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 cocktails require fresher ingredients, and often, fruit juice mixers will expire soon after they have been opened. But there are some items that are used more than others, and it makes sense to keep these ready for cocktail nights.

1. Bitters

Angostura bitters are commonly used in many popular cocktails including the Singapore Sling, Old Cuban and Gin Gin Mule. Some recipes prefer orange bitters or creole bitters, and it can be helpful to have these in the cupboard too, but if you can only pick one, it should be Angostura.

2. Triple Sec

You should have a few liqueurs in your home to truly call yourself a cocktail connoisseur, but triple sec should be at the top of your list. The delicious orange flavour is used in the traditional Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea and Sidecar. If you enjoy orange-tasting cocktails, keep this handy.

3. Vermouth

A key ingredient in both the Manhattan and the Martini, this elderflower drink has become very popular, and for good reason – it’s delicious! Dry vermouth is most commonly used, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a sweet red variety for more modern cocktails like the Metropolitan and Berry Blush.

4. Sugar Syrup

An essential ingredient to sweeten many cocktails, sugar syrup, or gomme, can be purchased ready-made, but it is just as easy to make your own by dissolving sugar in hot water. Sugar syrup is used in Mint Julep, Mojito, and Vodka Sour.

5. Grenadine

That beautiful red colour is perfect for brightening up a cocktail. You can purchase this berry syrup in most stores, or you can make your own by dissolving sugar in pomegranate juice. Find grenadine in Tequila Sunrise, Shirley Temple and Hurricane Suzy.

6. Maraschino Liqueur

A decadent liqueur made from maraschino cherries, a little bit of this rich drink goes a long way in cocktail-making. Used in Purple Rain, Hemingway Daiquiri and the Succulent Mule, this is one worth investing in for your cocktail bar.

7. Coffee Liqueur

If you don’t like coffee, then you could skip this one, but coffee liqueur is an important ingredient in cocktails like the Espresso Martini, White Russian and B52. If you love coffee, and alcohol, then this is one that will need replenishing regularly.

8. Champagne

Bubbles have the ability to liven up any cocktail and Champagne is a key ingredient in Mimosas and Bellinis. Prosecco is an acceptable alternative in most cases.

9. Crème de…

Crème de Cassis and Crème de Cacao crop up in a lot of recipes, so it is worth having both to hand. Crème de Cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur found in Kir Royale, while Crème de Cacao has a chocolate flavour and is used in the Grasshopper.

10. Spirits

Obviously, your cocktails would be lacking without some base spirits in your cupboard. Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Bourbon, Scotch and Brandy are all popular base spirits, so make sure you have your favourites sitting in your cupboard.

Perishable items like fruit garnishes and fruit juices should only be purchased on the day you intend to use them. But everything else can be bought in advance and used again and again! Happy cocktail hour!

