Blog Archive: Author: Suzanna H

  • The History of the Mimosa Cocktail

    No brunch is complete without a Mimosa or two alongside your eggs benedict and smoked salmon, and it is a great tipple to have before a wedding, but the history behind our favourite pre-midday cocktail is much disputed. Of course, there is little doubt that the Mimosa is simply a variation of the much-loved Buck’s… read the full article…

  • Give a Cheer for Beer Cocktails

    When you think of your favourite cocktail recipes, how many of them include beer as an ingredient? Not many, we bet! Of course, there are drink combinations that include beers: Black Velvet, Snakebite and the traditional Shandy are all popular beer drinks that can be ordered in many typical bars. But when we think of… read the full article…

  • Cocktail Bars With a Twist

    James Bond’s cocktail of choice was a martini – shaken, not stirred, of course! But it seems spies these days are more adventurous with their beverage choices, or at least they are at The Bletchley cocktail bar in London. The Bletchley is a themed bar that requires the drinker to get really involved in the… read the full article…

  • The World’s Best Bartenders

    The art of mixology can be a difficult science, but the very best bartenders in the world make it look easy. They mix up flavours and create new cocktail concoctions that other people would never have dreamed of putting together. Often emulated but never bettered, if you are looking for the perfect blends of spirits… read the full article…

  • Gin for the Win

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though gin is experiencing somewhat of a revival these days. The stereotypical notion of your nan sipping on a gin and tonic is but a distant memory as more and more gin cocktails are created and specialist bars dedicated to the bitter spirit are opening. It is… read the full article…

  • Cocktails Created from the History Books

    To get your name in the history books, you must have done something wondrous or terrible. To be remembered, you need to be considered a hero or a villain. But you only know that you have really made it when your name is given to a cocktail. A mixologist in Colchester, UK, has created a… read the full article…

  • The top ten things you need in your cocktail cabinet

    One of the best things about alcohol is that it has a very long use-by date. Spirits, in particular, can last months in your cocktail cabinet, so it makes sense to keep everything in stock so that you can make very basic cocktails without having to dash to the shops. Some of the more complicated… read the full article…

  • When Fantasy and Cocktails Collide

    I don’t mind admitting that I have read every single Harry Potter book. I have watched the films and even visited the Harry Potter Tour at the Warner Bros Studios in London. While we were there, we were able to sample the infamous Butterbeer, an incredibly sweet and sickly concoction that I was unable to… read the full article…

  • Cocktail Prices to Trump Them All

    Donald Trump. Who in the world hasn’t heard that name lately? Whether you love him or loathe him, the man who is about to take charge of the United States is no doubt a savvy businessman. So, it comes as no surprise to hear that the cocktail prices at Trump Hotel have risen in response… read the full article…

  • The World’s Best Secret Bars

    It is highly unlikely that you would have heard of the Whisper Bar – a quiet, unassuming bar hidden on the eighth floor of a mansion in China, that opened with as little fuss as possible in November. With room for no more than 21 people, this may sound like a sleepy, uneventful place to… read the full article…

  • The Story of the Seelbach

    All the best cocktails have a long and fascinating history behind them, and the Seelbach cocktail is no exception. A delicious combination of bourbon, Cointreau, Champagne, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters, this beverage has been traced back to the age of Prohibition, when it was the signature drink of the Seelbach Hotel. Or so we… read the full article…

  • Cooking With Spirits

    Most of us are familiar with cooking with wine, whether we are making a delicious red wine sauce to complement our beef, or a white wine sauce to go with chicken, the acidic taste is distinctive and moreish. Beer, specifically ale, is another alcoholic drink that is often used in stews and pies to great… read the full article…