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Featured Post It’s Pimm’s O’Clock!

June 8th, 2008

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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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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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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The Dorchester Bar

December 5th, 2008

The Dorchester Bar

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 visit The Dorchester Bar to sample their house Old Tom gin.

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Claridge’s Bar

November 26th, 2008

Claridge’s Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like The Dorchester and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Continuing a series investigating the bars of these historic venues, I visit Claridge’s Bar to see how their cocktails shape up.

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Featured Post Connaught Bar

November 19th, 2008

Connaught Bar

London is famous for its grand hotels, and names like Claridge’s and The Ritz are synonymous with five-star luxury. Almost as famous are the bars these hotels house, honey pots to the rich and famous and many, like the Savoy, with a historic link to the cocktail. In the first of a new series, I explore the hotel bars of London and see if their reputations are deserved.

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Repeal Bitters

November 17th, 2008

Repeal Bitters

The “noble experiment” that was Prohibition had a far reaching and highly damaging impact on the world of the cocktail, and arguably one of the biggest casualties was cocktail bitters. The Bitter Truth celebrates the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment with a new limited-edition Repeal Bitters, reviewed here.

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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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Forgotten Flavours

October 12th, 2008

Forgotten Flavours

Once you start getting in to cocktails, it doesn’t usually take too long before you come across an ingredient you can’t easily get hold of. While making your own ingredients is always an option, there are also some great companies out there bringing classic ingredients back for all to enjoy. Here I look at two liqueurs from Germany company Forgotten Flavours.

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Featured Post Jensen’s Old Tom Gin

September 23rd, 2008

Jensen’s Old Tom Gin

Another Old Tom gin surfaces, this time from the man behind the excellent Jensen’s Bermondsey gin. Based on a recipe from the 1840s this Old Tom uses absolutely no sugar, instead relying on increased botanicals to add sweetness and flavour as the first Old Toms probably did over 200 years ago.

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Old Tom cocktails

September 3rd, 2008

Old Tom cocktails

Comparison tastings are all very well, but spirits like gin are at their best when mixed in a well made cocktail. Following on from the Old Tom gin comparison I look at how the four gins work in two classic cocktails that originally called for Old Tom – the Tom Collins and the Martinez.

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The Old Tom Showdown

August 17th, 2008

The Old Tom Showdown

For me the holy grail of rare spirits, Old Tom gin finally became available earlier this year with the arrival of Hayman’s Old Tom. However, they aren’t the only ones reviving this style of gin, popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In a bid to work out exactly what Old Tom gin is all about, I compare four currently available bottlings.

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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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