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Sloe Gin Sour

26 Nov

I know it’s still November but sometimes it’s good to plan ahead…

This great book from Victoria Moore (and her other amazing one which introduced me to the world of drinking …) always comes out at this time of year and this evening I’m enjoying a Sloe Gin Sour.

The ingredients are:

  • 50ml sloe gin
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 1tsp egg white (I love a froth so doubled the recipe and used a whole egg white)

All shaken up with ice

My sloe gin is not sweet so to add a sweeter touch, without sugar, I added some sweet Bar 40 Bitters which balanced it all out- heaven!


Negroni Futurista

8 Jun

For Negroni Week I’m enjoying a Negroni Futurista from Gaz Regan‘s wonderful negroni book.

The recipe is:

  • 1 part Sloe gin
  • 1 part Fino sherry
  • 1 part Campari

All stirred over ice.


The end result is very bitter, dry and fruity – and very enjoyable.

The Importance Of Ice

7 May

Ice in drinks is often overlooked (especially here in the UK) but is the essential ingredient often missing which can make all the difference.

Not only does ice bring down the temperature of a drink and alter its taste, the dilution from the water is necessary to achieve the perfect recipe. Indeed if you’re making a cocktail which is meant to be shaken with ice and don’t do that then it’s recommended to add some


After reading Eric Felton’s How’s Your Drink and him singing the praises of Tovolo’s ice cube trays I immediately invested in some and love them. Thankfully they’re now available in the UK.  Available in different sizes I love the regular one as the cubes are large enough to not melt to quickly and not so large that they fill the glass and make it hard to drink (a serious downside to the stupidly large round ice cubes Quo Vadis seems to have fallen in love with and add to their Negronis).

I get through ice fairly quickly so never have to worry about it being ‘stale’ or tainted with other flavours and love how it alters a drink so quickly and takes some simple ingredients to a whole other level.

Esquire article on ice in cocktails

Imbibe magazine article on ice

Art of drink- good ice makes good cocktails

In the art of cocktails ice is the secret ingredient

The importance of ice and the best way to use it in its may forms

Serious drinks- myths about ice

Cocktail Craftsman 4 rules of ice

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