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Cocktail Stories

Cocktail Stories

Garden to Glass: making drinks with melon

Anistasia Miller and Jared Brown capture the sunshine flavours of melons with some innovative takes on this seasonal fruit favourite.

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The story of the Dark 'n Stormy

One of only a handful of trademarked cocktails, the Dark ’n Stormy has a long and rich history. Jane Ryan fills us in.

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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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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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Ramos Gin Fizz - do it right, or not at all

Jane Ryan explores the roots of a much-copied classic, the shake of which is subject to much debate.

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The Sazerac - behold and beware

Jane Ryan delves into the annals of cocktail history to unearth the beginnings of the Sazerac – the drink that so often ends the night.

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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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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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The Whisky Highball story part 1: High time

In the first of two articles on the Whisky Highball, Tristan Stephenson explains why this now-popular serve took its time to catch on in the UK. The story starts in Japan.

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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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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

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The Daiquiri: Cuba's gift to the cocktail world

Jane Ryan leafs through the nebulous history of the Daiquiri. It’s the ultimate bartender drink and its fundamental constitution has rarely been improved over the years, she says.