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Matt | cocktails  • Making drinks at home • UK: Southend, London, Belfast • Drink happy, healthy & responsibly

‘Eat your greens’
#ripstanlee
I’m not a huge comic book / graphic novel fanboy but like many kids, I grew up pretending to be Spidey and Hulk. Stan Lee, the creative powerhouse behind Marvel passed away yesterday; a man who’s had a huge impact on pop culture and the broader cultural zeitgeist for more than half a century.
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In 1961 Lee transformed the industry when he created the Fantastic Four; astronauts who gained extraordinary powers and had to grapple with their new responsibility, all while dealing with everyday teenage problems (dandruff, acne, ingrown toenails).
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Spidey, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor all followed; grappling with their insecurities, drug abuse, bigotry & social inequality.
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Stan challenged the status quo and social norms as women gained superpowers, a blind man became Daredevil & a black man became Black Panther. .
He taught generations that we all have the capacity for greatness, that we all have worth, that we may all aspire to achieve but that we are also flawed, broken people with responsibilities and that the world is complex and neither fame, fortune or success will solve it all.
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Thanks Stan, for taking the time to make each superhero complex and messy...I raise a toast, to all the ways you fed my imagination and smacked me round the face with a dose of reality.
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The drink is a riff on a Corpse Reviver No.2, infused with garden peas. It’s a super savoury shot, deserving of an entry into this month’s #homebarawards as well, who’re asking for the anti-sweetness. The CR2 is a classic drink, with very little sweetness in it, enhanced by this gardeny goodness and really delicious. And just like a superhero, my CR2 was walking round the garden until unexpectedly infected by an army of otherwise harmless peas, their savoury toxicity gave CR2 great power. But with great power comes great responsibility....eat your greens responsibly 👊. —
• 15ml @portersgin
• 15ml yellow @chartreuse_uk
• 15ml lemon juice
• 15ml @lillet blanc
• rinse of @pocketfulofstones Malvern absinthe
• 2tbsp garden peas (mightily muddled then strained)
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Below the fold fashioned
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Just managed to get a drink up to celebrate #oldfashionedweek The OF is one of my go to drinks; so simple to remember, so easy to make. Preparing one is almost a ritual and if you want your cockles warmed...then go with one of these...quite literally the ‘original’ cocktail from back in the day.
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I like to go 50/50 with bourbon and rye, bringing warmth and spice. Also mixing in some special homemade sugar syrup, made by infusing the syrup with a few leaf flakes from a vintage, limited edition Cuban @cohibahabana cigar, rolled in 2006. Lastly, some traditional ango bitters mixed with some vibrant 🍍 bitters.
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Carve an ice diamond and serve with grapefruit peel inside the incredible Rauk heavy rocks glass by @norlanglass, currently available to pre-order. An incredible amount of work and science went into crafting these glasses, & this, my first drink in one, didn’t disappoint.
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Happy @oldfashionedweek everyone!

• 30ml @bulleit bourbon
• 30ml @bulleit rye
• 10ml vintage @cohibahabana cigar syrup
• 1 dash @angosturauk aromatic bitters
• 1 dash @bettersbitters pineapple star anise bitters
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‘Boulevardioff’
It seems as though my brain is unwittingly only creating boulevardier variations right now....but hey, I’m not complaining.
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The boulevardier is the bourbon version of the negroni. The drink was created by Harry McElhone at the famous ‘New York bar’ in Paris for his friend Erskine Gwynne in the 1920s and is still going strong today. Like the negroni, it’s an equal parts drink so very easy to remember and great to pull out when entertaining.
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I’m using rye instead of bourbon and subbing in the beautiful @bold_spirits_london bitter cherry aperitif for the Campari. Lastly I’m using the wonderful Cascara vermouth from @discardedspirits which I’ve infused with @biscoffcookies @lotusbiscoff and when I say ‘infused’ I actually mean ‘dissolved’; giving the drink a beautiful consistency and Biscoffy goodness.

• 40ml @discardedspirits cascara vermouth + 2 biscoff 🤤
• 40ml @bold_spirits_london
• 40ml @michterswhiskey rye whiskey
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#bourbon #rye #ryewhiskey #whiskey #negroni #biscoff #vermouth #craftcocktails #liqpic #cocktail #cocktails #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #instadrink #instagood #drink #thirsty #drinkstagram #drinks #drinking #alcohol #cocktailporn #foodporn #instadrinks #foodie #foodphotography #f52grams #thefeedfeed

‘Pinky Swear’
Just been out with friends in #Manila Philippines for a fab evening of food, drinks and laughter. Bittersweet, like this new riff on the classic Clover Club cocktail, though as this trip may be the last in a while.
Raising a glass to those times you meet good people who become good friends.

