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20 best Angostura Bitters cocktails image

20 best Angostura Bitters cocktails

I've heard it said, You can tell a newly opened cocktail bar is successful when they need a second bottle of Angostura. Over 500 cocktails on this website

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20 best Aperol/red aperitivo cocktails

What better on a sunny summer's evening than a light bittersweet aperitivo cocktail. Aperol Spritz is by far the best-known example of such a libation

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20 best Blue Curaçao cocktails

Blue curaçao equals BLUE DRINKS, or at least various shades of aquamarine. There are numerous other orange-flavoured liqueurs but blue curaçao stands

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20 best Bourbon cocktails

Our 20 best bourbon cocktails have been selected for their richness of flavour and the way the bourbon mixes harmoniously with the other ingredients.

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20 best Cachaça cocktails

A compilation of the 20 best cachaça cocktails would not be complete without a Caipirinha, not only the classic, but one or two more fruity options. However,

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20 best Calvados cocktails

Calvados is a wonderfully flavoursome base spirit in cocktail recipes, particularly with a young calvados that retains the fresh crisp notes of apple with

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20 best Campari cocktails

Campari is the best-known but there is a myriad of other similar bright crimson-coloured bittersweet liqueurs. The vibrant red colour, powerful flavour

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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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20 best Champagne Cocktails

Cocktails are intrinsically decadent, but those with champagne are also lavish, invigorating and celebratory. Usually the most expensive drinks on cocktail

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20 best Elderflower liqueur cocktails

Elderflower liqueurs are delicately flavoured, aromatic and floral. Elderflower mixes brilliantly with pretty much every spirit, both white and brown,

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20 best Grand Marnier cocktails

Grand Marnier is one of the noble and truly premium liqueurs that has transitioned from the after-dinner sideboard to bartender's essential. It delivers

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20 best Italicus cocktails

Strictly speaking, this page should be titled 20 best Rosolio de Bergamotto cocktails or even 20 best Bergamot liqueur cocktails but the truth is, although

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20 best Limoncello cocktails

Lemon is one of the most used cocktail ingredients, so it stands to reason that a liqueur flavoured with prized Italian Amalfi coast lemons should be part

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20 best Maraschino Cocktails

Maraschino is as a delicious a word as it is a liqueur made from sour Marasca cherries. The cherries' flavour, along with that of its pit (stone) are extracted

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20 best marmalade, preserves & conserves cocktails

Created in 1996 by Salvatore Calabrese, the Breakfast Martini is not actually a Martini, but merely a gin-based sour served in a V-shaped Martini glass

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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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20 best Montenegro cocktails

Whiskey, tequila, gin, mezcal and rum all feature in our 20 best Montenegro cocktails, evidence of how versatile this citrusy bittersweet amaro is. It's

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20 best Overproof white rum cocktails

Jamaica is literally the spiritual home of overproof white rum and accounts for over 90% of all rum consumed in the country. Its fruity esters and firepower

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20 best Peach Schnapps cocktails

Peach schnapps sounds so much more exotic than mere peach liqueur but that's exactly what peach schnapps is, a clear peach liqueur that due to the schnapps

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20 best Pineapple cocktails

Pineapples are luxuriant and tropical, their rich fruitiness balanced by an enlivening cutting acidity. Pineapple blends harmoniously with all spirits

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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 Vodka cocktails

Vodka's success is partly due to it being marketed from the 1940s as a clear, pure, clean spirit that will mix with anything. Accordingly, it is regarded

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20 best White crème de cacao cocktails

Chocolate is made from cacao beans and crème de cacao is flavoured with these beans but crème de cacao is not a chocolate liqueur. Crème de cacao may

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20 best Amaretto cocktails

The bittersweet almond and vanilla flavour of amaretto mixes brilliantly with dark spirits – particularly whiskey but this versatile liqueur also mixes

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20 best Blood red orange cocktails

You may have thought that winter months in the northern hemisphere were confined to the likes of cauliflowers, leeks and brussels sprouts but it's also

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20 best Cherry Brandy cocktails

Two cocktails are synonymous for their use of cherry brandy: Blood & Sand and Singapore Sling, and as illustrated by these two classics, cherry brandy

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20 best Cognac cocktails

The most luxurious of all spirits, cognac has a velvety warmth capable of lifting the most grim of wintery nights. As my hero, David Embury, says in his

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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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20 best Irish whiskey cocktails

Irish whiskey tends not to be peated so usually lacks the subtle smoky notes associated with Scotch whisky, so making its presence somewhat subtler in

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20 best Pisco cocktails

Pisco is the national spirit of both Peru and Chile and in both countries the iconic cocktail is the pisco sour, which, understandably in such hot climes,

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20 best Sake cocktails

Commonly referred to as a rice wine, sake is phenomenal in cocktails and pairs well with any spirit. However, beware, a sake's delicate flavour can be

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20 best Scotch whisky cocktails

Before addressing what are the 20 best Scotch whisky cocktails, it's perhaps worth addressing the reputation, both blends and single malts, have for not

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White crème de menthe cocktails

Mint = fresh and delicious. Think mojitos, juleps, mint candy, chewing gum and even toothpaste. Sadly, crème de menthe hasn’t fared well in the liqueur

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20 best Absinthe cocktails

Absinthe is a most unusual cocktail ingredient as it's the main base spirit in some cocktails while is used in mere dash proportions in others. Absinthe's

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20 best Bénédictine cocktails

One of the truly classic liqueurs, Bénédictine contributes honeyed herbal notes to cocktails. All those below call for the original Bénédictine D.O.M.,

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20 best Falernum cocktails

Falernum is a versatile and flavoursome cocktail sweetener. Spiced (but not hot spiced) falernum is a characterful yet delicate liqueur with a high sugar

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20 best Honey cocktails

Honey predates sugar as a sweetener and is a delicious alternative to sugar to balance citrus acidity in sour cocktails, particularly when flavoursome

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20 best Irish whiskey cocktails

Irish whiskey tends not to be peated so usually lacks the subtle smoky notes associated with Scotch whisky, so making its presence somewhat subtler in

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20 best Sake cocktails

Commonly referred to as a rice wine, sake is phenomenal in cocktails and pairs well with any spirit. However, beware, a sake's delicate flavour can be

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20 best Scotch whisky cocktails

Before addressing what are the 20 best Scotch whisky cocktails, it's perhaps worth addressing the reputation, both blends and single malts, have for not

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Gin

Gin challenges even vodka for its cocktail versatility, and as the leading spirit in vintage cocktail books there are plenty of great gin-based cocktails