Cycling for Cocktails

The Tour de France may have been postponed, with even the rescheduled date looking to be under threat as the saga of the global pandemic carries on, but that has not stopped the English public from taking to the roads in their droves. With cycling listed as an acceptable outdoor activity for those looking for… read the full article…

How to Pick a Cocktail Glass

Since the bars have been closed for some time now, we have all had to become amateur mixologists, creating wonderful cocktail concoctions in the safety of our own kitchen. You might have all the ingredients, tools and freezers full of ice, but have you got the right glasses. Some may argue that their cocktail will… read the full article…

The History of the Pina Colada

“If you like Pina Colada, and getting caught in the rain.” This classic cocktail has a reputation that proceeds itself, synonymous with beach holidays, tacky tourist resorts and that cheesy song! It might not be considered the most elegant of cocktails, but when the sun is shining and the music is on, it is certainly… read the full article…

Cocktails for Bank Holiday Celebrations

Whether you live in a country that is currently practising self-isolation or social distancing thanks to the current global pandemic, or you have big bank holiday plans with your friends, you are sure to want to partake in a few cocktails. Celebrate the long weekends at home if necessary, but make sure to grab a… read the full article…

The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Paris

Ah, the city of love, Paris has a special place in our hearts. We may not be able to visit it right now, thanks to the current travel restrictions, but when you do get a chance, it is the city to be in! The ideal destination for a romantic getaway, once you have finished scaling… read the full article…

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Own a Cocktail Shaker

You have most likely heard of a cocktail shaker, but might probably not pay much attention because the only trusted cocktail shaker you know are your hands. Most people love making their cocktail with their hands because of the thrill of making a drink from scratch. There is nothing wrong with stirring a drink by… read the full article…

Can you help me help cocktail makers at home

đź‘‹ Hey! Nick here – creator and cocktail lover behind my first love (sorry wife!), It feels really crazy to write this but we at Make Me A Cocktail (we comprises of little me and a few trusty friends of mine who help out) are up against time until we can get some quickly… read the full article…

The History of the Rob Roy

An irresistible combination of vermouth, Scotch whiskey and bitters, this smooth, tasty cocktail is very similar to a Manhattan. The main difference is that the whiskey of choice in a Rob Roy is always Scotch. Unlike many other classic cocktail recipes, the history of the Rob Roy is pretty well-known, with few others contesting the… read the full article…

Anti-Easter Cocktails

It is safe to say that the true meaning of Easter is often lost in a commercial battlefield of Easter eggs and relentless chocolate guzzling. For those that feel as though Easter is becoming more about indulgence and less about religion, you might appreciate a few cocktails with a little satirical edge. Missionary’s Downfall This… read the full article…

The Travelling Cocktail Drinker: The Best Bars in Buenos Aires

When you think of artisan cocktails and speakeasy bars, Argentina might not be the first place that springs to mind. Indeed, until fairly recently, the country was all about wine-drinking, being one of the biggest consumers of the grape-based beverages in the world. Times are changing in the South American country and cocktail bars are… read the full article…

Don’t Feel Isolated –  Make Me A Cocktail at Home!

It’s a crazy time in the world right now, with each of our countries taking action to stop the spread of coronavirus. While it’s a difficult time filled with uncertainty and in some cases restricted movements in your day to day, take a moment to pause and reflect on the good things around you. We… read the full article…

History of the Cuba Libre Cocktail

A drink that celebrated the end of war and oppression in Cuba, the Cuba Libre is light, delicious and timeless. In an era where gin is king and vodka rules, the traditional rum, cola and lime has never lost its appeal. So how did this drink come to be one of the most popular cocktails… read the full article…

Five Irish Cocktails You’ll Need for St Patrick’s Day

One of the most celebrated days of the patron saints, St Patrick’s day is one that we all love to claim. Whether you are Irish, you have Irish connections, or your sister’s boyfriend’s aunt’s old teacher’s dog is Irish, you’ll want to find a reason to enjoy these blarney beverages. Shamrocked Shooter As green as… read the full article…

🤓 Tech Updates

  • 29th May 2020
    • Added a separate reader to our DB cluster, so we can scale horizontally on the database better. Changed a heap of our SQL calls over to the reader as needed. Will help with speed, reliability, and ability to scale as needed. Win win win!
  • 28th May 2020
    • Dark mode / light mode toggle is now instant and not a page reload (mostly allowed due to the icon work previously)
    • Some cross-browser display bugs squished (mostly safari and width display: inline-block issues)
    • Added a few more verbs to highlight in method
    • Added google guided recipe schema for multiple step methods. This is the start of a larger project for us
    • Fixed some php internal warnings that were being logged (log files were getting silly)
    • Added some preloads and preconnects to speed up delivery of google fonts as well as the ad network
    • Set heigh restrictions for ads, allowing us to set the height in css to remove page jank
    • Started work on a recipe cleanup
  • 19th May 2020
    • We’ve spent the last few days completely changing over our icon set, not just the actual look / feel, but the way the underlying tech loads them in.
    • All icons are in svg now for crystal clear over all dpi’s / resolutions etc
    • Changed over some core colour choices, especially relevant over results checkboxes and filters
    • A whole host of small UX / alignment / placement tweaks
    • Some bugs squashed, such as filtering in lists
    • Ordering of lists on cocktail page is more relevant / less skewed to name of the list
    • Quite a bit of code cleanup and removal – less bytes down to you, and more efficient js execution
  • 17th May 2020
    • Added CTA on dark mode toggles if on lightmode and not switched
    • Added and finalised new book page – our new book is live!
    • Added a few analytic calls to help understand how our site is being used, and thus being able to adapt as needed
    • Some robots.txt tweaks
    • Started work on new icon set implementation (we’ve had new icons for ages, but taken a while to start the implementation site wide)
    • Changed sizing and look on tech update blog archive page
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