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  • Homemade Swiss Chocolate Almond Liqueur using Top Shelf Essence

    This homemade Swiss Chocolate Almond Liqueur is a winner. Gorgeous for Christmas yet perfect as a year-round treat, it is very simple to make.  If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you'll know I make a range of homemade liqueurs, some from scratch and some using Top Shelf Essences by Still Spirits.
  • How to make Homemade Hazelnut Liqueur with Top Shelf Essence

    This hazelnut liqueur is lovely. It is very simple to make using Top Shelf Almond Liqueur Essence, a base and vodka.

    Andy makes this liqueur every Christmas, and sometimes in the months in-between - it is that good! Lovely on it's own, over ice or in coffee. 

  • Homemade Clementine and Brandy Butter

    With Christmas rapidly approaching, we have started making the lovely little side dishes that, for us, make Christmas so special. Not least of all because we don't have them at any other time of year. One such thing we make is Clementine and Brandy Butter.
  • Crumbly Eggnog Fudge

    I posted my Crumbly Vanilla Fudge Recipe some time ago now, and it is one of the blogs on which we have had the most comments. It seems I'm not the only person who prefers crumbly fudge to chewy fudge! And as Christmas approaches, here is how to make something lovely and festive: Crumbly Eggnog Fudge.
  • How to make Irish Whiskey using Top Shelf Shamrock Whiskey Flavouring

    I have told you before how wonderful homemade Irish Cream Liqueur is, and shared my favourite Irish Cream Recipe. To make it, you need Irish Whiskey. We make ours using a Whiskey-like drink made with Top Shelf Shamrock Whiskey Flavouring.
  • How to make Acorn Coffee

    Every autumn when we see acorns on the ground, we talk about what we could do with them. Acorn coffee is discussed every year, but usually doesn't ...
  • How to make Homemade Halloumi Cheese

    We love Halloumi all year round, especially grilled on the bbq. Andy makes ours now because it is so easy to make. Here he shares how to make homemade Halloumi Cheese, and there's also a tutorial video where he grills it on the bbq.
  • Introducing... the Almost Off Grid App for your phone

    We're always looking for ways to make it easier to shop with us, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic. So from today, when you visit our ...
  • Homemade Bagels Recipe - New York Style

    Homemade Bagels have a reputation for being a bit tricky to make. In fact, they are not. Andy often makes them for breakfast at the weekend and this is his homemade bagels recipe.
  • How to Make Butter from Cream

    It is October 2020 as I write this. In the UK we were locked down for 6 months earlier this year due to COVID-19, and some products became difficul...
  • 10 Reasons Your Home Brew Fermentation May Have Stopped - Checklist

    Sometimes you make a wine, beer, cider or mead and it starts fermenting beautifully. Then... it stops. There could be at least 10 reasons why your ...
  • Homebrew Tips: How to Rack - and why

    Racking is a key process in home brewing and wine making. Your recipe may call for you to rack your brew once, twice and maybe even three times bef...