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Coronation Cocktail

October 25th, 2008

Coronation Cocktail

I love a good, strong Martini or Manhattan as much as the next lush, but there are occasions where such a strong drink may not be the best course of action. When I find this is the case I often reach for a cocktail based on sherry, a fortified wine that packs plenty of flavour but not so much punch.

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Playing favourites

October 21st, 2008

Playing favourites

When people first learn I have a passion for mixology they often ask me what my favourite cocktail is, a question I’m never quite sure how to answer. On certain evenings though, under certain circumstances, I do have a temporary favourite. Tonight that drink is a Manhattan variation that for one day at least, is my favourite cocktail.

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Part of the club

October 17th, 2008

Part of the club

One of the highlights of my trip to Berlin last month was the chance to try so many great new cocktails I hadn’t gotten around to drinking previously. Here I look at the love-child of the Pegu Club and Pendennis Club, a creation by Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro called the Juniper Club Cocktail.

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Forgotten Flavours

October 12th, 2008

Forgotten Flavours

Once you start getting in to cocktails, it doesn’t usually take too long before you come across an ingredient you can’t easily get hold of. While making your own ingredients is always an option, there are also some great companies out there bringing classic ingredients back for all to enjoy. Here I look at two liqueurs from Germany company Forgotten Flavours.

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MxMO – Guilty Pleasures

October 12th, 2008

MxMO – Guilty Pleasures

My “guilty pleasure” for this month’s Mixology Monday is a sickly-sweet mixture popular amongst students, hen parties and gentlemen who can’t catch. It’s pretty much the antithesis of the cocktails and the drink culture I usually write about, but sometimes, just sometimes, all that doesn’t really matter…

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Prost!

October 10th, 2008

Prost!

My third day in Berlin saw sessions from The Traveling Mixologists, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Henry Besant, Nick Strangeway and Charles Vexenat at the BCB, plus the Mixology Magazine Bar Awards 2008 and visits to Victoria Bar and Rum Trader. A great ending to a fun few days in Berlin.

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Mein Kopf tut weh

October 9th, 2008

Mein Kopf tut weh

A hazy look back at my second day in Berlin, which featured delicious Weiner Schnitzel, local German Schnapps, plenty of Gin and Tonics and some incredible bars.

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Don’t say the V word

October 6th, 2008

Don’t say the V word

For me the very best cocktails are those that take their ingredients and manage to combine them to create something you would never expect. During Bar Convent Berlin I came across a drink that does this magnificently, and what’s more does it with an ingredient you really wouldn’t expect. Sometimes it pays to keep an open mind.

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Ich bin ein Berliner

October 5th, 2008

Ich bin ein Berliner

A look back at my first day in Berlin for Bar Convent Berlin 2008, the second annual bartending show held by Mixology Magazine. Join me as I visit the Mixology Magazine offices, head to Reingold bar for a party held by the Traveling Mixologists, and stumble around the bars of Berlin with a motley crew of cocktailians.

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