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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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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 Playing favourites

October 21st, 2008

Playing favourites

When people first learn I have a passion for mixology they often ask me what my favourite cocktail is, a question I’m never quite sure how to answer. On certain evenings though, under certain circumstances, I do have a temporary favourite. Tonight that drink is a Manhattan variation that for one day at least, is my favourite cocktail.

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Featured Post Part of the club

October 17th, 2008

Part of the club

One of the highlights of my trip to Berlin last month was the chance to try so many great new cocktails I hadn’t gotten around to drinking previously. Here I look at the love-child of the Pegu Club and Pendennis Club, a creation by Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro called the Juniper Club Cocktail.

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MxMO – Guilty Pleasures

October 12th, 2008

MxMO – Guilty Pleasures

My “guilty pleasure” for this month’s Mixology Monday is a sickly-sweet mixture popular amongst students, hen parties and gentlemen who can’t catch. It’s pretty much the antithesis of the cocktails and the drink culture I usually write about, but sometimes, just sometimes, all that doesn’t really matter…

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Don’t say the V word

October 6th, 2008

Don’t say the V word

For me the very best cocktails are those that take their ingredients and manage to combine them to create something you would never expect. During Bar Convent Berlin I came across a drink that does this magnificently, and what’s more does it with an ingredient you really wouldn’t expect. Sometimes it pays to keep an open mind.

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MxMO – 19th Century

September 15th, 2008

MxMO – 19th Century

This month Mixology Monday looks back in time to 19th century cocktails, a topic already very familiar here on Oh Gosh!. After some searching around the classic cocktail books I settled upon The Delicious Sour, a mixture of applejack and peach liqueur taken from “The Only William” Schmidt’s 1892 book The Flowing Bowl.

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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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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 – Local Flavour

August 11th, 2008

MxMO – Local Flavour

For Mixology Monday this month we’re keeping things local with a look at the Gin and Tonic, an English classic invented in colonial India to help keep Malaria at bay in a tasty fashion. Made with Jensen gin and Fever Tree tonic water, nothing in the drink comes from more than twenty miles away. Well, except the lime…

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Mud Puddle Books

August 6th, 2008

Mud Puddle Books

Making classic cocktails can become an expensive hobby, and aside from exotic aged spirits one of the most pricey luxuries is the classic cocktail book. Regularly reaching many hundreds of dollars on eBay, these classic volumes are now being released to a brand new audience thanks to Mud Puddle Books.

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Vieux Carré

July 11th, 2008

Vieux Carré

With less than a week to go until Tales of the Cocktail, I get in to the New Orleans mood with a classic cocktail invented in the city, the Vieux Carré. Created at the Hotel Monteleone in 1938 this drink makes for a perfect pre-Tales warm up drink. Between this and the Sazerac New Orleans has a lot to be proud of!

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A few dashes of bitters

July 3rd, 2008

A few dashes of bitters

While most cocktail recipes call for just a few dashes of bitters, others take things a little further. Valentino Bolognese recently won the European heat of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge with two cocktails that used bitters as major components, but do these intensely flavoured ingredients work when used in such large amounts?

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