THE SEVEN AND SEVEN: A CULT HIT

Seven and Seven (also called 7 and 7 or Seven-Seven) is an astoundingly popular drink. This whiskey highball is pretty similar to Rum and Coke. The drink only has just two main ingredients and similar to mixes like Jack and Coke, it takes its name from the brands used in the blend. Seven and Seven has made frequent appearances on bar counters and pub menus in the US since the 1970s. The drink originally acquired its popularity as a staple of movie characters in cult hits like Mean Streets and Saturday Night Fever. After a lull in the 80s, De Niro’ Jimmy the Gent sipping on one in Goodfellas brought the Seven and Seven back into the limelight. The great thing about this cocktail is that it’s extremely specific about the ingredients. There are no substitutes or variations, and if you order a Seven and Seven at any bar, that is exactly what the barkeep will have to serve. The drink is served over a lot of ice and uses a 1:1 proportion of whiskey and the soft drink. Although, if you are just starting off with your first Seven and Seven, it makes more sense to blend one part of whiskey with two parts of soda. You don’t need a strainer or a shaker – just serve it in the same glass you are whipping it up in along with a wedge of lime and you are good to go.

The Process

Rim a highball glass with lemon sugar and fill it up with a lot of ice cubes. Pour one measure of Seagram’s 7 Crown Whiskey and top with 180ml of 7Up. Stir briskly and, serve with a wedge of lime and a cherry on top.


A PRISTINE DELIGHT- RAMOS WHISKY GIN FIZZ

On Saturday, June 9, gin lovers all over the world will raise their glasses to the versatile spirit. So, here’s a bevvy we thought of celebrating World Gin Day with. Needless to say, you can use the same refreshing drink for your next summer party or as an enlivening after-work tipple. Wondering what you should do if you’re more of a whisky lover and still want to try this gin fizz? We’ll tell you. Before you know how to make the cocktail, how about taking a look at its history? Originally known as The New Orleans Fizz, this drink gained popularity in 1888, and was named after its creator – Henry C. Ramos – who then worked at NOLA’s Imperial Cabinet Bar. Later on, Ramos opened up The Stag, another bar, where the reputation of his signature cocktail grew, securing its indomitable place in cocktail history. The Ramos Gin Fizz became so popular that the Ramos’s bar had 20 bartenders who’d work on the cocktail dedicatedly. In 1915, during Mardi Gras, 35 bartenders were employed. In New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ’Em, Stanley Arthur, the author wrote that the bar staff “nearly shook their arms off, and were still unable to keep up with the demand”. To make yourself a Ramoz whisky gin fizz with a slight twist,

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Alcock & Browne: Reviving the Irish Whiskey

Isn’t this the most wonderful time of the year? The New Year brings hope for new beginnings, new possibilities, and of course, new cocktails to add to our drink repertoire. Irish whiskey, though in initial decline, has certainly been revived. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the name of the Alcock and Browne cocktail was inspired by the picturesque town of Clifden in the West of Ireland. The first transatlantic flight was completed by two British airmen - Captain John Alcock, the pilot, and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown, the navigator touching down in a bog close by. They recognised their location when crossing the Irish coast, and chose to land, sinking into a bog. Eventually, they safely scrambled on to the Irish landscape. They were awarded for this successful flight, and received great recognition in the history of aviation. We celebrate the diversity of Irish whiskey here, and the ground-breaking aviation feat with an innovative cocktail that is crisp, aromatic, and highlights the diversity of Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey is a well balanced spirit with a warm, rich texture, a kick of spice, and subtle sweetness. With the growing number of distilleries emerging in Ireland, the Irish whiskey’s popularity has resurged. It has become a rapidly growing spirit globally since the 1990s. This continues till date and gets a boost from Ireland’s increasing cocktail culture, promoted by distillers, retailers, and most importantly, pub owners.

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A Cocktail with a Bite: The Rattlesnake

In the world of whisky cocktails, a Rattlesnake won’t kill you with its bite. Rather, its ‘poison’ will leave you happily inebriated. The Rattlesnake cocktail is an interesting mix of contrasting flavours—whisky, egg white, syrup and lime—perfectly balancing out each other. There are subtle differences in the drink when it is mixed with different whiskies and syrup. While bourbon and maple syrup makes Rattlesnake a greatly balanced refresher, rye whiskey and simple syrup gives it an extra peppery bite. To enjoy a Rattlesnake, you don’t need an occasion. Then again, with close friends, this smooth and frothy delight becomes an intoxicating indulgence. Its sweet, sour, herbal, and punchy notes ideally goes well with Italian food. A sumptuous meal with Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and Rattlesnake is definitely recommended. A few drinks down, it is hard not love its heady buzz. Harry Craddock in his ‘The Savoy Cocktail Book’ (1930) aptly quipped that a Rattlesnake cocktail could either cure its bite, kill one, or even make you see one. While molecular mixology is grabbing worldwide attention, classical mixers like Rattlesnake are a reminder of how the age-old pantry staples can come together to become a winner.

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