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Coming Attractions

August 28th, 2008

Coming Attractions

After a hectic July in the US attending Tales of the Cocktail and touring the bars of New York, I’ve been taking it easier in August relaxing and recovering. Things kick off again in September though, with several events I’ll be attending including the Boutique Bar Show, Bar Convent Berlin and RumFest 2008.

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The Old Tom Showdown

August 17th, 2008

The Old Tom Showdown

For me the holy grail of rare spirits, Old Tom gin finally became available earlier this year with the arrival of Hayman’s Old Tom. However, they aren’t the only ones reviving this style of gin, popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In a bid to work out exactly what Old Tom gin is all about, I compare four currently available bottlings.

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B♭

August 14th, 2008

B♭

The last stop in my tour of the finest bars of New York, B♭ is the new bar from the bartenders responsible for putting Angel’s Share on the map. Providing an interesting mixture of both modern and classic trends in the world of cocktails, and with a definite Eastern influence, B♭ made for a great end to my time in America.

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The Clover Club

August 12th, 2008

The Clover Club

When you think about cocktails in New York, you think of the bars in the West and East villages that are famous the world over. However, Manhattan better watch out as Brooklyn is hot on the feels of its neighbour with The Clover Club, a brand new bar that’s being recommended by, well, almost everyone.

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MxMO – Local Flavour

August 11th, 2008

MxMO – Local Flavour

For Mixology Monday this month we’re keeping things local with a look at the Gin and Tonic, an English classic invented in colonial India to help keep Malaria at bay in a tasty fashion. Made with Jensen gin and Fever Tree tonic water, nothing in the drink comes from more than twenty miles away. Well, except the lime…

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Little Branch

August 10th, 2008

Little Branch

Milk and Honey in New York is one of the most highly rated bars in the world, but with its reservations only policy and unlisted number isn’t exactly easy to get in to. Ran by the same people, Little Branch offers the same dedication to cocktails, in a larger, more accessible location in the West Village.

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Please Don’t Tell

August 8th, 2008

Please Don’t Tell

A hot dog joint may not be the first place you would head for world-class cocktails. But Crif Dogs on the Lower East Side of Manhattan is a little different. Head for the vintage phone booth and get buzzed through the hidden door, and you’ll find yourself in PDT – a small but excellent bar keeping up speakeasy traditions.

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Death & Company

August 7th, 2008

Death & Company

With the heavens pouring down around me, and lightening illuminating the sky every other second, the weather was certainly against me on my first night back in New York following Tales of the Cocktail. However, I wasn’t about to let mere weather stop me from visiting Lower East Side bar Death & Company.

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Mud Puddle Books

August 6th, 2008

Mud Puddle Books

Making classic cocktails can become an expensive hobby, and aside from exotic aged spirits one of the most pricey luxuries is the classic cocktail book. Regularly reaching many hundreds of dollars on eBay, these classic volumes are now being released to a brand new audience thanks to Mud Puddle Books.

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