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Monkey Wrench (with ratchet) image

Monkey Wrench (with ratchet)

A Monkey Wrench is classically just rum, grapefruit juice and bitters – my version's a little different. Monkey 47 gins complex botanicals sit with a

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Enrico Pallazzo

A bittersweet Manhattan-style lightly sparkling cocktail.

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A delicious trio of flavours meets in harmony. Tart ruby grapefruit and lemon, subtle bitterness, and rich elderflower.

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Naked & Famous

Salmon pink in colour. Mezcal adds earthy smoky complexity to this bittersweet, citrusy fresh, aperitivo Last Word riff. And indeed, getting naked can

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Paper Plane

This pink/rust red drink is bittersweet with underlying bourbon character and lemon zestiness.

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Devil's Soul

Spirituous, smoky, earthy, bittersweet, floral, herbal and complex. I've reduced the original serve by one-third to produce a complex, serious and most

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Sunset Vibes

This appropriately sunset-coloured cocktail serves a cacophony of flavours that combine to deliver a symphony of surprisingly harmonious sips.

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When The Smoke Cleared

Smoky, tangy and complex with layers of flavour, although happily mezcal dominates.

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Avion de Papel

A riff on Sam Ross' Paper Plane this makes for a delicious aperitivo. I like to add 2 drops saline solution.

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Toffee Negroni

There's no toffee in this Toffee Negroni in the same way there's no coffee in the Coffee Cocktail yet both drinks are aptly named and delicious.

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Oh Cecilie!

A tasty Danish riff on the Negroni.

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Mezcal-forward, but in flavour rather than a spirituous way, indeed this bittersweet aperitivo s relatively restrained on the boozy front.

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There's a pleasingly bittersweet cola bite to this spirit-forward aperitivo/digestivo.

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Naked & Infamous

The lovechild of Douglas Ankrah's Pornstar Martini and Joaquín Simó's Naked & Famous. Fresh ripe (yet still a little tart passion fruit) sits alongside

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Spicy Dead Lady

A very different Lady to the White Lady, this is a riff on a Naked & Famous with falernum in place of Yellow Chartreuse. If using a full-flavoured falernum

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Benny Blanco

A bittersweet and lightly chili spicy aperitivo to awaken your taste buds.

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Queen Mother

Pot still Jamaican rum adds delicate but distinctive funky notes to this lightly sweet fruity gin-laced cocktail.

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Montreal Cocktail (official city cocktail)

Stirred, spirituous and bittersweet, this aperitif-style cocktail reflects Montreal's French and English influences with London dry gin and gentian liqueur.

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My Sherry Amore

A bittersweet, salmon-pink, light, delicate balance of gin, herbal complexity, grapefruit and dry sherry.

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Eclipse Cocktail (by Leo Robitschek)

Beautifully balanced bitter-sweetness with tequila and mezcal sitting harmoniously with cherry and aperitivo liqueurs, with lemon freshness. A perfect

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Last Flight

This appropriately named boozy cocktail is a cross between a Last Word and a Paper Plane.

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Dead Man's Handle

Tequila charged, delicately bittersweet undertones sit with rich almond syrup.

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Lost Plane

Amaro's distinctive flavours shine through alongside the dark rum in this aperitivo cocktail.

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Caneflower cocktail

Rust coloured and bittersweet with cachaça and elderflower.

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Negroni and the Goat

Negroni in name and Negroni in style with the sweetness of Aperol countered by the use of amaro.

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South Slope

This tasty aperitivo also works well with Americano Bianco used in place of Lillet Blanc.

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First Word

Bittersweet and gin-laced, this is one of the first Last Word riffs to emerge from the Chartreuse shortage in 2022.

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Sauvignon Blanc Punch

Grassy flavours from the sauvignon blanc, as well as the wine's acidity, add to the fresh zestyness of the citrus.

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High King

Berry fruit and citrus gently caressed by mellow Irish whiskey with a splash of enlivening soda.

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Adriatique Cocktail

Bittersweet zesty orange with deep herbal complexity. Great for a summer afternoon or an evening aperitivo.

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The name of this bitter bittersweet and sour Margarita riff references amaro (meaning bitter) and the use of an Italian bitter liqueur. Many will want

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Pample Mousse

A dry and very fresh grapefruit fizz. Best as an aperitivo.

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Part-time Lover

Tequila-laced, delicately bittersweet/sour with floral elderflower.

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Rose Noble

Bittersweet and sweet 'n' sour, A whisky-based riff on the Division Bell.

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Showgirl Cocktail

Wonderfully floral – flavours of rose and raspberry dominate with dry vermouth adding balance and complexity.

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In cowboy lingo, a four-flusher is a cheat/swindler/liar but in this case, a Four-Flusher is a tasty bittersweet four equal parts aperitivo cocktail.

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Brazuca Remedy

Bittersweet and complex with underlying cachaça character. Perfect as an aperitivo.

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Gently bitter rhubarb - a very tasty aperitivo.

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Division Bell

A mezcal inspired variation of the Last Word with a refreshing, spirit-forward blend of ingredients.

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The Italian Job Cocktail

Bittersweet and boozy with a dry finish. Striking the right degree of dilution is key to the success of this cocktail – stir a little longer than usual

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Clockwork Orange No.2

Easy drinking, neither sweet or sour, this cocktail with its subtle coffee notes suits breakfast, teatime or aperitivo but was originally created as a

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Johnny's Dream

I tried this dry, bittersweet, apertivo cocktail with blanco and then reposado tequilas to discover how much better it is with the more youthful tequila.

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Pink Flamingo (by Eric Ochoa)

Bittersweet, sweet 'n' sour, and bristling with grassy rum-led flavour. This Pink Flamingo is a very expressive bird and one that may prove hard to handle

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Sunshine No. 3

Mezcal is the characterful backbone to this aperitivo with rich herbal notes balanced by delicate bitterness and citrus freshness.

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Sunset Strip

Eric Tecosky's original recipe for this drink called for 1.25oz of Jack Daniels Single Barrel in place of the ¾oz of both Tennessee and rye whiskey used

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A riff on the Rabo-de-Galo with bittersweet aperitivo in place of sweet vermouth.

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Three of Strong

Cacao and coffee flavours from the rum shine in this fruity and delicately spicy Tiki influenced cocktail.

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Aperol Spritz / Aperitivo Spritz

Slightly sweet, herbal, refreshing and quaffable. The good folk at Aperol, the aperitivo liqueur brand most identified with the Spritz, recommend equal

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