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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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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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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Cocktail, the history behind the name

Whether a bon vivant of the Julep, Fizz, Fix, Sling and Sour or a modern tippler of the Woowoo, Cosmopolitan, Blue Lagoon or Moscow Mule – love or hate them we all know of the drinks, but what do we know of that playful word – cocktail? The earliest discovered written use of the word […]

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Sazerac Cocktail – A History Revealed

On June 23, 2008 Louisiana Legislature immortalised the cocktail formerly known by the name Sazerac, as the Official Cocktail of New Orleans. As a drink passionately challenged amongst bartenders the world over, the true story of the Sazerac is as much a history of the American cocktail as it is of creole New Orleans. Requiring […]

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Sir Francis Drake, little dragons and the Mojito

Described as a slave trader, politician, pirate (or privateer depending on your point of view), Drake definitely left a legacy. Better remembered as the second man to successfully navigate the globe (the first to survive after Magellan died) or in reference to his victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588, Drake is less commonly remembered […]

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