• 50ml @Manchestester_gin pink gin
• 15ml @laniquedrinks
• 10ml fresh lemon juice
• 10ml @vermouthdolin dry vermouth
• 2 dashes @bettersbitters miraculous foamer
👉 garnish with raspberry & basil in an @agedandore double walled glass #craftcocktails #liqpic #cocktail #cocktails #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #instadrink #instagood #drink #thirsty #drinkstagram #drinks #drinking #alcohol #cocktailporn #foodporn #instadrinks #foodie #foodphotography #f52grams #thefeedfeed #huffposttaste

‘Boulefiredier’
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It’s bonfire/fireworks night in the UK tomorrow; this got me romanticising about beach bonfire memories, wearing gloves, disappointing Catherine Wheels, waving sparklers and classic cook-out recipes.
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Meeting up with friends earlier this week I cooked a kick-ass, slow cooked chilli (cooked down with cold brew coffee and chocolate bitters 👊) and had some left over so wanted to include it in a drink. I infused some Jameson Caskmates Irish whiskey with it (aged in stout casks) for 12 hours.
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The result was pretty potent...full on whiskey / full on chilli - far too strong for the palette, so then worked hard to craft a drink of flavours that would hold up to those two and create something sippable by the fire, reminiscent of those fiery memories.
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To my surprise and delight, I succeeded; this was delicious. In some ways a riff on the classic boulevardier cocktail, smoky, spicy, with a background meatiness (subtle that if you didn’t know the process you probably couldn’t guess chilli). All served up in a tin cup with a bonfire toasted marshmallow.

• 30ml @jamesonwhiskey Caskmates Stout edition Irish whiskey (infused with chilli)
• 30ml @martini rosso
• 15ml @benedictineliqueur
• 15ml @angosturauk aromatic bitters
• 5ml cinnamon syrup
• 2 dashes Fee brothers chocolate bitters
• 1 dash @stubbsbbqsauce Hickory liquid smoke
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#bonfire #bonfirenight #fireworks #cookout #whisky #whiskey #whiskeygram #craftcocktails #liqpic #cocktail #cocktails #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #instadrink #instagood #drink #thirsty #drinkstagram #drinks #drinking #alcohol #cocktailporn #foodporn #instadrinks #foodie #foodphotography #f52grams #thefeedfeed #huffposttaste

‘Vote’ ❌🖊
For the last few UK elections/referendums I’ve mixed a drink to encourage the simple yet valuable act of voting.
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On November 6th, America goes to the polls to vote in the US midterm elections. So... go vote 🗳.
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Whatever happens and whatever has happened, if you have a voice, use it; not everyone does & not everyone can.

• 40ml @deathsdoorspirits gin
• 40ml @donstaibano amalfi smooth
• 1 dash @bettersbitters green strawberry mah Kwan bitters
• 1 dash @bobsbitters Abbott’s bitters
• 40ml @fevertreemixers Mediterranean tonic
👉 stir with ice then pour over ice into glass painted with reductions of:
@monin_uk blue curaçao
@laniquedrinks rose liqueur
Top with the tonic.
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#democracy #gin #ginspiration #gintastic #ginstagram #garnish #garnishgame #craftcocktails #liqpic #cocktail #cocktails #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #instadrink #instagood #drink #thirsty #drinkstagram #drinks #drinking #alcohol #cocktailporn #foodporn #instadrinks #foodie #foodphotography #thefeedfeed #f52grams #huffposttaste

‘Sting of Saturn’
I’m not really a halloweener, if you want quality seasonal content go and check out my buddy @highproofpreacher whose costumes are renowned the world over.
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But I am a pumpkiner! 👌 I asked in stories if I should make pumpkin in a cocktail or a cocktail in a pumpkin. The majority voted for choice two, but my other buddy @barfaith asked for ‘pumpkin in a cocktail in a pumpkin’...so I’m using pumpkin purée and homemade toasted pumpkin seed orgeat in this gin tiki cocktail.
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It’s a riff on the classic gin tiki recipe ‘The Saturn’, winning drink in the International Bartender’s Association World Championship in 1967 but includes the pumpkin and some earthy undertones of SCARY nettles. Careful how you drink it or you might get stung!

• 60ml @portersgin
• 20ml lemon juice
• 20ml toasted pumpkin seed orgeat
• 10ml pumpkin purée
• 10ml yellow @chartreuse_uk infused w/ stinging nettle
👉 shake all ingredients with ice and pour over crushed ice in hollowed out pumpkin. Carefully garnish with stinging nettles & a @luxardo_uk maraschino cherry 🍒.
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#pumpkin #nettles #halloween #tiki #gin #ginspiration #gintastic #ginstagram #garnish #garnishgame #craftcocktails #liqpic #cocktail #cocktails #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #instadrink #instagood #drink #thirsty #drinkstagram #drinks #drinking #alcohol #cocktailporn #foodporn #instadrinks #foodie #foodphotography

