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A Cucumber Collins for the hottest of days

I think we can all agree that it's hot out. I've dispensed with wearing one of our lovely shirts and seem to be living in a ratty t-shirt from Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke along with a pair of...
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The 5 Drinks you should be sipping right now

The venerable G & T might as well be on Imperial Black's logo.  Still, every now and then one must move beyond the comfort zone,  Here are five of our favorites for the steamy months ahead.        ...
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Hamptons bracing for a devastating Rose´ shortage

Hamptons Bracing for Another Devastating Rosé Shortage By Clint Rainey Can't drink this problem away. Photo: Chateau d’EsclansBy this time last year, a rosé shortagehad turned the Hamptons into...
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The Perfect Pimm’s Cup & the Perfect Garden

It's perhaps the most summery of English drinks and from James Pimm's oyster bar to car park drinks at Royal Ascot, Henley, and Basil's it's traveled far.  Forget cricket whites, boating jackets, and...
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La Floridita’s Contribution to Society

The Floriditas contribution to society As we have been on a Papa kick lately the concoctions that either helped him hang on or slide off (depending on ones viewpoint) have made...
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The Dogs Nose: The holy union of Guinness & Gin

We like gin.  We like our gin more than a little bit.  We also like our Guinness almost as much as we like our gin. Dating back to the 19th century, the Dog’s Nose, aptly named because it’s wet and...
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Lady Bund & our Shanghai favourite

Bund 22 has to be one of the most enviable addresses in the city.  We think that the staff and group behind the newly opened Lady Bund has an absolute gem on their hands,  Housed in a handsome...
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The Imperial Black Signature Beverage

It's no secret that we enjoy a good solid drink around the outpost. Any given day you can find a peaty 18 year scotch, a small batch bourbon, an office staple, Peroni, and on occassion a solid 30 year Rum...
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The hot toddy leaves the bedside.

Sweet and smooth Irish whiskey makes a perfect hot toddy when combined with honey syrup and hot water. Mixologist Jim Meehan suggests serving with clove-studded lemon wedges for a festive garnish. SERVES...
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12 unusual grapes you should be drinking right now

Shake up the season with 12 surprising, uncommon grape varietals from around the world. Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon…California invented grape varieties. Not literally, of course, but it was...
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A Travel Kit for the perfect in flight drink

A Travel Kit For Boozing On The Plane NO BARTENDER AT 30,000 FEET? NO PROBLEM.   On most domestic flights, the best drink you can get is a can of Mr. & Mrs. T tomato juice spiked with...
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12 French Wines To Try Before You Die

  France is renowned for producing some of the best wines in the world and is home to prestigious winemaking regions—everyone easily recognizes Champagne, Burgundy, and Bordeaux and the sense...
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Why we are drinking Monkey 47 Gin

Spirit to Sip By Sasha Levine Sidney Frank Importing Ask Alexander Stein, founder of Black Forest Distillers, why he chose to make Monkey 47—a dry gin named in honor of the number of handpicked...
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The Classic Caipirinha (and a few not so classic)

While in Sao Paulo we are quite the fan of Brazil's national cocktail: the Caipirinha. Made with Cachaça, Brazil's most popular distilled liquor, sugar and lime. Cachaça is like rum in that it also comes...
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Timberyard: An Edinburgh Favorite

  A converted warehouse with a smoke house and in-house butchery, this brick shed offers private dining and a south-facing yard for sunny days. With a focus on sustainability and the...
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Elegant Drinking: American Bar, The Savoy, London

American Bar, The Savoy, London Chief barkeep Erik Lorincz (who looks a bit like Errol Flynn) presides over this iconic bar tucked into the lobby of the recently refurbished Savoy hotel. The gleaming,...
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Lisbon’s Flamboyant Mini Bar

  I could almost mark the length between the trips I make from the sunny Algarve to Lisbon by whether or not Jose Avilliez has opened a new restaurant. He is certainly Portugal’s most prolific chef, if...
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Vintage Champagnes To Invest In This Year

Vintage Champagnes To Invest In This Year Decades in the making, the finest fizz from the greatest houses All that glitters is not gold. Likewise, all that sparkles is not champagne –...