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Master of Cocktails - The Champagne Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     29. September 2014 10:45

Master of Cocktails Champagne Cocktail

An incredibly simple drink this week, which is so often fucked right up by one stupid 'ritual'. Sugar Cubes. I saw a cocktail this week from some place in London which they're claiming is the world's most expensive (at £8888) and from the looks of it, even at nearly £10k, you get a load of idiotic sugar-sludge in the bottom of your glass.

Using a sugar cube instead of sugar syrup not only makes a nonsense of the 'as served' concentration of sugar as more and more will dissolve as the drink is consumed, but even worse, it provides hundreds upon hundreds of nucleation points (the sugar granules), which are pretty much guaranteed to knock all the fizz out of champagne. Not exactly ideal for a Champagne Cocktail recipe, eh? So, for that reason we're going to be using sugar syrup like a non-mental person.

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A new batch of Boutique-y Whiskies for a Tuesday Morning

by Ben Ellefsen     23. September 2014 10:00

Fettercairn, Blended Malt #2 and Blair Athol That Boutique-y Whisky Company

So – it’s about that time again – new batches, and replenished batches of some absolute crackers from That Boutique-y Whisky Company.

First up – spoiler alert – we do have a new batch of both the Port Ellen, and Brora. I’ll understand if you want to stop reading for a bit and take care of a small (okay – large) transaction.

We’ve also got some brand spanking new lines though – 2 single malts and a blended malt (which after the editor’s choice award in the most recent edition of Whisky Magazine), should see some interest piqued...

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Master of Cocktails - Campari and Soda

by Ben Ellefsen     22. September 2014 09:41

Master of Cocktails Campari Soda

Right then cocktail fans, we're doing a Campari and Soda recipe for this week's #MasterofCocktails. I say 'cocktails'... A bit of a confession, this week's drink isn't *really* a cocktail. It's more of a 'mixed drink'. So this week is less 'cocktail', and more 50:50 confession/love-letter.

I'll start with the confession bit. I properly fucking LOVE Campari. In fact, I think I'd probably go as far as to say that if I had to pick only one product (not 'range' or 'category') for a desert island, it'd be Campari. It’s not better than ‘whisky’ as a category, not by a long chalk, but if I had to pick one single SKU/line for the rest of time (at a sensible price), I think it’d probably be Campari. Same goes for wine, beer, gin, everything in fact. It's a *superb*, superb drink. And the purest means of its enjoyment? Campari and Soda.

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Reference Series – The First Batch of Extensions

by Ben Ellefsen     17. September 2014 09:10

Reference Series First Extension

This range was born almost 6 months ago with the release of the initial ‘Reference’ Blended Malt Whiskies I, II, and III, and have received some lovely reviews from all over the web – not least of which from Serge of Whiskyfun who rated the initial batch from 83-88 points.

The theory is initially simple – we took 4 components (2 blended malt and 2 single malt), and as the range progressed from I to III, the proportion of older whisky went up. This was designed to give us all an insight into the way that age affects whisky.

Today, however, is where it all really starts to get fun.

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Master of Cocktails: The Ford Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     15. September 2014 09:14

Master of Cocktails Ford

Greetings ladies and gents. It's time for this week's #MasterofCocktails - we're doing a great little twist on a Wet Martini today - it's a Ford Cocktail recipe. I first encountered this a year or two ago at Burger & Lobster, and managed to find a recipe last week on diffordsguide but couldn't for the life of me find it again.

Luckily, @arranhoops and @SngleMaltWhimsy both pointed out that it was a Ford Cocktail and will shortly be receiving something nice in the post. Right then, on to the recipe.

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Master of Cocktails - The Brandy Crusta

by Ben Ellefsen     8. September 2014 10:36

Master of Cocktails Brandy Crusta

Right then ladies and gentlemen. Time for week's #MasterofCocktails, featuring a Brandy Crusta recipe - a real life classic. This is a smashing drink, first brought to my attention by the superb @AdamsBitters.

Before we get started, here are 2 tips on the Brandy Crusta:

1) Drink more of them.

2) Don't order one in a bar where it's not on the menu.

Got it? Good. The key to this drink is the garnish, which we will be preparing a couple of hours in advance before actually putting the drink together.

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Master of Cocktails - Banana Daiquiri

by Ben Ellefsen     1. September 2014 09:21

Master of Cocktails Banana Daiquiri

Right then cocktail fans. Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails extravaganza. This time, we're making a Banana Daiquiri recipe. Course we are.

This is a rather prep-heavy drink, and with most of it we will be able put it together a day or so in advance. Following that, all we'll need to do is remove it from the freezer, give it a quick blitz with a stick blender, tip into a glass and garnish. But first, let's have a look at the homework we will have done beforehand.

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Master of Cocktails - The Spiced Black Truffle Palmetto

by Ben Ellefsen     26. August 2014 10:42

Master of Cocktails The Spiced Black Truffle Palmetto

This week's drink (a day later than usual due to the bank holiday) is a twist on a Palmetto recipe, using the amazing Rumbullion! XO along with a couple of superb vermouths, and Bitter Bastards Black Truffle Bitters. The Black truffle notes add a superb, almost ethereal balance to the drink that makes it probably my favourite creation of the last few months.

It's a simple drink to make, which I'm sure will be welcome after last week's (and next week's) more prep-heavy drinks.

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Master of Cocktails - The Gimlet

by Ben Ellefsen     18. August 2014 16:23

Master of Cocktails The Gimlet

Right then campers. Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails. This week it's a Gimlet recipe, one of those that's super-simple if you do a bit of prep. We're going to be venturing into slightly more prep-heavy territory soon, so this one's a decent bit of practice. As ever, we'll be publishing all the directions in advance (in the case of prep) here and on the Master of Malt twitter, along with the cocktail recipes so you can either make it along with us, or come back to the drink at a later date.

As such, we'll be making our Gimlet using homemade Lime Cordial. You could make this drink with shop-bought, but honestly? It's just not worth wasting good gin on. The lime cordial only takes minutes to make, and lasts for weeks in the fridge.

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Master of Cocktails - Coffee Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     11. August 2014 13:04

Master of Cocktails Coffee Cocktail

Well hello there Flip fans – it's time for another #MasterofCocktails. This week, we have a Coffee Cocktail recipe for you.

Confusingly enough, there's absolutely no coffee (liqueur format or otherwise) anywhere near this drink. Nevertheless, I'd take it after a meal over a cup of joe anyday. So, straight to it.

Starting with an ingredients picture that doesn't have all the ingredients... Since last week I've discovered that including sugar syrup and Angostura bitters makes for a yummier recipe. So grab those too.

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