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Week Five: Tokyo Blossom

There are some products that get a hard time from bartenders. Whenever they’re mentioned in conversation, we wrinkle our noses and shake our heads for whatever reason, if we’ve given it enough thought to come up with a reason. Take – for example – Midori. The fact that it was launched in Studio 54 at []

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Week Six: La Spirale

(Spiral Staircase by sjdunphy, licensed under Creative Commons.) Vodka has been described as the most difficult spirit to use creatively. Possibly by me when I was lacking inspiration, but the point stands. After all, vodka comes off the still somewhere north of 95% ABV before being diluted to bottling strength which means that a 70cl []

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Week Seven: Abelinha

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that a lot of the recipes I post use honey as a sweetening agent in cocktails. It has become something of a hallmark of my recipes, like the guy who always uses sherbet in his drinks, or the guy who can’t not use a foam. One of the things I []

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Week Eight: Santa Rosita

Yesterday was National Margarita Day in the US, which is as good a reason as any to play around with a bit of tequila. Edinburgh at the tail-end of February might be some way from ideal Margarita-drinking conditions, but we had a rummage around our pile o’ stuff regardless. Santa Rosita 30ml José Cuervo Tradicional []

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Mixology Monday: 19th Century Cocktails

Mixology Monday is a monthly celebration of mixological stuff, with each themed installment hosted somewhere within the drinkblogging community. This month’s edition is on 19th Century Cocktails, and is being hosted at Bibulo.us. This is the ednbrg MxMo debut – here’s hoping I don’t screw this up… The 19th Century marks the period when people []

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Week Nine: Flame’s Edge

New drinks are weird, intangible things. Sometimes, they can be engineered. Sometimes, they come from little more than an instinct. And sometimes, they just happen. We’ve been hosting cocktail masterclasses at work for a while now. They’ve proven to be popular with birthday and hen parties, possibly because it provides a decent excuse for exposing []

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MxMo: Guilty Pleasures

Mixology Monday is monthly celebration of all things cocktailian, hosted by a different member of the global drink-blogging community. This month, Stevi at Two at the Most (thanks for hosting!) invited us to share our Guilty Pleasures. The thing is, I’d already shared one of my shameful favourites in public… I remember the first cocktail []

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Week Ten: Winter’s End

11:44am on March 20 2009 marks the Vernal Equinox, one of the two points of the year at which the Sun is directly over the Earth’s equator. Or the Earth’s equator is directly over the Sun, if you want to be picky about it. See, astronomy lessons and everything. The Vernal Equinox marks the end []

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MxMo: Made from scratch

Mixology Monday is a monthly catalogue of interesting things people have been doing with alcohol, based around a theme set by that month’s host. November sees Doug at the Pegu Blog calling out all our homemade treasures – every drink has to contain one ingredient that’s made from scratch. It’s often said that every major []

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Week Twelve: Kitchen Special No. 1

Being honest, I’m pretty cocktailed out at the moment. We’re just put the finishing touches to a new drinks menu at work – featuring some of the drinks I’ve posted here – and I’ve been making the most of not thinking about combinations of spirits and liqueurs. That said, there are still times when I []

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MxMo XL: Ginger

other stuff, Mixology Monday happens every month, but is at least 7,000% more fun than paying your rent. This month, RumDood challenges us to find a use for ginger, in any of its various forms. Ginger is a wonderful thing. Its mere presence elevates a run-of-the-mill stir fry towards the awesome and beyond that, []

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Week Eleven: Spring Orchard

We’ve just finished putting together a new cocktail program for the Paris bar at work and everytime we take on this kind of exercise, there’s a point when someone says “we need x cocktails with this spirit in them,” because we’re only ever going to have y drinks ready, and y is always a number []

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MxMo: Spice

It’s Monday, and that means it’s about time for the international drinkblogging community to showcase all the cool things we’ve been playing with. This month’s Mixology Monday is being graciously hosted by Craig at Tiki Drinks & Indigo Firmaments (thanks!) and – topically, for Christmas – the theme is spice. Spices belong to that category []

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Week Thirteen: Medici

Lorenzo de’ Medici is remembered as a patron of the arts and as a key figure in the Renaissance. His contribution to the world of spirits isn’t as well known. The story goes that a brandy-based liqueur was created in his honour. And that’s about it. Sorry. The Medici link makes for good copy in []

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MxMo: the first time

For everything in life, there’s an inside and an outside. This month, LUPEC Boston asks us how we’d welcome the unsure to the cocktail party. It’s Mixology Monday, and we want to know one thing: do you remember the first time? Imagine a swamp. It’s dark, misty and humid. There’s a weird kind of steam []

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