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A true classic, born in New Orleans, the Sazerac has survived many years and a change in base spirit to remain one of the finest cocktails ever invented. From the Cognac-based original invented by John B. Schiller, to the modern rye recipe espoused by Thomas H. Handy, find out what makes this classic drink.
Blackberries must be in season somewhere in the world right now, as the supermarkets are currently packed with them at pretty reasonable prices. I thought it would be rude not to take advantage of this, so tonight armed with a fresh punnet of blackberries I went in search of a cocktail that made good use [...]
This month Mixology Monday, hosted by Jeffrey Morgenthaler, is all about Repeal Day – the celebration of the end of prohibition in the United States. For thirteen years consumption of alcohol for non-medical purposes was banned in the States, leading millions of Americans to willingly break the law by frequenting speakeasies, and giving cause for [...]
Continuing the theme of brandies after Monday’s look at Calvados, tonight I’ve been sampling Pisco, the national spirit of both Chile and Peru. Pisco is made by fermenting grapes in to wine, and then distilling this wine in to a clear brandy. It has a sharp, fiery taste with an underlying fruitiness and a hint [...]
As much as I love gin, after so many gin cocktails I fancied trying something a bit different this weekend. I recently travelled to France for work, and whilst there picked up a bottle of rather nice XO Calvados, so decided that was probably a good place to start.
Calvados is a French brandy that [...]
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?
Bénédictine is a brandy-based herbal liqueur flavoured using 27 plants and spices. It was first formulated in 1510 by Dom Bernardo Vincelli, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Fécamp. The liqueur was made here for almost 300 years as a tonic to aid the monks, until the French Revolution destroyed the monastery and put [...]
With so many different aromatic bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters, The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.
This months Mixology Monday is hosted by my good friend Gabriel who has chosen the theme of “Fizz!!”. Interestingly, aside from the Raspberry Loretto I’ve never featured a drink that features anything fizzy. This is mainly because, aside from the odd G&T and when I’m out in bars I don’t trust to make decent cocktails, [...]
Having already covered Kirsch and Maraschino, two cherry based spirits, tonight I turn my attention to Cherry Heering, a Danish liqueur that is brandy based and flavoured, as you might have guessed, by cherries. It has been in production since 1818 and is generally considered one of the very best cherry brandies. It has a [...]
It’s Mixology Monday time again, which this month has the slightly different theme of blog love – the idea being you pick a cocktail you first came across in another blog, and write about the cocktail whilst also plugging the source blog. Personally I’ve done this several times before already, with the Charleston from Erik [...]
Dating from the 19th century, the Old Fashioned is a cocktail in the truest sense of the word, being a simple mixture of spirit, sugar, water and bitters. This simplicity belies the amazing complexity of a well made Old Fashioned though, so grab you bar spoon and prepare to stir for a long, long time.