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Featured Post Singapore Sling(s)

October 19th, 2007

With many classic cocktails it’s difficult to find any information about it at all. The Singapore Sling, however, has an abundance of information and history written about it. The problem is much of it is so contradictory working out the actual history of the drink is rather difficult. With so many recipes around, which are worth making?

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Exploring the Borough

February 23rd, 2010

Exploring the Borough

The Brooklyn is one of my favourite cocktails, and there are many great variations on the drink named after Brooklyn neighbourhoods. Vincenzo Errico’s Red Hook started the trend, and drinks inspired by the Red Hook like the Greenpoint and Bensonhurst soon followed.

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Funkin’ For Jamaica

February 3rd, 2010

Funkin’ For Jamaica

One of the best products I sampled at Tales of the Cocktail last year was a new rum from Haus Alpenz. A traditional Jamaican rum with a flavour profile similar to that which was prevalent in the early 20th century, Smith & Cross isn’t exactly a sipper but does work wonderfully in drinks like the Montego Bay.

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This is starting to get silly…

November 13th, 2009

This is starting to get silly…

Continuing the theme of bitters heavy drinks, I take a look at two cocktails from New York bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez that make use of frankly insane amounts of Angostura bitters to delicious effect. What better way to celebrate Angostura bitters going back in to production!

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MxMO – Vermouth

October 26th, 2009

MxMO – Vermouth

It’s been a little while since I last managed to take part in a Mixology Monday, so I’ve celebrated this months MxMO on vermouth by talking mainly about rum. However the cocktail contains vermouth, and more than makes up for it.

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The Winchester

September 22nd, 2009

The Winchester

It’s no secret I’m not a huge fan of Tiki drinks. However one that uses three different gins as the base immediately piques my interest. But does Brian Miller’s Gin Zombie combine gin as well as classic TIki cocktails combine rum?

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A nod and a Wink

September 17th, 2009

A nod and a Wink

After much procrastination, last week I finally made it down to new London bar 69 Colebrooke Row, headed by Tony Conigliaro. After enjoying a delicious Oh Gosh! made by its inventor, Tony served me the Wink – essentially a Gin Sazerac.

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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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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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Repeal Bitters

November 17th, 2008

Repeal Bitters

The “noble experiment” that was Prohibition had a far reaching and highly damaging impact on the world of the cocktail, and arguably one of the biggest casualties was cocktail bitters. The Bitter Truth celebrates the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment with a new limited-edition Repeal Bitters, reviewed here.

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Beefeater 24

November 3rd, 2008

Beefeater 24

Big fancy launch parties are all very well and good but ultimately what matters to me about Beefeater’s new gin, 24, is the liquor inside the bottle. With the party over and the product now available in the shops does it live up the hype, or is it simply an exercise of style over substance?

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Featured Post 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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Featured Post 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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