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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?
Right, enough talk about equipment – let’s get back to the cocktails! Tonight I fancied something new, and while thumbing through my ever-expanding library of recipe books (I sense another beginners guide coming) I came across the following cocktail. It comes from The Savoy Cocktail Book, a tome first published in 1930 and written by [...]
A recent darling of the cocktail world, the Aviation is a wonderful mix of gin, maraschino and lemon juice. Until recently that was as good as it got, but now with the availability of crème de violette we can make the original recipe, which provides the beautiful blue tint that perhaps earned this cocktail its name.
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 [...]
Just in case you thought all the sugar from the Tartini had sent me mad for modern drinks, a classic cocktail from the weekend…
Between The Sheets
¾ shot Cognac
¾ shot light rum
¾ shot Cointreau
½ shot lemon juice
Shake all ingredients well with ice and fine strain in to a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
The Between [...]
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 [...]
My adventures in gin based cocktails continue tonight with two cocktails using Lillet Blanc, a fairly obscure French apéritif. Lillet is similar to vermouth, being a fortified wine, but has a slightly more pronounced flavour than typical vermouths. Like vermouth it is available in both white (blanc) and red (rouge) versions, though I currently only [...]
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. [...]
Kirsch, short for the German Kirschwasser (cherry water), is an eau de vie (French for water of life, enough languages for you yet?) – a clear brandy made from fermented fruit, in this case cherries. Kirsch is a strong alcohol (typically over 80 proof), and unlike the sweet, strongly flavoured cherry liqueurs has a very [...]
This months Mixology Monday theme is tequila. Up until a month or so back my only experience of tequila was shots of it, with a lick of salt and a bite of lemon, from when I was at university and doing shots was cool. It’s probably these experiences that put me off trying any Tequila [...]
The sour family of drinks contains many of the true classics like the Margarita, Daiquiri and of course the Sidecar. Allegedly invented during World War I, the drink has a simple recipe that belies its amazing flavour and complexity. If you like sours but want something a little more warming, the Sidecar may be for you.