Archive for June, 2007

Tweaking the Blackthorn. . .

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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The Blackthorn cocktail is one of my favorites, a gin base with a generous splash of both Dubonnet and kirsch. Dubonnet and gin appear together in all sorts of early 20th Century drinks. In the Blackthorn the Kirsch adds an extra dimension to a well worn combination. The drink is intensely fruity, but the use of eau de vie rather than a liqueur keeps things at the dry and bracing end of the spectrum.

 

I am surprised this drink is not better known. Part of the reason may be confusion about recipes. (more…)

A Ramos Gin Fizz – and a Rose Fizz

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

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I haven’t posted anything for the last couple of Mixology Mondays. My excuse in April was being on holiday and having no access to Champagne. It seems it isn’t a popular drink in the remoter parts of Western China. I didn’t have a very good excuse in May since I was already back in New Zealand by that stage. All I can say is that I still hadn’t got around to setting up a bar in my apartment and the idea of tequila drinks didn’t inspire me enough to make me rush out and go shopping.

 

This month my bar is more or less functional and the theme is cream, a theme which seems very doable. (more…)