How to Make a Mojito + Recipes

National Mojito Day is celebrated on the 11th July each year. Mojito was invented in Havana, but the exact time is unclear. It is considered to date as far back as the 16th century. The first version was called ‘El Draque’ after Francis Drake, an explorer. Unlike most cocktail bars around the world, in Cuba, […]

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How to Make Flavoured Vodka at Home

Flavoured vodka in a jar

Making your own flavoured vodka is very easy, but there are a few things you should remember to achieve the best results. Flavoured vodka will transform your cocktails, and it makes a great alternative gift when you put extra thought into the bottle, labelling or decorations. Take one as a gift when you next visit […]

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How Vermouth Can Change Your Negroni

Recently, I have been focusing on (and sampling) the variety of sweet vermouths, some newer brands and some good old classics. I thought it would be fun to do a little Negroni test. By using the same base recipe but changing the vermouth each time, you can create a very different tasting experience. Negroni is […]

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What Is Sweet Vermouth and How to Drink It

valentian sweet vermouth

Sweet vermouth is a fortified wine that has been aromatised with a range of botanicals. It is also known as red vermouth (vermouth rosso) due to its colour or as Italian vermouth due to its origin. Today, sweet vermouths aren’t just limited to Italy. In the 16th century in Piedmont, a shopkeeper known as Alessio […]

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The First Whisky Launch by Waterford Distillery

Waterford Distillery whisky

You may have heard about Waterford Distillery. An Irish whisky distillery where they believe in the unique taste of terroir – how the type of barley, the specific soil and location where it grows can enhance the flavour of any spirit. Of course, they have created a lot of controversy over their approach to making […]

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Hotel Starlino – A New Addition to Your Home Bar

Hotel Starlino range

The Hotel Starlino is a fresh vermouth range from the founder of Malfy Gin. The packaging takes its inspiration from Art Nouveau design and architecture, or Stile Liberty as it is known in Italy. Hotel Starlino range comes in old-fashioned apothecary-style bottles with ceramic and wooden stoppers, reminiscent of an antique doorknob. The front label […]

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Pancho Datos – A Must-Try Tequila

Pancho datos tequila plata

Recently, I have been introduced to a tequila brand called Pancho Datos and now I can’t get enough of their wonderful tequilas. I love the earthiness of the Plata and subtle spiciness of the Reposado. Once you have learned all about Pancho Datos, don’t forget to head over to Instagram to enter our competition. More […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Scotch Whisky

Inka Larissa sipping scotch whisky

Too often I hear someone say they’re interested in getting into scotch whisky but find the whole category intimidating. There are too many things you need to take into consideration or just a lot of choice to know where to start. With this guide to scotch whisky I wanted to cover some basics to help […]

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The Essential Guide to Cocktail Sweeteners

honey sweetener

Due to the closure of all bars, we are all having to be our own bartenders for the time being. I thought this would be a good time to look into the different ways you can sweeten your cocktails at home. Sweetener is an important ingredient in many cocktails, but the way the sweetness is […]

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