5 November

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Guy Fawkes Night

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Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

November 5th is, of course, Guy Fawkes' Night. Guy, or Guido to give him his full name, was arrested while trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament - and King James I - early on the morning of 5 November, 1605.

The bonfires and fireworks we watch tonight - complete with papier mache 'guys' atop - are a nod to the bonfires that were held all over London in celebration of the King's escape. But while we remember Guy Fawkes' name, what about his co-conspirators Thomas Bates, Robert and Thomas Wintour, Christopher and John Wright, Thomas Percy or Robert Catesby?

In honour of the forgotten conspirators, all of whom were sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered and have their heads spiked on poles, this 5th of November we're raising a hot drink to their severed heads.

Hot Toddy

For Robert Catesby, the brains behind the plot.

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Runny honey combines with whisky, lemon juice, sugar, cloves and boiling water. The smoky flavours in the Scotch add spice to this warming drink that's great when you're feeling down with a cold or the flu. It's origins are lost in time but it dates back at least as far as the 19th century with Dickens referencing a "Whisky Toddy" in 'The Pickwick Papers'.

Click here for the Hot Toddy recipe.

Tom & Jerry

For Thomas Percy.

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To quote Craddock, "The Tom & Jerry and The Blue Blazer - the latter a powerful concoction of burning whisky and boiling water - were the greatest cold weather beverages of that era." Created in the early 19th century and attributed to Jerry Thomas, the drink combines fresh egg white, egg yolk, rum, cognac, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and boiling water.

Click here for the Tom & Jerry recipe.

Hot Buttered Rum

For Robert Wintour.

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This slightly oily, warming, spicy toddy is even better when you use heated dry cider in place of boiling water, although certainly more boozy. The original recipe calls for honey, butter, rum, nutmeg and boiling water.

Click here for the Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail recipe.

Mulled Wine

For John Wright.

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Warming, soothing and potent, mulled wine is always better several servings are made and the ingredients warmed in a saucepan. It's the ultimate smell and taste of winter. Recipes vary but using clove, nutmeg, port, red wine, orange liqueur and a splash of citrus makes for a perfect winter warmer.

Click here for the Mulled Wine recipe.

Collar & Cuff

For Thomas Bates, the only working class member for the gang and Robert Catesby's servant.

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This blonde drink is warmed with ginger and calls for honey, Scotch, ginger liqueur, lemon juice and boiling water.

Click here for the Collar & Cuff recipe.


For Guy Fawkes himself.

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A tangy, citrussy hot drink, it comes from a classic Bishop cocktail which one Colonel Francis Negus, who was the MP for Ipswich from 1717 to 1732, created. Ingredients include tawny port, lemon juice, sugar and boiling water.

Click here for the Negus recipe.

Blue Blazer

For Christopher Wright.

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The ultimate theatre spectacle. The Blue Blazer is just a simple Whisky Punch but it is the flaming and mixing process sets it apart. This spectacular serve was created by 'Professor' Jerry Thomas, author of the first bartending book and travelling performance bartender. Legend has it that Thomas would only make the drink if the outside temperature was 50°F (10°C) or below, making an exception to this rule if the person ordering was suffering with a cold or the flu, whose symptoms the drink was to alleviate.

Click here for the Blue Blazer recipe.

Hot Red Blooded Frenchman

For Thomas Wintour, who was a solider in France.

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Warm, fruity red wine - great on a cold night. The recipe calls for orange liqueur, claret wine, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and boiling water.

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And the full poem?

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England's overthrow.

By God's mercy he was catch'd
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

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