Green Chartreuse – Elixir of Long Life

Green Chartreuse

Green Chartreuse, the king of liqueurs, has a bright green colour and complex flavour. It is an ancient herbal liqueur produced by Chartreuse monks in France. The taste is unique, with sweet but herbal notes. A very enjoyable liqueur served on its own and in many cocktails. A brief history Back in 1605, the Chartreuse […]

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Drinks from the Larder

Glass of mulled mead

Are you short of cocktail ingredients? Perhaps you haven’t had the chance to go food shopping or couldn’t find everything you planned to buy. Or maybe you stocked a bit too much at the beginning of the pandemic. Here’s how you can create Christmas drinks using your emergency larder, which surely is full of many […]

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6 Winter Gin Serves Using the Kirkjuvagr Gin Range

Fig gin and tonic

The Kirkjuvagr Gin range includes five core gins: Kirkjuvagr Orkney Gin, Arkh-Angell Storm Strength, Aurora Winter Edition, Harpa Summer Edition and Beyla Raspberry & Honey Old Tom. What I really enjoy about this collection is the clear presence of juniper in each style, the higher alcohol volume (they are all 40% or over) and the […]

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Beginner’s Guide to Mead (+ Cocktail Recipes)

Mead is one of the oldest drinks in the world, and in Greek mythology it was often referred to as the drink of the Gods, but today many are unfamiliar with the honey wine. In the past few years, mead has grown in popularity, especially in the US, where they currently have around 500 meaderies and over […]

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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 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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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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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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Summer Spritz Recipes to Cheer You Up!

Summer spritz cocktail

Whether you are starting to feel the strain of the quarantine restrictions or just fancy something fizzy to match the season, these spritz recipes will bring a smile to your face!

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