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Singapore Sling cocktail
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Shake all the ingredients except the soda water and cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice cubes then top up with the soda water. Finally float the cherry brandy on top and garnish with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry. ...
Shake all the ingredients except the soda water and cherry brandy in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice cubes then top ...
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Old Cuban cocktail
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Old Cuban
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Muddle the mint leaves and light rum in a mixing tin. Add the dark rum, sugar syrup, lime juice and a dash of Angostura Bitter. Shake well with lots of ice and strain into a lowball glass. Top up with the champagne and gently stir the mixture. Taste and if necessary add a touch more sugar syrup or ...
Muddle the mint leaves and light rum in a mixing tin. Add the dark rum, sugar syrup, lime juice and a dash of Angostura Bitter. Shake well with lots ...
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Gin Gin Mule cocktail
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Muddle the ginger in the bottom of a shaker. Add the other ingredients into the shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass before topping up with the ginger beer. ...
Muddle the ginger in the bottom of a shaker. Add the other ingredients into the shaker with ice. Shake well then strain into chilled cocktail glass ...
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Margarita cocktail
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Margarita
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Rim the edge of a cocktail glass with salt by wiping the edge with a wedge of lemon first. Next shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into the cocktail glass. ...
Rim the edge of a cocktail glass with salt by wiping the edge with a wedge of lemon first. Next shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ...
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Long Island Ice Tea cocktail
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Long Island Ice Tea
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Shake all ingredients except for the coke in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into highball glass and then top up with coke. ...
Shake all ingredients except for the coke in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes ...
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Sidecar cocktail
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Sidecar
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A simple to make classic - the Sidecar. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass.Traditionally garnished with a strip of lemon rind. ...
A simple to make classic - the Sidecar. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until the outside of the shaker ...
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Perfect Manhattan cocktail
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Slight variation on the typical Manhattan recipe. Rather than just sweet vermouth, there is an equal amount of dry vermouth. Pour all ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir with a cocktail spoon. Strain into a martini glass. ...
Slight variation on the typical Manhattan recipe. Rather than just sweet vermouth, there is an equal amount of dry vermouth. Pour all ingredients into ...
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Dry Martini cocktail
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Dry Martini
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Add the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive and a squeeze of lemon peel oil. ...
Add the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive and a squeeze of ...
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Metropolitan cocktail
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Metropolitan
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Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into cocktail glass. ...
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into ...
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Berry Blush cocktail
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Berry Blush
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Crush the raspberries with the sugar syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Get the raspeberries into a pulp to release as much of the juice as possible. Add the vodka and martini and shaker with ice. Once shaken double strain into a highball glass with ice, and add the orange ...
Crush the raspberries with the sugar syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Get the raspeberries into a pulp to release as much of the juice as ...
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Mint Julep cocktail
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Mint Julep
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Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup to release the oils from the mint leaves. Add the bourbon and fill the lowball glass with crushed ice. Stir the drink and garnish with a sprig or two of mint. ...
Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup to release the oils from the mint leaves. Add the bourbon and fill the lowball glass with crushed ice. ...
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Mojito cocktail
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Mojito
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Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup and lime juice to release the oils from the mint leaves. Next fill up the glass with crushed ice and pour in the angostura bitter and the rum, top up with the soda water and give it a stir. The classic mojito loved the world over. ...
Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup and lime juice to release the oils from the mint leaves. Next fill up the glass with crushed ice and pour ...
Rating: 4.93 / 5
Vodka Sour cocktail
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Vodka Sour
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Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into sour glass. ...
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into ...
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Tequila Sunrise cocktail
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Tequila Sunrise
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Half fill a highball glass with ice cubes and pour in the tequila. Top up with orange juice and give the cocktail a stir. Once mixed pour in the grenadine that should sink to the bottom colouring the orange drink on its way down. ...
Half fill a highball glass with ice cubes and pour in the tequila. Top up with orange juice and give the cocktail a stir. Once mixed pour in the ...
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Shirley Temple cocktail
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Shirley Temple
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Shake all ingredients except the ginger ale in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into highball glass with cracked ice and top up with the ginger ale. ...
Shake all ingredients except the ginger ale in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes ...
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Hurricane Suzy cocktail
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Shake all ingredients except the grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into highball glass. Drizzle the grenadine into the cocktail and serve. ...
Shake all ingredients except the grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes ...
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Purple Rain cocktail
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Purple Rain
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This Sourz inspired drink is quick and easy to make. Add the sourz, curacao, some ice cubes and lemonde to the gallss and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve. ...
This Sourz inspired drink is quick and easy to make. Add the sourz, curacao, some ice cubes and lemonde to the gallss and stir well. Garnish with a ...
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Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail
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Hemingway Daiquiri
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This is the drink as Hemingway drank it at the El Floridita Bar in Havana, Cuba. Hemingway supposedly frequented this bar from the early 1930's when he lived in the area. Slowly, from the original daquiri recipe, he adapted the ingerdients and quantities until he came up with this cocktail. Now ...
This is the drink as Hemingway drank it at the El Floridita Bar in Havana, Cuba. Hemingway supposedly frequented this bar from the early 1930's when ...
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Espresso Martini cocktail
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Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. It should be somewhat frothy. Finish with a few coffee beans or flakes of dark chocolate. ...
Pour ingredients into shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into chilled cocktail glass. It should be somewhat frothy. Finish ...
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White Russian cocktail
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White Russian
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In a lowball glass with ice add the vodka and coffee liqueur. Give the mixture a stir to combine the ingredients before adding the cream on-top. Don't stir the cocktail before serving, and it should create a slightly layered effect. ...
In a lowball glass with ice add the vodka and coffee liqueur. Give the mixture a stir to combine the ingredients before adding the cream on-top. ...
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B52 cocktail
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Layer the ingredients starting with the heaviest first: coffee liqueur, then the Baileys, and finally the Grand Marnier. ...
Layer the ingredients starting with the heaviest first: coffee liqueur, then the Baileys, and finally the Grand Marnier. ...
Rating: 4.9 / 5
Mimosa cocktail
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Mimosa
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Simply combine 1 part champagne with a part orange juice in a champagne flute. If you swap the champagne for Sparkling White Wine it becomes a Bucks Fizz - a traditional drink to have on Christmas morning. ...
Simply combine 1 part champagne with a part orange juice in a champagne flute. If you swap the champagne for Sparkling White Wine it becomes a Bucks ...
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Bellini cocktail
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Bellini
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Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice during the 1930's, this cocktail was originally made using sparkling Italian white wine, and in many parts of Italy it still is made that way. Popular tradition however has switched the wine for champagne. A simple classic - add the peach juice into the bottom of a ...
Invented at Harry's Bar in Venice during the 1930's, this cocktail was originally made using sparkling Italian white wine, and in many parts of Italy ...
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Kir Royale cocktail
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Kir Royale
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Simple add the creme de cassis to the bottom of the wine glass and top up with the white wine. ...
Simple add the creme de cassis to the bottom of the wine glass and top up with the white wine. ...
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Grasshopper cocktail
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Grasshopper
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Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into cocktail glass. ...
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 seconds or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into ...
Rating: 4.78 / 5

