Know your Algonguin from your El Diablo
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A liqueur flavoured with wormwood ( Artemisia Absinthium ), aniseed, angelica, cloves, etc, coloured yellow-green. Invented by a Frenchman ( Dr Ordinaire ) in Couvet, Switzerland. The recipe was sold to a Mr Pernod in 1797, was banned as absinthe in 1914 because of toxic nature. To drink ( classical method ) : place an absinthe spoon over a small stemmed glass and put a cube of sugar in the center of the spoon. Pour a measure of absinthe over the sugar and set the cube alight. The molten sugar and absinthe will drip into the glass ( setting fire to the absinthe in the glass ), when all the sugar has melted, douse with a little iced water and drink.
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Famous Rum based Bitters, created in 1824 by Dr J.G.B Siegert, flavoured with bark and gentian, originally produced in Venezuela and now produced in Trinidad. 44.7% abv. Get its name from the venezuelian town its been created in. Now called Ciudad Bolivar.
A pre meal drink. Cocktail to encourage the gastric juices to flow. Can be a commercially made product or a mixed drink. eg : Fino sherry or a Dry Martini.