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Scotch whisky cocktails

Scotch whisky - both blends and single malts have a reputation for not being cocktail friendly due to their peaty/smoky/salty character. Post Sam Ross'

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Sake cocktails

Commonly referred to as a ‘rice-wine’ sake is phenomenal in cocktails and pairs well with any spirit. However, beware, a sake’s delicate flavours

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Elderflower Cocktails - with elderflower liqueur

Elderflower liqueurs are delicately flavoured, aromatic and floral. Elderflower mixes brilliantly with pretty much every spirit, both white and brown,

Pisco Cocktails - the best pisco based cocktails image

Pisco Cocktails - the best pisco based cocktails

Pisco is the national spirit of both Peru and Chile and in both countries the iconic cocktail is the pisco sour, which, understandably in such hot climes,

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Ginger liqueur cocktails

As the weather turns colder so the warming effects of ginger can be both beneficial and pleasing in a drink. Indeed, King Edward VII’s physician is said

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Irish Whiskey Cocktails

Irish whiskey tends not to be peated so usually lacks the subtle smoky notes associated with Scotch whisky, so making its presence somewhat subtler in

Maraschino Cocktails - the 20 best image

Maraschino Cocktails - the 20 best

Maraschino is as a delicious a word as it is a liqueur made from sour Marasca cherries. The cherries’ flavour, along with that of its pit (stone) are

Cherry Brandy Cocktails - 20 best image

Cherry Brandy Cocktails - 20 best

Two cocktails are synonymous for their use of cherry brandy: Blood & Sand and Singapore Sling, and as illustrated by these two classics, cherry brandy

Cognac cocktails - 30 best image

Cognac cocktails - 30 best

The most luxurious of all spirits, cognac has a velvety warmth capable of lifting the most grim of wintery nights. As my hero, David Embury, says in his

Strega cocktails - the 10 best image

Strega cocktails - the 10 best

Italy’s answer to France's Yellow Chartreuse, Liquore Strega is a complex liqueur made with 70 different botanicals including cinnamon, juniper, wild

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Limoncello cocktails

Lemon is one of the most used cocktail ingredients, so it stands to reason that a liqueur flavoured with prized Italian Amalfi coast lemons should be part

Gentian cocktails – the world's 100 best image

Gentian cocktails – the world's 100 best

Continuing my quest, I'm sampling 100s of gentian liqueur cocktails to boost the number of tasty drinks using Suze on Difford’s Guide and for a cocktail

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Crème de noyau cocktails

Crème de noyau (or noyaux) are liqueurs based on distillates of apricot, peach or cherry kernels and have an almond flavour reminiscent of amaretto. Some

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Kummel Cocktails

Sadly Kummel, a liqueur flavoured with caraway seeds, cumin and other spices is about as fashionable in cocktail recipes as crème de menthe. Indeed, kummel

Amaretto cocktails - the 20 best image

Amaretto cocktails - the 20 best

The bittersweet almond and vanilla flavour of amaretto mixes brilliantly with dark spirits – particularly whisk(e)y and aged tequila. This versatile

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Cachaça Cocktails

As great as the classic Caipirinha is, there's more you can do with Brazil's national spirit. Here are twenty cocktails to make which don't involve muddling

Vodka Cocktails – the 20 best vodka based cocktails image

Vodka Cocktails – the 20 best vodka based cocktails

Vodka's success is partly due to it being marketed from the 1940's as a clear, pure, clean spirit that will mix with anything. Accordingly, it is regarded