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Trader Vic's birthday

If you've ever sipped a Mai Tai or a Zombie, lounged under a palm-thatched roof, then you've enjoyed the wonders of the Tiki nightlife genre that would

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Flavour Blaster Mini Kit

The Flavour Blaster Mini Kit is perfect for home use. Create edible bubbles, fragrant mist and aromatic clouds for cocktails and desserts! Uses patented

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Elf On The Shelf

Elf (elderflower liqueur), On (orange liqueur), The (tequila), Shelf (sherry) is for naughty elves to share while planning mischievous enactments. Judicious

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20 best Sloe Gin cocktails

Sloe gins (actually, liqueurs and not gins) are a traditional cocktail ingredient and one that Harry Johnson includes in his short list of The Principle

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Big Chief

A spirit-forward (bourbon) Manhattan-style digestivo.

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Orancio Negroni

Other Negronis are garnished with an orange slice or twist, but as the name suggests, this one has a complex orange medley at its core and is garnished

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Depending on your grenadine, this cocktail ranges from blush pink to barely coloured and the flavour will also vary. The colour is immaterial, but nail

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Herbal scotch whisky freshened by orange oils. One of those cocktails that's so spirit-forward that you may find it more enjoyable served on-the-rocks.

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Improved Gin Cocktail

Fabulously complex and spirit-forward. A delicious cocktail on which to sip and contemplate. Some may want to stir this cocktail but it's better shaken.

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Cable Car

A spiced-rum-based riff on a Sidecar. Vanilla and spice from the rum interact with the orange liqueur in this citrusy sour cocktail.

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French Martini

Raspberry and pineapple laced with vodka-easy drinking and very fruity.

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Old Guard but this Sweet Martini which benefits from a splash of orange curaçao, deserves a place on modern cocktail lists.

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Satan's Whiskers (Kevin Armstrong's)

A classic Straight Satan's Whiskers with added freshness thanks to a splash of lemon juice, balanced with a touch of sugar.

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Brazil Basil Smash

Basil flavours combine brilliantly with cachaça's funky notes in this frappé served riff on Joerg's contemporary classic Gin Basil Smash.

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Button Hook

Brandy-led with supporting and influential crème de menthe and apricot brandy, freshened and rounded by absinthe and carciofo amaro.

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Beauchamp No. 2

A split gin-based 2:1 Dry Martini made all the more flavoursome by a splashes of herbal and orange liqueurs.

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Vodka may fortify this cocktail, but it's led by the interplay between fino sherry, banana liqueur and sweet 'n' sour.

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Rum Collins

It's more common to find rum mixed with lime juice, but the Rum Collins calls for lemon, and this combines brilliantly with the aged rum in this long refreshing

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Apple notes from calvados combine harmoniously with vinous vermouth with creole-style bitters, this Sweet Manhattan-like cocktail's anchoring ingredient.

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Rich ripe pear (actually, there's no pear in this cocktail) and orange with a stabilising and cleansing hint of sour lime.

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