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Happy Guy Fawkes Day, everyone!

Guy Fawkes was a convert to Catholicism and a zealot. His infamous Gunpowder plot – an attempt, in 1605, to blow up the House of Lords – was intended to kill King James 1st and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. It failed spectacularly, as we know, for which he was sentenced to death. In the event, the story goes, he fell from the gallows and broke his neck, thus escaping the agonising death of being hanged, drawn, and quartered. Really, of course, Guy Fawkes should have been burned to the stake. It would have made a lot more sense of our tradition of lighting bonfires in his name, with a stuffed Guy on top, (snap, crackle, & pop), and the smell of gunpowder. It would also have made more sense if he had blown the whole place to kingdom come, at least it would have given credence to our custom of lighting fireworks. But it is what it is, a date in the calendar, and even if the dastardly deed itself turned out to be a failed damp squib, back in 1605, we`ve all enjoyed many a party on the strength of it ever since. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a bonfire and a few rockets? So, it seems to me not unreasonable to give the occasion an annual drink: a Guy Fawkes glass of something. This got me thinking. We sell Irish Gunpowder gin, which makes a very nice G&T, but I figured it wouldn’t be wise to bring the Irish into this; far too close to home, if you know what I mean; and besides, I think of it as a summer drink. Mulled wine is probably more traditional this time of year, but I`ve not had one yet that didn’t revolt me. Then it came to me: Punte e Mes, the famous bittersweet Italian vermouth, “explosive, spicy, and warming”. The perfect Guy Fawkes drink, served simply on ice, with orange slice garnish. Why not make it your November 5th tradition? £18.99 per bottle, discounted in-store.



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