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Featured Post Old Fashioned

June 9th, 2007

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.

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Vieux Carré

July 11th, 2008

Vieux Carré

With less than a week to go until Tales of the Cocktail, I get in to the New Orleans mood with a classic cocktail invented in the city, the Vieux Carré. Created at the Hotel Monteleone in 1938 this drink makes for a perfect pre-Tales warm up drink. Between this and the Sazerac New Orleans has a lot to be proud of!

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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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Fizzy eggs

March 6th, 2008

Fizzy eggs

Easter is just around the corner, and I’ve got eggs on my mind. To the surprise of many people eggs make for a great ingredient in quite a few cocktails, giving the drink a lovely texture and an attractive head of foam. Despite what government health campaigns may have convinced you, the dangers of using [...]

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Featured Post Bitterholics Anonymous

March 2nd, 2008

Bitterholics Anonymous

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, so I’m just going to say it… my name is Jay Hepburn and I am a bitterholic. Today I got hold of the brand new The Bitter Truth Celery bitters, the first celery bitters to be commercially available for many decades. But what exactly do celery bitters taste like?

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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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MxMO – Variations

February 11th, 2008

MxMO – Variations

It’s that time again! Mixology Monday is this month hosted by Jimmy over at Jimmy’s Cocktail Hour, and has the theme of “variations”. This immediately conjured up lots of ideas, mainly based around recipe comparisons, but as they have become something of a regular item here I wanted to come up with an entry that [...]

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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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Featured Post A toast to Old Tom

January 29th, 2008

A toast to Old Tom

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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