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Master of Cocktails - Christmassy Ginger Sour

by Ben Ellefsen     9. December 2013 15:00

Master of Cocktails Christmassy Ginger Sour

Here we are, in the second week of advent already! It must be time for the first, but definitely not the last, #MasterofCocktails Christmassy drink of December, this one being a festive twist on a classic...

You see, we love a good whiskey sour, but we also sure do love warming, Christmassy flavours at this time of year with ginger being one of the yummiest and most satisfying of them all. Back in October we not only made the perfect Eggnog but also some Bathtub Ginger Beer using fresh ginger and (perhaps unsurprisingly) ginger beer. Both cocktail recipes are well worth a revisit as we approach Christmas, but this time around we'll be getting our ginger warmth from an excellent ginger liqueur as well as gingerbread syrup, which brings some darn' tasty baked goodness into the mix!

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Master of Cocktails - Bourbon Vanilla Shake

by Ben Ellefsen     2. December 2013 18:44

Master of Cocktails Bourbon Vanilla Shake

Sunday was the first day of advent, and as literally thousands of giddy adults cracked open the first window of their Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars I wanted to make another grown-up version of a childhood favourite to go along with them.

So, we made a Bourbon Milkshake! People like milkshakes. That’s proven. This one’s incredibly straight-forward and absolutely delicious. Before we get started though, it would be crazy of me to mention the Advent Calendars without sharing this brilliant video with you, released today! See how many people you can recognise. It even includes an incredibly handsome man all tucked up in bed with some kind of wintery weather-induced malady...

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Diageo Re-launches Mortlach Distillery with 4 new permanent expressions.

by Ben Ellefsen     2. December 2013 13:01

Mortlach Stillhouse

NB – this news has been strictly embargoed until 13:00 today, so you’ll very likely be seeing some updates to this post as soon as we receive the official press release (as well as some pretty pictures no doubt). Keep checking back folks.

Breaking news: Diageo are to re-launch the ever-popular Mortlach Single Malt into their stable of Permanent single malts in 2014, Master of Malt have been told.

The first phase of the product rollout will cover the UK, France, USA, Asia Pacific, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Global Duty Free beginning in July 2014. The rest of the world will follow.

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Master of Cocktails - The Improved (New) Holland Gin Cocktail

by Ben Ellefsen     25. November 2013 17:28

Master of Cocktails Improved New Holland Gin Cocktail

Right then chaps, this week’s #MasterofCocktails recipe is The Improved (New) Holland Gin Cocktail. Despite what you may be thinking, this is one that whisky fans will really enjoy. We're using some top notch American ingredients here too, including the New York Distilling Company’s fantastic Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin as well as some Cask-Aged Whisky Bitters.

Brooklyn, you see, used to be a Dutch colony. Yep. And this gin we're using is a Holland gin (i.e. a genever), and it was made to a 19 century American recipe with the help of David Wondrich, using the New York Distilling Company's unaged, double-distilled rye whiskey. Moreover, it's bloody fantastic.


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Our Stockholding Policy

by Ben Ellefsen     22. November 2013 15:42

Stock

Quite a short blog post this one.

Very soon (early next week in fact) the annual melee that is the Diageo special releases will be upon us.

If there was such a thing as being psychic*, this would be the time of year that I pick up ‘vibes’ from our regular customers about what’s going on behind the scenes with the allocations we’re given, so I wanted to take this opportunity to lay out our policy with regard to stockholding and put everyone’s mind at rest.

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Master of Cocktails - The Fluffy Ruff

by Ben Ellefsen     18. November 2013 16:00

Master of Cocktails The Fluffy Ruff cocktail

For this week's #MasterofCocktails we're making 'fluffy ruffs'!

Whilst leafing through The Savoy Cocktail Book, I came across the Fluffy Ruffles Cocktail. Now, as you’ll no doubt know, Fluffy Ruffs are a suggestion for the Butterfield Diet Plan, so my interest was immediately piqued. Whilst working on this one I was even officially re-twat by @MrBButterfield himself! We do have a warehouse. The invitation's there Brian...

The recipe took a bit of fiddling before I was happy with it - some of the quantities and even ingredients needed changing. The final result of said tinkering is a delicious cocktail that calls for Rum, Sugar, Lime and Quinquina.

What's not to like?

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That Boutique-y Whisky Company is back. 4 more belters in time for Christmas.

by Ben Ellefsen     13. November 2013 10:00

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Strathmill, Ledaig, Ben Nevis and Macduff

42. I’ll save you the trouble of counting.

Turns out that it’s not only the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything, but is also the number of releases from That Boutique-y Whisky Company to date.

I’m pleased to say that numbers 39-42 are as fabulous as those that preceded them, and am delighted to reveal that we’ve got yet another 4 releases to come before the end of the year (including time-travelling barmen, and an absolute belter of an Islay that’s something of an exclusive).

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Master of Cocktails - Blood and Sand

by Ben Ellefsen     11. November 2013 13:55

Master of Cocktails Blood and Sand cocktail

Whisky cocktails don’t get much more classic than the Blood and Sand, so it was inevitable that it would feature on #MasterofCocktails sooner or later. This version has, however, been thoroughly pimped with some snazzy new ingredients!

Most of the tweets I received last night went along the lines of "I need to get me some of that", almost regardless of the ingredient that was being mentioned. They were all 100% spot on too - you do indeed need these in your life as they're properly crazy-good!

Let's get amongst them.

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New product day – Christmas Mulled Cup from Professor Cornelius Ampleforth

by Ben Ellefsen     8. November 2013 16:43

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Christmas Mulled Cup

"Hip hip hooray – new product day!

All the world was heard to say,

Because they knew with certainty,

Mulled wine was ‘fixed’, eternally..."

Ah mulled wine. The most Christmassy of drinks. Head and shoulders even above Eggnog. There’s really nothing like it to warm the cockles, instil a sense of bonhomie, and usher in the festive season properly.

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Master of Cocktails - The Hanky Panky

by Ben Ellefsen     4. November 2013 16:21

Master of Cocktails Hanky Panky cocktail

Who doesn’t like a bit of Hanky Panky? This week we made a classic gin-based cocktail, and if you’re yet to try this particular one, then you’re in for a treat!

The history of The Hanky Panky is fascinating, having first been knocked up by the Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman, head bartender at the Savoy back in the early 1900s. When renowned actor Charles Hawtrey requested something with a kick, she tinkered away, creating, but not naming, this very cocktail. When the opportunity next arose to serve it to her famous guest, it was he who exclaimed “that’s the real hanky panky!”, and he was dead right!

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