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Featured Post A toast to Old Tom

January 29th, 2008

Old Tom gin, a sweeter gin that was very popular during the eighteenth-century and is often called for in classic cocktail books, has been unavailable for many years. However Christopher Hayman, whose great-grandfather created Beefeater gin, recently launched Hayman’s Old Tom gin, so just how different is Old Tom to London Dry?

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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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Martini Bitter

November 10th, 2009

Martini Bitter

More than a year after coming across a cocktail that called for the mysterious ingredient “Martini Bitter” I’ve finally tracked down a few bottles. But was it worth the wait, and how does Martini Bitter stack up to its more famous rival – Campari?

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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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Mud Puddle Books

August 6th, 2008

Mud Puddle Books

Making classic cocktails can become an expensive hobby, and aside from exotic aged spirits one of the most pricey luxuries is the classic cocktail book. Regularly reaching many hundreds of dollars on eBay, these classic volumes are now being released to a brand new audience thanks to Mud Puddle Books.

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A few dashes of bitters

July 3rd, 2008

A few dashes of bitters

While most cocktail recipes call for just a few dashes of bitters, others take things a little further. Valentino Bolognese recently won the European heat of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge with two cocktails that used bitters as major components, but do these intensely flavoured ingredients work when used in such large amounts?

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Créme de Pêche

June 23rd, 2008

Créme de Pêche

Though you may expect a liqueur with the word créme in it to contain cream, it infact means that the liqueur has a single dominant flavour, usually a fruit. Créme de pêche is one of the more unusual fruit liqueurs, but along with its cousin créme de pêche de vigne it can make some wonderful cocktails.

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Revisiting the Cosmopolitan

May 29th, 2008

Revisiting the Cosmopolitan

Carrie Bradshaw’s consumption of the Cosmopolitan introduced a brand new generation to the world of mixed drinks, but ultimately its popularity became its downfall. On the launch of the Sex and the City movie, a look back at the cocktail it made famous, and whether the Cosmo was deserving of the popularity it received.

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MxMO – Limit One

March 17th, 2008

MxMO – Limit One

Mixology Monday this month looks at the incredibly strong drinks that some bars will only serve a guest one of to protect their sobriety. My drink is a delicious Old Fashioned cocktail made with barrel-proof George T. Stagg Bourbon and various bitters including The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter bitters.

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Cuarenta Y Tres

February 26th, 2008

Cuarenta Y Tres

Licor 43, or Cuarenta Y Tres, is a liqueur produced in Spain that uses a recipe claimed to be over a thousand years old. This recipe uses 43 separate ingredients to produce a rather distinctive taste, with a strong vanilla flavour backed with, amongst others, orange citrus and Christmas spices. It is a fairly sweet [...]

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Made in Scotland from girders

February 5th, 2008

Made in Scotland from girders

Irn-Bru is a bright orange coloured soft drink that is produced in Scotland where it is so popular you can even buy Irn-Bru sausages and ice-cream. It has a citrus flavour which is very difficult to describe, and though the use of quinine provides a bitter edge to the drink it is very sweet. It [...]

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Vino de Jerez

February 3rd, 2008

Vino de Jerez

Last months look at Cobbler cocktails really opened my eyes to Sherry, a spirit I had previously disregarded as a sweet alcohol only drank by old women. As it turns out there are many variations available, and some of them have a lot to offer, both on their own and when mixed in cocktails.
Sherry is [...]

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