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National Cake Day

In the words of Boris Johnson, My policy on cake is pro having it, and pro eating it - unless of course it's your birthday, in Downing Street, during lockdown.

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20 best Ginger liqueur cocktails

As the weather turns colder so the warming effects of ginger can be both beneficial and pleasing in a drink. Indeed, King Edward VII's physician is said

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French Martini

The French Martini is one of a few contemporary classic cocktails that boasts worldwide broad consumer appeal. Not actually a Martini at all, it comprises

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Beefeater Crown Jewel

Originally launched in 1993 and aimed at the travel retail market, this premium Beefeater expression is named after the Crown Jewels displayed at the Tower

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20 best Candy cocktails

Cocktails are indulgent treats so it's fitting to garnish one treat with another. And whether they be candy, sweeties, confectionery, chews or chocolate

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The Smoke Also Rises

A bittersweet riff on a Hemingway Special .

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Gargoyle No. 2

Some might describe this as being a grown-up/vintage Porn Star Martini. It's spirituous and yet dry – despite the generous spoon of sugar which serves

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Wonderfully aromatic and dry. More of an aperitivo than a digestivo.

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A Chartreuse and gin-laced Daisy with grapefruit and lemon juice, that (as it says in the 1971 Playbox Bar Guide, is perfect for an autumn sundown.

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Savoury and spicy, this is an aperitivo cocktail, that is unless you need a chili-spiced kick-start to your day over breakfast – in which case perhaps

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20 best Tequila cocktails

With its earthy herbaceous flavours, tequila makes for both a versatile and characterful base spirit in cocktails. Contemporary pairings with tequila include

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20 best Mezcal cocktails

Mezcal is often used to add a touch of its distinctive lightly smoky character to cocktails based on other spirits particularly tequila. However, it's

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Orgeat (pronounced 'Ohr-Zsa' as in Zsa Zsa Gabor - with the 't' silent), is a syrup traditionally made from almonds, sugar and rose water or orange flower

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Australian Distilling Co.

By distilling regionally with local ingredients, every bottle from Australian Distilling Co. portrays unique aspects of the place and community that inspired

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20 best Halloween cocktails

All Hallows' Eve, the 31st October, is spook night with bizarre costumes, trick-or-treat, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and bonfires all the rage. Such

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White Stinger

A liquid After Eight. Some will prefer to stir, rather than shake this cocktail but it's better to shake it to wake it.

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Zest citrus with hints of honeyed almond, enlivened with a splash of dry sparkling wine.

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Mile High Margarita

A late-night, dry Margarita that's high on booze, low on citrus and with subtle pineapple fruitiness.