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Well here we are in August, just back or just off on our summer hols feeling relaxed and chilled after a reasonably summery July for the UK!

But what’s happening in the fashion calendar? The big names in the world of fashion are frantically working to put the finishing touches to their latest collections, ready for their catwalk shows throughout September and October in the fashion capitals of the world – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Whether you’re a fan of Versace or Armani, Ralph Lauren or Donna Karan, Jasper Conran or Julien McDonald, or French classics such as Chanel and Givenchy, take a cocktail trip with us around Europe and fly over to New York to take in some of “THE” cocktails all fashionistas should be seen drinking!!

Off to New York first –

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image Kicking off with this Sex in the City classic - there are various stories of how this cocktail came to be – but it is widely attributed to Dale de Groff aka New York’s “King of Cocktails” for the recipe we recognise today. A delicious blend of Stolichnaya vodka and De Kuyper Triple Sec topped up with cranberry juice and lime juice. Scrummy!
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This gorgeous concoction of Bourbon, rosso vermouth, a good splosh of Angostura Bitters and the juice of Maraschino cherries is widely believed to have been created at the Manhattan Club in New York in 1874 for Lady Randolph Churchill (American mother of Winston).

And for London Fashion Week (20-25 September 2003)... how about trying one of these?
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image Named after the black leather cat suited sidekick played by Dame Diana Rigg in the cult 60’s programme the Avengers, this is a yummy mix of De Kuyper Cherry Brandy, champagne and pineapple juice!
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image This is a drink for lovers of the Martini who fancy trying a different spin on the traditional recipe. A luscious fusion of vodka and Stolichnaya Razberi vodka with Parfait Amour to create a distinctive blue hue!
   

   Then on to Milan...

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image Keep up with the pace of rushing from one catwalk show to another by having a caffeine hit with a difference – this is a delicious blend of coffee with Disaronno Originale and cream. Lush! Disaronno Originale has a flavour which reminds you of marzipan and Bakewell tart and is sweet and fruity. It is the world’s most famous Italian liqueur and is produced in Saronno, north of Milan. Disaronno actually means “of” or “from” Saronno.
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image A scrumptious combination of whisky and Disaronno Originale– so easy to make with just 2 ingredients served over ice. Fascinating facts - did you know that if you substitute vodka for the whisky the cocktail becomes a “Godmother” or if you use cognac instead of whisky it becomes a “Godchild”?
 
Finally to the place traditionally thought of as “THE” fashion centre of the world – Paris...

 

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image In keeping with the traditional French theme, this classic concoction is deliciously decadent taste which becomes sweeter as you reach the bottom. A sugar cube coated in Angostura and cognac gives a red tinge at the base of the flute while the champagne bubbles fight their way to the top. Enjoy!!
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image Another classic French favourite! The fruity taste of blackcurrants make for an exquisite blend when topped up with champagne. If you need to be more economical after battering your plastic fantastic buying all those fab new fashions, then substitute Cava or any dry sparkling white wine instead of the champagne!! Then again if you’re not a big fan of the fizzy stuff – replace with a still dry white wine (such as chardonnay) which gives a Kir.
 
 
   
 
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