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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, [...]
If you look at any cocktail book printed in the early twentieth century, you are fairly certain to come across several recipes that require the use of bitters. Made using herbs and citrus fruits, bitters were popularly used in the eighteenth and nineteenth century as medicinal preparations to help cure various ailments.
When tasted alone bitters [...]
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 [...]
The Batida is a Brazilian cocktail family that combines Cachaça, sugar and various fruits. Of course that combination is most famously combined as the Caipirinha, which is, technically, just a lime Batida. Cachaça works equally well with many other fruits though, so if you enjoy Caipirinhas then it is worth stocking up on some other [...]
Love it or hate it, Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of drinkers, myself included, to the fabulous world of the cocktail. This is the first in a series of posts trying out drinks featured on the show, and seeing how they stand up in the real world. Today, the most (in)famous [...]
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.
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.
Maraschino is a liqueur which gains its flavour from Marasca cherries. During production the whole cherry, including the pits, seeds and stems, is used which lends an almost almond like taste to the spirit. It has a fresh, slightly dry, bittersweet flavour which is very different to regular cherry liqueurs, and somewhat hard to describe. [...]