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Week One: Homecoming cocktail

It seems that I thought it would be a good idea to post a new cocktail recipe every week through 2009, which is what happens when you leave me in a room with a bottle of 10 Cane. So, without any further ado, I present the first of the fifty-two. 2009 marks the 250th anniversary []

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Week Seventeen: Fifth Crown

Today – yes, today, look at that topicality – is Cinco de Mayo, a date that carries significance for many on the American continent. For Mexicans (and Californians), it is the anniversary of their victory against the odds at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Curiously enough, the French don’t seem to mark the occasion. []

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Week Two: Bloomsbury Cosmo

I’ve been kicking around some ideas ahead of Thursday’s regional for the Diageo World Class competition. The heat could involve presenting up to three different drinks, including one classic or twisted classic gin cocktail. I’m not sure if this one is right for the comp, but y’know, still tasty. Bloomsbury Cosmopolitan 40ml Tanqueray Gin 10ml []

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Week Eighteen: West India Company

If I’m honest, this started out as more of a kitchen special. I recently had the privilege of having my flat inspected by my landlord and in my attempts to make the place look more safely habitable, I turned all kinds of interesting things. There were newspapers dating back to 2007, a stack of comics []

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Week Three: Coco Arándito

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be competing in the Scottish regional of the Gin component of Diageo’s World Class competition, which involved spending the afternoon in the shiny surrounds of Hawke & Hunter. ‘Course, when you get a bunch of bartenders in one place, there’s only one thing we talk about and one []

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Week Four: a Barbore Martini

There are a number of things I want to talk about. Angus Winchester has promised a bottle of Tanqueray No. Ten and a book from his extensive library of vintage and modern mixellany to the inventor of the drink named as the official Martini of Barbore. This is madness. I am, of course, totally there. []

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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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