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Since we're discussing cocktails, I wish to put in a bid for the Brandy Alexander, one of the top 10 ever created, IMO.

Jan 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohanna

Oh dear, I'll stick with the traditional recipe - with Worcestershire sauce. This still works fine for me.

The one I would really like to master is a Manhatten (straight up). I have had to work in the US a lot over the years and this is my favourite. I have tried to buy them in London, and even make them at home, but they just don'y taste the same...

Happy new year, everyone!

Jan 1, 2013 at 11:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Longstaff


I would be thoroughly disappointed if I didn't have a young crunchy bit with my BM, chin chin ;-)

Another fruity favorite is vodka water melon especially for those summer evenings after a friendly barbecue. Take a slice of water melon and soak in vodka, place in freezer for an hour. When serving sprinkle with brown sugar. It is surprisingly refreshing on the palette after eating meat and gives a kick like a round of shots.

Jan 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook


It is obvious that the new recipe did not deliver! Your writing is still legible ^.^

Jan 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM | Registered CommenterDung

Lord Beaverbrook, I think that you are on the right track. The secret is in the quality of the few ingredients.

Celery is an American innovation, and a good one IMO. A young, crunchy bit of celery goes very well with a properly made BM. It actually makes it unique in drinks improved by fruit, except for Martinis. As for those unspeakable drinks which include slices of pineapple ...

Jan 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

Roger, I must report that the new recipe for a Bloody Mary didn't deliver. Involving as it did, chili flakes, olive brine and crushed basil, I should have guessed the outcome.

Like fiddling with the classic Martini, it is like trying to add value to hydro-electric power generation. It is possible, but mostly unsuccessful.

BTW, this 'recipe' meant excluding Worcestershire sauce. No wonder it was a dud.

Jan 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

One to try

Chilled tomato juice, good shake of Worcester sauce, few drops of Tabasco sauce, sprinkling of white pepper, vodka and for the perfectionist a stick of celery.

Jan 1, 2013 at 10:46 PM | Registered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

johanna, please share your recipe - if it is any good!

Jan 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Longstaff



Jan 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

James Evans

Have a look at the comments on the following thread:-

“Climate Hawkins”


Figure 1:
“Previous predictions starting from June 1985, 1995 and 2005 are shown as white curves, with red shading representing their probable range, such that the observations are expected to lie within the shading 90% of the time.”

Though I seem to remember that you pointed out that these are in actual fact hindcasts and referred me to the Verification section at the bottom of the page? So they are not “Previous predictions” as stated? Possibly that could be made clearer?

Richard Betts

Hi Green Sand

Aha, I see. Yes, you're right, that figure caption is indeed confusing. I'll mention that to the guys who look after that page.

Jan 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

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