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A Bloody Mary is just tomato juice and vodka without them. Peppery, spicy and fiery. If you’ve overdone the spice, douse the fire by crunching on the celery stalk garnish.


Along with Angostura Bitters, salt is probably the most used seasoning in Classic Cocktail making. Essential in tequila cocktails such as Margaritas, and Tequila Shooters, it helps to bring out the natural fruity flavour in tequila and combat the bitterness. (Also great to help your body replace salt lost on hot, sticky days). Try adding salt to gin and grapefruit juice to make a deliciously refreshing Salty Dog.


Freshly grated nutmeg, ground cinnamon and other spices are great for adding extra bite to your drinks. They work best with creamy drinks such as Egg Custard Martini or Almond Latte as they help to bring out the natural sweetness in the milk, and they add a subtle spiciness.


Generally a recipe will call for sugar syrup rather than granulated sugar. This is because granulated sugar doesn’t dissolve in cold liquids and you end up with a sour tasting drink and a mouthful of sugar in your last gulp. But, don’t be put off by the recipes that call for sugar syrup if you haven’t got any as it’s a complete doddle to make:

Dissolve 1 part sugar to 2 parts hot or boiling water, and allow to cool before using. It really is as simple as that! If you keep it in the fridge it should stay fresh for 2 to 3 months.

And if you can’t be doing with making it in advance (and let’s face it not many of us can) then just dissolve the same amount of icing sugar into warm water for immediate use.

If you’re making liqueur coffees it is important to add sugar to the coffee before floating the liqueur on top as it changed the density of the liquid and helps it to float on top rather than mix in.

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