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Americano Cocktail – a Recipe for Negroni without Gin

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The Americano Cocktail is a popular aperitif from Italy. It is something for mild summer afternoons. The interplay of sweet and bitter is wonderfully appetizing, the soda works as a thirst quencher, the alcohol content is not too high.  Apparently the bitter cocktail was originally called Milano-Torino, as the Campari came from Milan and the Vermouth from Turin.  The … Read more Americano Cocktail – a Recipe for Negroni without Gin

Martinez Cocktail – Best Recipe for Martini’s Daddy

The Martinez Cocktail is widely regarded as the great-grandfather of Dry Martini. Despite the fact that it calls for gin or genever, it is undoubtedly a drink based on red vermouth. This clearly distinguishes itself from cocktails like the Manhattan or Vieux Carré. The drink is first mentioned in OH Byron’s The Modern Bartender’s Guide from the … Read more Martinez Cocktail – Best Recipe for Martini’s Daddy

Bijou Cocktail – Complex Drink in a Class of Its Own

Bijou cocktail is a drink from the 19th century. It is an excellent combination of gin, vermouth and green chartreuse. This mixture is a very herbal, full-bodied, slightly sweet cocktail that makes an excellent and at the same time complex after-dinner drink. Unfortunately, Bijou cocktail has been forgotten over the course of time. At some point … Read more Bijou Cocktail – Complex Drink in a Class of Its Own

Bamboo Cocktail – the Fresh and Dry Drink from Japan

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Every now and then a drink can be a bit lighter and doesn’t have to come up with a high dose of a spirit. The Bamboo Cocktail is a wonderfully fresh, fairly dry and slightly aromatic drink. The 1:1 mixture of dry sherry and dry vermouth is rounded off with a few Dashes Orange Bitters. Some recipes add Angostura … Read more Bamboo Cocktail – the Fresh and Dry Drink from Japan

Dry Martini – Recipe Details and Ingredient Combinations

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The dry martini is the king of cocktails. It is a drink by which every bartender has to be measured and around which there are more stories than any other cocktail. More vermouth or more gin? Olive or lemon zest? Orange bitters or not? And of course the all-important question: shaken or stirred? It is … Read more Dry Martini – Recipe Details and Ingredient Combinations

Negroni Sbagliato – Where Sparkling Wine Replaces Gin

Negroni Sbagliato

The Negroni Sbagliato or simply Sbagliato is a variation of the Negroni where we substitute gin wine sparkling white wine, such as champagne or cava. The result is a rich cocktail that is lighter than the original version. The Sbagliato was created by Mirko Stocchetto at the Basso bar in Milan in the 1960s, and the name in Spanish means wrong or incorrect. We doubt if he … Read more Negroni Sbagliato – Where Sparkling Wine Replaces Gin

Rob Roy Cocktail – Best Recipe from New York

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The Rob Roy is a slightly sweet, aromatic short drink that is often served as an aperitif. Mixed from whiskey, vermouth and Angostura, it resembles the more well-known Manhattan. But there is a difference. The Rob Roy is made with Scotch Whiskey whereas the Manhattan is made with Rye Whiskey or Canadian Whiskey.  In the early 19th century drink recipes involving … Read more Rob Roy Cocktail – Best Recipe from New York

Rosemary Vodka Gimlet Cocktail

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A Gimlet is originally made with gin. But if you are not a fan of juniper based spirits, you can replace it with vodka. A Vodka Gimlet (aka Vodka sour cocktail) is easy to make as it requires only 3 ingredients. It is also a refreshing drink any time of the year. Rosemary adds an … Read more Rosemary Vodka Gimlet Cocktail

Vodka Rosemary Collins – An Easy Vodka Sour Recipe

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Vodka Rosemary Collins is an easy to make refreshing long drink that uses simple ingredients such as vodka, rosemary sugar syrup and soda. We have all heard of gin fizz. Substitute gin with vodka in this drink, and you end up with a regular Vodka Collins. If you want a rosemary flavored concoction, then infuse … Read more Vodka Rosemary Collins – An Easy Vodka Sour Recipe