since February 2009


Gunpowder and Smoke Cocktail 16 Mar 2011
3:15 pm

Great video.Tim: great little article and comments on egg white here:

Jamie: Have you by any chance tried Smoke and Oakum’s Gunpowder Rum? It’s infused with real black powder and tobacco. Quite an incredible product. I’ve never tried gunpowder tea though. Do you really get gunpowder characteristics out of it? Why is it called gunpowder tea?

Derby Cocktail 28 Apr 2009
12:51 pm

Thanks Robert!

I enjoyed this one, but in fairness I am already a big fan of ‘monastery’ liqueurs. I also love the Derby variation found in Ted Haigh’s fantastic book ‘Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails’ which he in turn sourced from Trader Vic’s ‘Bartender’s Guide’ (1947 version).

This one employs (I’ve adpated it slightly):
1 oz Bourbon
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz orange curacao
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
and 1 mint leaf thrown in the shaker.

Shake & Strain into a chilled coupette garnish with a ‘slapped’ mint leaf. Delicious!

Chaplin Cocktail 8 Sep 2009
2:01 pm

Nice one Robert. We certainly need more sherry poping into drinks. Have you ever thought of doing the Charlie Chaplin? Sloe gin, apricot brandy and lime (I like a slug of standard Plymouth in there too)... Sloe gin and apricot brandy seem to be all the rage amongst the cocktail kids down this way.

The Bijou Cocktail, two ways 17 Feb 2009
12:25 pm

A delicious drink indeed! I’ve even got bottle of the lovely aged Chartreuse (VEP) to give it a whirl tonight! Just need to get hold of some Regans’ ...

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