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Posts tagged “alcohol

A World of Spirits: Bols Genever

Hello and welcome back to the return of “A World of Spirits” ! And I guess, the return of drink society! I have been AFC (away from computer) for almost a month due to birthday shenanigans, holidays and various changes in my job world. However I will be posting twice this week to hopefully slightly make up for it. Today, as I went to Amsterdam last month, I will be covering Bols Genever.

Read more after the break.

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Bar Books Pt. 2

Possibly my most thumbed through tome in my collection, today I will be covering and reviewing “Imbibe!” by David Wondrich.

The blurb says “A lively, historically informed, and definitive guide to classic American mixology” and that’s exactly what it is.

Read more about this book after the break.

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Irish Whiskey and Honeycomb Ice Cream

Possibly my most requested recipe of all time, this whiskey and honeycomb ice-cream provides a pretty strong rival to the ever classic rum and raisin combination.

This delicious caramel coloured ice cream is super easy to make and tastes incredible.

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Pisco Sour

The ubiquitous pisco sour is the national cocktail of both Peru and Chile, using the namesake national spirit of both countries, Pisco.

An anonymous writer said it best in 1872.

“It is perfectly colourless, quite fragrant, very seductive, terribly strong, and has a flavour somewhat resembling that of scotch whiskey, but much more delicate, with a marked fruity taste.”

Read more about the history and method after the break.

Read more about the pisco sour here.

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The Manhattan

The question I get asked probably most frequently in my day to day life is “What’s your favourite cocktail.” Shows how alright my life is eh? My answer is nearly always the same “Asking a boozehound to pick his favourite cocktail is like asking a painter to pick his favourite colour.” Much eye rolling ensues I’m sure.

However if I am pressured more I may come out with the following phrase “If, god forbid, I were ever on a desert island and had to pick only one cocktail, oh please never let that happen, it would probably be the Manhattan”

One of the most complex classic cocktails yet contains so few ingredients and so easy to make. The manhattan is balanced, strong and deliciously tasty, i will be covering it after the jump.

Read about the history of the manhattan here.

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Bar Books Pt. 1

Yeah yeah I know, another project, you didn’t even finish rum pt.2 yet! I just wanted to try a little something different to go with my regular food and drink sections.

Today I am going to be posting a review of one my favourite books. I’m planning on doing this roughly in order of books than have provided me with the most use over the last couple of years or so, or ones that I think show the most interest for the craft. Although I have called the series bar books I will be including food as well.

Today I will be covering the first book ever published on cocktails by the worlds first ever celebrity bartender, Jerry Thomas.

Read all about “How to mix drinks or The Bon Vivants Companion” after the break.

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More Exciting Changes – Feb 2012

OK since I posted an update video back in October last year, the feedback has been pretty good. My followers have tripled, which is way more than I thought I would get in a few months. Because of this I have decided to change how I’m going to update my blog.

I will do two. posts. a week. Two. One on food, one on drink. Two.

To help me do this I spent quite a lot of money on my new setup, which you can see here:

Thats more than £1500 of equipment. I intend to start doing a food and drinks book review section in the very near future as I have over 50 books that I would love to share.

I love doing this, I love sharing food and drink with the world, and this outlet is amazing, so yeah, I think 2012 has some pretty good things to offer this blog.

To close: here is a quote from Winston Churchill

“I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken from me”

See you (twice more) this week.

Liam