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    • 9th February 2017

    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 finish!

    Having said that, I would be very willing to taste the alcoholic version created by The Blind Pig bar in Soho. Named ‘Half A Pint O’ Buttah’, the Harry Potter-inspired cocktail is a delightful blend of Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Kamm & Sons, thyme, butterscotch, citrus, bitters and beer. The entire cocktail menu has been selected in order to provoke a nostalgic feeling in its visitors, with other drinks being inspired by Winnie the Pooh, the BFG and Alice in Wonderland.

    It turns out that there are many cocktails around the world that have been inspired by major motion pictures. Of course, one cannot sip a dry martini (shaken not stirred) without making a flippant James Bond joke, but there are other beverages that have been created in homage to the bartender’s favourite film.

    The Little Red Riding Hood is one such cocktail that was invented after the success of the film ‘Into The Woods’. A potent combination of Disaronno, vodka, strawberry liqueur and prosecco, this red juice will make you forget all about Grandma and the Big Bad Wolf!

    The God of Thunder cocktail was created after the film ‘Avengers’ was released. Made in homage to the mighty power of Thor, this mix of vodka, mead and berry liqueur was made with the express intention of getting the drinker ‘hammered’.

    Fans of the cult-film franchise ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ might like to try the Dead Man’s Chest cocktail as created by mixologists at the Spur and Tavern Law in Seattle. Ingredients include Flor de Cana 4 Year-Old Gold, Fernet Branca, lemon juice, pineapple juice, falernum, Tasmanian peppercorn syrup and 6 dashes of Angostura Bitters. A hearty drink that any pirate would adore!

    Meanwhile, the Star Wars franchise provoked a whole range of different cocktails, but our favourite has to be the Wookie Juice cocktail. Made with Blue Curacao, pineapple juice, and three different types of rum. The force is sure to be with you after drinking a few of these!

    However, the Lord of the Rings franchise had a whole pub dedicated to it, with 13 different cocktails inspired by The Hobbit. The Frodo is a mix of vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and lemonade, for a simple but delicious drink that is fit for a hobbit!

