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Featured Post Part of the club

October 17th, 2008

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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Chartreuse

July 3rd, 2007

Chartreuse

Ever since I really got in to cocktails and started trying to find the more exotic ingredients, I’ve been incredibly frustrated with what local off-licenses and supermarkets stock. If you’re after Absolut vodka or more famous liqueurs like Cointreau, then there isn’t a problem, but try finding Maraschino or Chambord and you’ll almost certainly be [...]

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Sex and the City: The Cosmopolitan

June 26th, 2007

Sex and the City: The Cosmopolitan

Love it or hate it, Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of drinkers, myself included, to the fabulous world of the cocktail. This is the first in a series of posts trying out drinks featured on the show, and seeing how they stand up in the real world. Today, the most (in)famous [...]

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Cachaça

June 17th, 2007

Cachaça

A busy weekend in London flat-hunting has meant I haven’t had much time to dedicate to cocktails, so my drink of choice has been a simple, but very tasty, Brazilian drink, the Caipirinha. The drink makes use of Cachaça (pronounced ka-sha-sa), the most popular spirit in Brazil which the average Brazilian drinks three gallons of [...]

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Lillet Blanc

June 12th, 2007

Lillet Blanc

My adventures in gin based cocktails continue tonight with two cocktails using Lillet Blanc, a fairly obscure French apéritif. Lillet is similar to vermouth, being a fortified wine, but has a slightly more pronounced flavour than typical vermouths. Like vermouth it is available in both white (blanc) and red (rouge) versions, though I currently only [...]

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Featured Post Old Fashioned

June 9th, 2007

Old Fashioned

Dating from the 19th century, the Old Fashioned is a cocktail in the truest sense of the word, being a simple mixture of spirit, sugar, water and bitters. This simplicity belies the amazing complexity of a well made Old Fashioned though, so grab you bar spoon and prepare to stir for a long, long time.

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Featured Post Coming Out

June 7th, 2007

Coming Out

The most famous cocktail in the world, the Martini, is also a misunderstood one. These days most associated with James Bond and vodka, a real Martini should be made with gin and most definitely stirred, not shaken. It’s certainly not a cocktail for beginners, so find out what I made of my very first Martini.

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Maraschino

June 2nd, 2007

Maraschino

Maraschino is a liqueur which gains its flavour from Marasca cherries. During production the whole cherry, including the pits, seeds and stems, is used which lends an almost almond like taste to the spirit. It has a fresh, slightly dry, bittersweet flavour which is very different to regular cherry liqueurs, and somewhat hard to describe. [...]

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Kirschwasser

May 19th, 2007

Kirschwasser

Kirsch, short for the German Kirschwasser (cherry water), is an eau de vie (French for water of life, enough languages for you yet?) – a clear brandy made from fermented fruit, in this case cherries. Kirsch is a strong alcohol (typically over 80 proof), and unlike the sweet, strongly flavoured cherry liqueurs has a very [...]

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MxMO – Tequila

May 13th, 2007

MxMO – Tequila

This months Mixology Monday theme is tequila. Up until a month or so back my only experience of tequila was shots of it, with a lick of salt and a bite of lemon, from when I was at university and doing shots was cool. It’s probably these experiences that put me off trying any Tequila [...]

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Featured Post Sidecar

May 12th, 2007

Sidecar

The sour family of drinks contains many of the true classics like the Margarita, Daiquiri and of course the Sidecar. Allegedly invented during World War I, the drink has a simple recipe that belies its amazing flavour and complexity. If you like sours but want something a little more warming, the Sidecar may be for you.

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Oh Gosh!

May 7th, 2007

Oh Gosh!

I thought I had better explain exactly why I named this site “Oh Gosh!”, and at the same time give myself an excuse to make one of my favourite summer cocktails…

The “Oh Gosh!” is a little-known cocktail created by Tony Conigliaro at the now defunt Isola bar in Knightsbridge, London. According to Difford’s Guide to [...]

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