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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 7 - Courvoisier

by Sam Smith     9. October 2015 15:14


Hello again and welcome to another edition of Around the World in 80 Drams, the blog series where I travel the world heading east tasting 80 different tasty treats. Well, sort of. This week we’re actually just a touch more west than when we started! It’s a windy route we’re taking for sure, but we’re tasting excellent spirits all around the world, which more than makes up for it.

I left you with a hint last week, mentioning Emperors of the French with distinctive headgear, so of course I’m talking about Napoleon Bonaparte and Courvoisier Cognac! I also said it would take about 5 hours to travel the 240 miles south from Domaine Dupont to Château Courvoisier via a flock of seagulls (not the band - though their haircuts did look quite aerodynamic back in the day).


2015 Whisky Advent Calendar - Now Available for Pre-Order!

by Jake Mountain     21. September 2015 09:25

Whisky Advent Calendar

Ah yes, it's that time of year once again when Drinks by the Dram reveal their selection of fantastic spirits-filled advent calendars!

The Entire Range is Now Available for Pre-Order here. (Estimated despatch late October.)

As well as all your favourites such as The Whisky Advent Calendar and Ginvent Calendar (from the dream team of Drinks by the Dram and Gin Foundry), which are both back for a fourth year, 2015 sees the range extended with a dedicated Bourbon Calendar plus Rum, Cognac, Armagnac, Tequila, Mezcal, Vodka, Absinthe and erm... Naga Chilli Vodka calendars (the latter getting hotter each day!)


Master of Cocktails - Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

by Ben Ellefsen     18. May 2015 09:10

Master of Cocktails Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

Right then ladies and gents. Time for another #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a cognac-sour/sidecar sort of affair. We're making it with Yuzu Juice. If you've not had it before it's sort of lemon/limey, but much more aromatic and potent. You can get it online using the power of googles.

There's a tiny bit of prep to do a couple hours before we make this one - we need to sugar-rim our glasses...


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.


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.


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.


Master of Cocktails - The Japanese Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     28. July 2014 11:40

Master of Cocktails The Japanese Cocktail

Right then ladies and gentlemen - for this week's #MasterofCocktails we made a Japanese Cocktail. It's one of those oft-forgotten classics that really does work very well indeed if made with decent ingredients.

Before we get onto that though, we need to do some prep for next week's drink. Or rather 'drinks'. See, with all this amazing weather we've been having, I'm going to show you how to make an amazing bowl of Punch.


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The Eccentric History of Berry Brothers and Rudd -- Part II

by Michael Orson     2. July 2014 15:17

Berry Brothers and Rudd

The first George Berry was born in 1787 and, at the impressionable age of 16, made the two-day journey from Exeter to London, in which city he remained. He would become an extremely successful merchant, maintaining a clear focus on wine and spirits – a tradition continued by his sons George Jr. and Henry – the original “Berry Brothers” who took the helm in 1845.

Berry’s young life was not without event. In 1838, he signed up as a special constable during the Chartist riots, alongside his friend, the future Napoleon III. Years later, whilst in exile in London, Napoleon used the very cellars at No. 3 to hold secret meetings. Two storeys below terra, the marvellous stone-walled chamber bears his name, and is home to a collection of ancient bottles from centuries ago, back when a member of the gentry would have his own glass bottle stamped with his seal. The sealed bottles would be taken to No.3 to be filled with wine or spirit, and returned when they were empty. Napoleon’s own bottle still stands in one corner.


Rum, Cognac & Tequila Advent Calendars!!!

by Jake Mountain     22. November 2013 11:02

Drinks by the Dram Rum, Cognac and Tequila Advent Calendars

Once upon a beginning, the folks of the world drew chalk lines on their doors to physically count down the first 24 days of December. These days that seems a rather sad thought, more reminiscent of a prisoner counting the days they've been locked up than a celebration of the festive season. Pretty miserable really. (That is, unless you're lucky enough to share a cell with comedy legend Ronnie Barker!) It was some time before some bright spark decided that using candles would be rather less bleak. I mean, candles, they're okay aren't they?


Master of Cocktails - Eggnog

by Ben Ellefsen     28. October 2013 16:08

Master of Cocktails Eggnog cocktail

Last week, we gave you the choice between a classic summer cocktail or something more wintery and, overwhelmingly, the good people of twitter voted for a winter #MasterofCocktails option. So, last night we made the ultimate Eggnog!

The clocks had just gone back and the #UKStorm2013 was approaching so it did indeed seem the perfect time to batten down the hatches and mix up a classic winter warmer whilst we waited for all this to blow over.

The entire recipe can be found below, and apologies that it's been posted slightly later than usual - the bloody storm has evidently even affected our blog posts!

On to the 'nog!



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