Cocktails
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A Healthy Margarita Recipe

A healthy Margarita is simply a low sugar recipe with loads of flavour. By swapping the sugar out for agave and replacing the cointreau with some clever little adjustments you can get all the flavour of a traditional margarita. This isn't just ...

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Dark and Stormy, Moscow Mule and Ginger Beer Cocktails

The Moscow Mule cocktail and the Dark and Stormy cocktail have two things in common; ginger beer and being regularly amongst the worst-made and overrated drinks in the world. This is a real shame as the combination of ginger, lime and quality ...

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Yarai Mixing Glass – The Ultimate Cocktail Mixing Glass

The Yarai Mixing glass was the most vital piece of equipment at my bar Qualia Lounge, so much so that I needed 6 of them just to make sure my tiny venue could keep up with the cocktail demand. Back then I was a fairly early adopter and couldn't find ...

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Liquor and Lies – Fake Histories of Classic Cocktails

After nearly 7 years of constant research, bar ownership, alcohol obsession and getting my friends and family intoxicated "for science", I've finally started to bring together the recipes and histories of my favourite alcohols and cocktails. In Vol ...

What Does Don Draper Drink?

Mad Men, it's a television gold mine for AMC and has made the character Donald Draper synonymous with style, class and the fading era of stoicism amongst over-worked executives. Alcoholism is rife in almost every minute of the show and the lack of ...

Belgrove Rye and Bacon Cocktails

A bit over a year ago I was on TV... Briefly It’s not every day a bartender gets a phone call from someone in his or her previous profession (unless you were once a telemarketer of course). For me that day came on the 20th of March when I received ...

What Did Ian Fleming’s James Bond Actually Drink?

First of all I need to apologise. This question, posted on Facebook that led to some 100 comments and guesses has an answer none of you are going to like. I'm sorry, however it all makes sense below. What did James Bond, the original superstar ...

Gin and the Perfect Martini

Gin! The gin craze! Mother's ruin! Genevre! So many exclamations! But seriously, just what is gin anyway? Why does it even go with tonic? How should we actually be drinking it? I'm going to open with a fact that most guys under the age of 30 are ...