Posts Tagged “cocktails”

Bumbu Rum XO

Bumbu Rum XO

Well, here is a rather different rum. Bumbu has great shelf appeal with a bottle and oversized cork which have as much to do with swashbuckling pirates and Errol Flynn as contemporary drinks marketing. The black glass is embossed with the company name, and a metal ‘X’ flies like a pirate’s insignia right in the…

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McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

New York-based wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands has produced a new and rather exceptional gin called McQueen and the Violet Fog.  This contains a wealth of botanicals, and six of them are said to be “found in no other gin in the world”. The McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin bottle is statuesque and…

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Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

Yes, gin is trending and has been for a while. Shelves are filled with bottles of crystal-clear and water-white gin; but then there are a very few that have another hue. Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin stands out! Four Pillars distillery in Australia is all about gin. They have a selection of gins and two…

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Devil’s Margarita

Devil’s Margarita

Devil’s Margarita is a deliciously different cocktail from The Plough Inn, Lupton   Ingredients 75ml tequila 25ml lime juice 25ml sugar syrup Red wine to top up   Method Fill a martini glass with ice to chill whilst you make the drink. Put tequila, lime juice and sugar syrup in a shaker over lots of…

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Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

What san-gria is to summer, this crowd-pleasing punch is to winter. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull: so much more interesting than mulled wine. Mull over the joys of the season whilst this sharing-recipe prepares itself in a slow-cooker, filling the room with a wonderfully festive aroma. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull SERVES 6 150ml Brockmans Gin 1…

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Brockmans Herbal Sour

Brockmans Herbal Sour

Brockmans Herbal Sour is delicious at any time of the year. The tarragon is aromatic and fresh and the ginger warming. Ingredients 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Lemon Juice 12.5ml Gomme White of one egg 3 or 4 slices of Fresh Ginger Large Fresh Tarragon Sprig and more for garnish Method Muddle a large sprig of…

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Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Handmade and individually painted, each bottle of Clase Azul is a unique and charming work of ceramic art. In the small Mexican town of Santa Maria Canchesda, over 100 artisans are employed just to produce these trade-mark bottles. The beautifully handcrafted flasks of Clase Azul are statuesque and are indeed meant to be kept and…

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Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

Hayman’s Sloe Gin is a classic with the fresh fruitiness of the autumn. This plum-coloured gin displays great balance on the palate with gin at its centre, but being neither too sweet nor too tart. The berries are macerated for several months to allow the characteristic flavours to infuse. This well-crafted Sloe Gin is perfect…

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Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Yes, it’s trending. Gin is ubiquitous in every bar throughout the nation. It is loved by young sippers who have irrevocably banished the dusty reputation of ‘Mother’s ruin’.  Gin is presented as a key component in every guise of cocktail, from fruity and floral to spicy and exotic. These often-colourful libations may mask a fairly…

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The Root 7 G & Tea set

The Root 7 G & Tea set

The Root 7 G & Tea set is a rather beautiful glass teapot with two matching cups. The fabulously sophisticated design, by master mixologists, is of high-quality rainbow-tinted borosilicate glass with a shimmering gold script. That glass is ideal for both boiling-hot water and the coolest of iced gins and tonics, with perhaps a few…

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El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

A small glass of El Dorado 12-year-old Rum by Demerara Distillers will waft the lucky sipper back to the days of sailing ships and sugar plantations, and perhaps some romantic pirates. Guyana has always produced rich rums, and this bottle is a fine example of what many of us would view as an adult and…

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Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists is a one-stop shop for lovers of this versatile spirit …but what actually is it? Vodka is more popular than ever due to the cocktail-drinking trend. It has introduced vodka to a new audience as well as knowledgeable bartenders who appreciate this spirit as a base for…

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Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha means ‘bee’ in Portuguese and the striking label offers a swarm of them on this bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça. It speaks to one of summer days, nature, wholesome pleasures, and all of those happen to be found in Brazil from where this characterful spirit hails. Cachaça is a popular spirit which some describe…

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Gin: The Essential Guide

Gin: The Essential Guide

Gin: The Essential Guide for Gin Aficionados offers a wealth of information. Gin is one of the world’s best-loved spirits. It has a rich history – made in medieval monasteries it was thought to protect against the plague. The science had come from the Arab world with their elevated knowledge of medicine. Gin’s botanicals were…

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Foxhole Gin review

Foxhole Gin review

Well, what a surprise. A bottle of Foxhole Gin arrived. The event was no surprise, but the shelf appeal was. There are so many new gins around, but this one grabbed my attention before the nose or palate could evaluate quality. Each Foxhole Gin bottle is screenprinted by hand with a precious-metal ink, which is…

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Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila

Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila

Tequila has long been popular in the US, north of the border from Mexico, the land of its origin. It is now rather trendy in Europe, where its unique taste is prized in cocktails. But there are some tequilas that are so well-crafted that they deserve to be enjoyed alone or simply in the company…

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The Bartender’s Book

The Bartender’s Book

This is a little gem of bartending support. The Bartender’s Book, or to give it its full and impressive title The Bartender’s Book: The Essential Guide for Mixologists, by Dave Broom, is something of a barman’s/woman’s almanac. The cover gives a sense of the early 20th century, when cocktails became fashionable. The book offers excellent…

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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

There are several popular varieties of cocktail cherry. Most of them are bright enough to read a book by and sticky enough to become the candy of choice of any 5-year-old with a sweet tooth. No, not all cherries are created equal, so it’s worth doing some homework and buying the best. That would be…

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Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade

Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade

Jack Daniel’s Black Label Tennessee Whiskey remains the flagship product of Brown-Forman Corporation, one of the foremost international drinks companies. Jack Daniel’s has a range of high-end whiskeys in their portfolio. Old No. 7, also known as Black Label, is the original Jack Daniel’s and is now available as part of a cocktail, in convenient…

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Pink Grapefruit Gin by Pickering

Pink Grapefruit Gin by Pickering

This is a summer winner. Pickering’s Pink Grapefruit and Lemongrass Gin Liqueur is complex and surprisingly refreshing for a drink that describes itself as a liqueur. Gin is trending at the moment. That can be a good thing as it exposes lovers of that spirit to a greater range of styles … but there are…

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