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The Margarita may well be the most popular cocktail in the world, but it is also one of the most abused. Most bars feature it on their menu, but the chances of getting anything resembling a true Margarita are slim-to-none. Learn the right way to make the drink, and find out what you’ve been missing.
It’s Mixology Monday time again, which this month has the slightly different theme of blog love – the idea being you pick a cocktail you first came across in another blog, and write about the cocktail whilst also plugging the source blog. Personally I’ve done this several times before already, with the Charleston from Erik [...]
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 [...]
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 Tartini.
The Tartini was [...]
Ever since I really got in to cocktails and started trying to find the more exotic ingredients, I’ve been incredibly frustrated with what local off-licenses and supermarkets stock. If you’re after Absolut vodka or more famous liqueurs like Cointreau, then there isn’t a problem, but try finding Maraschino or Chambord and you’ll almost certainly be [...]
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 the first in a series of posts trying out drinks featured on the show, and seeing how they stand up in the real world. Today, the most (in)famous [...]
A busy weekend in London flat-hunting has meant I haven’t had much time to dedicate to cocktails, so my drink of choice has been a simple, but very tasty, Brazilian drink, the Caipirinha. The drink makes use of Cachaça (pronounced ka-sha-sa), the most popular spirit in Brazil which the average Brazilian drinks three gallons of [...]
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 [...]
Dating from the 19th century, the Old Fashioned is a cocktail in the truest sense of the word, being a simple mixture of spirit, sugar, water and bitters. This simplicity belies the amazing complexity of a well made Old Fashioned though, so grab you bar spoon and prepare to stir for a long, long time.
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 [...]