‘Cascara Moonhattan’
It’s getting chilly, so it’s time for a Manhattan variation with a recent, incredible discovery.
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When coffee producers harvest coffee beans, they often discard the coffee berry (a fruit called ‘cascara’), which is rich and fruity with coffee undertones... 😱.
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Discarded cascara berries form the heart of this new vermouth from @discardedspirits which packs a serious, flavoursome punch!
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I’ve got a powerful vermouth, what kind of Manhattan should I make 🤔...how about a poitin / moonshine Manhattan?!? Let’s do it!
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• 60ml @teeling_whiskey Spirit of Dublin poitin
• 40ml @discardedspirits sweet cascara vermouth
• 10ml @luxardo_uk sour cherry gin
• 2 dashes @bobsbitters Abbott’s bitters
• 1 dash @bitterunion spiced orange bitters
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#whisky #whiskygram #whiskyagogo #whiskey #whiskyporn #garnish #garnishgame #cocktails #cocktail #craftcocktails #craftcocktail #newyorksour #food #foodie #foodiegram #instafood #drinkstagram #instadrink #liqpic #thirsty #f52grams #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #poitin #moonshine #dublin #vermouth #manhattan

‘Keats negroni’ 🎃
What do you do when you see a vintage plant watering kettle?
🤔 Personally, I appreciate how much it looks like a seasonal pumpkin, purchase it and take apart its mechanism, replacing the sprayer with a steel straw. Et voilà, a vintage pumpkin drinking vessel.
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Then create a negroni variation, orange in colour, with autumnal flavours and name it, inspired by a poem called ‘To Autumn’.
— • 40ml @halfhitchgin
(Black tea, pepper, hay, wood & bergamot notes)
• 40ml @ramazzotti1815 rosato aperitivo
(orange blossom and hibiscus notes)
• 40ml @lillet aperitif wine
• 1 dash @bettersbitters smoke & oak bitters
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‘Helter-shelter’
Revisiting an old recipe and garnish idea of mine for a little seasonal pumpkin drink.
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If you’re gonna bake a pumpkin pie 🥧, press the water / juice out of the baked pumpkin before adding to the mix. Save the pumpkin water for a tasty cocktail! 🎃 —
• 40ml @a2distilling Fox River rye whiskey
• 20ml pumpkin water (pressed from baked pumpkin chunks)
• 15ml @cranesdrink cranberry & blood orange liqueur
• 5ml lemon juice 🍋
• 5ml @monin_uk orgeat
• 2 dashes @angostura_uk bitters
• rinse of @chartreuse.fr green
• squeeze of fresh OJ 🍊
👉 Shake all ingredients except chartreuse with ice and strain into chartreuse rinsed glass. Garnish with what I call a "citrus helterskelter". Ask the drinker to squeeze the orange wedge into the drink before tasting.
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’Bea 75’
My older brother just got married (literally JUST got married) & he asked me to be a part of his speech by designing a cocktail for my new sister-in-law 👰 . I was given some of her favourite things which have been turned into a toast. My bro then made and mixed the cocktail during his speech for some prime time mixological soppy romcom action.
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It’s a riff on the classic French 75, but it’s smoky and floral...oh...and really delicious. I infused a whole bottle of @daffysgin with lapsang and (begrudgingly*) gave it as a gift to the happy couple.
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*it tasted sooooo good! 🤤

• 30ml @daffysgin infused with lapsang souchong tea ☕️ • 20ml @stgermainuk elderflower liqueur
• 20ml fresh lemon juice 🍋 • 60ml @perrierjouet champagne 🍾 .
#wedding #lapsangsouchong #elderflower #weddingtoast #champagne #gin #ginspiration #gintastic #ginstagram #garnish #garnishgame #craftcocktails #liqpic #cocktail #cocktails #mixology #imbibe #imbibegram #instadrink #instagood #drink #thirsty #drinkstagram #drinks #drinking #alcohol #cocktailporn #foodporn #instadrinks #foodie

‘Droid Tiki’
🤖 🌏 🔥 “It was really about the Vietnam War, and that was the period where Nixon was trying to run for a [second] term, which got me to thinking historically about how do democracies get turned into dictatorships? ...because the democracies aren’t overthrown; they’re given away.” - George Lucas, reflecting on the 1977 release of Star Wars Ep 4.
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The droids are pretty underestimated much of the time, but R2 starts the story with his message of hope, and that’s a pretty good story to tell for my entry to this month’s #homebarawards I haven’t entered since April, but this @homebarawards challenge was too good to miss.
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Tiki culture was a cultural phenomenon, where 1930s America escaped to far away mysterious lands; it found a lot of traction in the aftermath of two wars that tore the world apart, where people could take an evening away from the world to experience drinks, imagery and decor of somewhere different.
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In that spirit, I’m pairing the political commentary of Star Wars with a tiki culture that speak of another world...and the recipe? Well, the droids hold the answer, so I let them be the recipe, R2 D2 C 3xP, O; (1 part = 10ml):

• R 2 x - rum: @blackwellrum
• D 2 x - DOM @benedictineliqueur
• C - @cachacaleblon
• P - pineapple juice
• P - pomelo juice
• P - pimento dram: @thebittertruthcompany
• O overproof @wrayandnephewuk rum
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