Every year, Scots throughout the world set aside January 25th for celebrating the life and work of our national poet, Robert Burns. The man’s influence extends far beyond the borders of this little corner of Northern Europe – where would the literary tradition be without “the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men”, or indeed [...]
In which the Company explores the margins of the cocktail traditional, and undertakes an expedition through the informational black market into the depths of the bartender’s prosthetic memory.
There’s one phrase you can guarantee that you’ll hear at a cocktail competition. It’s the one that starts, “This drink is a twist on…” The concept of modifying an existing recipe and presenting it as a new drink isn’t new – look at the sheer volume of gin/vermouth/bitters recipes in the Savoy Cocktail Book, for [...]
Let’s talk a little about context. After all, it’s often said that nothing happens in a vacuum – though that’s patently untrue given our little marble of evolved consciousness does circuits in one – and so much of the difficulty of creating recipes is creating those contexts in which your chosen ingredients can shine. I’ve [...]
We’re going to try something a bit new this week: a brief trip into a confused mind. The thought goes something like this: we know that the action of shaking with ice affects the liquid in the shaker in a couple of noticeable ways: it chills the contents, courtesy of the ice it adds dilution [...]
New drinks are weird, intangible things. Sometimes, they can be engineered. Sometimes, they come from little more than an instinct. And sometimes, they just happen. We’ve been hosting cocktail masterclasses at work for a while now. They’ve proven to be popular with birthday and hen parties, possibly because it provides a decent excuse for exposing [...]
Anyone else think February’s a little early for naming the World Whisky of the Year for 2009? [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8KMlVEIVo0]