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Cocktails & Bars

Dre Masso returns to London with new bar The Last Talisman

Bartending globetrotter Dre Masso is back. Back with a bar, he tells Hamish Smith

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In season this season: autumn ingredients

Don't lament the loss of summer, embrace autumn’s abundance, says Hamish Smith

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How to make damson drinks

Damsons are right in season. Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown show how to employ the plum sub-species in liquid and solid form

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The Rusty Nail - why the 70s classic just makes sense

Jane Ryan hammers home the delights of this simple combination of scotch and Drambuie

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Video: How to make an Old Fashioned

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, demos the whiskey classic The Old Fashioned. 

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Video: How to make a Cosmopolitan

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, shows us how to make a Cosmo - properly.

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Video: How to make a Whisky Highball

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender book series, makes the perfect Whisky Highball.

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Video: How to make a Gin Fizz

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, shows us how to make the Gin Fizz. 

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Video: How to make a Sweet Manhattan

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, demonstrates the whiskey classic Sweet Manhattan.

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Video: How to make a Negroni

Tristan Stephenson, Class writer and author of the Curious Bartender books, talks us through the Negroni.

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How the Piña Colada turned from kitsch to cool

Jane Ryan chronicles the adventures of the Piña Colada - from Puerto Rico to East London and everything in between.

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Mia Johansson & Bobby Hiddleston: launching a cocktail bar in a pandemic

Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston have launched a second branch of Swift. They talk to Hamish Smith about opening and trading in central London during the pandemic.

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Simone Caporale: books, bars and Flavour Blasters

Simone Caporale is never just working on one thing. Hamish Smith caught up with the bar consultant and wasn’t short of lines of enquiry.

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Garden to Glass: Dandelion wine

Dandelion wine, house-grown greens and drinkable hand sanitiser – Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown were custom-designed for self-isolation. They talk you through surviving the apocalypse, including what not to give to horny rats.

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How to use sugar (mindfully) in cocktails

Given the results of recent research, it now looks like a good time to seek a healthier understanding of sugar and how it impacts on cocktails. Clair Warner reports

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Don Javier: farewell to a legend

Jake Burger pays tribute to Don Javier Delgado Corona, famed for his church to hospitality, La Capilla, and his way with a Batanga

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Bar review: 40 Elephants at The Great Scotland Yard Hotel

Ello ello ello, what's all this then? Class reviewer Hamish Smith investigates one of 2020's big launches: 40 Elephants at The Great Scotland Yard Hotel. 

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How to make Hacha's Mirror Margarita

The Class Cocktail of the Year 2020 is that beautiful thing: simple. Here, creator Deano Moncrieffe shows us how he makes this clear Margarita, without lab equipment.

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The best Irish whiskey for the Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee was the subject of Class’s latest Cocktail Lab – Homeboy and friends took this classic to task

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The Whisky Highball story part 2: The ball that rolled

In Part 2 of Tristan Stephenson’s opus on the Highball, we hear how the ‘ball’ rolled around the world

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Garden to glass: growing micro-vegetables for drinks

Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown aren't phased by the winter weather thanks to their crop of planter-grown micro-vegetables.

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How to use acid in cocktails

Given how progressive the drinks scene has become, bartenders shouldn’t still default to citrus fruit. Ingredients guru Pritesh Mody says it’s time for the acid test

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The Martinez - why this classic is misunderstood

Jane Ryan continues her exploration of the classics with a venture into the confusing world of the Martinez

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Bar review: Amazónico

A rainforest-themed bar in Mayfair? The eyes are rolling, but actually, it pays to keep an open mind, says Hamish Smith.

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Bar review: Rockwell

Few London hotels don't aspire to have 'destination bars'. Hamish Smith reviews one of the latest hospitality venues with grand ambitions.

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How the Old Fashioned stayed old fashioned

Jane Ryan’s journey through the cocktail ages takes her to the Old Fashioned, an American drink the English had more than a small part in preserving, she says

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The best gin for the Southside

Hamish Smith took the Cocktail Lab on tour to Leeds - the worldwide imbibing head quarters of the Southside cocktail. The Watermark played host.

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How the Espresso Martini survived the 1980s

Jane Ryan traces the chequered history of the Espresso Martini. 

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The Bloody Mary: go easy, it's not a garnish arms race

Jane Ryan traces the history of the most famous hangover ‘cure’ ever invented.

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Margarita: the good, the bad and the pitcher

Jane Ryan charts the chequered history of a cocktail that’s been as maligned as it has been lauded over the years