Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Collins Family

  The Collins Family Today was the first day of the year where the mercury hit 20°C so it’s time to mix up some spring drinks. Say “Hi” to the Collins family. This is a family that can move into my neighbourhood … Continue reading

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Gin and It + vermouth.

Gin and It Gin and what? Gin and It. What’s It? It’s vermouth. Italian vermouth, also known as sweet vermouth or, if we’re being uncouth, red vermouth. It doesn’t get any simpler than this ancient combo. Sibling of the Martini, … Continue reading

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The Shrunken Skull + home made grenadine

The Shrunken Skull Tiki can be tricky. Even saying “Tiki can be tricky” can be tricky. Especially if you’ve had a Shrunken Skull. Thankfully there’s nothing tricky to making one. There’s a basic similarity to the Mai Tai here; an ounce each … Continue reading

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The Manhatten

The Manhatten Whiskey, vermouth, bitters. The Manhatten sounds simple. And it is. And it isn’t. You see everything depends on the whisky you use, which vermouth – and how much, and the same for the bitters. It’s a balancing act, a … Continue reading

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The Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling (soda version) The Singapore Sling If I had only started this blog a couple of years ago we could have had a bit of a birthday party for this great drink. Harking from 1915 (although accounts differ) this … Continue reading

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Falernum – shelf stable

Falernum is a Caribbean concoction of rum, sugar, lime, ginger, almond and spices (usually allspice and cloves) – a Tiki staple that plays nice with so much more than just rum. The problem is that it can be tricky to find and while the easiest … Continue reading

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The Lord Lucan

The Lord Lucan This is the most recent of my own concoctions. The serious cocktailien must be able to create his/her own drinks but those starting off should concentrate on the classics first. Making changes to classic drinks is the … Continue reading

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The Paper Plane

The Paper Plane The Paper Plane is an excellent example of a drink of this wonderful Cocktail Renaissance (c. 2000 – present). Created by Sam Ross, protege of the great Sasha Petraske (1973 – 2015), the Paper Plane is, in my opinion, … Continue reading

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The Mai Tai

The Mai Tai – an introduction to Tiki Let’s talk Tiki. What is Tiki? And why do I capitalise it? For the same reason that people capitalise “God”. Tiki is both a style of cocktail (that could otherwise be described … Continue reading

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