Tequila Sunrise – simplicity itself

The Tequila Sunrise is a straightforward and easy cocktail to make. It’s fairly inexpensive too. My preferred variation on this is the spicy tequila sunrise with a small dash of jalapeno syrup. Gives this simple cocktail the pep it’s always needed.

Gin starts off as vodka

Vodka and gin start off as the same base spirit. It’s the addition of botanicals such as juniper which start to differentiate gin from vodka. Vodka is the easiest base for cocktails of course, because it is the most neutrally flavoured of all the spirits.

Long Island Iced Tea – I’m really not sure

The Long Island Iced Tea. I’m really not sure about this cocktail. Not sure it’d make my Top 100 but it’s a well-known and popular cocktail. It lacks subtlety and if it was a car it’d be an American large block V8. A monster of a cocktail. 7 ingredients. Read on…..

Tipping Point – modern and English cocktail

Try this aperitivo style cocktail with mainly English ingredients. It combines equal quantities of Kamm & Sons aperitif with Chase Marmalade vodka and half as much Martini Rosso. Slightly bitter in flavour, this is a great pre-dinner cocktail. More here.

How long do spirits and liqueurs last?

How long do spirits and liqueurs last? This is a question I get asked frequently as we do our talks around the Midlands on spirits, liqueurs and cocktail making. The good news is that the majority of them last indefinitely. There are some exceptions though, and some bits of general advice here…

Infusions are the way forward for cocktails

Infusions are a great way of creating new cocktails and cocktail flavours. Having bought an infuser, I now have the opportunity to add a range of herbs, spices and other flavourings to base spirits and liqueurs. A chance to make them unique too.

Rosadka Martini – new cocktail recipe

Rosadka Martini is a modern variation on the classic Martini, the vodka Martini that is. This new cocktail recipe is based around Pinky vodka and Martini rosato vermouth, with the addition of a little Monin raspberry syrup and a few drops of rhubarb bitters.

St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

Irish whiskey based cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day. A couple of ideas here for Irish themed cocktail drinks. Some green drinks for March 17th. A time to dust off the bottle of Irish whiskey and put it to celebratory use. Alternatively sip some very special single pot still whiskey. Whatever is your thing.

The Last Word cocktail recipe

The Last Word is a great but full-on flavoured prohibition era cocktail. And it features green Chartreuse, which makes it unusual already. Add in maraschino, which, chances are you also don’t use a lot of, and you have one distinctive cocktail. Plus gin and lime juice, and this is one straightforward but tasty cocktail.