To celebrate the launch of Beefeaters Spring/Summer Cocktail collection we have a bottle of Beefeater Gin and a Premium Cocktail Kit for one lucky reader. See end of post for competition details. Straight off the bar-top, Beefeater Gin this week unveils its latest line-up of fashion-inspired cocktails – the hottest drinks to be seen with this […]
To make a Caipirinha cocktail you need Cachaca, and to make Cachaca you need sugar cane juice. Which is important, because it is what makes Cachaca a Cachaca, and not a rum. After that it follows a pretty similar path to rum, with the juice being fermented and then this liquid distilled. Sometimes the distilled liquid is […]
Social and Cocktail and PIMM’S® Blackberry & Elderflower have teamed up to present 5 amazing Valentines Day cocktails made with their latest special edition tipple and we also have 3 Bottles of their PIMM’S® Blackberry & Elderflower to give away to 3 lucky winners. Simply answer the question at the end of this post. The following 5 simple […]
Social and Cocktail have teamed up with “Silver Rocks” Vodka to give away 3 bottles of their fantastic vodka. Simply answer the question at the end of this post. “Silver Rocks” is a smooth luxury Vodka from Poland which is distilled four times using tried and tested methods. The delicate flavours of “Silver Rocks” are clean […]
Margarita on the Rocks -Rocks Glass -Tequila -Triple Sec -Lime Juice -Salt Cocktail Ingredients 50ml tequila, 35ml triple sec, 25ml lime juice, salt. How to Make a Margarita Rim glass with salt. Add tequila, triple sec and lime to a mixing tin, shake well with ice, and strain into a glass full of ice cubes. […]
This Burns Night, Drambuie tempts discerning drinkers to celebrate Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, with more than just a wee dram, but with some fantastic Burns night cocktails specially crafted for the occasion. On Saturday 25th January, try one of these specially created Drambuie cocktails to bring an unexpected spice and sweetening flavour to this most […]
The last few years has witnessed a big increase in the popularity of Gin and with that has come the resurgence of the Gin Cocktail. The herbal flavour of gin works well with an array of other flavours and forms the base of some of the worlds most iconic and indeed oldest cocktails, such as […]
It is of course, not a real Martini at all, even with the loosest possible definition of the drink it would need to have seen a bottle of vermouth.Which is why no doubt the original drink created by the venerable Dick Bradsell was actually called the Vodka Espresso.
It is a risk of a ‘scene’ that is so often deservedly considered to be at the cutting edge of cocktail culture, that there will be occasions when it falls off the edge, cutting itself on the way down. London’s Reverend JW Simpson has fallen off, and carried on rolling.
Following on from our previous post Cocktails – A Dieters Friend or Foe? we present some skinny cocktails from cocktail bars around the country.These bars, the Mansion House in Glasgow and The Last and Jewel, both in London, have crafted several ‘skinny’ cocktails, where they have managed to keep calories low by replacing sugars with agave syrup […]
If you are a cocktail lover trying to lose a few pounds in 2014, you need to be careful when selecting your cocktail of choice or you may find that shifting those few unwanted cocktail calories suddenly becomes Mission Impossible. Despair not though, there are also a few healthier cocktails which will do only limited damage […]
There are many excellent reasons to visit Singapore, but alas to enjoy a Singapore Sling in its birthplace Raffles Hotel is not one of them.You can blame everyone else for this, for such is the demand for this tropical drink, that they churn them out from pre-mix using a ‘modified’ recipe. Do pop over to the hotel though, it’s nice. The Singapore […]
Fancy hotel bars are two a penny in London, and each must work to stand out from the crowd. Some go all art deco on us, others invoke a sense of American glamour, or even high end tropical tiki. Gillray’s, hidden away in the maze of hallways that is the Marriott at County Hall, takes its inspiration […]
Like fashion, cocktail culture has its ups and downs. We’ve raunchy-named garish tooth-rotters, and we’ve had the uninspired vodka revolution. It was only a matter of time therefore, that bitterness came back on the menu, and with it, the rise in popularity of its ambassador the Negroni.
This season Caorunn Gin presents the Caorunn Winter G&T – perfect for the festive season. Gin & Tonic is high up on the Social and Cocktail beverage list and this slight twist will definitely be getting put on heavy bar rotation this December! The Caorunn Winter G&T is a warming winter inspired version of the […]
Adam Montgomerie is the Head Cocktail Bartender at Bar Kohl Edinburgh, which turns 20 this year and celebrated in November with a huge party that was the talk of the city. Throughout 2013, Adam and his dedicated team have been working on the Bar Kohl cocktail list – gone are the flavoured vodkas and shots […]
They used to be all about the rainbow of flavoured vodkas. From jelly bean, to strawberry, to chocolate and more, there was something for everyone at Revolution; as long as you were happy that your breath would smell like a Haribo factory for most of the next week, and that you’d turn diabetic before you […]
Drambuie is giving festive shoppers, lovers of whisky and those with an eye for design an extra special ‘Taste of the Extraordinary’ this year by launching its first limited-edition bottle this Christmas. Drambuie is the key ingredient in some classic cocktails such as the Rusty Nail. Wrapped in the striking black and white zig-zag motif, the […]
If there is one cocktail which I have been served more bad versions of than any other, it is the Margarita cocktail. The simple mix of tequila, Cointreau and lime juice just should’t be that hard to mess up, but many do, disgracefully so. Often considered one of ‘the classics’, with several different stories laying claim […]
The first sight of The Treasury Bar is the scene setter, a rather beautiful and grand looking building built in the 19th Century and utilised as the city Treasury building, also the inspiration behind the name. Sat just off Royal Parade on the corner of Catherine Street, it has a small group of trees and a grassy […]
I love London and I love cocktails so this week I couldn’t ask for more. London Cocktail Week takes place from the 7th to the 13th of October. When it was launched in 2010, London Cocktail Week was created as a trade show but I guess because Londoners have a real passion for tasting and enjoying […]
Ruski’s Tavern, the new soviet kitsch bar and club on Kensington High Street owned by the creators of Bodos Schloss, opened last week to wild applause. The queue for the launch stretched down the high street, with some guests reportedly spending two hours in the line just to get inside. The reason? The Moscow Mule. […]
Not to be confused with its namesake street in Slough, this little bar does in fact live on Kensington Park Rd. Which means that it’s part of the Notting Hill clan, and if you mistake that for Slough, well there’s something wrong with you…