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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?
One of the best products I sampled at Tales of the Cocktail last year was a new rum from Haus Alpenz. A traditional Jamaican rum with a flavour profile similar to that which was prevalent in the early 20th century, Smith & Cross isn’t exactly a sipper but does work wonderfully in drinks like the Montego Bay.
If you had to pick a drink that sums up Christmas and New Year Champagne wouldn’t be a bad choice. While a glass of Champagne on its own is nothing to complain about, sometimes something with a little more perk might be wished for. And when it comes to Champagne cocktails I think it’s hard to beat the French 75.
After a number of set backs Admiralsbar in Berlin has finally opened. To celebrate the occasion I make a cocktail created by the bar manager Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro – the Paperol.
Continuing the theme of bitters heavy drinks, I take a look at two cocktails from New York bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez that make use of frankly insane amounts of Angostura bitters to delicious effect. What better way to celebrate Angostura bitters going back in to production!
It’s no secret I’m not a huge fan of Tiki drinks. However one that uses three different gins as the base immediately piques my interest. But does Brian Miller’s Gin Zombie combine gin as well as classic TIki cocktails combine rum?
Until recently I had written off Batavia Arrack as an odd tasting spirit with little potential for use in cocktails. However on a visit to The Connaught Bar bartender Erik Lorincz served me the Dutch East Indies Daisy, a cocktail which caused me to take another look at this unusual Indonesian spirit.
Sometimes a cocktail recipe is so intriguing you can’t help but mix one up. Sometimes a cocktail recipe is so bizarre you’re frightened to even put the ingredients together in case the mixture results in some horrifying science-fiction-esque accident might occur. The Laphroaig Project is both of these.
One of the things I love about travelling is the chance to get hold of rare and exotic ingredients, and top of my list when I headed over the the US for Tales of the Cocktail last month was Ransom Old Tom. But was it worth the effort?
For Mixology Monday this month I take a look at the delicious Mr. Antoni, a cocktail based on the Penicillin from Sam Ross that uses the very special Paradyswijn Genever in place of Scotch whisky.
Another drink from first-class bartender Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro, the Beuser & Angus Special is a very special drink indeed, using Chartreuse as the base spirit with delicious results.
One type of gin that, until recently, has been fairly overlooked is yellow gin, where the sprit has been aged in barrels generally for a relatively short period of time when compared to other aged spirits. Citadelle aims to change this with Citadelle Réserve, a dry gin that is aged in oak for six months.
This month’s Mixology Monday asks us to consider first cocktails – approachable drinks for people who aren’t used to downing Martinis and Manhattans. This is an interesting subject for me as many of my friends don’t really drink cocktails, and trying to get them to like decent cocktails is a long, uphill battle I’ve been waging for several years.