Campari is an absolute must for any cocktail cabinet and is a critical ingredient in classic cocktails like the Negroni, Boulevardier, and of course the Cmapari-soda. Read on for other Campari cocktail ideas.

Master of Cocktails – The Old Pal

Master of Cocktails The Old pal

Right then – everyone about ready for a #MasterofCocktails?

This evening we’re going to make an oft-overlooked drink, the ‘Old Pal’. The use of Dry vermouth lends this drink a light and very ‘aperitiffy’ (definitely not a word) character which makes it a wonderful springtime drink.

We’re going to start off by summoning up the energy to get off the sofa and walk over to the bar.

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Master of Cocktails – I am not a Negroni

Master of Cocktails I Am Not A Negroni

‘sup cocktail fans. Ready for something a bit special for #MasterofCocktails this week? Of course you are. Just so we’re clear though, we’re not making a Negroni. That’s even clarified in the cocktail’s name – I am not a Negroni.

We’re going to be making our drink with fully certified Batshit Mental, Negroni-aged Bathtub Gin. This is the superb Bathtub Gin, aged for 4 months in a 50 litre cask that previously held a batch of Negroni.

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Master of Cocktails – The Magic Number

Master of Cocktails The Magic Number

Greetings all. Anyone fancy a drink?

We’re making a cocktail using Champagne for this week’s #MasterofCocktails – it’s The Magic Number recipe. It’s not a ‘Champagne cocktail’, as that’s a thing in its own right. This is a variation on a recipe I nicked from the Kamm & Sons website. Variation only in quantities, not ingredients. It’s a great showcase for the Kamm & Sons British Aperitif – which is sort of bittersweet. Closest comparison would probably be Campari.

Anywhoo – this really is a very easy-to-make drink, and is a break from the Christmas tradition of ‘all the Champagne’.

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Master of Cocktails – Campari and Soda

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 Americano Bolognese

Master of Cocktails Americano Bolognese

Well hello there you. Time for another #MasterofCocktails me thinks. This week we made a twist on a classic, which is genuinely better than the real thing. We’re making an ‘Americano Bolognese’.

I have a real problem with ‘regular’ Americanos. They take one of the best drinks in the world (Camparisoda) and ruin it. This concoction, however, stands entirely on its own two feet, borrowing only the booze-ingredients from the original.

So – a quick thank you to @nuloungebar, and @MaverickDrinks for the recipe, and then straight into it.

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Master of Cocktails – (1970s) Negroni

Master of Cocktails 1970s Negroni

This week we have a very special #MasterofCocktails as we’re indulging in some cocktail porn – or, more accurately, some utter, unrepentant cocktail filth.

We’re going to be making a Negroni, but with ingredients that all come from the 1970s! Not a cheap serve this, admittedly, but it is completely, unequivocally epic so you do very much need to get involved still. Sorry.

Incognito window open? Let’s get to it then…

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Gin, Sin & 5 Soaking Barrels!

Gin, Sin & 5 Soaking Barrels

On 16th March five top London bartenders faced off in a fantastic cask-aged gin cocktail competition, which may also have been the best named event of all time!

Maverick Drinks had armed each bartender with a different gin that had been aged or rested in casks, all from their awesome portfolio. Following a preview tasting where this fascinating crossover category was discussed, it was time for the #ginsin main event held at Megaro Bar. The winner would be chosen by 7 ‘tasters’ (they’re the fun version of judges) and would subsequently win the opportunity to create their very own cask-aged gin, which will have their name and even their face on it if they really want. (The latter, it was said at the time, may actually depend on who wins…) There should also soon be a Gin, Sin & 5 Soaking Barrels Tasting Set from Drinks by the Dram we hear, so you’ll be able to sample all of these eminently mixable aged gins for yourself…

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Master of Cocktails – The Boulevardier

Master of Cocktails Boulevardier

This week we’re making a nice potent, wintry drink for #MasterofCocktails to accompany all the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been enjoying. D’oh!

Don’t worry about that though, we’re making a Boulevardier. You’ll notice, ingredients-wise, that it’s basically a Negroni made with whiskey instead of gin. It appeared in Harry McElhone’s Barflies and Cocktails right back in 1927 after the New Yorker set up his bar in Paris and it’s just an absolutely superb drink.

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Master of Cocktails – The Negroni

Master of Cocktails - the Negroni

Welcome to our new feature: Master of Cocktails!

Yep, we’re diving head first into the wonderful world of mixology with a new cocktail recipe for you each and every week.

On Sunday evenings I’ll be walking you through each new recipe on twitter via #MasterofCocktails, prior to them appearing in full on the MoM Blog the very next day!

So, without further ado, we’re kicking off with an absolute classic, and one of my favourite cocktails: The Negroni.

Suitably excited? Excellent. Let’s get cracking!

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Handmade Cocktail Company – The Experimental Series

Those of you who’ve been paying attention may remember that back in February of this year, we ran a little competition – the purpose of which was to get you lot to guess the ingredients in a yummy new cocktail we’d invented. The winner of this competition then went on to name the cocktail  (I won’t reveal it, as it’s going to be launched in full 70cl glory at some time in the next month or so).

In order to facilitate this competition, we made samples of the cocktail available in cute little 20cl versions of the standard bottle used for The Handmade Cocktail Company’s wares.

The more observant amongst you may remember that the little 20cl bottle was labelled as part of the ‘experimental series’? Well – today we’re revealing the purpose behind that ‘experimental’ moniker.

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