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The most famous cocktail in the world, the Martini, is also a misunderstood one. These days most associated with James Bond and vodka, a real Martini should be made with gin and most definitely stirred, not shaken. It’s certainly not a cocktail for beginners, so find out what I made of my very first Martini.
Since starting this site I have looked at many gin cocktails, something which is quite amazing given that a few years ago I wouldn’t touch the stuff. I toyed with several ideas for what to cover myself for this theme, from looking at different Martini recipes to doing a taste test of various gins. However, [...]
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?
This month’s Mixology Monday is hosted by Natalie “The Liquid Muse” Bovis-Nelsen, who has chosen the rather interesting topic of cocktail pairings, or finding cocktails and food that work particularly well together. This presented an interesting challenge to me as I tend to drink wine when dining, leaving cocktails for after-dinner, afternoons and, well, every [...]
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 [...]
When I was gathering together the various bitters for my recent orange bitters and aromatic bitters comparisons there was one brand whose bitters I just couldn’t get hold of – Hermes. I had read about them on several other cocktail sites, and really wanted to include them in my comparisons, but no matter how hard [...]
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.
St. Germain is a relatively new liqueur from France, which uses hand-harvested elderflowers picked from the foothills of the Alps. Elderflowers are small, delicate, white flowers that bloom for just a few days every year, and have long been used in herbal remedies throughout Europe. Transported from the hills on the bicycles of the pickers, [...]
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, [...]
The Dry Martini and the Manhattan are the most famous of all classic cocktails. Most people, even if they have never experienced the joy of drinking one, will have at least heard their names in passing. As Robert Hess recently pointed out, despite first appearances the two drinks actually share a lot in common. Indeed, [...]
With so many different orange bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers West Indian Orange bitters, The Bitter Truth Orange bitters, Regan’s No. 6 Orange bitters, Angostura Orange bitters and Stirrings Blood Orange bitters.
My previous experiences with Campari have left me less than impressed. I’ve tried both the Negroni and the Rendezvous but have found both of them somewhat overwhelmed by the bitterness introduced by the Campari. However, I’m not one to let a difficult ingredient keep me down – if I was I would never have gotten [...]
Perhaps the most famous brand for bitters these days is Angostura, whose aromatic bitters have managed, despite all odds, to maintain excellent distribution in many countries. However, orange and aromatic bitters are two very different beasts so while making drinks that require aromatic bitters isn’t a problem, if you’ve been after orange bitters you’re out [...]