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The 13 best gins that you might not know about

The continuing gin boom means sales of spirits are earning more money for the Treasury than beer for the first time ever.<p>Gin sales have surged by 12pc over the past year with a total of 43 million bottles sold across the country according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.<p>Though a good solid …

10 classic Mad Men-era cocktails

How to heal your gut with great food

<i>Seven years ago Lee Holmes deteriorated to the point she couldn’t get out of bed. Then she created a toxin-free, good-bacteria-friendly diet, and her health returned.</i><p>'I’ve just taught a yoga class and am about to have a bowl of saffron and white-bean soup for dinner,’ Lee Holmes tells me over the …

10 of the finest cocktails for National Tequila Day

It's National Tequila Day, and what better way to mark the occasion than with ten of the best tequila-based cocktails, from the classic to the creative? Actually, it’s more like eight, because I’ve thrown in a couple of mezcal drinks to spice things up a bit. The differences between them are …

The perfect G&T: what's the best tonic to pair with gin?

Fevertree, Schweppes and a whole host of other tonic waters were put to the test by our rigorous tasting panel. The winner might surprise you<p>Fashions come and fashions go, in the drinks world as in most others. While we're not yet over negronis, and Old Fashioneds are anything but, we all should be …

12 tips to styling your bookcases like a pro

Ready to open a new chapter in home decor? Here's a novel idea: bookshelves.<p>Creating bookshelf displays that are both functional and decorative is a simple, inexpensive way to refresh a room's interior and flash some personal style. We've gathered inspiring images of shelving design from our …

Hit by the hummus crisis? Here's how to make it at home

Some of Britain's supermarkets have recalled hummus from their stores following 'production issues'. Today Sainsburys, M&S and Tesco stores have empty shelves following complaints of a 'fizzy' 'plastic' and 'metallic' taste from consumers.<p>The ubiquitous dip's absence from the supermarket shelf has …

Healthy Eating

I've taken AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and National Geographic genetics tests — here's how to choose one to try

I've sent my spit off for more genetics tests than anyone else I know.<p>The tests analyzed the DNA in my saliva to find out a host of things about my ancestry and health.<p>Genetic testing companies have proprietary sets of data and various ways of analyzing information, so each one I tried offered a …

Molecular Biology

Is Kythira the perfect Greek island?

Andrew Bostock has spent much of his life living in and writing guidebooks on Greece but in Kythira – with its gorges, waterfalls and perfect beaches – he’s finally found the idyll he has always dreamed of<p>In my 30-year hunt to find the perfect Greek island, I’ve visited around 40 of them – but my …

Beaches

ICE AND FIRE

For half a century, Nautor’s Swan has built some of the world’s most revered yachts in the heart of Finland’s historic boatbuilding country on the Gulf of Bothnia. From small beginnings, it now combines the best of Finnish and Italian craft to live up to its founder’s maxim: elegance, performance …

The 9 refreshing prosecco cocktails you need to make this weekend

These refreshing prosecco cocktails are perfect for enjoying on warm days. Best of all, you can make them with store-cupboard staples.<p><b>Lemon Sherbet Fizz</b><p>A mouthwatering, lip-smacking, tangy citrus froth. Pop one heaped teaspoon of lemon sorbet into the bottom of a tall flute and dash a few drops of …

Recipes

How to make the ultimate roast potato

Forget the turkey and stuffing, the pigs in blankets and the cranberry sauce.<p>Isn't the best part of a Christmas lunch, in fact any roast, the humble potato, fluffy and piping on the inside and roasted to crunchy perfection on the outside?<p>Here's a fool-proof recipe for delicious, crunchy roast …

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.<p>Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help …

Time Management

The perfect dram: how to choose a whisky that's right for you

The whisky refusenik is often a victim of past experience. Perhaps as a first-timer, they were met at the bar by both an overwhelming complexity of flavour in the glass, and the intimidating rhetoric of a more seasoned “expert” whisky drinker next to them.<p>But they are denying themselves a drink …

Why My Younger Colleagues Dream to Leave?

By <i>AsiaToday</i> reporter Lee Mi-hyun - "Nowadays, young people do not stay long on the job, and are impatient to move on, fewer believe in learning the ropes, taking time to develop skills on the job and working their way up."<p>This is the public remarks of Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister Tharman …

10 reasons why Winchester is Britain's best place to live

Winchester is officially the UK's best place to live, according to a new survey by Halifax. The bank compared average earnings, health, happiness and crime rates in towns and cities all over the country – and this Hampshire idyll came out tops.<p>So what's all the fuss about? These are the best bits …

10 Reasons Nice Bosses Finish First

Many bosses assume that a leader needs to be aloof and tough on employees in order to be effective. They fear that looking "soft" will erode their employee's motivation and respect for them. To prove their case, they cite examples of brilliant leaders who modeled a tough leadership style and low …

The best restaurants in Venice

Expert guide to Venice<p>Venice is a minefield of overpriced, tourist-trap restaurants offering depressingly mediocre food. Happily, there are some dazzling fine dining establishments and authentic local finds, for those in the know. Telegraph Travel expert Anne Hanley shares her favourite places to …

Drink Decor: The Prettiest Liquor Bottles to Have on Your Bar Cart

Taste good > look good, but looking good doesn't hurt.<p>Bar cart—acquired. Now what to put on the damn thing? Here, some suggestions that will certainly gussy up that rolling thingamajig or make really great/boozy presents. (They're wrapped! Basically!)

Learning to snowboard in two days in the French Alps

“Oh, you’ll pick it up in two days,” my friend James declared, when asked how long he thought it would take me, someone who has been skateboarding …

An homage to fromage: 10 incredible British cheeses to try before you die

<b>Forget brie or camembert - the Brits make cheese like no-one else. Patrick McGuigan picks 10 of the best</b><p><b>Stawley</b><p>Velvety white and with brain-like wrinkles, the rind on this Somerset goats' cheese is a thing of beauty.<p>It also plays an important role in Stawley's complex flavours, imparting intense …

Leadership in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: It's time for an upgrade

Everyone is talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There is no question that we are in the middle of the automation and interconnectedness …

Innovation

Growth vs fixed mindset: which one does your company have?

Growth mindsets have been popping up in classrooms, on sports fields and increasingly in workplaces since Stanford University psychology professor …

Self-improvement

Want to improve your decision-making and become a better leader? Some mistakes to avoid

Several years ago, I was part of a small team charged with overhauling the e-commerce site of an established company. We developed a strong …

Management

7 Hacks for a Very Vegan Holiday Feast

The best substitution solutions for hearty celebratory fare<p>As a longtime vegan who’s never tasted turkey, I can still say that Thanksgiving is one of …

‘Soar like a rocket, fall like a stone.’ 3 leadership lessons from CEOs

Many young people may feel a calling to become successful business leaders, but few are chosen. Those who do make it may seem like far-off …

Leadership

Why Deep Work Helps You Get More Done in Less Time

Ever since I spoke with Cal Newport about the rules for focused success in a distracted world, and read his most recent book, I’ve become an …

Best Swiss ski resorts

France and Austria both have their particular strengths, but in many respects Switzerland is hard to beat. It has an unfair share of the most dramatic mountain scenery, and ditto the most captivating traffic-free old mountain villages, the best mountain restaurants, and some of the most impressive …

27 fascinating photographs of a London lost to time

Top 10: the best Amalfi Coast hotels

The fabulous coastline between Positano and Ravello, with its switchback road that hugs the cliff and curls around the deep bays that protect the towns and villages along the way remains as glamourous, compelling and historic as any summertime destination in Europe, with breathtaking views, …