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It’s that time of year when we are assaulted with a new block-buster movie every weekend until the end of the summer. Many of the movies will be a waste of time because they lack character development or the story is covered up by special effects. But, there is one

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Cocktails

No discussion on cocktails is complete without discussing the Singapore Sling. The history of the Singapore Sling was thoroughly documented by Mr. Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh in the Journal of Mixology (a book in which I also contributed an article). However, this post is going to deal with flavour and

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Cordial

What is Triple Sec? Triple Sec is an orange flavoured liqueur produced from the bitter peel of the Laraha orange. The Laraha is the Valencia orange which was transplanted to Curaçao, but because of the soil and climate condition the orange developed into an inedible fruit due to the bitterness. The

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Ingredient

What is simple syrup? As the name states, simple syrup is pretty simple. However, it is a crucial part of cocktails and without a standard syrup, many cocktails can become cloyingly sweet or unbalanced. In the Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail, I wrote an in-depth article on how

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Soda

The Internet is quickly becoming the place for highbrow cocktail culture. As a group discussions on the use of rare ingredients, which most bartenders have never heard of, or the nuances of a cocktail created in 1933 is not uncommon and may be the norm. So, very rarely are discussions

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Blog Post

The online version of Jerry Thomas’ bartender guide is being updated and will be online soon. Thanks for your patience.

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Blog Post

This is the first article, in a series, that will be intermingled with the other posts over the next few months. Basically, I’ve been looking at some scientific research on alcohol, beer, wine and bitterness published over the past few decades. Basically, these are studies that are conducted in a

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Cocktails

While I’ve been exploring the world of Tiki, a few of the drinks I’ve made have incorporated dairy products. Some of the cocktails called for milk, others called for cream, and they all called for some form of citrus juice. The combination of dairy (water, oil emulsions) and acids from

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Blog Post

When creating a new cocktail, balance is always important. A common rookie mistake is to make a cocktail that has the alcohol content way out of proportion. You know, the one that should actually have the flammable symbol on the side of the glass. Five ounces of Everclear (95% ABV),

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bar

It is that time of year when Tales of the Cocktail requests nominations for the best bars and bartenders from around the world. This year I will enthusiastically tip my hat to the Vintage Cocktail Club in Dublin Ireland. So why I am so enthusiastic about VCC? Well, read on

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