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Sazerac

December 29th, 2007

Sazerac

A true classic, born in New Orleans, the Sazerac has survived many years and a change in base spirit to remain one of the finest cocktails ever invented. From the Cognac-based original invented by John B. Schiller, to the modern rye recipe espoused by Thomas H. Handy, find out what makes this classic drink.

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Sabrina

December 25th, 2007

Sabrina

Merry Christmas everybody. Thanks to all who have read, subscribed and commented on this site over the past eight months, and here’s to another year of cocktail adventures… cheers! My Christmas gift to you all is a quote from Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy “Sabrina”, starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden…

Here Sabrina and [...]

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Country Bumpkin

December 23rd, 2007

Country Bumpkin

A few weeks ago Anthony left a comment recommending the English Caipirinha as an excellent cocktail that makes use of berries. Anthony’s recipe wasn’t all that precise, but the drink sounded potentially interesting so tonight I had a bit of a play to see what worked best. After an initial attempt that was rather heavy [...]

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Winter Pimm’s

December 19th, 2007

Winter Pimm’s

Pimm’s is a traditional English spirit invented in 1840 by James Pimm as an aid to digestion. The initial product, now known as No. 1 Cup, was made using a gin base and over the next 100 years, as its popularity grew, cups 2 to 6 were added, containing whisky, brandy, rum, rye and vodka, [...]

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Home-made bitters – the results

December 17th, 2007

Home-made bitters – the results

A few weeks ago I wrote about my attempts at home-made bitters, a long process evolving steeping spices in various alcohols, lots of filtering, and lots of waiting around. After nearly a month of work the process finally came to an end today. That’s right – they’re ready for tasting!
The mixture of water and spices [...]

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Especial Day

December 11th, 2007

Especial Day

Blackberries must be in season somewhere in the world right now, as the supermarkets are currently packed with them at pretty reasonable prices. I thought it would be rude not to take advantage of this, so tonight armed with a fresh punnet of blackberries I went in search of a cocktail that made good use [...]

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Tequila Old Fashioned

December 8th, 2007

Tequila Old Fashioned

In my adventures with cocktails over the past few years I have sampled all of the main base spirits like gin and rum, as well as some pretty exotic ones too. However, there is one spirit that has been almost entirely neglected by me – tequila. Sure I’ve mixed up the odd Margarita, and had [...]

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MxMO – Repeal Day

December 3rd, 2007

MxMO – Repeal Day

This month Mixology Monday, hosted by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, is all about Repeal Day – the celebration of the end of prohibition in the United States. For thirteen years consumption of alcohol for non-medical purposes was banned in the States, leading millions of Americans to willingly break the law by frequenting speakeasies, and giving cause for [...]

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Home-made bitters

December 1st, 2007

Home-made bitters

Regular readers may have picked up on the fact I’m a bit of a bitters aficionado. Having reviewed almost every commercially available brand of orange bitters and aromatic bitters, and even getting my hands on some Hermes bitters from Japan, there didn’t seem to be anywhere for my obsession to go. Except, that is, making [...]

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