Master of Cocktails – The-Candy-Apple-Jack-Hammer

Master of Cocktails Candy Apple Jack Hammer

It’s the return of #MasterofCocktails! And there are a few changes to the format… We’re going to be making this a much less step-by-step affair – in return though, you’ll be getting more advanced, exciting recipes, with more focus on presentation and garnish. We’re also moving to once a fortnight, although still at the usual time of 6pm Sunday on twitter and on the blog the very next day.

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Master of Cocktails – IL Beetz

Master of Cocktails IL Beetz

Right everyone – ready for another instalment of #MasterofCocktails? This week’s is pretty awesome, and has a pretty awesome name too – IL Beetz. I’ll explain the reasoning behind that later…

We’re putting together this drink using FEW Spirits American Gin – super-rich and ‘whisky-like’. It’s more than enough to stand up to the rich, roots-y quality of the Beetroot juice we’re using.

So – to business.

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Master of Cocktails – Pink Gin

Master of Cocktails Pink Gin

Well greetings one and all. Ready for another installment of #MasterofCocktails? Good then.

This week’s is a very, very straightforward drink, but one that seems to have fallen somewhat out of favour recently. We’re making a Pink Gin recipe. Probably one of the very first Gin cocktails?

The original recipe here calls for simply gin and bitters, served at room temperature, in a tumbler. Not that, obviously.

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Master of Cocktails – Flower Arranging With Mr. Gumby

Master of Cocktails Flower Arranging With Mr Gumby

Hi there folks. If you tuned into the @MasterOfMalt Twitter feed on Sunday night for another edition of #MasterofCocktails, you may have noticed it was a bit late. Sorry about that. Been doing a spot of flooring. My whole house smells like young Bourbon. I quite like it.

Right then. Onto today’s cocktail. This’n’s called ‘Flower Arranging with Mr Gumby’. Reasons for the name will become apparent very soon.

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Master of Cocktails – The Naked Barista

Master of Cocktails The Naked Barista

Greetings cocktail-lovers. Who’s up for a swift whisky cocktail then? The second #MasterofCocktails whisky cocktail in a row, no less. Is it you?

 

If it is indeed you, that’s perfect, as that’s what we’re doing for this week’s #MasterofCocktails!

 

This week we’re making a drink I’ve named ‘The Naked Barista’. The reasons will hopefully become clear as we go through the recipe.

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Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014: MIXLDN

Beefeater Global Bartender Competition 2014 MIXLDN

 

The Beefeater Global Bartender Competition (now the fourth biggest cocktail competition in the world, we’re told) brought finalists from 30 separate countries together in London this week for 2014’s grand final.

Last time around Jason Williams from Sydney’s The Rook took the crown with the brilliantly named ‘Werewolves of London’*, a drink that used our Frankincense Bitters! (You can now find the new and improved version of these Frankincense Bitters as part of the Bitter Bastards range.) This year, after three days of intense judging, we can reveal that the Global Champion is Brandon Phillips from The Duck Inn in Chicago. Congratulations Brandon!

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Master of Cocktails – The Widow’s Kiss

Master of Cocktails The Widow's Kiss

Well hello there cocktail fan. I nearly didn’t see you there. Fancy a drink? Then you’re in luck, as you’re just in time for another #MasterofCocktails.

This week we’re going to make a ‘Widow’s Kiss’ recipe from the excellent PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan. If you haven’t got this tome in your library, I heartily suggest you amend that oversight. Look, I even gave you the Amazon link and everything. Get to it. Chop chop.

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Master of Cocktails – Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

Master of Cocktails Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour

Right then ladies and gents. Trust everyone’s recovered sufficiently after NYE? Time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. This week we’re making a super-delicious Whiskey-Sour Variant recipe, which I have simply dubbed the Spiced Pear Whiskey Sour. We’ll be using the St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur for this one. It really is god’s own stuff, made using Pear Brandy, Pear Juice, and spices. Top, top marks St George Spirits.

I’m pairing (pearing? Sorry. Sorry) it with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon for its perfume. I think this works well with the spice.

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Master of Cocktails – The Long-Standing Beef

Master of Cocktails Long Standing Beef

Right then chaps – time for this week’s #MasterofCocktails. We’re making a sort of Old Fashioned/Manhattan hybrid using Maple Syrup as the sweetening agent. Oh, and candied bacon as a garnish, as if this cocktail recipe wasn’t sounding awesome enough already.

However, before you even think about touching any of the liquids, you’re going to need to candy your bacon. No, that’s not a euphemism.

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Master of Cocktails – Gin & It

Master of Cocktails Gin & It

Hello again, time for another #MasterofCocktails, innit? Now this one’s not a particularly common drink, but it’s a recipe that’s definitely worth having in your repertoire. We’re going to make a ‘Gin and It’. The ‘It’ being a contraction of ‘Italian Vermouth’, which makes up 50% of the drink.

I’ve chosen to use St. George Dry Rye Gin as the gin for this drink – it’s made from a much more flavourful spirit which, whilst it’s not necessarily more authentic for the drink, it does lend it a punchy white-dog-esque flavour.

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