Author Archives: Andy

Rum Barrel.

Rum Barrel. The Rum Barrel is a drink that shows up on the menu of bona fide Tiki bars yet leads to some puzzlement regarding the recipe. And there is a good reason for this confusion. Like the Planter’s Punch … Continue reading

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Pimm’s Cup

Anyone for tennis?

Pimm’s Cup Just recently we were talking about punches. And yeah, punches rock but something like a Fish House Punch takes a bit of organising and preperation. What if we want to make a nice summery drink for a small … Continue reading

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Fish House Punch + oleo saccharum.

Fish House Punch. Before the drinking world settled on the cocktail as its sophisticated drink of choice there was another concoction that oiled the wheels of the well-to-heel. The punch – likely of ancient Indian origin – was de rigeur … Continue reading

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Man O’ War.

Man O’ War. While it might be quite a stretch to call the Man O’ War a classic cocktail, it’s such an interesting drink I think it’s worth a look. Details on its creation are thin on the ground and … Continue reading

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(Stripped Down) Porn Star Martini.

(Stripped Down) Porn Star Martini. The cocktail classicist can become prone to an arrogant disdain for certain modern populist concoctions and being myself guilty of exactly such a weakness I decided it time to engage in some constructive catharsis around … Continue reading

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In search of the perfect Gin & Tonic.

In search of the perfect Gin & Tonic To find the perfect gin and tonic we need to start at the beginning. With history. Gin became a part of British culture in the 17th century via the Genever of the … Continue reading

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The Sun Stone + Chipotle infused tequila.

The Sun Stone + chipotle infused tequila. There are relatively few tequila cocktails compared to those based on other spirits and I was thinking about why this is. Maybe because it’s hard to improve on something like a good Tommy’s … Continue reading

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Hotel Nacional Special + pineapple juice

Hotel Nacional Special. Back in the Halcyon days before communism, when Cuba was America’s playground run by brutal puppet dictators and the mafia, the rich and famous liked to stay in Havana’s prestigious and historic* Hotel Nacional. And the Hotel … Continue reading

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Tiki Lovers Dark Rum – Review

Tiki Lovers Dark Rum. This is a rum that I’ve been hearing good – if vague – things about from the Tiki community for quite some time but never quite got around to trying because I wasn’t really sure what … Continue reading

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11 Dashes.

11 Dashes Happy 2021 readers! Let’s hope this is a better year for everyone and especially the beleaguered hospitality industry who have been particularly battered by 2020. Maybe after the festive season – or what passed for it this year … Continue reading

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