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Featured Post What a load of Cobblers

January 9th, 2008

Originally a drink that made use of two products very new to drinks of the eighteenth century – ice and straws – the Cobbler has undergone many iterations since the first recipes, changing base spirits and gaining ingredients. Here we look at three Cobblers from the original sherry-based recipe to a very modern interpretation.

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Exploring the Borough II

April 14th, 2010

Exploring the Borough II

Completing an exploration of the Brooklyn cocktail variations named after Brooklyn neighbourhoods, a trend started by Vincenzo Errico’s Red Hook. Our final three cocktails are the Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Bushwick.

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Exploring the Borough

February 23rd, 2010

Exploring the Borough

The Brooklyn is one of my favourite cocktails, and there are many great variations on the drink named after Brooklyn neighbourhoods. Vincenzo Errico’s Red Hook started the trend, and drinks inspired by the Red Hook like the Greenpoint and Bensonhurst soon followed.

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The Laphroaig Project

August 19th, 2009

The Laphroaig Project

Sometimes a cocktail recipe is so intriguing you can’t help but mix one up. Sometimes a cocktail recipe is so bizarre you’re frightened to even put the ingredients together in case the mixture results in some horrifying science-fiction-esque accident might occur. The Laphroaig Project is both of these.

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MxMO – Amaro

May 18th, 2009

MxMO – Amaro

This month Mixology Monday features amaros – bitter liqueurs traditionally from Italy that are drank after dinner over ice. The Berlioni is a delicious Negroni variation that uses Cynar, an unusual amaro that is flavoured using artichoke lending it a distinct vegetal note.

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MxMO – Superior Twists

April 13th, 2009

MxMO – Superior Twists

For Mixology Monday this month we’re asked to look at superior twists. The Last Word is already an unusual, complex and delicious mixture, but Phil Ward’s Final Ward takes it one step further to make a truly superior twist.

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Beuser & Angus Special

March 25th, 2009

Beuser & Angus Special

Another drink from first-class bartender Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro, the Beuser & Angus Special is a very special drink indeed, using Chartreuse as the base spirit with delicious results.

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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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Beefeater 24

November 3rd, 2008

Beefeater 24

Big fancy launch parties are all very well and good but ultimately what matters to me about Beefeater’s new gin, 24, is the liquor inside the bottle. With the party over and the product now available in the shops does it live up the hype, or is it simply an exercise of style over substance?

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Coronation Cocktail

October 25th, 2008

Coronation Cocktail

I love a good, strong Martini or Manhattan as much as the next lush, but there are occasions where such a strong drink may not be the best course of action. When I find this is the case I often reach for a cocktail based on sherry, a fortified wine that packs plenty of flavour but not so much punch.

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Featured Post Brooklyn

September 5th, 2008


During my trip to the States in July I sampled many a cocktail, but the Brooklyn really stood out amongst the others. A variation on the Manhattan that introduces Amer Picon and Maraschino to make things a little more interesting, I enjoyed it so much that while I only ever had one it has become the cocktail that reminds me most of my tours around the bars of New York.

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MxMO – Variations

February 11th, 2008

MxMO – Variations

It’s that time again! Mixology Monday is this month hosted by Jimmy over at Jimmy’s Cocktail Hour, and has the theme of “variations”. This immediately conjured up lots of ideas, mainly based around recipe comparisons, but as they have become something of a regular item here I wanted to come up with an entry that [...]

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Featured Post A toast to Old Tom

January 29th, 2008

A toast to Old Tom

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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