Food and Drink


1806 in a book

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The master mixologists at 1806 have just released a book detailing the history of the cocktail and sharing some of their favourite recipes for the strong stuff along the way.

1806 Cocktails: World History as seen through the bottom of a glass is more than just another recipe book, it has scandals, sketches and handy how-tos. Get the goss about who really invented the Mai Tai and learn that while the 1980s might’ve been good for big hair and high tops it’s considered the Dark Ages for lovers of the mixed drink.

Bar tender Nick Reed and James Tait wrote the book and personally road tested the recipes, which doesn’t sound like a thankless task. While I appreciated the duo’s dedication to producing cocktails as close to the original recipe as possible, I do not possess as well stocked bar as the 1806 bartenders have at their disposal – the lucky bastards. This means I would’ve like some more options in the menu – for example – it is OK to substitute Strawberry Shrub for Strawberry Liqueur?

But overall 1806 Cocktails: World History as seen through the bottom of a glass is fun little way of getting more out of your cocktail experience. Plus you can also try-before-you-by, with the recipes in the book being available at the bar.

I admit my Toreador didn’t taste nearly as good as Nick’s, but now I know his secrets it’s only a matter of time.

1806 the book is available for purchase at 1806 the bar and online at


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