Currently browsing September 2008
Another Old Tom gin surfaces, this time from the man behind the excellent Jensen’s Bermondsey gin. Based on a recipe from the 1840s this Old Tom uses absolutely no sugar, instead relying on increased botanicals to add sweetness and flavour as the first Old Toms probably did over 200 years ago.
Martin Miller’s Gin Competition 2008 finished up at the opulent Miller’s Academy in Notting Hill last week, with seven of the UK’s finest bartenders battling out to create the ultimate “Twisted G&T”. I was lucky enough to be invited along as a judge, and surrounded by G&Ts all afternoon what more could you ask for?
This month Mixology Monday looks back in time to 19th century cocktails, a topic already very familiar here on Oh Gosh!. After some searching around the classic cocktail books I settled upon The Delicious Sour, a mixture of applejack and peach liqueur taken from “The Only William” Schmidt’s 1892 book The Flowing Bowl.
A look at a drink from Charles H Baker’s Gentleman’s Companion, the Remember the Maine, which I tried last year and then promptly managed to forget. Two separate occasions whilst I was out in the US brought it back to my attention in two different forms, and I now won’t be forgetting either in a hurry.
During my trip to the States in July I sampled many a cocktail, but the Brooklyn really stood out amongst the others. A variation on the Manhattan that introduces Amer Picon and Maraschino to make things a little more interesting, I enjoyed it so much that while I only ever had one it has become the cocktail that reminds me most of my tours around the bars of New York.
Comparison tastings are all very well, but spirits like gin are at their best when mixed in a well made cocktail. Following on from the Old Tom gin comparison I look at how the four gins work in two classic cocktails that originally called for Old Tom – the Tom Collins and the Martinez.