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Master of Cocktails - Pisco Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     13. October 2014 09:31

Master of Cocktails pisco sour

Well hello friends. I almost didn't see you there. Is it time for a drink? Seems a lot like it, doesn't it? Today we're making a sour recipe with an oft-maligned ingredient, Pisco. If you're not familiar with pisco (or worse, if you've only tried the really cheap stuff), it's worth getting to know.

It's in the brandy/grappa family, made in Peru (and Chile, which has caused quite a rivalry between the two nations - many thanks to @robbo_123 for this knowledge). We'll be using a perfect example of truly ace pisco - Payet Acholado.

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The Monkey Comp Winners Have Popped-Up In London!

by Jake Mountain     8. October 2014 14:21

The Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Challenge

The Monkey Shoulder Ultimate Bartender Challenge has been quite a journey - over 50 teams signed up back in March and April, but as Connor MacLeod has taught us (with alarming regularity on this here blog):
"There can be only one."

Having followed the competition on twitter and attended the grand bar-off last month, I can thoroughly recommend hunting down the competition's worthy winners at their London Cocktail Week pop-up in 7 Dials this week (as I did yesterday). To explain a little more about this cocktail competition that was totally unlike anything we've ever reported on before though, let me hand you over to Monkey Shoulder's new brand ambassador...

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Master of Cocktails - Hot Buttered Rum

by Ben Ellefsen     6. October 2014 10:05

Master of Cocktails Hot Buttered Rum

This week's #MasterofCocktails marks the turn of the seasons. It's clearly autumn now, and with fireworks displays, Halloween etc. coming, clearly we need a hot buttered rum recipe.

Like many 'oft-neglected' classics, this drink has a simple problem, with a simple solution. The problem is immiscibility, by which I mean that butter and rum simply don't like each other and don't want to play together. One's Lipophlic, or Hydrophobic, or some other shit that I can never remember. Basically we need an emulsifier. That's where the lecithin comes in...

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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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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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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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