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Cocktails Vol.4: Sea Breeze

Since summer is in full flow, we thought we'd share this refreshing and energising recipe, perfect for a warm, hazy evening:

70ml vodka

100ml fresh grapefruit juice

35ml cranberry juice

Pour the vodka into an iced highball glass, fill partially with grapefruit juice and top with cranberry juice. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.

Cocktails Vol.3: Old Fashioned

The term 'cocktail' is said to originate from the May 13th edition of the The Balance and Columbia Repository in 1806, where in response to a question from a reader, the editor described it as an intoxicating combination of spirits, bitters, water and sugar.  The Old Fashioned itself dates from around 1880 or earlier, possibly invented by a bartender at Louisville's Pendennis Club.  Simple and direct, here's one for people who like their spirits.

50ml blended whisky

2 Dashes of Angostura bitters

1 sugar cube

Lemon Peel

Slice of orange

1 pitted Cherry

Mix the sugar cube, bitters, and 1 tsp. water in an old-fashioned glass. Muddle well, add blended whisky, and stir. Add a twist of lemon peel and ice cubes, garnish with the orange slice and cherry, and serve with a swizzle stick.

'Cocktails' release date confirmed

At this very moment we are uploading our final mastered release to Tunecore - most exhilarating!  'Cocktails', our 11 track debut album will be available for download on 06th July 2009 - possibly earlier - available on iTunes, Napster, Amazon Mp3, and eMusic. Look out for some competitions and promotional give-aways as the release date draws nearer.  To hear some of the tunes from the album, check out the links in 'The Green Shroud on the Web' section to the right.

Right now, I'm going to fix myself a stiff Old Fashioned, dim the lights, and float away....

Charlie Shroud x