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A toast to Old Tom

January 29th, 2008

A toast to Old Tom

Old Tom gin, a sweeter gin that was very popular during the eighteenth-century and is often called for in classic cocktail books, has been unavailable for many years. However Christopher Hayman, whose great-grandfather created Beefeater gin, recently launched Hayman’s Old Tom gin, so just how different is Old Tom to London Dry?

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Chasing the Green Fairy

January 24th, 2008

Chasing the Green Fairy

Absinthe, the Green Fairy, la Fée Verte – ask most people about this pale green spirit and they will probably conjure up tales of hallucinations and madness. Some may have even tried it in nightclubs, often in flaming glasses, but that really isn’t what absinthe is all about. So what is it all about?

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A tale of two Maraschinos

January 16th, 2008

A tale of two Maraschinos

At the beginning of December Gabriel over at cocktailnerd compared two Maraschinos – namely Luxardo and Stock – and wrote about his preference for Stock Maraschino when making an Aviation cocktail. Until then everything I had read sung the praises of Maraschino Luxardo over any other brand, and I had very much enjoyed the Aviations [...]

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MxMO – Brandy

January 14th, 2008

MxMO – Brandy

Despite the slightly longer than usual gap, I still find myself surprised and unprepared for another Mixology Monday, this time hosted by Marleigh over at Sloshed! The topic this month is brandy, a subject which offers many possibilities from Cognac and Calvados to the altogether different tastes of Pisco or even kirsch. However this month, [...]

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What a load of Cobblers

January 9th, 2008

What a load of Cobblers

Originally a drink that made use of two products very new to drinks of the eighteenth century – ice and straws – the Cobbler has undergone many iterations since the first recipes, changing base spirits and gaining ingredients. Here we look at three Cobblers from the original sherry-based recipe to a very modern interpretation.

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Corpse Revivers

January 5th, 2008

Corpse Revivers

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.

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