Category Archives: Ingredients

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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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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The Doctor + Swedish Punsch

The Doctor + Swedish Punsch There are a not insignificant number of older cocktail recipes that call for an ingredient called Swedish Punsch and that tend to bring the budding cocktailista to a shuddering halt. What is this exotic ingredient? … Continue reading

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Panacea + Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal.

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Panacea + Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal A coronavirus lockdown is just the thing to get some cocktail inspiration. My self-set brief was to come up with an (imaginary!) Covid-19 “cure” solely using ingredients with alleged curative powers. First up is Jamaican … Continue reading

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10 Bottles / 10 Cocktails.

10 Bottles / 10 Cocktails. This cocktail malarky is all well and good, but how are you supposed to get started on your journey to mixin’ Nirvana? Excellent question dear reader. With ten green bottles*. Some pundits recommend one or … Continue reading

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Making your own gin!

Golden Gin – make your own gin! Some say there was once a dude who turned water into wine. Neat trick but I think we can do better. Let’s get miraculous and turn some boring old vodka into gin! In … Continue reading

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The Martinez + jenever.

The Martinez. The poor old Martinez is another old timer that doesn’t get enough love these days. Hailing from somewhere in mid 19th century America – our guess being Martinez, California – it was a fairly straight-shootin’ gin and Italian … Continue reading

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Monky Business + Buckfast.

Monky Business. Monks seem to have a bit of a thing for making booze (Dom Perignon, Benedictine, Chartreuse, Averna, Trappist beer etc.) and it seemed to me that we should recognise their noble dedication with a cocktail in their honour. … Continue reading

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Black Manhattan + cocktail cherries.

Black Manhattan. A relative newcomer in Cocktailville, the Black Manhattan was created in 2008 by Todd Smith at Bourbon and Branch, San Francisco. A cocktail of quietly elegant simplicity it should be a breeze for any reasonably well stocked home … Continue reading

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Jack Rose + apple brandy

Jack Rose + apple brandy The Jack Rose is a positively ancient cocktail that was very popular a century ago but has gradually faded into relative obscurity. More’s the pity as it can be quite delightful when well made. It’s … Continue reading

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