Author Archives: Andy

Compass Rose + blood orange syrup.

Compass Rose + blood orange syrup. Blood oranges are a delicious fruit that at their best have raspberry-like flavours that ride on top of the usual oranginess, beautiful marbled flesh and peel that is often dusted with red flecks. But … Continue reading

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Remember Your Name.

Remember Your Name + riffing on classics. The dirty little secret of the craft cocktail movement (I dislike the term, but whatever) is that the vast majority of cocktails on the menu are just riffs on classic recipes. In fact … Continue reading

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Remember the Maine.

Remember the Maine. I first approached the Remember the Maine with the intention if riffing on it because I hate the name of this drink so much but then I remembered how good it actually tastes and have left my … Continue reading

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The Anarchist + Calisay(a).

The Anarchist + Calisay(a). In my idle moments I enjoy paging through ancient cocktail books (or reprints thereof) for interest, information or inspiration. To be honest there’s not a great deal of the latter as 100+ years ago things were … Continue reading

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Fallback.

  Fallback. This autumnal cocktail, which was created by the late legendary cocktailista Sash Petraske, caught my attention because of the somewhat unusual preparation instructions. According to his book Regarding Cocktails the ingredients are just built (cocktailspeak for poured into) … Continue reading

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Humbaba + turmeric.

Humbaba. It’s official! Apparently we can all be much healthier if we get more of the wonder-spice turmeric in our bellies. Having no greater concern than our ahem collective healths I reckoned I could make my own little contribution to … Continue reading

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Review: Edinburgh Gin.

  Edinburgh Gin. Every now and then it’s a good idea to re-evaluate your house spirits. Why? Well, some spirits can be re-formulated by the manufacturer over time. Sometimes for the better and sometimes not. Also, tastes change: for example … Continue reading

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Blending rums: Dark Jamaican rum.

Blending rums: Dark Jamaican rum. The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed a funny looking bottle in my recent article on the MuMu. That would be my home blend of dark Jamaican rum and it occurs to me that such … Continue reading

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Naked & Famous + the Chartreuse Crisis.

Naked & Famous + the Chartreuse Crisis. If we’re looking for modern classic there is nothing that fits the bill more perfectly than the Naked & Famous created by Joaquín Simó at Death and Co. NYC in 2011 as the … Continue reading

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Blackthorn and Patxaran.

Blackthorn and Patxaran. The Blackthorn is one of those awkward cocktails to write about as while it is arguably a “classic” it has also had several versions over the years. Over time this has settled into two versions but they … Continue reading

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