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Bristol Black Spiced Rum

23 Mar

All my recent daiquiris have ignited my love of rum and when on a recent visit to Blue Otter Wines I was shown Bristol Black Spiced Rum and decided to give it a try.
As soon as I opened the bottle the smell was liquorice, treacle and aniseed. The taste follows the smell with this being an unusual non-sweet spiced rum compared to others I’ve tried.
Whilst I normally love non-sweet drinks it wasn’t what I was expecting but it was enjoyable slowly sipped.
To see if I could sweeten it up I added some coke and the result was delicious – all of the flavourful spices but slightly sweeter so it felt smother and went down very easily…




Zucca Rabarbaro

11 Jan

Until recently Zucca Rabarbaro was unknown to me. But I love rhubarb and when I spotted it whilst browsing Masters of Malt (as you do) I couldn’t resist adding a botle to my cart. If that is out of stock they also have plenty of other Zuccas available.

According to Wikipedia,  Zucca is an Italian aperitif with a base of rhubarb often mixed with ice and water.


On its own the drink is slightly bitter with a strong burnt sugar taste. It tastes ‘dark’ and the sweetness is cut through with a mild bitterness and a treacy/ burnt sugar taste which is very pleasant. The smell and taste are like a much milder Campari but with less herbs and bitters. A nice dirnk which I would imagine would appeal to more palates than Campari does.


I wanted a longer drink with a bit of fizz and fortunately had some Prosecco in the fridge so combined the two so see what I got and was really pleased. The Prosecco easy overpowered the Zucca though so it needed a lot more than you would think. Combined they made a refreshing and unusual drink.

The Search Continues…

6 Sep


My continuous search for more bitter drinks, and especially bitter soft drinks, continues and I was delighted to find Venezzio Bitter on a recent trip to a French supermarket.

Tasting like a lighter, fizzy and ‘thinner’ version of Campari with woody after tones this was gorgeous over ice. It froths up delighfully, and very pink, when poured which added to the spectacle.

Thankfully you can get it in the uk so I’ll be stocking up soon.


7 Jun
bitterwithatwist_campariList No. 4 artwork by Mrs Eliot Books

My first taste of Campari was awful so I don’t know what tempted me to try it again but I’m glad I did.

Over the years my love for it has grown and I’m never without a bottle at home.


Weirdly most pubs also have it so without trying you can make a ‘poor man’s Negroni’ by adding it to gin if you have that bitter craving and a pint doesn’t appeal. If your thirst for bitters is extreme then Campari with a dash of Angostura Bitters (which most pubs also have) will fill the need.

To me Campari tastes bitter and sugary with slight woody and herbal touch but plenty of fruit flavour (especially oranges). It is a great drink and also works really work in sorbets or ices or combined with them- blood orange sorbert with ice cold Campari poured over it won my heart one hot day.

Drinks I love with Campari:



Campari and grapefruit

Campari and soda

Campari and Tonic Water

My list of Campari cocktails to try:

Bloodhound #2 (vodka, campari, grapefruit)

Cardinale (variation on Negroni with different quantities of ingredients)

Capitano (Campari, Carpano Antica Formul, lemon juice and sugar syrup)

Caipi (Campari, lime and sugar syrup)

Milano (a Negroni with Vodka)

Negroni Tredici (A Negroni with added Cynar)

The Quad (Vodka, Campari, orange juice and Cointreau)

Dutch Count Negroni (Negroni with Bols Genever)

Rhubarb Lucca Negroni (Campari, gin, Carpano Antica Formula and Rabarbaro)

Cumbersome (cucumber, gin, Campari and orange juice)

Death in Venice (Campari, grapefruit bitters topped with Prosecco)

Diamond Dog (Campari, orange juice, roses Lime and dry Vermouth)

Cornwall Negroni (gin, campari, Punt E Mes, orange bitters, sweet vermouth)

Dolce Amaro (Campari, Amaretto and dry vermouth)

and about 70 others…

Campari Links:

Campari tasting notes on Drinks Enthusiast

Campari tasting notes on Diffords Guide

The Cocktail Geek review of Campari

Campari, the Italian classic that still has style

The art of Campari

How to drink Campari

Profile of Campari

Campari on Twitter

Good food guide to Campari

Difford Guide to search for Campari cocktails

Campari recipes

Carpano Antica Formula
½ shot Rabarbaro
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