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Old Fashioned Cocktail (Difford's recipe) image

Old Fashioned Cocktail (Difford's recipe)

Achieving the right dilution and a good chill are essential to the enjoyment of this sublime classic.

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Malty Dry Martini

Using a genuinely malty oude genever produces a deliciously retro take on the modern Dry Martini.

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Portobello Star Manhattan (Perfect)

Rye based (originally Jim Beam) perfectly served with dry vermouth and Antica Formula

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Smoky Cokey

Just as it says on the tin – a smoky malt and cola. This simple but delicious drink perhaps doesn't need bitters or even a twist but it's better with

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Banana Bliss

Banana liqueur and brandy go shockingly well together, here toned with sherry and bitters.

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Rob Roy Cocktail

Scotch whisky's answer to the Manhattan. The Rob Roy is classically made with Angostura Bitters but in his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, as a footnote

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Tara Cocktail

Imagine a delicately clove influenced Daiquiri but with the bready influence of poitín, then you are some way towards imagining the taste of this refreshing

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Port Old-Fashioned

Bourbon and maple syrup somewhat overwhelm the headline port wine, although it does add an underlying fruitiness to this balanced and tasty riff on an

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Absolute Gangster

A mere four drops of Abbotts Bitters play a crucial role in this delicately sweetened and complex vodka-based cocktail.

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Mezcal Jackson

Smoky almond and delicate coconut combine in this elegant after-dinner sipper.

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A couple of dashes of bitters adds balance and complexity to this herbal gin-laced cherry flavoured after-dinner cocktail.

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Banana Rumhattan

Just as it says on the tin, banana-flavoured rum with aged rum and vermouth to create a deliciously banana-flavoured rum Manhattan.

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Smok'n Rob Roy

As the name might suggest, a Rob Roy made with Islay single malt whisky.

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Your choice of whisky and bitters (I use Bob's Abbotts) will make or break this potentially brilliant whisky sour. Maple syrup should be in more sours.

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Rob Macleod Roy

A Rob Roy with a well-integrated peaty backbone that sits well against the rich vermouth.

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Réveillon Cocktail

Bittersweet and spicy with underlying warming apple spirit. Originally designed to be served straight-up in a Nick & Nora glass, we think it's better suited

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Late Night

This spirit-forward stirred cocktail combines fruity pear, dry oloroso sherry and fortifying cognac.

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Harvest Moon Cocktail (PDT's recipe)

Stirred down and boozy – very boozy, especially when made with bonded rye and applejack (as per the original recipe), rather than the comparatively subdued

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Banana Old Fashioned

The banana notes often found in whisky enhanced with a generous splash of banana liqueur. Don't expect a sweetie, despite the liqueur, this remains a dry,

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Mountain Cocktail

Bone dry - I prefer with the addition of half spoon sugar syrup.

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