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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?
Hello? Is this thing still on…? A busy schedule of work, rest, and play has left Oh Gosh! a little neglected over the past couple of months. I can only apologise for the lack of updates, but hope to remedy the situation this month. Starting with a traditional Italian bitters I came across recently…
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.
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.
As something of a chocoholic I’ve always been disappointed in the quality of both the spirits and the cocktails available. However Austrian distiller promises to change this with a brand new spirit that provides all the flavour of chocolate with none of the sickliness – Mozart Dry
More than a year after coming across a cocktail that called for the mysterious ingredient “Martini Bitter” I’ve finally tracked down a few bottles. But was it worth the wait, and how does Martini Bitter stack up to its more famous rival – Campari?
It’s been a little while since I last managed to take part in a Mixology Monday, so I’ve celebrated this months MxMO on vermouth by talking mainly about rum. However the cocktail contains vermouth, and more than makes up for it.
Liqueurs come in all manner of weird and wonderful flavours. From orange liqueurs to crème de menthe there aren’t many tastes you can’t find in alcoholic form from someone. I thought I’d seen it all, until I received a bottle of mustard liqueur…
One of the things I love about travelling is the chance to get hold of rare and exotic ingredients, and top of my list when I headed over the the US for Tales of the Cocktail last month was Ransom Old Tom. But was it worth the effort?
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.
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.
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.
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.