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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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Week Fifteen: Mystère

Once upon a time, Cognac was the drink of choice for the higher orders of society and the undisputed leader among spirits, but that was before phylloxera decimated French wine production allowing whiskies and rums to come to prominence, and before the British government started to promote gin over imports from a country it frequently []

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MxMo: hard drinks for hard times

This month’s Mixology Monday is worried. It worries about its job, its mortgage and, above all, it worries about its future. It’s not easy being the internet’s premier monthly mixological get-together, but this month’s theme proposed by Matt at Rowley’s Whiskey Forge could give it a few tips for getting through the crunch. Drinking has []

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Week Fourteen: Scotch Fusion

We’re going to try something a bit new this week: a brief trip into a confused mind. The thought goes something we know that the action of shaking with ice affects the liquid in the shaker in a couple of noticeable ways: it chills the contents, courtesy of the ice it adds dilution []

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MxMo: Vodka is your friend

Mixology Monday is billed as the monthly online cocktail party, where our host chooses a theme and we rock up a couple of hours late, stinking of cheap wine and muttering something about “consumption”. This month, Felicia’s Speakeasy is graciously listening to our ramblings about our favourite Doctor Who and the fact that vodka is []

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Week Sixteen: Centre

The galaxy is filled with wonderful things, not least the news that its centre tastes of raspberries and smells of rum. This is great news because both raspberries and rum are themselves wonderful things and because the centre of the galaxy is not actually made of raspberries and rum – rather it contains ethyl formate, []

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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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