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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.
One type of gin that, until recently, has been fairly overlooked is yellow gin, where the sprit has been aged in barrels generally for a relatively short period of time when compared to other aged spirits. Citadelle aims to change this with Citadelle Réserve, a dry gin that is aged in oak for six months.
Kina Lillet was immensely popular during the first part of the twentieth century, but its popularity waned during the later half and in 1986 it was reformulated and renamed Lillet Blanc. Many older cocktails still work best with Kina Lillet, and a little-known product called Cocchi Americano may just prove to be the perfect replacement for it.
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 [...]
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 [...]