New Evidence Negroni was Invented in Africa – Sorry Italy

The Negroni – a cocktail recognised around the globe as a bartenders favorite, a champion to the Italian aperitivo hour and hero serve of global brand Campari. While a simple drink composed of three equal parts (gin, sweet vermouth, Campari), at the heart of the Negroni cocktail is a global debate for ownership that unlike […]

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A History of Punch – Part 2: Quakers, Fishing and Smoking Bishops

From a spirituous bowl comprising of five ingredients easily acquired on the voyage on an East Indiaman, to a social tipple of middle class addiction, punch had not only evolved into almost every part of English society, but into that of her colonies as well. As the first permanent settlers arrived into America at the […]

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A History of Punch – Part 1: Sailors, Sack and the Number Five

Punch. The word inspires images of frat parties, freshers week, cheap 18-30 holidays to Tenne’grief and all things, sweet, fruity, sickly and above all else – ‘punchy’. The story of the ‘flowing bowl’ however, couldn’t be more different. Punch has played both the fuel and peace pipe to war. It has inspired Dickens, converted voters, […]

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New Evidence: The Real Count Camillo Negroni

Thanks to the huge reader response to my previous article, “Negroni Cocktail Actually Invented in Africa?”, a large amount of attention has been brought to a global argument surrounding the true inventor of the Negroni cocktail. Thanks to some great feedback and reader contributions, I can now say without a shadow of doubt that Count […]

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Negroni Cocktail actually invented in Africa?

It has recently been challenged, to the resounding shock of voices from the cocktail corner, that the bartenders favorite 21st century Italian aperitivo, was actually invented in Africa by a Corsican. For those of you that may have read my earlier article ‘Death by Negroni‘, I’m somewhat of a recent convertee to the Italian aperitivo […]

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Arrack: The lost spirit of adventure

Before sugar cane was planted in the Caribbean, before gin laid waste to London, even before the word “alcohol” was first used, people drank arrack. Yet in a modern world dominated by power-selling portfolios of vodka, gin, rum, brandy and whisky – one might ask; where is all the arrack? The ancient Indo-Aryan text of […]

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Speakeasies and Blind Pigs: The influence of the illicit prohibition bar

Las Vegas, the US Coast Guard, Speed Boats, Nascar and Cruise Liners – much of America would not be recognisable today without the influence of almost 14 years of American prohibition. But what of the modern drinker? With the passing of the 18th amendment in 1920, prohibition hit the United States with a bang. Bars […]

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Mint Juleps, planters and 400 years of suckers

As well-known to the Kentucky Derby as strawberries and cream to Wimbledon, the Mint Julep is a drink of simple complexity with roots (not the one’s made of mint) dating back hundreds of years. Despite rising to popularity in the early days of American settlement, the earliest discovered mention of the drink formally known as […]

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