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October 21st, 2008

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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Créme de Pêche

June 23rd, 2008

Créme de Pêche

Though you may expect a liqueur with the word créme in it to contain cream, it infact means that the liqueur has a single dominant flavour, usually a fruit. Créme de pêche is one of the more unusual fruit liqueurs, but along with its cousin créme de pêche de vigne it can make some wonderful cocktails.

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MxMO – Bourbon

June 16th, 2008

MxMO – Bourbon

Hosted by the guys at Scofflaw’s Den, this months Mixology Monday takes a look at Bourbon, one of my favourite spirits. Eager to find a new discovery I take a look at the Frisco Sour, an interesting mixture of Bourbon and Bénédictine that uses plenty of citrus resulting in a drink definitely deserving its sour name.

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Featured Post It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!

June 8th, 2008

It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!

The English summer means the return of one of my favourite long drinks, the Pimm’s Cup. A firm favourite here, it may just be the perfect drink for a hot afternoon. Pimm’s isn’t the only fruit cup around though, so how does it compare with the competition, and just what fruit and mixers should go in to the perfect Pimm’s cup?

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Revisiting the Cosmopolitan

May 29th, 2008

Revisiting the Cosmopolitan

Carrie Bradshaw’s consumption of the Cosmopolitan introduced a brand new generation to the world of mixed drinks, but ultimately its popularity became its downfall. On the launch of the Sex and the City movie, a look back at the cocktail it made famous, and whether the Cosmo was deserving of the popularity it received.

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Featured Post Margarita

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 – Limit One

March 17th, 2008

MxMO – Limit One

Mixology Monday this month looks at the incredibly strong drinks that some bars will only serve a guest one of to protect their sobriety. My drink is a delicious Old Fashioned cocktail made with barrel-proof George T. Stagg Bourbon and various bitters including The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter bitters.

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Campari, take four

March 9th, 2008

Campari, take four

It’s fair to say cocktails can be something of an acquired taste, but thankfully I’ve never had much trouble enjoying classic drinks. Campari, however, has always proved troublesome. In the fourth instalment of my continuing quest to find a cocktail using Campari that I enjoy, a look at The Boulevardier and the classic Negroni.

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Featured Post Bitterholics Anonymous

March 2nd, 2008

Bitterholics Anonymous

They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery, so I’m just going to say it… my name is Jay Hepburn and I am a bitterholic. Today I got hold of the brand new The Bitter Truth Celery bitters, the first celery bitters to be commercially available for many decades. But what exactly do celery bitters taste like?

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The Leap Year Cocktail

February 29th, 2008

The Leap Year Cocktail

Given that the 29th February only comes around once every four years (give or take), it seems like as good a day as any to celebrate with a cocktail. A bit of digging around turned up the Leap Year Cocktail, a drink created by Harry Craddock for the leap year celebrations at the Savoy Hotel [...]

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Cuarenta Y Tres

February 26th, 2008

Cuarenta Y Tres

Licor 43, or Cuarenta Y Tres, is a liqueur produced in Spain that uses a recipe claimed to be over a thousand years old. This recipe uses 43 separate ingredients to produce a rather distinctive taste, with a strong vanilla flavour backed with, amongst others, orange citrus and Christmas spices. It is a fairly sweet [...]

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Perfectly lovely?

February 18th, 2008

Perfectly lovely?

Parfait Amour is a purple liqueur that used to be a popular ladies drink in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. For a reason I’m not exactly sure of I always assumed Parfait Amour had a flavour similar to Crème de Violette, but although they both have a violet element to their taste they are [...]

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RotLC – Apricot Brandy

February 14th, 2008

RotLC – Apricot Brandy

The third round of Raiders of the Lost Cocktail, the semi-regular event that aims to find lost cocktails made with forgotten ingredients, draws to a close tomorrow. Paul picked apricot brandy as the chosen ingredient, which gave me a great excuse to go out and buy a spirit I had previously neglected. Armed with a [...]

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