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Featured Post Manhattan

August 21st, 2007

The Dry Martini and the Manhattan are the most famous of all classic cocktails. Most people, even if they have never experienced the joy of drinking one, will have at least heard their names in passing. As Robert Hess recently pointed out, despite first appearances the two drinks actually share a lot in common. Indeed, [...]

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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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This is starting to get silly…

November 13th, 2009

This is starting to get silly…

Continuing the theme of bitters heavy drinks, I take a look at two cocktails from New York bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez that make use of frankly insane amounts of Angostura bitters to delicious effect. What better way to celebrate Angostura bitters going back in to production!

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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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Barrel-proof ryes

April 20th, 2009

Barrel-proof ryes

Continuing the Why oh rye? whiskey comparison, a look at two heavily aged, barrel-proof ryes – LeNell’s Red Hook Rye and The Bitter Truth 24 year old.

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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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Buffalo Trace “Antique” Ryes

April 7th, 2009

Buffalo Trace “Antique” Ryes

Continuing the Why oh rye? whiskey comparison, a look at the Sazerac 18 year old rye and two different editions of the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac rye, all from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

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Vintage Ryes

April 3rd, 2009

Vintage Ryes

Continuing the Why oh rye? whiskey comparison, a look at the 21 and 23 year old ryes bottled by KBD under the “Vintage” label.

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Rittenhouse and Black Maple Hill

March 30th, 2009

Rittenhouse and Black Maple Hill

Starting the Why oh rye? rye comparison are two heavily aged, limited edition whiskeys – the 21 year old Rittenhouse and the 23 year old Black Maple Hill.

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Why oh rye?

March 29th, 2009

Why oh rye?

Having first tried rye, Bourbon’s older, tougher brother, just two years ago I quickly fell in love with it. Since then I have slowly amassed a collection of premium rye whiskeys and over the next week nine will be put head-to-head to see which are worth the dollar.

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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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Featured Post Remember the… er…

September 10th, 2008

Remember the… er…

A look at a drink from Charles H Baker’s Gentleman’s Companion, the Remember the Maine, which I tried last year and then promptly managed to forget. Two separate occasions whilst I was out in the US brought it back to my attention in two different forms, and I now won’t be forgetting either in a hurry.

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