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The Donovan Bar

December 27th, 2008

The Donovan Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues I visit the bar at Brown’s Hotel, an homage to British photographer Terence Donovan.

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Ramos Gin Fizz

December 24th, 2008

Ramos Gin Fizz

I’ve never been one for morning cocktails, but after enjoying a delicious Ramos Gin Fizz during Tales of the Cocktail this year I’ve started to make the occasional exception. I still rarely drink in the morning, but tomorrow while I open my Christmas presents I know what I am going to be sipping on…

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The May Fair Bar

December 21st, 2008

The May Fair Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit the sleek and modern May Fair Hotel to try drinks at the similarly contemporary May Fair Bar.

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Bob’s Bitters

December 17th, 2008

Bob’s Bitters

A look at Bob’s Bitters, a range of bitters as used at The Dorchester Bar and The Connaught Bar. Taking a single flavour approach, rather than the complex mixture of spices and botanicals found in more traditional bitters, Bob’s Bitters offer a different perspective on how bitters should be made and used.

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MxMO – Spice

December 15th, 2008

MxMO – Spice

Mixology Monday this month is on the theme of spice. Since first trying it last year Pimm’s Winter Cup has been a favourite spicy winter drink when warmed up and combined with apple juice and cinnamon. Here a comparison of Pimm’s Winter and Austin’s Winter Drink, plus the Winter Sidecar cocktail.

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Blue Bar at The Berkeley

December 12th, 2008

Blue Bar at The Berkeley

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I head over to Knightsbridge to visit The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, a very blue bar and allegedly a favourite haunt of Madonna.

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Abelha Cachaça

December 10th, 2008

Abelha Cachaça

A first look at Abelha Cachaça, a new cachaça that has recently hit the British shores. Organically produced and available in unaged silver and 3 year old gold varieties, how does it taste, and what cocktails beyond the Caipirinha does it work well in?

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The Dorchester Bar

December 5th, 2008

The Dorchester Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit The Dorchester Bar to sample their house Old Tom gin.

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Abrakadabra, Alabazam!

December 1st, 2008

Abrakadabra, Alabazam!

Despite trying my best to keep track of cocktails I want to try I only ever get around to making a small fraction of the ones I would like to. However, it’s all worth it for the drinks that turn out to be real magic. Witness the great disappearing bitters trick as I say abrakadabra and try the Alabazam.

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