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Kings of bling

01-11-2012 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Mixers & Soft drinks Tastings Matching Wines News

You can’t really be a celebrity nowadays without your own brand of hooch. Clinton Cawood joins an Imbibe panel on the red carpet as they rub shoulders with the rich and famous...

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Tasting & matching: Premixed Cocktails

01-09-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Mixers & Soft drinks Tastings Opinions

Premixes are the Vauxhall Astra of the barworld: as sexy as corduroy, but practical? Hell yeah! Nushi Wijewardena and a team of bartenders put a stack of time-saving contenders to the test.

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Red, Gold & Green: Aperitifs and Bitters

01-03-2011 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Other mixers & soft drinks Tastings

Bitter, sweet, spicy, herbal... Europe is home to a fascinating array of aperitifs, digestifs and herbal liqueurs that are full of potential for the adventurous mixologist. Alice Lascelles assembled a panel to taste some contenders ranging from 400-year-old elixirs to newcomers hot off the still

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Gin the mix... tasting tonics

01-05-2010 | Category: Tonic water Tastings

Gin has always attracted the lion’s share of the attention when it comes to making a G&T. Time to put its ‘straight man’ partner to the test, says Dan Priseman, as he lines up a range of tonics, calls in some top barmen and makes with the bottle-opener...

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Bursting the Bubble: Top End Mixers

01-02-2010 | Category: Mixers & Soft drinks Tastings

There is more choice in mixers than ever before – but is it actually worth forking out the extra on top-end alternatives? Alice Lascelles and a panel of intrepid bartenders spent an afternoon (almost entirely) on the wagon in search of an answer…

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Syrup seems to be the hardest word: Our panel taste tests the oft-overlooked ingredient

17-12-2009 | Category: Gin Rum & Cachaca Purées & syrups Tastings Matching Bourbon

All too often an afterthought, syrups have a huge impact on a cocktail’s appearance and its taste. Clinton Cawood joins a team of bartenders for a look at the sweeter side

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