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The cocktails we are mixing up at home

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The Mystery of the Oldest Known Recreational Gin Recipe

A  500 year old book and a trail that leads from the British Library in
London to the Jenever Museum in Schiedam and finally to the vineyards of Cognac. A screenplay for a new Indianna Jones instalment? Another offering from The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown? Throw in a little gin for good measure and we’re getting closer to the true story. And it is a very true story.
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Issue 12 of The Cocktail Lovers magazine coming soon!

Issue 12 of The Cocktail Lovers magazine has just hit the printers and boy, oh boy have we got a treat for you!

Let’s just say it puts girls on top – we have interviews with queen of the New York cocktail scene Julie Reiner and Zacapa Master Blender Lorena Vasquez, hear from female bartenders around the world about working behind the stick and talk to two women who have created a vodka specially for female palates.

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Want more than cocktail recipes and pretty pictures in your books? Yolanda Evans talks to three lady authors about their drinks inspired tales. Oh, and did we mention our exclusive photo shoot with 16 of the most influential women in the drinks industry in London including Metinee and Shervene pictured above?

It’s not all about the kick-ass females though – we go foraging with Emil Seth Areng in north Sweden, sip cocktails in Cuba and bring you recipes from Andy Campana for cocktail ingredients to perk up your bar.

We’re also very pleased to welcome our new columnists Claire Smith and Georgia van Tiel giving top tips on how to drink responsibly – whether you’re in the industry or a loud and proud lover of cocktails. There’s more too, and its all in zingy print. Subscribe for your free copy (you just pay for postage and packaging) to get yours before they hit bars, hotels, member’s clubs and airport lounges.

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Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix 2014

As any bartender worth his/her weight in ice (only quality ones mind – the bartenders and the ice) will tell you, Havana, Cuba is where it’s at when it comes to classic cocktails. The Daiquiri, Cuba Libre, Mojito, Mary Pickford, El Presidente and many more besides were all created here – it’s been the destination of choice for serious drinkers since the 1930s.

The beauty of these drinks is their simplicity: three or four ingredients max – with a good glug of Havana Club rum, either 3 or 7 Year Old, or Selecion de Maestro at their core. Obviously these drinks will continue to perk up many a palate for years to come but for its tenth Cocktail Grand Prix Havana Club wanted to do things a bit differently, calling on the contestants to create a future classic, a cocktail that will continue to push the portfolio of rums into consumer consciousness.

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Jameson Irish Whiskey Dublin

Dublin: home of traditional crafts, new design, cool bars, classic cocktails and, of course, Jameson Irish Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whisky Limited Edition Bottle Design Notes Centuries old crafts, contemporary design, cool bars and classic cocktails, welcome to the world of Dublin and Jameson Irish Whiskey. The world’s most famous Irish whiskey and Ireland’s
capital city go hand-in-hand. And when they get together they shake things up very nicely indeed, as we found when we hopped over for a recent visit.

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