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Featured Post What a load of Cobblers

January 9th, 2008

Originally a drink that made use of two products very new to drinks of the eighteenth century – ice and straws – the Cobbler has undergone many iterations since the first recipes, changing base spirits and gaining ingredients. Here we look at three Cobblers from the original sherry-based recipe to a very modern interpretation.

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Mint Julep

May 2nd, 2009

Mint Julep

As a Brit the Kentucky Derby doesn’t interest me a great deal, but its signature drink the Mint Julep certainly does. This delicious drink is perfect for a hot summer day, and I’ve recently learned of a great addition to the drink that makes it even more perfect – Fernet Branca.

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MxMO – Bourbon

June 16th, 2008

MxMO – Bourbon

Hosted by the guys at Scofflaw’s Den, this months Mixology Monday takes a look at Bourbon, one of my favourite spirits. Eager to find a new discovery I take a look at the Frisco Sour, an interesting mixture of Bourbon and Bénédictine that uses plenty of citrus resulting in a drink definitely deserving its sour name.

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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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Campari, take four

March 9th, 2008

Campari, take four

It’s fair to say cocktails can be something of an acquired taste, but thankfully I’ve never had much trouble enjoying classic drinks. Campari, however, has always proved troublesome. In the fourth instalment of my continuing quest to find a cocktail using Campari that I enjoy, a look at The Boulevardier and the classic Negroni.

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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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Union Club

August 28th, 2007

Union Club

My quest for Campari-based nirvana continues today with a cocktail presented by Jamie Boudreau at the last Mixology Monday. I originally planned to try the Jasmine next, but not being a massive fan of grapefruit juice, which Robert Hess informs me it tastes of, I thought the following cocktail would be more to my taste. [...]

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Featured Post Manhattan

August 21st, 2007

Manhattan

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, [...]

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Raspberry Loretto

July 7th, 2007

Raspberry Loretto

Once you get used to regularly drinking cocktails, it’s easy to forget that a great many people find a cocktail like the Aviation or Manhattan a little too strong to handle. Of course everyone started that way – I think few people can honestly admit say they didn’t screw their face up and gasp the [...]

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Featured Post Old Fashioned

June 9th, 2007

Old Fashioned

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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