    So next time you sit down to watch any of these classic films, make sure you have the appropriate cocktail handy!

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    Make a peppercorn syrup by combining the pepper and the sugar syrup over heat. Blend and strain. Then add all the other ingredients ...
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    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 to the founder’s new presidency. When it opened back in September, cocktail prices ranged from $16 – $20, and they have steadily become more expensive over the past few months. Now, the cheapest cocktail on the menu is the Romanesque Revival at $24, while the most expensive is The Benjamin, which costs an eye-watering $100! The Romanesque Revival is a combination of bourbon, honey, mint and ginger, while The Benjamin is a martini-style drink made with three different types of vodka, as well as oysters and caviar.

    While the Benjamin Bar’s cocktail list is easily the most extravagant in DC, there are other cocktails in the world that will make it seem positively cheap in comparison. Take The Gigi, for example. Created for the actress Grace Jones and intended to appeal to those who don’t need to ask the price, the beverage costs an extortionate £8,888. Available at The Mayfair Hotel in London, it is made with vintage Cristal champagne and a rare Armagnac known as Liquid Gold.

    Meanwhile, The Winston made The Guinness Book of World Records back in 2013 thanks to its lavishness, an accolade that it still holds today. The blend includes Croizet Cognac, which on its own costs $6,000AUD a shot, as well as Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé, Angostura Bitters and a soil of chocolate and nutmeg. The entire concoction is served over dry ice infused with citrus peel and spices and can be purchased at Club 23 in Melbourne, Australia. And the price? A cool $12,500AUD – making Trump’s cocktail look like an absolute bargain!

    Another special cocktail worth mentioning is Salvatore’s Legacy, which is sold at Salvatore at Playboy in London. Salvatore Calabrese has built up an impressive reputation within the bartending industry, and this premium recipe only helped to cement his genius status. Made up of 1778 Clos de Griffier Vieux Cognac, 1770 kümmel liqueur, circa-1860 Dubb Orange Curaçao and two dashes of Angostura Bitters, it is no longer the world’s most expensive cocktail, but it is the oldest thanks to the vintage ingredients. All yours for just £5,500!

    The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Tokyo has taken a different approach to adding value to its cocktails. Instead of using super-rare ingredients, or well-aged spirits, they have instead popped a diamond into the glass. The Diamond is Forever Martini costs a decadent $18,000 and is made up of Grey Goose Vodka and Lime. The one-carat diamond in the bottom of the glass makes it an excellent choice for those who wish to propose to their partner, but is liable to cause damage if accidently swallowed!

    These expensive drinks are really only intended to appeal to the extremely wealthy, a market that Donald Trump loves to sell to. So don’t be surprised to see the cost of his cocktails rise more and more over the next few years – surely he will want to compete with the world’s most costly cocktails?

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  • 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 have a drink, but actually, it is home to a pretty impressive cocktail list.

    Owned by Martin Xin, a former mixologist at Mei Bar and Bubble Bar, the menu contains specialities such as the Pisco Sour and a cocktail called the Fancy Free.

    There is something quite exciting about stumbling across a hidden bar, which gives a sense of forbidden pleasure; a dirty little secret that you have to keep in order to preserve the unique nature of the establishment. While the Whisper Bar may seem innovative, there are actually many secret bars around the world.

    Some are so keen to preserve their exclusive nature that prospective customers have to make a reservation. Take 28 HongKong Street, for example, which can be found behind an unmarked door in Chinatown, Singapore. They have never advertised, and their website offers few clues as to what you can expect, but they have a regular clientele thanks to word of mouth. One of their most popular cocktails is a variation of a frozen daquiri, known as a Five Foot Assassin.

    Some were created with the intention of giving celebrities a quiet place to drink where they would not be bothered by the public. The Blue Room in Los Angeles is one such bar, which is hidden behind a sliding staircase in the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and has previously entertained Hollywood Royalty such as Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino. The Uplifter’s Cup is a cocktail you must try if you ever happen to stumble across this bar, as the exact recipe is almost impossible to find.

