More chefs are partnering with farmers on every aspect of food production, from planting to pesticides. The increasing popularity of local and organic foods has helped forge strong relationships between the people who produce food and the chefs who serve it to diners.
Beef suet, a key ingredient in mincemeat pies, is a dense, hard fat taken from around a cow's kidneys and is available in many butcher shops or online. It might look intimidating, but it's actually easy to work with.
Several new types of gin pre-dating those of today by a few hundred years have just become available, including genever and aged gin. Use these in old-fashioned cocktails such as gin fizzes and martinis.
With so much focus on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients in cocktails, a pumpkin martini is a logical choice this time of year. It is made with pumpkin and apple purees, maple syrup, cognac and plum-infused vodka.