Category Archives: Technique

The Garnish. Part One + dehydrated citrus wheels

Garnish schmarnish. “So what’s all this garnishing nonsense,” you ask. Ahhh. I’ve been expecting and slightly dreading that question. You’re right of course, it’s something we need to talk about. Now first up I should point out that a) I’m … Continue reading

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The Revolver + flamed orange peel.

The Revolver. Created by Joe Santer of Bourbon and Branch, the Revolver is a rather interesting drink. On paper it hardly looks revolutionary – just a coffee tweaked Old Fashioned. However made properly, the Revolver is a revelation. One of … Continue reading

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Queen’s Park Swizzle + swizzling.

Swizzling. Everyone knows you can shake a cocktail, stir a cocktail or blend a cocktail. But what did bartenders do before there were electric blenders? They swizzled. Swizzling is a great way to make a drink as well being a … Continue reading

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The Caipirinha + muddling.

The Caipirinha – When it’s hot, muggy and energy is hard to muster, there’s nothing quite like a Caipirinha to pick us up. No wonder then that it’s the national drink of Brazil. The base spirit of the Caipirinha (which … Continue reading

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Southside + double straining

  Southside + double straining. The Southside, like the Daiquiri and the Gimlet, is an exercise in balance between lime and sugar but with an added element – mint. Yes, it’s a simple affair but a delicious one as well … Continue reading

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Corn ‘n’ Oil + the jam jar shake.

Corn ‘n’ Oil. The Corn ‘n’ Oil has a bit of an image problem. It just doesn’t sound that appealing. It doesn’t even look that appealing. If there was ever a lesson in not judging a book by its cover … Continue reading

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The Clear Ice Problem – a solution.

On clear ice. You will have noticed that many of my recipes have been calling for “a big block of clear ice” and no doubt you’ve been wondering exactly where such a thing is supposed to come from. My bad. … Continue reading

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