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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.
Another Old Tom gin surfaces, this time from the man behind the excellent Jensen’s Bermondsey gin. Based on a recipe from the 1840s this Old Tom uses absolutely no sugar, instead relying on increased botanicals to add sweetness and flavour as the first Old Toms probably did over 200 years ago.
When people first learn I have a passion for mixology they often ask me what my favourite cocktail is, a question I’m never quite sure how to answer. On certain evenings though, under certain circumstances, I do have a temporary favourite. Tonight that drink is a Manhattan variation that for one day at least, is my favourite cocktail.
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.
Corpse Revivers are an old family of cocktails which were traditionally consumed as hairs of the dog – drinks to refresh you after a heavy night. Personally the idea of drinking even more alcohol when hung over sounds awful, but that doesn’t mean the cocktails aren’t tasty libations you can consume when not hung over.