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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 10 - Santamanía

by Sam Smith     30. October 2015 16:24

Santamania

We’re on week 10 of the Around the World in 80 Drams adventure, and we’ve made it to mainland Spain to enjoy some very exciting gin! Last week I left you a clue that grapes play a pivotal part in this gin’s production - we’re going to be tasting Santamanía London Dry Gin, which is produced in Madrid!

I also said the it would take 7.2 hours to travel from Menorca to Madrid if I was riding a Pronghorn Antelope. I have since discovered that Pronghorn Antelopes are not even Antelopes at all! They’re artiodactyls - but honestly, you could probably just get away with calling them pointy-quick-deers if you wanted to. However, they are one of the fastest land animals, second only to the Cheetah, so don’t say that too loud unless you want a pair of pretty dangerous horns charging at you at 34 miles per hour.

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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 9 - Xoriguer

by Sam Smith     23. October 2015 11:53

Xoriguer

Welcome to week 9 of our Around The World in 80 Drams tour, the blog series where we find out all about spirits from far off lands and learn just how much I love lighthouses. Today we head south out of France and head to a wonderful Spanish island to get a taste of a particular gin with a very particular Geographical Indication. Yes, we're setting sail for Menorca to enjoy some Xoriguer Mahon Gin.

Last week I mentioned I'd be travelling via a team of toads, and that it would take me just under 3 days to travel from Maison Janneau to Xoriguer (only if they travelled at their top speed the whole way, which is 5 miles per hour). I have to apologise, I was in fact wrong. The collective noun for toads is "a knot". It would take me just about 3 days to travel from Maison Janneau to Xoriguer via a knot of toads.

All square? Good. We may continue.

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#BagThisBottle is Back!

by Master of Malt     19. October 2015 09:00

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Earlier this year we launched our #BagThisBottle Twitter competition, with 10 lucky winners bagging themselves a free bottle of tip-top-tipples. Well guess what? We’re bringing #BagThisBottle back! In just a few quick clicks you could get your hands on a free bottle of some of the tastiest spirits around.

Each day of the #BagThisBottle competition, we’re going to give away a different bottle to a different lucky winner on Twitter. To be in with a chance to be one of those aforementioned lucky winners, here’s what you’ll have to do…

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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!)

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Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 1 - East London Liquor Company

by Sam Smith     21. August 2015 16:30

London

I’m bad at geography. I’m not a proud man, I’ll own own up to my faults and I definitely suck at geography. Recently I told a good friend that there couldn’t be more than around 70 countries and even bought a map to prove it. Boy was my face red. So now I own a map for the first time in my life, and I figure I should use it to rectify my lack of geographical expertise. How, you ask? Drinks, obviously.

I plan to travel the world, like the great (fictional) Phileas Fogg before me. However, I will be doing so via the medium of delicious spirits and probably Wikipedia to find out a bit more about where said spirits come from. Join me as I set sail on my Around The World In 80 Drams voyage and marvel at how little I know about the planet I’ve called home for my entire life (I’m smart in other ways, honest!).

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New Product: 1897 Quinine Gin - supporting Malaria No More UK

by Jake Mountain     20. August 2015 09:00

1897 Quinine Gin

Something really very special here. An innovative new London Dry Gin - launching today - which is not only delicious but will also help save lives. 1897 Quinine Gin is made with cinchona bark (the natural and traditional source of quinine) as well as fresh citrus peels cold distilled under vacuum to extract flavours that remain full of vitality and freshness. In the case of the cinchona bark this means ethereal and floral notes that contribute heavily to the overall flavour profile of the finished gin.

As well as being a truly stunning spirit, 1897 Quinine Gin supports a fantastic charity in Malaria No More UK. For every bottle sold, over half of the producer's profit (at least £5) will be donated. That's enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net for a family living at risk from malaria in Africa - protecting their children whilst they sleep.‪

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Master of Cocktails - First-Press Terroir Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     8. June 2015 09:04

Master of Cocktails First Press Terroir Sour

Greetings to you all. Time for another #MasterofCocktails? I think so. Last one for a few weeks this, due to impending progeny.

Today we're making a drink that sounds thoroughly weird, but I assure you is delicious. It's a gin sour that uses olive oil as an emulsifier.

Now - you can make this drink by shaking, but there is a better way if you're making at home instead of in a bar. So - we're going to repair to the kitchen.

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Master of Cocktails - Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

by Ben Ellefsen     1. June 2015 09:09

Master of Cocktails Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig

Right then boys and girls. Time for this week's #MasterofCocktails - this week we're making a pork-infused wet martini. Sound appetising? Well it should - It's delicious.

This one's called 'Tea Thyme with Pepper Pig' (I'm still waiting for my cocktail-naming crown to be delivered, by the way).

Plenty of prep work to do before bringing it all together, so let's get to it.

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Master of Cocktails - The Penultimate Paragraph

by Ben Ellefsen     11. May 2015 09:01

Master of Cocktails Penultimate Paragraph

Right then all - we all ready for a cocktail? Time for #MasterofCocktails...

Today's drink is a creation based around this bad boy. It's Bathtub Gin aged in an ex-Ardbeg cask. This batch is all sold out (I did tell you all to buy it...), but there's a new batch available from the second-fill. Why, here it is.

So - this week's #MasterofCocktails is going to be a variation on the Last Word cocktail. One of my all time favourites.

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Master of Cocktails - The Clover Club Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     20. April 2015 10:09

Master of Cocktails The Clover Club Cocktail

Greetings all. Time for some Gin? Gin. Yep. Everyone loves Gin. Lovely Gin.

We're making a classic cocktail for this week's #MasterofCocktails, which to be honest feels anything but. You'd swear this was a modern drink. It's called the Clover Club Cocktail - basically a gin sour with added Raspberry.

Traditionally this would be a syrup, but we're going to be using the Raspberry Liqueur from St. George Spirits.

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