Author Archives: Andy

The Treacle.

The Treacle. We looked recently at The Bramble created by Dick Bradsell. This time we’ll explore a less well known drink of Dick’s called The Treacle. Now if you’re British you’ll need to be patient for a minute while I … Continue reading

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Syrups – simple and not so simple.

Simple – and not so simple – syrups. As you will have noticed a fair number of cocktail recipes call for some kind of syrup. Usually simple syrup but often some other variation. I’ve given a rough explanation of those … Continue reading

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The Bramble.

The Bramble. One of a tiny number of classic drinks to come out of The Dark Ages, the Bramble was created in the mid 1980s by legendary British bartender Dick Bradsell. Sadly we lost Dick to cancer last year but … Continue reading

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Bitters: down the rabbit-hole?

Bitters. Look, we need to talk. It’s a difficult conversation I’ve been putting off for too long but I think we’re both know it’s time to get it out in the open. Yep, it’s time to talk about bitters. When … Continue reading

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Powder Monkey + tea infused rum.

Powder Monkey + tea rum. In the days of sail it was quickly discovered that storing large quantities of gunpowder next to the guns on the upper decks of your warship was a bad idea (hint: ka-boom!). A much better … Continue reading

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Honi Honi.

Honi Honi. The Honi Honi is the forgotten little brother of the Mai Tai that uses bourbon instead of rum. Trader Vic was probably just catering to dyed-in-the-wool bourbon drinkers when he came up with the Honi Honi (which apparently … Continue reading

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Americano / Milano-Torino.

Americano / Milano-Torino. Not to be confused with the warm drink (a perfectly good espresso completely ruined by the addition of hot water), the Americano is a mixed drink that has a difficult time of things. Like its namesake it’s … Continue reading

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Batavia Swizzle + arak

Batavia Swizzle. It’s swizzling time again folks but this time we’re transplanting this Caribbean classic all the way across the world to make an “East Indies” version. Yes, today our base spirit will be Batavia Arak [sound of needle scratching … Continue reading

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Goodnight Vienna.

Goodnight Vienna. Does there always have to be a story? Nah. Here’s a tasty cocktail that I named Goodnight Vienna. It’s a sort of stirred sister to the Solipsist. End of. Goodnight Vienna. 1.25oz / 37.5ml mezcal (of good quality … Continue reading

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Fake Empire.

Fake Empire. My favourite band – The National – release their new album Sleep Well Beast today and I thought I’d mark the occasion the only way I know how to: by creating a cocktail. I took my inspiration from … Continue reading

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