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Union Club

August 28th, 2007

Union Club

My quest for Campari-based nirvana continues today with a cocktail presented by Jamie Boudreau at the last Mixology Monday. I originally planned to try the Jasmine next, but not being a massive fan of grapefruit juice, which Robert Hess informs me it tastes of, I thought the following cocktail would be more to my taste. [...]

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A few of my favourite things…

August 24th, 2007

A few of my favourite things…

Over the past few weeks several cocktail blogs have been posting lists of all the alcohol they have in their collection. Despite the jealousy this often provokes in me I do enjoy reading and seeing all this booze. I think it brings out the bottle fetishist inside me – I just love seeing a large [...]

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Manhattan

August 21st, 2007

Manhattan

The Dry Martini and the Manhattan are the most famous of all classic cocktails. Most people, even if they have never experienced the joy of drinking one, will have at least heard their names in passing. As Robert Hess recently pointed out, despite first appearances the two drinks actually share a lot in common. Indeed, [...]

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The Original Aviation

August 15th, 2007

The Original Aviation

A recent darling of the cocktail world, the Aviation is a wonderful mix of gin, maraschino and lemon juice. Until recently that was as good as it got, but now with the availability of crème de violette we can make the original recipe, which provides the beautiful blue tint that perhaps earned this cocktail its name.

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MxMO – Orange

August 13th, 2007

MxMO – Orange

It’s Mixology Monday time again, this month hosted by Gwen at Intoxicated Zodiac with the theme of Orange. Well actually it’s a bit more complicated than that, relating to the star-sign Leo (my own sign, coincidentally), but head over to Intoxicated Zodiac for the full run down.
I use orange bitters and orange zest quite regularly, [...]

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Orange Bitters

August 11th, 2007

Orange Bitters

With so many different orange bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers West Indian Orange bitters, The Bitter Truth Orange bitters, Regan’s No. 6 Orange bitters, Angostura Orange bitters and Stirrings Blood Orange bitters.

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And the winner is…

August 8th, 2007

And the winner is…

I am pleased to announce that the lucky winner of the Tony Abou-Ganim’s Modern Mixology DVD is Bettina, a regular reader who enjoys Pegu cocktails – never a bad thing. Congratulations Bettina, and thank you to everyone else who entered and commented.
My internet access is currently limited to internet cafés so posting may still be [...]

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Nothing to see here… (again)

August 3rd, 2007

Nothing to see here… (again)

Certain forces have conspired against me and my plans to perform a comparison of the major brands of bitters, both orange and aromatic. Unfortunately I’m still waiting on my package of The Bitter Truth bitters, and after today I will no longer be living at the address they are due to arrive at. Therefore, the [...]

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Of Campari and Orange Bitters

August 1st, 2007

Of Campari and Orange Bitters

My previous experiences with Campari have left me less than impressed. I’ve tried both the Negroni and the Rendezvous but have found both of them somewhat overwhelmed by the bitterness introduced by the Campari. However, I’m not one to let a difficult ingredient keep me down – if I was I would never have gotten [...]

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