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Amatitan Twist

Thursday 24/07/14

Spirited Reviews

July 2014

Discerning Drinkers

Michael Kyprianou

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Tuesday 22 July 2014

National Tequila Day

July 24th is National Tequila Day in America. Why that day in particular? It was most likely a marketing ploy designed to move product. However if you...

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Tuesday 22 July 2014


Calvados is a French brandy made from apples (though it can also contain pears). The name is an appellation controlee, meaning that calvados can only be...

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Friday 18 July 2014

Acid phosphate

Popping up as an ingredient on menus worldwide, acid phosphate has officially been reborn after disappearing from sight for nearly 70 years. But what is...

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Wednesday 16 July 2014

Booze in WWI

After the First World War, the medical officer of Scotland's Fourth Black Watch told a hearing on shell shock, 'Had it not been for the rum ration, I do...

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Tuesday 15 July 2014

Tales of the Cocktail festival

For the uninitiated, 'Tales of the Cocktail' is a five day culinary and drinks festival built around cocktails. For those of us that truly enter into...

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Sunday 13 July 2014

Daiquiri Cocktail

Pronounced 'Dye-Ker-Ree', this drink bears a close relationship to the Canchanchara, a 19th century Cuban blend of rum, lemon, honey and water, but...

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Wednesday 9 July 2014

Drink & drinking quotes

There are a myriad drinking quotes on the internet – and on T-shirts, beer mats, chalkboards and menus. We explore the veracity of the interwebz' favourite...

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

Quirky Cocktails

They're grounded in science, created with hours of dedication and have truly unique flavour profiles. More importantly, cocktails with quirky ingredients...

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

How colour affects taste

Colour and flavour. Two things logic tells us should be treated separately. And yet the colour of our food and drink does influence how it tastes in our...

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

Mojito Cocktail

The exact origins of the Mojito and its name are lost in the mists of time. Some trace it back to 1586 and a medicinal drink named after Sir Francis Drake...

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

Pina Colada Cocktail

The name 'Piña Colada' directly translates from Spanish as 'strained pineapple', a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice that...

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Monday 7 July 2014

Bastille Day (La Fête Nationale) Cocktails

Vive la Revolution. July 14th calls for a celebration of all things French, so roll out the croissant pastry, slice the baguette and fill the cheese platter...

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Tuesday 1 July 2014

Spirited Reviews July 2014

The following are new products we've received and other products reviewed during July 2014. We will continue to add to this list throughout the month...

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Tuesday 1 July 2014

The World’s Best-Selling Spirits

It's the Asia-Pacific region, an area of the world you may not associate with chronic alcohol consumption, that takes the title of the most booze-soaked...

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Monday 30 June 2014

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

The Cosmopolitan is one of those cocktails that has had various incarnations through the ages - some of them, quite probably, independent of one another...

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Friday 27 June 2014

World Cup Cocktails

Here at diffordsguide HQ we try to stay abreast of developments in the sporting world, but in our own particular style. So instead of corner pubs and pints...

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