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Featured Post The Original Aviation

August 15th, 2007

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.

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What a hoop-la!

September 13th, 2007

What a hoop-la!

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 [...]

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Berry Batida

July 12th, 2007

Berry Batida

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 [...]

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Between The Sheets

July 8th, 2007

Between The Sheets

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 [...]

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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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Lillet Blanc

June 12th, 2007

Lillet Blanc

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 [...]

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Maraschino

June 2nd, 2007

Maraschino

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. [...]

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Kirschwasser

May 19th, 2007

Kirschwasser

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 [...]

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MxMO – Tequila

May 13th, 2007

MxMO – Tequila

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 [...]

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Featured Post Sidecar

May 12th, 2007

Sidecar

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.

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