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May 3rd, 2008

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.

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MxMO – First Time

March 10th, 2009

MxMO – First Time

This month’s Mixology Monday asks us to consider first cocktails – approachable drinks for people who aren’t used to downing Martinis and Manhattans. This is an interesting subject for me as many of my friends don’t really drink cocktails, and trying to get them to like decent cocktails is a long, uphill battle I’ve been waging for several years.

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Cocchi Americano

February 23rd, 2009

Cocchi Americano

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.

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Ranglum

January 25th, 2009

Ranglum

While I love exploring old cocktail recipe books and trying out new drinks that catch my eye, sometimes I find myself wanting to try a new drink without the risk of running in to a dud recipe. Usually I turn to my esteemed fellow bloggers for a recommended tipple but this weekend nothing was quite [...]

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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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Sloely does it

January 12th, 2009

Sloely does it

Not content with producing some of the finest cocktail bitters available today The Bitter Truth is now expanding its horizons, with the first product being a sloe gin produced with Austrian distiller Hans Reisetbauer. Following on from their two smaller sloe gin vintage releases in 2006 and 2007, how does their 2008 vintage compare to the competition?

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Ramos Gin Fizz

December 24th, 2008

Ramos Gin Fizz

I’ve never been one for morning cocktails, but after enjoying a delicious Ramos Gin Fizz during Tales of the Cocktail this year I’ve started to make the occasional exception. I still rarely drink in the morning, but tomorrow while I open my Christmas presents I know what I am going to be sipping on…

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MxMO – Spice

December 15th, 2008

MxMO – Spice

Mixology Monday this month is on the theme of spice. Since first trying it last year Pimm’s Winter Cup has been a favourite spicy winter drink when warmed up and combined with apple juice and cinnamon. Here a comparison of Pimm’s Winter and Austin’s Winter Drink, plus the Winter Sidecar cocktail.

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Blue Bar at The Berkeley

December 12th, 2008

Blue Bar at The Berkeley

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I head over to Knightsbridge to visit The Blue Bar at The Berkeley, a very blue bar and allegedly a favourite haunt of Madonna.

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Abelha Cachaça

December 10th, 2008

Abelha Cachaça

A first look at Abelha Cachaça, a new cachaça that has recently hit the British shores. Organically produced and available in unaged silver and 3 year old gold varieties, how does it taste, and what cocktails beyond the Caipirinha does it work well in?

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Abrakadabra, Alabazam!

December 1st, 2008

Abrakadabra, Alabazam!

Despite trying my best to keep track of cocktails I want to try I only ever get around to making a small fraction of the ones I would like to. However, it’s all worth it for the drinks that turn out to be real magic. Witness the great disappearing bitters trick as I say abrakadabra and try the Alabazam.

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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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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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