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The Leap Year Cocktail

February 29th, 2008

The Leap Year Cocktail

Given that the 29th February only comes around once every four years (give or take), it seems like as good a day as any to celebrate with a cocktail. A bit of digging around turned up the Leap Year Cocktail, a drink created by Harry Craddock for the leap year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel [...]

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Cuarenta Y Tres

February 26th, 2008

Cuarenta Y Tres

Licor 43, or Cuarenta Y Tres, is a liqueur produced in Spain that uses a recipe claimed to be over a thousand years old. This recipe uses 43 separate ingredients to produce a rather distinctive taste, with a strong vanilla flavour backed with, amongst others, orange citrus and Christmas spices. It is a fairly sweet [...]

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There’s nothing like a frosted glass

February 22nd, 2008

There’s nothing like a frosted glass

I know what I want from Christmas…

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Perfectly lovely?

February 18th, 2008

Perfectly lovely?

Parfait Amour is a purple liqueur that used to be a popular ladies drink in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. For a reason I’m not exactly sure of I always assumed Parfait Amour had a flavour similar to Crème de Violette, but although they both have a violet element to their taste they are [...]

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RotLC – Apricot Brandy

February 14th, 2008

RotLC – Apricot Brandy

The third round of Raiders of the Lost Cocktail, the semi-regular event that aims to find lost cocktails made with forgotten ingredients, draws to a close tomorrow. Paul picked apricot brandy as the chosen ingredient, which gave me a great excuse to go out and buy a spirit I had previously neglected. Armed with a [...]

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MxMO – Variations

February 11th, 2008

MxMO – Variations

It’s that time again! Mixology Monday is this month hosted by Jimmy over at Jimmy’s Cocktail Hour, and has the theme of “variations”. This immediately conjured up lots of ideas, mainly based around recipe comparisons, but as they have become something of a regular item here I wanted to come up with an entry that [...]

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Book review: Difford’s Guide

February 10th, 2008

Book review: Difford’s Guide

“Difford’s Guide to Cocktails, Vol. 5″ was the first cocktail book I ever purchased, back when I thought a Woo Woo was a good cocktail, and Jack Daniels was a quality bourbon. Since then my knowledge, and indeed my cocktail snobbery, has expanded, but Difford’s Guide has remained a useful reference for all manner of [...]

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Made in Scotland from girders

February 5th, 2008

Made in Scotland from girders

Irn-Bru is a bright orange coloured soft drink that is produced in Scotland where it is so popular you can even buy Irn-Bru sausages and ice-cream. It has a citrus flavour which is very difficult to describe, and though the use of quinine provides a bitter edge to the drink it is very sweet. It [...]

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Vino de Jerez

February 3rd, 2008

Vino de Jerez

Last months look at Cobbler cocktails really opened my eyes to Sherry, a spirit I had previously disregarded as a sweet alcohol only drank by old women. As it turns out there are many variations available, and some of them have a lot to offer, both on their own and when mixed in cocktails.
Sherry is [...]

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