellness of the steak is an exercise in timing. If you prefer your steak blue, then a 1-2 minute per side flash in the pan is all you need, but a well done piece needs to be cooking for around 7 minutes on each side!

  • Blue: Extremely rare. Seared on the outside but 99% red meat in the centre. 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Rare: Still red in the middle but with some extra searing around the edges. 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Medium Rare: Again, still red in the middle, and seared on the outside. 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Medium: Almost cooked throughout, pink in the middle. 4-4.5 minutes per side.
  • Medium Well: Cooked throughout, barely pink inside. 5-6 minutes per side.
  • Well Done: fully cooked all the way through, no pink. 6-7 minutes per side.

IMPORTANT: Allow your steak time to rest. Give it 5 to 10 minutes before serving

Serving

Again, simplicity is king. Crisp fries or a light salad work well.

13th March 2017

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Fix up, look sharp!

Give your knives a long lasting sharpness using our 3 Stage Knife Sharpener. This all-in-one tool is easy to use with 3 numbered stages.

The non-slip, soft grip handle provides comfort and safety. This tool is an essential for every kitchen.

Top tip #1

Place the heel of the blade into the numbered slots and pull the knife firmly backwards until the full length of the blade has been processed.

Work in one direction only.

Remove the blade and repeat each stage 2-3 times before moving on to the next step.

Slot 1

This stage is all about repairing and re-balancing the blade. The diamond-coated rods work to prepare the blade for the next stage.

Slot 2

Tungsten steel blades sharpen and restore the blade to its former glory. This stage sharpens the blade to the perfect ‘V’ shape.

Slot 3

The third and final stage contains ceramic rods which remove burrs, snags and nicks in the blade and give the blade a nice polished finish.

Top tip #2

Once you’re done, rinse the blade under running water to wash away any metal dust or flakes that may have collected.

If you feel that your knives require some attention, you can purchase our 3-stage Knife Sharpener from Dove Mill here.