    Meanwhile, other bars are so keen to be kept a secret that they place a four-digit code on the door which changes daily, so that even regular visitors struggle to get in! The Callooh Callay in London is actually made up of a number of bars, each more secretive than the next. Bar JubJub is the one that is kept behind a padlocked door, with a further two bars to get through before you find it. The first bar is the easiest to access, while the second bar can only be found if you are willing to crawl through a Narnia-style wardrobe. The New World Spritz cocktail is well worth the effort, however.

    New York-style hidden bars are secretively placed in hot dog joints (where else). The entrance to the PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is in a vintage phone booth, and allows visitors to sip on smart and sophisticated cocktails, like the Sage Old Buck, while devouring their big, greasy sausages.

    In Switzerland, hidden bars are combined with secret art-work. The Museum HR Giger Bar is situated in a castle in Gruyeres, and gives the impression of being seated within a giant stomach, with a skeletal structure and a lair-like feeling. You will feel like you are in the middle of a Sci-Fi film, so an Alien Blood Shot is the only fitting drink.

    If you are lucky enough to discover a hidden gem, be sure to soak up the atmosphere and marvel at your find with the other fortunate drinkers. But never, ever reveal the location, because once these bars become common knowledge, their mystery and romance is over.

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    Shake all the ingredients except the bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted then strain into a lowball glass. Dash a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters over the top and serve. ...
    Shake all the ingredients except the bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted then strain into a ...
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    Stir all the ingredients with ice and then strain into a cocktail glass. ...
    Stir all the ingredients with ice and then strain into a cocktail glass. ...
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    Five Foot Assassin cocktail
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    Blend all of the ingredients, except the Angostura, cream and nutmeg, with some ice until smooth. Place the Angostura at the bottom of a tall glass and pour in the drink. Top with coconut cream and grate fresh nutmeg over the top. ...
    Blend all of the ingredients, except the Angostura, cream and nutmeg, with some ice until smooth. Place the Angostura at the bottom of a tall glass ...
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    Squeeze the juice out of one lime and then place in a blender with the vodka, basil and sugar syrup. Pour over ice and fill the glass with soda. ...
    Squeeze the juice out of one lime and then place in a blender with the vodka, basil and sugar syrup. Pour over ice and fill the glass with soda. ...
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    Muddle a pinch of black peppercorns with the sugar syrup. Add the other ingredients and some ice and shake. Strain over ice and garnish with a sage leaf. ...
    Muddle a pinch of black peppercorns with the sugar syrup. Add the other ingredients and some ice and shake. Strain over ice and garnish with a sage ...
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  • 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 have been led to believe…

    Bartender Adam Seger has been credited with bringing the drink back to cocktail lists all over the world after claiming to have found an old recipe from the famous hotel in Louisville. He sold the story that a newly married couple had stayed at the hotel and came to sit at the bar one evening. They ordered a Manhattan cocktail and a glass of Champagne, but the bartender had clumsily muddled the drinks, and had to put them to one side and start the order again. Afterwards, the accidental concoction had tasted quite nice, and soon became the hotel’s most requested cocktail.

    The Seelbach went on to appear in numerous cocktail compilations, including New Classic Cocktails (1997) by Gaz Regan and Mardee Haidin Regan, and Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails (2009) by Ted Haigh. These influential books went on to repeat the story of a drink created in 1912, and so cemented the credibility of the story.

    While the origins of many cocktails can be difficult to prove, and many can have more than one story connected to them, the Seelbach has always been a drink where the history has never been questioned. And that is why, for the past twenty years, Seger has been able to fool the entire cocktail industry into believing a story that has been completely fabricated.

    The truth is, that the Seelbach cocktail was created by Seger himself when he first started bartending and was intent on making a name for himself in the industry. He was disappointed that a hotel as prolific as the Seelbach did not have a signature cocktail on the menu. He had been able to uncover old menus from the hotel, and they did indeed date back to the early 1900s, but not one of them had provided Seger with a cocktail worthy of bearing the Seelbach name. So, he made one up and gave it an interesting back story, fully expecting that he would be challenged to provide some proof of his tall tale. However, nobody ever asked him to produce the original recipe, and so his lie became accepted as a truth. Despite leaving the hotel back in 2001, it is only now that he has confessed the real story behind the popular “classic” drink.

