East India gimlet: In the Permit Room at Dishoom King’s Cross, drinks-walla Carl Brown has created a range of bottle- and barrel-aged cocktails. We recommend the Sir Jeejeebhoy, a bottle-aged old fashioned with Ceylon arrack lengthened with coconut water and orange bitters. If you can’t make it to Dishoom, try this recipe for an Indian twist on a classic gimlet. dishoom.com.
The Stinger cocktail is a lesser known, brandy-based drink. Made from just two ingredients, Cognac and crème de menthe (a mint liqueur), this drink is fairly strong when served straight in a cocktail glass. It can also be served “on the rocks” in an old fashioned glass if preferred.
The Whiskey Sour cocktail is a classic drink with a whiskey base. An unusual twist with this drink is the optional dash of egg white, however, can be substituted for pineapple juice if you do not like or cannot have eggs. This drink is served either in a cocktail glass or if served “on the rocks”, then an old fashioned glass should be used instead. Traditionally a whiskey sour is garnished with half a slice of orange and a cocktail cherry.
Following on from the successful re-release of Tanqueray Malacca Spiced Gin last year, Diageo has dipped into its history books for a second time with the launch of Tanqueray Old Tom Gin. Resurrecting the brand’s founder Charles Tanqueray’s 180-year-old recipe, Old Tom Gin has gone on sale at high- end bars and in specialist retailers. Each of the 100,000 bottles produced are individually numbered and feature a design based on an Old Tom label from 1921.
Ingredients 1.5 oz Tommyrotter Distillery American Gin 1 oz Simple Syrup .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 2 Dashes of Angostura bitters Instructions Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an old-fashioned glass over rocks. Garnish with a lemon peel and serve.
"GLENLIVET 70 YEAR OLD WHISKEY There's aged whiskey, and then there's the Glenlivet 70 Year Old Whiskey (£ 13,000; roughly $21,000). The second release in Gordon & MacPhail's Generations range, this rare spirit was distilled on February 3, 1940, and comes in a gorgeous tear-shaped, hand-blown crystal decanter, with a silver stopper and base, and a handmade box crafted from Scottish Elm. If you want some, you'd best hurry — only 100 bottles were made.."