Et Nova Et Vetera

Just your average, slightly eclectic Journal.

Category: Drinks


I know that Campari has been getting a great deal of bad press in the past, and is not on the top of many people ‘favoured drinks lists’, but it has remained a favourite of mine for years. Campari is an alcoholic aperitif obtained from the infusion of  herbs and fruit in alcohol and water. It is a bitters characterised by its dark red color. Campari is Synonymous with long evenings and Italian summers, and its true to say that this is when Campari is best enjoyed.

Old Campari Poster – Italy

Now if your ever in Italy, a sample of Campari (in any form) is a must, there are 3 concoctions that are Campari staples, and I can strongly recommend all three. However if you find yourself stuck attempting to enjoy the most of the British summer a Campari Cocktail will brighten up any even drinks soiree, A 700ml bottle will set you back around £13 in most retailers.


– 1 oz Gin
– 1 oz Campari
– 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Shake until well chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a burnt orange.

Best Enjoyed: Between 5pm  and 7pm (aperitivo hour) in any good Italian bar.

Campari and Orange

6 ice cubes

1/4 cup Campari

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice1

1/2 cups sparkling water (recommended: San Pelligrino)

Orange slice, halved.

Pour the Campari into an ice filled glass, top with orange juice and sparking water.

Best Enjoyed: In a cafe after a hot day around town, in your garden anytime.

Campari Soda

As the name suggests

Available in pre mixed bottles (on the continent only)

Best Enjoyed: With lunch or early afternoon drink.


Sweet Lime Recipe (The Darjeeling Ltd)

Sweet Lime

From: Rushmore Academy

(Gin Version)
2 ounces of gin
3 ounces sweet lime juice
2 Basil Leaves
1 ounce simple syrup (a.k.a. sugar water, a tablespoon of sugar or more to taste dissolved in a little warm water will do if you don’t have simple syrup handy)
Pinch of salt
Splash of Soda Water

Doom Bar

My sudden decision to get involved in the blogging phenomenon, despite enjoying the joys of twitter for years now, came half way through a pint of Doom Bar. Strangely it was one of my first forays into the world of ‘beer’, with it coming the joys of getting older, so what more appropriate way I thought to begin. I plan here to discuss pastimes that the world over should really think about enjoying. Simply, Beer/Food/Fashion and Technology, which I think fall hand in hand. I shall start here with a brief overview of Sharps ‘Doom Bar’.

For any of those who take any degree of pleasure in British pub culture, or ale for that matter, will have no doubt come across Doom Bar. For those who havent if you ever find yourself in a situation face with a landlord, a busy crowd behind you and a wall of pumps spread with confusing ale titles and curious labels, Doom Bar is always a good call for the first timer. Its a great introduction, showcasing some of the best produce found in traditional local breweries, if you are new to ale, head for Doom Bar, you cant go wrong.

Abv: 4.0%

Style: Best Bitter

Taste: Smooth, nutty and very creamy. Finishes with malty and slightly citrus tones