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Beer Gurus at The Botanist

February 22, 2016

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Birmingham Favourites were guests of The Botanist I attended an excellent beer tasting at The Botanist on Temple Hill, Birmingham, on the evening of the 8th February, hosted by Kieran Hartley, one of the two officially-titled Beer Gurus for the New World Trading Group which numbers this bar amongst its stable. There were 13 other […]

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Cocktails with Nick : Espresso Martini

November 27, 2015

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Good evening Birmingham. What we are about to discuss is an important recipe. This is the secret drink that keeps bartenders wired and energized on even the toughest days. You need the following equipment: A martini glass A cocktail shaker An Espresso maker Ingredients: Good vodka Espresso coffee That’s all. Firstly, you need espresso coffee. […]

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Cocktails with Nick: Mojito

November 26, 2015

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Hello  Brummies, is it five o’clock yet? Fresh out of Havana comes one of my all-time favourites.  The Mojito has a unique flavour, sweet and fresh, yet deep and mellow at the same time.  It is rum based, and everyone has their favourite.  I like Morgan’s Spiced Rum, as it has a kick, and the spices […]

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Cocktails with Nick: Old Fashioned

November 20, 2015

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Take off your shoes, kick back and open the cocktail cabinet. The Old Fashioned is exactly as its name suggests. It is also, in my opinion, a very masculine cocktail. It was the cocktail Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra would have waiting for them on the bar after a night playing at the Dunes hotel. […]

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Cocktails with Nick: Cosmopolitan

November 16, 2015

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Hello you lovely Brummie people, Let’s get this show on the road shall we?  Clear some space, grab some clean glasses, because it is Cosmopolitan time. This drink of choice dates back to the days when Dorothy Parker and her cohorts would write a short column for Vanity Fair in the morning and then retire […]

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Cocktails with Nick

November 4, 2015

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Bonjour Brummies I am hanging up the apron for the month, and switching the cookers off. It is time for me to dig out my best shirt, pants and bow tie.  In the back bedroom there is a case of cocktail kit and some very dusty bottles. I’ve scrubbed them all down to present Nick’s guide […]

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Recipe: Sangria

June 23, 2015

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If there is any one drink I could sip until the sun sets it is Sangria.  It is very easy to drink and has been the culprit of many a lost afternoon.  And most of the evening. Basically it is thick red wine and orange juice.  I asked a Spanish bartender friend which oranges are […]

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Recipe: Classic Margarita

May 19, 2015

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The classic Margarita is a worldwide favourite.  It reminds many people of holidays, good nights out and wild parties. I learned how to make this properly while advising a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology.  Now in Dublin, no one is bashful when it comes to making cocktails at 10.00 am.  It was all […]

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Recipe: Winter Cocktails

December 16, 2014

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  A long time ago, on an island not far away, I worked as a barman for a luxury hotel.  This was before I became a chef.  Dublin was an amazing place to learn the bar trade, particularly cocktails. One of my contemporaries, Peter O’Connor, became a consultant on the hit US show, Bar Rescue. […]

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Cocktail Maker & Shaker: Antony, Rose Villa Tavern

June 10, 2014

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  By Rickie J, Editor. In the first of a series, I’ve tracked down Antony, who creates the potions for the old style boozer-esque, Rose Villa Tavern in JQ. What or who got you into cocktails? I started in the industry as a bar back, seeing the bartenders creating these mystical concoctions and the guests […]

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