What is anise? The simplest way to describe anise? It kinda tastes a little like liquorice. But it also has a citrusy, fresh character to it — one which lends itself well to drinks of the spirituous kind.
Absinthe: perhaps no other spirit has held quite the attraction for writers that this green spirit has had. It is the spirit of writers, artists and vagabonds; perhaps this is why it is seldom called for in a bar. Taken with iced water or over lots of crushed ice, however, there’s something very refreshing about absinthe. It’s a little old-fashioned. It’s not a taste that someone new to drinking is going to like. Hell, drunk in this manner, you need to be a grown-up to like it.
Who ever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Well, this month’s How To proves the naysayers wrong by teaching an aged cocktail – The Old Pal to be precise – how to bust a move in the 21st Century.
Hopefully by now you’ve managed to get hold of David A. Embury’s The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks which was re-released last year. Last December, to celebrate its return we thought a little picker-upper, corpse reviver, eye opener, bracer or brain duster, like the Morning Glory Fizz, might just do the trick in blowing the cobwebs off this much lauded tome…