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The Daiquiri

      Papa… (Ernest Hemingway) was partial to a drink and also fell in love with Cuba… Therefore it was only a matter of time before Hemingway fell in love with the Daiquiri. The Daiquiri is without doubt the staple drink at FNND HQ. It is fresh, simple and delicious. Before there were blenders and slushy machines and neon coloured paper umbrellas, there was the traditional daiquiri, simple and sophisticated and loved by Hemingway. If you master the art of making a straight daiquiri, then you can make the majority of classic sweet/sour balanced drinks. Originally the drink was served in a tall glass packed with cracked ice. A teaspoon of sugar was poured over the ice and the juice of one or two limes was squeezed over the sugar. Two or three ounces of white rum completed the mixture. The glass was then frosted by stirring with a long-handled spoon. Later the Daiquirí evolved to be mixed in a shaker with the same ingredients but with shaved ice. After a thorough shaking, it was poured into a …

Dubonnet: A royal cocktail

Dubonnet is a French fortified wine aperitif, enhanced by herbs, spices and a bit of quinine.  It first made its appearance in 1846 in response to a government-sponsored contest to encourage French Foreign Legionnaires to consume bitter-tasting quinine as protection against malaria. Gin and Dubonnet cocktails began to rise in popularity in the 1900s, with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother having been quite a high-profile fan of the drink.  Her recipe was 30% gin and 70% Dubonnet, with  lemon under an ice cube.  Like mother like daughter, Queen Elizabeth II also reportedly has a gin and Dubonnet each day at lunch.  No need to wait for a malaria outbreak however, or hold out for a royal Jubilee to savor one of these properly pleasant cocktails. Here is FNND’s slightly tastier version… you will need; 1.5 Oz Dubonnet 1 Oz Gin (Hendricks, Monkey or Tanqueray 10 are jolly good) 2 dashes of orange bitters 1 long, thin peice of lemon peel Method; Pour the Dubonnet, Gin and Bitters in an ice filled shaker (lots of ice) …

In search of the perfect Negroni

The Negroni is a classic cocktail combining a balance of bitter, sweet and flavours of pine, rhubarb, citrus and botanicals. The base spirits are all made from herbal element. Therefore, it’s a healthy drink with medicinal qualities – It sounds perfect for a complex cocktail… A cupboard should never be short of sweet vermouth, bitters and gin because the delectable Negroni is easy to make. We will impart some extensively researched knowledge to provide you with some ultimate Negroni recipes and alternative ingredients too. History The Negroni was born out of a search for a drink with potency … Tired of the Americano (Campari and soda) a customer of ‘Caffe Casoni’ suggested replacing soda with gin. To signify the different drink, the bartender added an orange slice instead of lemon. The drink was nearly born. It needed a name … The customer was Count Camillo Negroni, et voila! The  Basic Recipe This drink is built in a rocks glass, fill the glass with ice and combine 1 part gin – FNND prefers ‘Monkey 47’ gin for this …

The Old Fashioned

adjective: old-fashioned 1. In or according to styles or types no longer current; not modern. 2. Favouring traditional or conservative ideas or customs. noun: old-fashioned 1. A cocktail consisting chiefly of whisky, bitters, water, and sugar. The origins of the cocktail has been greatly contested and little has been documented, but what we do know is that back in the eighteen hundreds a letter was written to a New York newspaper asking what a cocktail is. The newspaper responds with these four elements… A mixture of spirit – any spirit – plus water, sugar and bitters. Therefore, ‘The Old Fashioned’ is the original old fashioned cocktail. No one really knows if the first old fashioned cocktails contained rye or bourbon, but it seems that most bars prefer to reach for the bourbon sooner than the rye. However, there seems to have been a surge in Old Fashioned variations in bars all over the world. I guess you could call it ‘a modern old fashioned’. One reason that could be said for this recent interest in modernisation …

FNND smokey cheese sandwich – made for ketchup

Fat Nancy Loves Ketchup… Lots of Ketchup. If you often find yourself looking for an excuse to eat something with huge dollops of ketchup, then look no further. Fat Nance brings you a match made in heaven (or at least in New York). Here’s her recipe for grilled cheese with jalapeños and tomatillos which highlights some of the ways that you can bring sweet, sour and hot flavors into your sandwich. so wrong, it’s right… Servings:1 sandwich Ingredients 1 fresh jalapeno, stem and seeds discarded, minced 1 tablespoon fresh corriander, finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar juice of one lime 1 fresh tomatillo, thinly sliced 1 1/2 ounces mild cheddar, grated 1 1/2 ounces smoked gouda, grated 1 ounce Gruyere, grated 2 slices crusty white bread 2 tablespoons butter Directions: Combine jalapeño, lime juice, corriander and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and set aside for at least ten minutes. Using the palms of your hands, lightly press the tomatillo slices between two paper towels to draw out the excess liquid. Set aside. Sprinkle the cheddar on one of the white bread slices. Drain the jalapenos and corriander, reserving …