Travel St Lawrence beach in Barbados

Take your partner, family, golf clubs… or a good pair of walking boos

Food and Drink: Make mine a Cuba Libre

If cigars are the new smoking, is rum about to become the new vodka? It's all a matter of taste

Eating out: Totally tropical Ealing

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THE 50 BEST COCKTAILS: SHAKE, BABY, SHAKE!

What's in a Mai Tai? How do you fix a real Martini? And what's the best way to get your tongue round a Caipirinha?

Travel: Top Table - Drouant, Paris

Location: 18 Rue Gaillon 75002 Paris. Tel: 00 33 1 42 65 15 16

When rum stopped play

He loved Barbados's great cricketers, but could the place live up to Stephen Fay's expectations?

Eating & Drinking: Parental discretion advised

MR THOMAS Testorf, aged 11, has got me dwelling on the subject of underage drinking. At the dinner celebrating the wedding of his parents, Linda and Christian, Thomas sipped at a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose with evident enjoyment and restraint. I learned later that he has developed a good palate and a real enthusiasm for wine, with a particular fondness for Pinot Noir. I am wondering still why all children can't be educated in the same way. Expect further deliberations on the subject.

WHY ARE THEY FAMOUS? James Archer

Main claim

The Week In Westminster: Is there a place for Lilley at Hague's Kitchen Table?

THERE WAS a collective sigh of relief on the Conservative benches on hearing that Michael Howard has decided to spend more time with his directorships and quit the front bench. He has finally bowed to what Michael Portillo described as his "image problem". In truth, though, he has probably decided the Conservatives are simply not going to win the next election.

Food: Dinner party pancakes with attitude for Shrove Tuesday: smother a stack in chocolate sauce and flaming rum

Crepes suzette became fashionable long before cooking was deemed to be a suitable career for a man. My father-in-law, who euphemistically couldn't boil an egg, was, however, a great showman, and I have often been fed the story of his pancakes. Having been treated in a restaurant to the spectacle of lacy thin crepes being flambeed, he acquired the necessary trolley and incendiary equipment to perform at home.

Platinum found on `forbidden isle' of Hebrides

GEOLOGISTS HAVE found what may be the biggest thing to turn up in the Scottish Isles since the wartime boatload of liquor immortalised as Whisky Galore! It's platinum.

Christmas Food & Drink: The spirits of christmas

Those curiously coloured drinks with unpronounceable names hidden at the back of the cocktail cabinet are due for their annual airing. Terry Durack suggests some uses for them

Words: Callibogus, n.

THE BEATLES' manager Brian Epstein - "an intuitive, theatrical guy", said John Lennon - recalled the famous, unsuccessful audition at Decca one New Year's Day. They paid 27/- for the hotel for the night. "They were poor and I wasn't rich" but none the less they all celebrated with rum and Scotch and Coke, "which was becoming a Beatle drink even then".

Drink: Get ready for tiki puka puka

The trendiest bar in New York is opening a branch here. But why the hula girls?

Books: Rum do

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