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Tips for beginners: Ingredients

May 25th, 2007

Tips for beginners: Ingredients

Getting started in the world of cocktails can seem like an expensive venture to those with few spirits in their alcohol cabinet. There is a huge variety of alcohol available, from the key base spirits like gin, vodka and whisky, to the more exotic likes of rye and Cachaça, and the huge array of liqueurs. [...]

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Kirschwasser

May 19th, 2007

Kirschwasser

Kirsch, short for the German Kirschwasser (cherry water), is an eau de vie (French for water of life, enough languages for you yet?) – a clear brandy made from fermented fruit, in this case cherries. Kirsch is a strong alcohol (typically over 80 proof), and unlike the sweet, strongly flavoured cherry liqueurs has a very [...]

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Tips for beginners: Ice

May 18th, 2007

Tips for beginners: Ice

When I first began making my own cocktails several years ago, the drinks I was producing were mediocre at best. The act of combining alcohol and serving it in a glass seems inherently easy, but without some basic knowledge and technique the results will often be disappointing. This is the first part in a series [...]

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MxMO – Tequila

May 13th, 2007

MxMO – Tequila

This months Mixology Monday theme is tequila. Up until a month or so back my only experience of tequila was shots of it, with a lick of salt and a bite of lemon, from when I was at university and doing shots was cool. It’s probably these experiences that put me off trying any Tequila [...]

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Sidecar

May 12th, 2007

Sidecar

The sour family of drinks contains many of the true classics like the Margarita, Daiquiri and of course the Sidecar. Allegedly invented during World War I, the drink has a simple recipe that belies its amazing flavour and complexity. If you like sours but want something a little more warming, the Sidecar may be for you.

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Oh Gosh!

May 7th, 2007

Oh Gosh!

I thought I had better explain exactly why I named this site “Oh Gosh!”, and at the same time give myself an excuse to make one of my favourite summer cocktails…

The “Oh Gosh!” is a little-known cocktail created by Tony Conigliaro at the now defunt Isola bar in Knightsbridge, London. According to Difford’s Guide to [...]

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Welcome to Oh Gosh!

May 3rd, 2007

Welcome to Oh Gosh!

Hello and welcome. My name is Jay and I’m a cocktail enthusiast, in his early twenties, from England. My interest in cocktails began several years ago at University, with sickly-sweet concoctions made with pre-mixes and cheap spirits in equally sickly and cheap pubs. From these dubious beginnings I have slowly learned more about the art [...]

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