    Few have been phased by the revelation, and the Seelbach will continue to represent the hotel for years to come. If anything, this latest twist in the cocktail story has made it all the more fascinating – who can resist a tale that combines romance and clumsiness with a little bit of trickery and luck?

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  • 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 effect. But have you ever thought about adding a shot of whiskey to your dinner, or marinating with vodka? When used properly, spirits can help to carry the flavour of a meal, so that it tastes and smells even better than usual. It is rare for a spirit to add any different taste to a meal, so you needn’t worry too much about ruining your signature dish – you are only going to enhance it. Here are some tips when it comes to cooking with alcohol:

    Don’t use the expensive stuff

    Its potency will be lost as its starts to cook off. But don’t use anything you wouldn’t ordinarily drink either.

    Use in meat marinades

    Only a little bit is needed so as not to inactivate the protein molecules in the meat, but it is enough to complement the flavours. As a rule, darker spirits taste better with darker meats, and lighter spirits with lighter meats. So whiskey and beef are a great match, while gin and chicken are also a tasty combination.

    Liven up your desserts

    Add a little flavoured liqueur to your cake mix for a tasty alcoholic twist, or add a little rum to your caramel sauce to pour over fruit or plain sponge cake. If you are making your own sorbet, try adding some gin to it for a smoother texture. Alternatively soak your sweets in bourbon for an unusual but delicious twist.

    Take care when cooking creamy dishes

    Burn off as much of the alcohol as possible before adding milk or cream to a recipe – preferably right at the end, to prevent curdling.

    Keep a fire extinguisher handy

    Remember that alcohol is highly flammable, so take precautions when cooking with it. A good tip is to remove the pan from the heat before adding your spirit of choice, and then return to the heat to continue to cook. And keep an extinguisher nearby – just in case!

    Something to remember is that alcohol never truly “cooks off” in a dish, unless you plan on cooking it on slow for a few days. The percentage left behind depends on how long you are cooking for, and at what temperature, so just bear this in mind when cooking for children or anyone sensitive to alcohol.

    Finally, have some fun and experiment with whatever you have handy in your cupboards. Add a little amaretto to one of your favourite cake recipes for example, or put a splash of tequila in your homemade vinaigrette. The kitchen is your alcoholic oyster!

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  • End of Summer Party Drinks

    September may be here to mark the beginning of Autumn, but the Summer sun hasn’t given up on us just yet. We think that you should make the most of every last balmy afternoon and enjoy a few cocktails in your garden. Fire up the barbecue, set up the deckchairs, and invite a few friends while you can! And be sure to make up a few jugs of these drinks – they are the perfect accompaniment to watching the sun go down.

    Pineapple Daiquiri Punch

    This super-sweet, fruity concoction will taste amazing in the sunshine. Made with fresh pineapple, rum, ginger and lime, it is easy to make a batch big enough to share with friends so that you can gossip the afternoon and evening away!

    Whiskey Punch

    Despite the name, the real star of the show in this drink is the simple honey syrup that adds a delicious sweetness to the punch. Made with honey and water, it is combined with whiskey, lemonade and soda to make an amazing cocktail bowl garnished with lemon. Any guests you invite to sit in your garden won’t know what’s hit them!

    Tea Thyme Soda

    Sometimes you really just feel like sipping a cup of tea, but on days when the weather is warm, a hot drink can make you feel uncomfortable. Luckily, the Tea Thyme Soda combines the soothing taste of black tea with lemon juice, bourbon and soda for the perfect end-of-summer cocktail. The black tea is actually part of a syrup, made up of tea bags, water, sugar and cinnamon. The mix of caffeine and alcohol makes for an irresistible drink.

    Tipsy Arnold Palmer

    In a similar vein, but not as syrupy, the Tipsy Arnold Palmer is also sure to please tea-lovers. Made up of tea, sugar, lemon, orange, bourbon and lemon juice, this cocktail has got a citrusy tone that will make every hour happy in your home.

