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
S 'n' Emm
So named due to originally being made with Savoia, Mezcal and Montenegro. On the bitter side of bittersweet but eases with the dilution that comes with
Smoke & Mirrors (mezcal-based)
A Mezcal Margarita with chili, ginger and pineapple, mellowed by a splash of foaming egg white.
Dorado Old Fashioned
Delicately smoky mezcal and agave caramel notes sit well with rich herbal pepperminty liqueur.
Spicy Smoky Margarita
Just as it says on the tin, but delicately smoky and subtly spicy.
An apt name for a cocktail that's so tasty, it could well become a contemporary classic.
We chat a lot with our mate Bob (of Bitters fame) and we got talking about what a great falernum should taste like. Weeks passed (as we sampled numerous
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
Mezcal - What it is and how it's made
The name mezcal originates from the Aztec language and refers to a traditional Mexican spirit made from the Maguey plant.
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
Calvados is a French brandy made from apples (though it can also contain pears). The name is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, meaning that calvados
Avallen is a Calvados made from 40 varieties of apple grown in La Manche, a Calvados Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée region of Normandy that has been
Difford’s Guide to Cocktails Fifteenth Edition
Only 58 copies left! More than twenty years in the making, our monster 2kg, 52mm (2 inch) thick hardback cocktail book includes 3,000 recipes (in both
Santiago de Cuba 8 Year Old
Blended by the 8th generation of Rum Masters from the city of Santiago de Cuba, Ron Santiago de Cuba Añejo 8-year-old is a blend of rums aged in white
The quality of your pomegranate (grenadine) syrup will make of break this cocktail. (Perhaps even better with groseille syrup.)
Best described as an apricot-flavoured Irish whiskey Daiquiri.
Anonymous (But Assertive) Sour
Lemon drizzled grilled sweetcorn with delicate chili spice and citric acidity. Sounds sophisticated but is easy drinking.
A Negroni riff created in October 2021 by yours truly at the Clocktower in Rye, England.
Four W Daiquiri
The oomph of rum, the sourness of grapefruit and the richness of maple syrup, all aromatised by bitters.
Ernest + Rita
A relatively low-alcohol floral grapefruit laced aperitivo-style Margarita.
Bombay Sapphire Murcian Lemon
Named in celebration of the citrus fruits produced in Spain's Murcia region, this Bombay Sapphire expression centers on the Fino lemons grown there, complemented
With gin, my go-to stirred Dry Martini recipe is five-to-one, but that's way too-much when using mezcal – a Fifty-Fifty Martini is more befitting. Rather
A punchy dry aperitivo – sherry-influenced rum with a dash of bitters.
Bittersweet and delicately herbal.