Shake, Strain & Stir Amazing Cocktails

Cocktails are back in vogue in the bars, restaurants and suburban homes of the British Isles. Gin and tonic, rum and coke, whisky and water all may do the job, but in their dull predictability they're being pushed aside in favour of the effervescent colour of the cocktail, with its alluring mix of sophistication, exoticism, and sheer tastiness.

How to Make a B52

You just know that a drink named after a bomber will have a bit of kapow to it! The original B52 was a plane used by the Americans during the Vietnam war to drop incendiary bombs. The origins of the shooter named after it are a little unclear but most …

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Christmas and New Year’s Drinks

With whisky being the traditional drink of Scotland you’d expect there to be a few drinking traditions involving the Gaelic spirit. And you wouldn’t be disappointed! A bowl of this Christmas Cheer is guaranteed to make your party go … anywhere! It can be prepared well in advance as long …

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Hangovers and Cures

You’ve woken up and you wish you hadn’t. Your head feels like it’s been kicked by a bucking jackass; your mouth resembles the floor of the circus ring; and as for your stomach you’re rather not think about the storm that’s raging in there. You’ve got a hangover and you’re …

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Cocktail Party Games

Party games: you either love them or hate them! And as you’re reading this page you probably love them! As we’re talking cocktail parties, we’re assuming you want games with a little bit of style and decorum, so we’ll concentrate on those with just the raising of a glass to …

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Cocktail Party Themes

What do Holly Golightly, James Bond and Del Boy have in common? They all love a good cocktail. And we’ve got a themed cocktail party to suit each of them. Of course you don’t have to choose a theme. If your friends aren’t into dressing-up (in any way) your party …

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Cocktail Party Food

Tantalising and tasty nuts and nibbles! That’s the motto for preparing cocktail party food and we’ve some advice to help make your party the yummiest thing since chocolate. Provide a variety of finger-food including something for the vegetarians. Your guests won’t want to get too messy so sloppy saucy dishes …

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Planning a Cocktail Party

“A medium vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.” James Bond (Sean Connery) in Dr No. Imagine a cocktail party where the men are dashing and the women glamorous – and you at the centre the perfect host! Now if you’re feeling inspired, …

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Quick Whisky Cocktails

Three quick whisky cocktails, two of them simple and traditional, the third, a little more unusual, for you to make and enjoy. Whisky Mac What you need: 2 parts Scotch whisky 1 part Green Ginger Wine Place ingredients in a traditional whisky tumbler, and mix by holding the base of …

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Whisky Highball

Some people will tell you the Highball got its name from a railway signal, but the oldest reference we could find offers a different explanation. Round about 1888, in St. Louis University Club, a drink of bourbon and soda served with an ice ball was popular with members who referred …

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Mint Julep

Just the words, Mint Julep, conjure up images of the Deep South: the heat, plantation workers in the fields, Scarlett O’Hara with her sunshade – and her young men sipping their long cool drinks. When the Mint Julep was first created in the 18th century, the most important ingredient wasn’t …

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