    Bowie Knife Cocktail

    Sometimes you just need something sparkling to truly relax, and this Bowie Knife Cocktail certainly hits the mark. Gin, lemon juice and simple syrup blended in a cocktail shaker with ice and then topped with sparkling brut rose is surprisingly easy to drink and will always remind you of summer.

    Hopefully these cocktails will help keep the summer vibes going for longer, so you can party the weekends away in the last of the sun. You will miss these warm evenings when the nights start to draw in earlier and the days get wetter and cooler, so embrace every bit of sunshine.

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  • Egg-cellent Cocktail Trends

    Trends in the bartending industry tend to move just as quickly as those in the fashion world. And while we see weird and wacky ideas pop up from time to time, the classics, such as Mojitos and Cosmopolitans, have a longevity that has ensured their popularity for many years.

    But the latest trend sits half way between quirky and classic. Adding eggs to cocktails is not a new idea, but it is certainly in vogue at the moment. Usually just the egg white is used, and the ingredients are dry shaken to create a creamy, smooth consistency. We know that you are as egg-cited as us, so here are a few recipes for you to try.

    Acapulco

    This sweet drink combines white rum, triple sec, lime juice, sugar and one egg white, garnished with a spring of mint. After dry shaking, the mixture is then shaken again with ice, and strained into a glass that has been prepared with more ice cubes. What more could you want on a lovely sunny day?

    North Pole Cocktail

    This chilly recipe is topped with cream for a truly decadent drink. Made with gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and egg white, the cream makes the perfect garnish to this fruity egg-stravaganza. As with many of the egg recipes, this one is shaken twice – once without ice, and once with, and then strained into a cocktail glass.

    Whiskey Sour

    This sophisticated drink is usually made with the egg white, but we think it tastes much better with it. Made with bourbon, lemon juice, sugar syrup and an egg white, the ingredients are shaken together and then strained into a glass filled with ice and garnished with a cherry and an orange slice.

    Red Clover

    This pretty pigmented cocktail uses fresh raspberries to create its rich red colour. A delicious combination of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white and raspberries, it is a lovely summer cocktail that will impress your friends and family. Simply muddle the raspberries, then shake and strain all the ingredients into a cocktail glass.

    Eggnog

    Of course, we can’t talk about egg-based cocktails without including a classic. Eggnog is a Christmas tradition that will never die, but might get you quite drunk rather quickly! Slightly more complicated than the other cocktails in this list, it is made of rum, milk, egg yolk, cream, nutmeg, sugar, vanilla essence and bourbon. You may as well make this alongside the other drinks, as it will give you an excuse to use up all those egg yolks!

    Any of these drinks can be made without the egg (except the eggnog – obviously!), just strain once over ice instead of the two times required with the egg! We hope you have a clucking good time making these egg-cellent cocktails – don’t forget to crack a few yolks!

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  • Parisian Cocktails with a British Twist

    • 1st June 2016

    The London Cocktail Club is proud to present a series of six new videos inspired by an article written for The Times and The Sunday Times Insider City Guides. An exploration of the six coolest bars in Paris, the article paved the way for cocktail extraordinaire JJ Goodman to create a new menu of beverages based on the popular French drinking venues.

    Some of the bars included in the list are; The Baton Rouge, based on Rue Notre Dame de Lorette, which has a Louisiana lounge-feel to it; Le Dauphin, situated on Avenue Parmentier, which is so exclusive that it has a waiting list for food reservations, and a queue system for cocktails; and the Mabel, located on the Rue d’Aboukir, which serves grilled cheese sandwiches at the front, and rum-based cocktails at the back.

    Goodman soon got to work creating cocktails that represented the spirit of each of the bars. The founder of the London Cocktail Club, and the winner of many prestigious bartending awards, he mixed, stirred and shook a number of spirits to come up with the delicious cocktail treats, and now you can learn how to make them too!

