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Category: Cognac

Count down to Christmas with these Cognac cocktails!

Shake up these contemporary Cognac cocktails to discover why the fruity French spirit is for more than simply splashing on Christmas pudding… By now, you’ll know that Cognac sales are…

Shake up these contemporary Cognac cocktails to discover why the fruity French spirit is for more than simply splashing on Christmas pudding…

By now, you’ll know that Cognac sales are going through the proverbial roof. Anyone who’s anyone is sipping on the stuff with fervour, and we’re not just talking Russian oligarchs and American rappers. The tastemakers of the drinks industry are backing this historic spirit with exuberance, curating unparalleled bottle libraries and championing the spirit in cocktail menus across the globe.

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The ultimate gift guide to utterly bonkers Christmas-inspired spirits!

Get those cocktail shakers at the ready – we’ve assembled the world’s most daring festive spirits for your drinking pleasure. It also serves as a handy gift guide for the…

Get those cocktail shakers at the ready – we’ve assembled the world’s most daring festive spirits for your drinking pleasure. It also serves as a handy gift guide for the booze-and-Christmas fanatic in your life, should you be feeling generous.

Calling all spirited carollers, snowman builders, eggnog sippers, tree decorators, stocking stuffers, seasonal ice skaters, chestnut roasters, snowball throwers, mince pie munchers, mistletoe kissers, and all-round Christmas enthusiasts. It’s time to ramp things up a notch.

Gatecrash a pantomime. Bake a single mince pie of gargantuan proportions. Buy matching Christmas jumpers for you and your pets and refuse to remove them until 1 January. And, most importantly, imbibe some exceptionally festive spirits with some of your most beloved fellow humans.

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The world’s best boozy Advent calendars are ready to rock and roll!

Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today! Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of…

Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today!

Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of their bumper range of booze-filled Advent calendars earlier this month. The stash has arrived at MoM Towers, and the heavenly haul is shipping now!

From whisky and gin to rum, Tequila, Cognac, and many, many more, each fabulously festive box is filled to the brim with 24 different wax-sealed drams, one tucked behind each window. There’s literally no tastier way to count down to Christmas!

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Just hours left to snap up a bargain in our Summer Sale!

All good things must come to an end, so they say (we’re not sure who ‘they’ are either, but supposedly it’s a wise bunch of folk). Our Summer Sale is…

All good things must come to an end, so they say (we’re not sure who ‘they’ are either, but supposedly it’s a wise bunch of folk). Our Summer Sale is indeed a Good Thing, with loads of bargains to be snapped up. Here’s the sad part – it’s coming to an end!

If you’re reading this in the northern hemisphere you will appreciate we’re already stretching the term ‘summer’ as far as we can – it’s downright chilly here. Winter is certainly coming. So this is your last chance to bag yourself a bargain, with amazing deals to be had on whisky, rum, gin, Cognac, Tequila, vodka, liqueurs, wine and more!

We’ve slashed our prices by up to 50% on hundreds of products, so if you’re planning an end-of-summer soiree there’s literally no better time to stock up. But be quick! The sale ends at 23:59 BST on Friday 22 September (aka – the autumn equinox).

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This is not a drill – spirit-filled Advent Calendars available to pre-order now!

Drinks by the Dram has released its 2017 range of brilliantly boozy Advent Calendars into the wild – pre-order yours now! Drinks by the Dram has unveiled its bumper range…

Drinks by the Dram has released its 2017 range of brilliantly boozy Advent Calendars into the wild – pre-order yours now!

Drinks by the Dram has unveiled its bumper range of Advent Calendars for 2017 – and the range is bigger and better than ever. From whisky and gin to Cognac, Tequila and many, many more, every calendar is filled to the brim with 24 different 30ml samples of deliciousness. What’s more, you can pre-order yours right this very moment with but a mere click of the mouse!!

Every calendar contains 24 different wax-sealed drams, one behind each window, collectively adding up to an Advent Calendar of much magnificence. We’ve got The Whisky Advent Calendar, The Ginvent Calendar, The Rum Advent Calendar, The Tequila Advent Calendar, and many more up our sleeves to make sure the Christmas spirit is well and truly flowing this December.

