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Aromatic Bitters

September 28th, 2007

Aromatic Bitters

With so many different aromatic bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters, The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.

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St. Germain

September 21st, 2007

St. Germain

St. Germain is a relatively new liqueur from France, which uses hand-harvested elderflowers picked from the foothills of the Alps. Elderflowers are small, delicate, white flowers that bloom for just a few days every year, and have long been used in herbal remedies throughout Europe. Transported from the hills on the bicycles of the pickers, [...]

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MxMO – Champagne

September 17th, 2007

MxMO – Champagne

This months Mixology Monday is hosted by my good friend Gabriel who has chosen the theme of “Fizz!!”. Interestingly, aside from the Raspberry Loretto I’ve never featured a drink that features anything fizzy. This is mainly because, aside from the odd G&T and when I’m out in bars I don’t trust to make decent cocktails, [...]

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Noilly Ambre

September 15th, 2007

Noilly Ambre

Noilly Ambre is a rather rare apéritif made by the same folks that produce the famous Noilly Prat dry vermouth. Like all Noilly Prat vermouth it is produced in Marseillan, France, using wines made from Clairette and Picpoul de Pinet grapes.
The initial process is the same for all vermouths, be it sweet, dry or ambre. [...]

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What a hoop-la!

September 13th, 2007

What a hoop-la!

Right, enough talk about equipment – let’s get back to the cocktails! Tonight I fancied something new, and while thumbing through my ever-expanding library of recipe books (I sense another beginners guide coming) I came across the following cocktail. It comes from The Savoy Cocktail Book, a tome first published in 1930 and written by [...]

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Tips for beginners: Tools and equipment

September 12th, 2007

Tips for beginners: Tools and equipment

The cocktail shaker may be the most vital piece of bar equipment you should own, but it’s certainly not the only one. Shakers, strainers, muddlers… bar spoons, channel knives, jiggers. There is a seemingly endless array of tools aimed to help you make better cocktails.
The following is a collection of some of the equipment I [...]

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Tips for beginners: Cocktail shakers

September 8th, 2007

Tips for beginners: Cocktail shakers

If there is one tool that is absolutely essential for making cocktails, it is the cocktail shaker. Whether you’re shaking up an Aviation, or stirring your Martini or Manhattan in the mixing tin/glass, your cocktail shaker is certain to be the most used piece of your bar equipment.
The practice of using two containers, and moving [...]

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