    The Baton Rouge cocktail

    Vermouth lovers will enjoy The Baton Roughe. With equal measures of Gold Rum, Xanté Liqueur and, of course, Sweet Vermouth, and a double measure of Cognac, the spirits are carefully stirred together with ice, Angostura bitters and Peychaud’s bitters to create a smooth, potent cocktail that is actually served in its namesake restaurant. Watch JJ Goodman create this drink here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF0cpLmnP-M

    French 75

    Inspired by the drinks served at Le Dauphin, the French 75 is a simple recipe that packs a lot of punch. A tasty mix of Gin, lemon juice and simple syrup shaken with ice and then topped with Champagne, the drink is certain to evoke the charm and elegance associated with the French capital. This quick video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJYxah7tksY

    Mon Fizz

    Meanwhile, those that are looking for a more unusual and impressive drink will enjoy the Mon Fizz. Complete with an egg yolk chaser, this cocktail combines Gin, Vermouth, pistachio syrup and egg whites, shaken once without ice, and again with ice to create a delicious drink that looks as unique as it tastes. Watch JJ Goodman work his magic here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jehDK1lGuGg

    Although each video is no more than a few minutes long, Goodman is able to break down each step to make cocktail creation look simple. He also throws in a few fancy tricks with the glasses and bottles, but we don’t recommend you try these at home!

    There are actually six cocktail recipes in total, with the final two being uploaded in the next few days, so be sure to keep an eye on the London Cocktail Club’s YouTube channel to see them all, and remember to check The Times Article to get more of an insight.

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  • Wacky Cocktails

    The Gold Coast of Australia has always been synonymous with fun, sun and laughter. A tourist hotspot, and home to a multitude of ‘surfer dudes’, few places are as busy and vibrant as Surfer’s Paradise.

    But even the laid back locals have raised a few eyebrows at the latest cocktail being served at House of Brews. It is not the drink itself that has upset them; a delicious mix of gin, St Germain, elderflower liqueur, cloudy apple juice, grape and lime juice, orget syrup and rhubarb bitters, the Purple Haze is in high-demand with regulars and tourists alike.

    The controversy has come from the instrument used to create the drink. A utensil shaped like a bong is used to pour the cocktail into the glass. The smoke effect created is theatrical and exciting, and exactly the impression the bar owner wanted to give.

    Concerns have been raised over whether this performance trivializes drug use, but the bar owner has denied this as his intention, saying, “We absolutely do not encourage the use of drugs.”

    The Purple Haze is not the first cocktail to cause a stir over the way it is served. Take a look at these wacky designs:

    Coquetier

    This scrumptious combination of rum, chocolate and cinnamon is served at Pret a Diner, Germany. The special twist comes in the form of an eggshell, which the beverage is served in. The recipe is a variation of a classic drink that was served in an egg cup in the 18th century in New Orleans.

    The Crapper

    A favourite at Las Vegas bar, Rock and Rita’s, The Crapper is a chocolate-based cocktail served from a mini toilet bowl. Luckily, that is where the distasteful bit ends, as the actual drink is quite delicious! It’s a variation of the Pina Colada, garnished with a Snickers bar. And the best bit (maybe) is that you get to keep the toilet glass when you have finished! Drinking out of The Crapper has never been so tasty!

    Gunpowder Plot

    If you like your cocktails steamy, the Gunpowder Plot could be just want you’ve been looking for. Created in Sydney, a concoction of dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and jelly is lit and the whole drink is held under a cloche so that the gin, fernet branca and egg whites in the glass are infused with a gunpowder-like taste.

    The Sourtoe Cocktail

    If you cast your minds back a few months, you may remember our blog post based on the Sourtoe Cocktail. Any drink can be transformed into the gruesome-sounding cocktail, the only requirement is that it contains an old pickled toe. Sold in Yukon, Canada, brave drinkers must ensure the toe touches their lips to earn a place in the Sourtoe Cocktail Club. And yes, the toes take some sourcing, but they are real, amputated human limbs.

    In order to make a name for themselves in the bartending industry, cocktail enthusiasts need to come up with weirder and wackier ideas all the time. Thankfully they always have an eager audience ready to test out new ideas.

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