Revised Mandarin Collins – Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac

Revised Mandarin Collins

The third and last drink in this little series of cognac cocktails is a highball I am planning on serving at my birthday party this year. Similar to the other two recipes it shows how versatile the most famous of French brandies is. On top of that I got to use one my favourite spirits again, an eau de vie! Read more

Hotline Bling – Landy V.S.O.P. Cognac

Hotline Bling

It seems like this months theme is cognac! That’s fine for me! As I already told you in my last post, cognac is far too underappreciated in cocktails! Some people think of it as not being as cool as gin, not as controversial as tequila and not as complex as whisky and therefore give it the go-by. This is a big mistake in my opinion, because cognac is something like the jack of all trades when it comes to cocktails. It can be enjoyed all year round and it even makes some refreshing Summer drinks! Read more

No Rest For The Wicked – Amazonian Gin Company

No Rest For The Wicked

A few weeks ago I already featured the Gin’Ca Gin made by the Inca Distillery from Peru. Yet, they not just created one new gin, instead they also made a second edition called Amazonian Gin Company. This second bottling takes its inspiration from the Amazonian jungle and with ingredients that do not even have names here in Germany, it sounds rather interesting. Moreover, I also want to use the chance to introduce you to the Gin Festival taking place in Hamburg at the end of July. Read more

Bend – Faude Cucumber Eau De Vie


Yes, you read right: cucumber eau de vie – a distilled spirit made out of cucumbers. This might seem like a poor idea at first glance, yet everyone is already throwing cucumber wheels in their Gin & Tonics. So, why not take the next step and replace the gin altogether? Because, plain cucumber and tonic water does not sound all that appealing to me I thought hard and long on another Highball style cocktail and finally came up with the recipe for the “Bend” cocktail! Read more

Gold Lime – Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum

Gold Lime

The Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum might just be the first rum created after a fictional character! The inspiration for this special kind of rum was the favourite drink of Reverend Stiggins from Charles Dicken’s Pickwick Papers. While the name alone awakes the desire to mix up a Piña Colada, it probably is way better suited to give spirit forward cocktails a pineapple note. So, I sat out to see how this might work! Read more

Metallic Cloud – Auchentoshan Three Wood

Metallic Cloud

While the Auchentoshan Three Wood is hardly new to the Scotch whisky market. Yet, there are way and I mean way, way too less Scotch based cocktails out there. To change that I decided to provide you with a simple and refreshing cocktail which you should mix up when hosting your next barbecue or watching the European championship! Even better, the Metallic Cloud also uses another underappreciated cocktail ingredient: Beer! Read more

Spirited News 16/02: Rye, rye gin and gin

NB Navy Strength Gin

In this series I am providing you with tasting notes of spirits that had a lasting impression on me, yet I did not get around to create a drink with them. So, this Spirited News is all about rye and a little bit of gin. Yet, we are not talking about rye whiskey here. Instead I present the pure essence of rye to you. Furthermore, the already great NB Gin was fortified with a little bit more alcohol. I guess I do not have to tell you that this is a great thing! Read more

Southern Point – Gin’Ca Peruvian Distilled Gin

Southern Point

6760 miles, this is how far this new gin had to travel to get to me. No wonder if you take into account that it is distilled by the Inca Distillery in Lima, Peru. Luckily, Christian Wurm from Sucos Do Brasil started to import the products of this relatively new South American distillery a few months back. Having no experience with spirits from Peru except Pisco, I was very curious to see how this gin would taste like. Read more

Monochrome – Windspiel Barrel Aged Potato Vodka


It seems that not only bartenders get a bit board by gin, producers are also looking for new products to diversify their portfolio. One great example is Windspiel, after their compelling Windspiel Gin with fitting tonic water and truffles they launched a barrel aged Vodka. Apart from the base they are sharing, both distillates could not be more different. Both are made out of potatoes! Read more

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