Une minuscule bribe d’Iran qui vous fascinera et vous marquera discrètement mais pour toujours au fer rouge. Et en musique, c’est encore mieux.
Henry Ramos’s Gin Fizz may be popular with the punters - 20,000 of these cocktails are served in just one bar in New Orleans every year! - but Henry wasn't so popular with the bartenders whom he condemned to a lifetime of muscle-straining cocktail shaking.
2 pts Light rum. I'm going with HSE from the northern tip of Martinique.
1 pt Lime juice, freshly squeezed
½ pt Simple sugar syrup
Slice of lime for the garnish
Couldn't be simpler: pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, and serve in a coupe or a Martini glass garnished with a slice of lime.
Every year some idiot-savant comes up with the feelgood hit of the Brazilian summer, a cartoonish earworm with the subtlety and nuance of a vuvuzela, which is blasted out of every car window and soundsystem, covered, spoofed and memed to death until Carnaval ends - at which point it is immediately consigned to the graveyard of history, as everyone sobers up.
Singer and songwriter, Ana Silvera’s 2019 spring tour kicks off today at Colchester Arts Centre.
Breaking into the music world can be challenging and confusing at the best of times. As the industry changes and grows, it is important that a musician adapt accordingly.
Magenheim, an artist based in Heidelberg Germany, has spent the entirety of his life pursuing a career in the arts. At a young age, he developed a passion for expressing himself through art, in particular, through his love of drawing and painting.
By the 1860’s it was common in the US for a spirit to be mixed with bitters and sugar to form a simple primeval cocktail. When whiskey was used as the spirit and a few drops of other tinctures like orange bitters were added they had a concoction referred to as "old-fashioned", with no capital letters or definite article. According to a Chicago barman quoted in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1882, Rye whiskey was more popular than Bourbon in this mixture, but nevertheless the combination of spirit, bitters and sugar he describes was very similar to what had been mixed in the 1860’s and before.
2 pts Whiskey, Rye or Bourbon, according to taste
2 dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 Sugar cube (preferably brown and unrefined)
Orange peel for garnish
Method: Put the sugar into an Old-Fashioned glass, i.e. a whisk(e)y tumbler, and douse with the Bitters. Muddle (*see below) the sugar and bitters. Add the ice and then the whiskey and stir. Serve garnished with a twist of orange peel.
*Muddle is a mixology term, meaning to blend by gently squashing ingredients - e.g. sugar, pieces of fruit or leaves like mint - against the bottom of the glass to release flavours, using a tool called a muddler which has a blunt bottom end.
I'm practicing what I preach regarding using top quality ingredient liquors: going with “Eagle Rare” Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is smooth and classy and a bit smokey ...and 20€ a bottle more than Jim Beam but you can't make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. With so few ingredients in this cocktail you've got to go with quality.
Up-coming rock band, Plastic Poetry, uses unconventional dating site Tinder to promote gig dates and band details.
The rise to fame is no easy feat. It takes hard work, concentration, building skills, sourcing out venues and doing so under the gaze of the ever-judging public.
If a Martini feels like a peek into James Bond’s world, the Bloody Mary feels like a peek into the world of Bertie Wooster, the hapless 1920’s English toff in the novels of P.G.Wodehouse. It could almost be the miraculous pick-me-up Jeeves, his valet, would mix for Wooster after a big night out.
What comes to mind when you think of being apart of your very own band; Excitement, anticipation, different hotel rooms around beautiful parts of the world, adoring fans calling your name or everything all at once?