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Featured Post A toast to Old Tom

January 29th, 2008

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?

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Ranglum

January 25th, 2009

Ranglum

While I love exploring old cocktail recipe books and trying out new drinks that catch my eye, sometimes I find myself wanting to try a new drink without the risk of running in to a dud recipe. Usually I turn to my esteemed fellow bloggers for a recommended tipple but this weekend nothing was quite [...]

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Something oude, something new

January 19th, 2009

Something oude, something new

The first Mixology Monday of this year looks towards New Horizons, and happily coincides with my visit to Amsterdam last weekend. Being in the land of genever and corenwijns I took the chance to explore this spirit I had previously paid little attention to and, now thoroughly sold on it, look forward to exploring more genever-based drinks.

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Sloely does it

January 12th, 2009

Sloely does it

Not content with producing some of the finest cocktail bitters available today The Bitter Truth is now expanding its horizons, with the first product being a sloe gin produced with Austrian distiller Hans Reisetbauer. Following on from their two smaller sloe gin vintage releases in 2006 and 2007, how does their 2008 vintage compare to the competition?

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Ramos Gin Fizz

December 24th, 2008

Ramos Gin Fizz

I’ve never been one for morning cocktails, but after enjoying a delicious Ramos Gin Fizz during Tales of the Cocktail this year I’ve started to make the occasional exception. I still rarely drink in the morning, but tomorrow while I open my Christmas presents I know what I am going to be sipping on…

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MxMO – Spice

December 15th, 2008

MxMO – Spice

Mixology Monday this month is on the theme of spice. Since first trying it last year Pimm’s Winter Cup has been a favourite spicy winter drink when warmed up and combined with apple juice and cinnamon. Here a comparison of Pimm’s Winter and Austin’s Winter Drink, plus the Winter Sidecar cocktail.

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Abelha Cachaça

December 10th, 2008

Abelha Cachaça

A first look at Abelha Cachaça, a new cachaça that has recently hit the British shores. Organically produced and available in unaged silver and 3 year old gold varieties, how does it taste, and what cocktails beyond the Caipirinha does it work well in?

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Abrakadabra, Alabazam!

December 1st, 2008

Abrakadabra, Alabazam!

Despite trying my best to keep track of cocktails I want to try I only ever get around to making a small fraction of the ones I would like to. However, it’s all worth it for the drinks that turn out to be real magic. Witness the great disappearing bitters trick as I say abrakadabra and try the Alabazam.

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I’m so dizzy

November 7th, 2008

I’m so dizzy

Often when I’m in a cocktail bar I’ll find myself unable to decide what to drink. When this happens I usually defer my choice to the bartender, and if I’m in a good bar I’m rarely disappointed. During my last visit to Milk and Honey the bartender came back to me with the Dizzy Sour, an interesting classic twist on the Whiskey Sour.

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MxMO – Guilty Pleasures

October 12th, 2008

MxMO – Guilty Pleasures

My “guilty pleasure” for this month’s Mixology Monday is a sickly-sweet mixture popular amongst students, hen parties and gentlemen who can’t catch. It’s pretty much the antithesis of the cocktails and the drink culture I usually write about, but sometimes, just sometimes, all that doesn’t really matter…

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MxMO – 19th Century

September 15th, 2008

MxMO – 19th Century

This month Mixology Monday looks back in time to 19th century cocktails, a topic already very familiar here on Oh Gosh!. After some searching around the classic cocktail books I settled upon The Delicious Sour, a mixture of applejack and peach liqueur taken from “The Only William” Schmidt’s 1892 book The Flowing Bowl.

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Mud Puddle Books

August 6th, 2008

Mud Puddle Books

Making classic cocktails can become an expensive hobby, and aside from exotic aged spirits one of the most pricey luxuries is the classic cocktail book. Regularly reaching many hundreds of dollars on eBay, these classic volumes are now being released to a brand new audience thanks to Mud Puddle Books.

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A few dashes of bitters

July 3rd, 2008

A few dashes of bitters

While most cocktail recipes call for just a few dashes of bitters, others take things a little further. Valentino Bolognese recently won the European heat of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge with two cocktails that used bitters as major components, but do these intensely flavoured ingredients work when used in such large amounts?

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