Author Archives: Andy

Clear ice balls (and other shapes).

Clear Ice Balls. A while back we looked at a way to make clear ice and, while it works extremely well, it does have a couple of drawbacks. Not everyone can spare a whole shelf in their freezer for 24+ … Continue reading

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Saturn.

Saturn. Tiki means rum, right? Wrong. Ish. Tiki almost always means rum. The Saturn is a rare gin based Tiki drink that is really quite fabulous. I would have told you about it before but it needs three slightly quirky … Continue reading

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Dark ‘n Stormy + Trump & Stormy.

Dark ‘n Stormy™ + Trump & Stormy. While you can’t copyright a cocktail recipe it hasn’t stopped a few companies trademarking cocktail recipes. The most interesting example of this is Gosling Brothers Ltd’s aggressive pursuit of anyone who dares to … Continue reading

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Monkey Shoulder.

Monkey Shoulder – a mixin’ malt for the masses? As a quick primer on Scottish whisky (usually refered to as “Scotch”) for those who need it – the rest of you can skip on to the next paragraph – there … Continue reading

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Jean & Tony.

Jean & Tony. It’s a tough life being a bartender*. Among many other frustrations you have to put up with the absolute inability of some people to order a drink properly. Case study: One busy night I had a large … Continue reading

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Planter’s Punch.

Planter’s Punch. The Planter’s Punch is completely different from any of the other recipes you’ll find on these pages. While it certainly sounds like a specific drink it is, in reality, more of a whole group of drinks founded on … Continue reading

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Repo Man : The Margarita part 3.

Repo Man. Welcome to our third and final (well for now anyway) look at the Margarita and its variations. We’ve seen classic and modern versions but now it’s time for my own twist. As we discussed before there are three … Continue reading

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Tommy’s Margarita : The Margarita part 2.

Tommy’s Margarita. We looked recently at that Prince(ess?) of the tequila drinks; the Margarita. It’s history is as confusing as the myriad of different recipes. Thankfully there is a superb version of the noble Margarita that is simple and delicious … Continue reading

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Margarita – part 1.

The Margarita. Without getting into the veritable maze of creation claims for the Margarita let’s just point out that this popular classic is surprisingly modern with no recipe appearing in print before 1953. Even in the (likely) case that there … Continue reading

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Pisco Inferno + home-made chili liqueur.

Pisco Inferno. We recently looked at a very tasty classic cocktail – the Pisco Sour. Tinkering around with such classics is a fun way to come up with new drinks, most of the hard work already having been done for … Continue reading

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