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The English summer means the return of one of my favourite long drinks, the Pimm’s Cup. A firm favourite here, it may just be the perfect drink for a hot afternoon. Pimm’s isn’t the only fruit cup around though, so how does it compare with the competition, and just what fruit and mixers should go in to the perfect Pimm’s cup?
Dating from the 19th century, the Old Fashioned is a cocktail in the truest sense of the word, being a simple mixture of spirit, sugar, water and bitters. This simplicity belies the amazing complexity of a well made Old Fashioned though, so grab you bar spoon and prepare to stir for a long, long time.
The Margarita may well be the most popular cocktail in the world, but it is also one of the most abused. Most bars feature it on their menu, but the chances of getting anything resembling a true Margarita are slim-to-none. Learn the right way to make the drink, and find out what you’ve been missing.
London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Almost as famous are the bars these hotels house, honey pots to the rich and famous and many, like the Savoy, with a historic link to the cocktail. In the first of a new series, I explore the hotel bars of London and see if their reputations are deserved.
The most famous cocktail in the world, the Martini, is also a misunderstood one. These days most associated with James Bond and vodka, a real Martini should be made with gin and most definitely stirred, not shaken. It’s certainly not a cocktail for beginners, so find out what I made of my very first Martini.