What’s this all about?

Understanding Cocktails is for those of you who want to know a little bit more about what's going into that $15 drink you ordered last night. Perhaps you'd like to know what all the fussing behind the bar is about or maybe you'd like to be able to say something other than; "it's nice" when someone makes you a drink. Still not sure? Check the about section out for more details.

The Caipirinha and Mixology Monday

The Caipirinha as we imagine it.

When we heard the subject of this month’s cocktail geek-fest (appropriately known as Mixology Monday) was limes – we were intrigued! How could we say no, really? Keen readers will have noticed that before we’d really even got started we’d hit you up with lime goodness, not once, […]

Drinks in the Wild

Occasionally, we tear ourselves away from the hard task of not keeping this

site up-to-date and sample a few drinks that our local bartenders pull off. Those of you familiar with the site know we have a thing about the classics. In our books, it doesn’t get much classier than a Manhattan served in […]

Top 5 New Year’s Eve Cocktails

Breaking with tradition, we offer special look at the top five cocktails to order this New Year’s Eve based on a few of our special criteria. It’s time to celebrate! If we are sending the noughties out in style, we could at least be a little naughty. How about a quick run down of the best drinks for a fantastic time, but hey, let’s be sophisticated about things. Any joker can order martini, like comedy, the trick is in the timing. Of course, there’s no point in taking things to seriously, we are after all talking about a globally sanctioned booze fest – not exactly an intimate encounter. […]

Another year of cocktails – thanks Google

Doug over at the Pegu Blog reminded us that we still had unfinished work when it comes to understanding cocktails on the internet. Consider this little gem from the Google Trends Dept. It shows that the searches for ‘cocktail’, and ‘martini’ are positively correlated around the end of the year. What does that mean? New […]

No it’s not abandoned

We haven’t forgotten about you. Still working on the fantastic prose. Sure it’s been a long time coming, but trust us, it will be worth it.

A Night Out

Reflections on a night out and how to learn about understanding cocktails. […]

A great book find

A chance encounter at local bookstore followed by some gift lobbying found us in possession of great, and relatively recent new book: Cocktail Culture [amazon.com] by Mark Kingwell. Strangely enough it seems to go by the less intriguing name Classic Cocktails: A Modern Shake [amazon again] in the States.

There’s lot to like about […]

Better get a move on…

Google confirms some things we suspected all along. […]

Launch party?

The super low key launch for the Understanding Cocktails site. Start your beta engines and get your spell checker ready. Come join the fun. […]

A cocktail list in your pocket?

A quick review about what the new iPhone app, Cocktail, might be of interest. […]