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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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Featured Post Corpse Revivers

January 5th, 2008

Corpse Revivers

Corpse Revivers are an old family of cocktails which were traditionally consumed as hairs of the dog – drinks to refresh you after a heavy night. Personally the idea of drinking even more alcohol when hung over sounds awful, but that doesn’t mean the cocktails aren’t tasty libations you can consume when not hung over.

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Country Bumpkin

December 23rd, 2007

Country Bumpkin

A few weeks ago Anthony left a comment recommending the English Caipirinha as an excellent cocktail that makes use of berries. Anthony’s recipe wasn’t all that precise, but the drink sounded potentially interesting so tonight I had a bit of a play to see what worked best. After an initial attempt that was rather heavy [...]

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Winter Pimm’s

December 19th, 2007

Winter Pimm’s

Pimm’s is a traditional English spirit invented in 1840 by James Pimm as an aid to digestion. The initial product, now known as No. 1 Cup, was made using a gin base and over the next 100 years, as its popularity grew, cups 2 to 6 were added, containing whisky, brandy, rum, rye and vodka, [...]

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Especial Day

December 11th, 2007

Especial Day

Blackberries must be in season somewhere in the world right now, as the supermarkets are currently packed with them at pretty reasonable prices. I thought it would be rude not to take advantage of this, so tonight armed with a fresh punnet of blackberries I went in search of a cocktail that made good use [...]

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RotLC – Bénédictine

November 29th, 2007

RotLC – Bénédictine

Raiders of the Lost Cocktail is a new monthly event held over at The Spirit World, where the challenge is to find a tasty cocktail using the featured obscure ingredient. This month that ingredient is Bénédictine, a liqueur I have covered previously and very much enjoyed, so I thought it would be fun to try [...]

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Pisco Sour

November 22nd, 2007

Pisco Sour

Continuing the theme of brandies after Monday’s look at Calvados, tonight I’ve been sampling Pisco, the national spirit of both Chile and Peru. Pisco is made by fermenting grapes in to wine, and then distilling this wine in to a clear brandy. It has a sharp, fiery taste with an underlying fruitiness and a hint [...]

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Sex and the City: Absolut Hunk

October 25th, 2007

Sex and the City: Absolut Hunk

Love it or hate it, Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of drinkers, myself included, to the fabulous world of the cocktail. This is part of a series of posts trying out drinks featured on the show, and seeing how they stand up in the real world. Today, the Absolut Hunk.

Things have [...]

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Featured Post Singapore Sling(s)

October 19th, 2007

Singapore Sling(s)

With many classic cocktails it’s difficult to find any information about it at all. The Singapore Sling, however, has an abundance of information and history written about it. The problem is much of it is so contradictory working out the actual history of the drink is rather difficult. With so many recipes around, which are worth making?

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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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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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MxMO – Orange

August 13th, 2007

MxMO – Orange

It’s Mixology Monday time again, this month hosted by Gwen at Intoxicated Zodiac with the theme of Orange. Well actually it’s a bit more complicated than that, relating to the star-sign Leo (my own sign, coincidentally), but head over to Intoxicated Zodiac for the full run down.
I use orange bitters and orange zest quite regularly, [...]

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