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Cognac, anyone? Exports of the spirit reach epic new heights

As Cognac sales hit record highs, we take a look at the the shape of the historic spirits category today, and explore its tastiness in cocktail form… Dust off those…

As Cognac sales hit record highs, we take a look at the the shape of the historic spirits category today, and explore its tastiness in cocktail form…

Dust off those old bottles – Cognac is officially cool again. Those in the know never doubted the allure of this fancy French brandy, produced around the town of the same name in Western France. But following a tentative revival after a tough few years, it’s emphatic: Cognac shipments have hit record highs, and we’re drinking more of the revered spirit than ever.

According to the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (the BNIC, or the official people who monitor the product. Kind of like the Scotch Whisky Association – or SWA), 190 million bottles were shipped in the 2016/17 year*. That record count is up by 10% – the equivalent of 520,000 bottles sent out every single day.

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Mixing spoons at the ready! Our guide to crafting a cracking Old Fashioned

Whether you’re an accomplished at-home bartender or tend to leave it to the professionals, we’re sure you’ll agree the Old Fashioned is a no-nonsense cocktail staple. Coinciding with Old Fashioned…

Whether you’re an accomplished at-home bartender or tend to leave it to the professionals, we’re sure you’ll agree the Old Fashioned is a no-nonsense cocktail staple. Coinciding with Old Fashioned Week, running from 2 November, here’s our take on how to perfect the historic serve…

Of all the classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned is as classic as they come; a serve entrenched in the very beginnings of cocktail history. The first written recipe record of spirit, sugar and bitters dates back to 1802, with the world’s first celebrity bartender, Jerry Thomas, proclaiming it the ‘Whiskey Cocktail’ in 1862. A little over 30 years later, Manhattan bartender George J. Kappeler lists that tried and trusted trio of ingredients as a Brandy Old Fashioned in his book Modern American Drinks, coining the term on paper.

It’s now officially the best-selling classic cocktail in the world – its recent resurgence is often attributed to Mad Men’s Don Draper, who swaggers through the sixties with a tumbler in-hand – and also, unofficially, the most contentious. Sugar cube or simple syrup? Lemon or orange garnish? One big chunk of ice, or a cluster of smaller cubes? How many times should it be stirred? Bourbon, rye, or another spirit altogether? I started making it three hours ago, and it’s still not ready? Good lord, are you muddling cherries? It goes on.

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World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners 2017

The winners of the World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards were announced yesterday! Take a peek at who took home some weighty glass trophies and get your hands on…

The winners of the World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards were announced yesterday! Take a peek at who took home some weighty glass trophies and get your hands on a Tasting Set filled with winners!
 
It’s that time of year once again – the World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards winners have been announced! Champions have been crowned and many wieldible glass trophies have been handed out.
 
Of course, with these awards comes the desire to taste the tipples deemed to be so delicious that they deserve an award. Well, you’re in luck, as Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create a selection of Tasting Sets filled with winners! Check all 8 of ’em out below.

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2016 Whisky Advent Calendar – Available for Pre-Order!

Drinks by the Dram have launched their 2016 range of Advent Calendars, and you can Pre-Order yours right now! Drinks by the Dram revealed their selection of spirit-filled Advent Calendars…

Drinks by the Dram have launched their 2016 range of Advent Calendars, and you can Pre-Order yours right now!

Drinks by the Dram revealed their selection of spirit-filled Advent Calendars for 2016 last week, all of which you can pre-order right this very second! Every calendar contains 24 different handmade wax-sealed 3cl drams, one behind each window, so you count down to Christmas while exploring spectacular whiskies, gins, rums, tequilas and more.

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World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners

Yesterday saw the World’s Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards. Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks…

World Drinks Awards World Whiskies Awards 2016

Yesterday saw the World’s Best whiskies and spirits crowned at the World Drinks Awards, including the World Whiskies Awards.

Before we get into the results though, some good news! Drinks by the Dram have once again teamed up with the World Drinks Awards to create an easy way to taste a whole bunch of these award winners! Head over to our World Drinks Awards 2016 page to browse their selection of 8 different World Whiskies Awards and World Drinks Awards Winners Tasting Sets.

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