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I used to be a bartender and while we did keep a bottle of Angostura Bitters behind the bar, I only used it once when someone ordered an "Old Fashion". It is just something not used enough anymore maybe you should start a trend and start ordering "Pink Gin" next time you are at the Pub. Being that a Cuba Libre has been around over 100 years and is just a simple Rum and coke with lime and the Mojito has been around since the 1500's and some say the drink should be made with bitters I would not add them to your list more appropriate would be appletinis and blue bazookas.


I do recall having a pink gin once in my life at a rather fine establishment called Simpson's Tavern on Cornhill in The City.

I was going to so that:

You know you are (back) in the UK (after your vacation) when you can no longer readily get these cocktails.

Even out here in Rum World, I've not seen anybody asking for rum-based cocktails like swizzles and planter's punch. The Antillean French here ask for Créole Ti Punch which is rhum agricole, lime or other fruit flavors, and cane syrup.
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I do recall having a pink gin once in my life at a rather fine establishment called Simpson's Tavern on Cornhill in The City.

I was going to so that:

You know you are (back) in the UK (after your vacation) when you can no longer readily get these cocktails.

Even out here in Rum World, I've not seen anybody asking for rum-based cocktails like swizzles and planter's punch. The Antillean French here ask for Créole Ti Punch which is rhum agricole, lime or other fruit flavors, and cane syrup.
Sounds fabuloso (to quote Patsy from Ab Fab) having never tried a swizzle or a Creole Ti Punch though I am somewhat in the dark once we get past Ron Bacardi & Pepsi Light !
Although I do like a Pusser's or a Wood's around Xmas.
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the Ti punch does sound yummy, might be a little on the sweet side but would love to try it.
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Sounds fabuloso (to quote Patsy from Ab Fab) having never tried a swizzle or a Creole Ti Punch though I am somewhat in the dark once we get past Ron Bacardi & Pepsi Light !
Although I do like a Pusser's or a Wood's around Xmas.
Once had the misguided idea to have a swizzle (only) party early on in my days in Bermuda and discovered guests doing terrible things on my living room furniture.

The juices in the mix mean that the strong drink if made with multiple - particularly strong, like Woods - rums can really sneak up on you. We tend to gulp things down in the tropics.

Nevertheless, it would be a good UK Summer barbeque drink, even if made with a supermarket blend.
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Once had the misguided idea to have a swizzle (only) party early on in my days in Bermuda and discovered guests doing terrible things on my living room furniture.

The juices in the mix mean that the strong drink if made with multiple - particularly strong, like Woods - rums can really sneak up on you. We tend to gulp things down in the tropics.

Nevertheless, it would be a good UK Summer barbeque drink, even if made with a supermarket blend.
Oh dear, I hope your furniture wasn't ruined!
As for supermarket blended rum, you won't find pusser's rum in a supermarket around here. You will find it around your location as it's made there these days.
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You see every second person blowing snot bubbles, cos of the never ending colds and flu everyone gets throughout the long, cold, wet, dark, dreary, grey, miserable UK winter.
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You see every second person blowing snot bubbles, cos of the never ending colds and flu everyone gets throughout the long, cold, wet, dark, dreary, grey, miserable UK winter.
Sounds rather like my office in Brisbane at the moment.
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Sounds rather like my office in Brisbane at the moment.
Yep, colds and flu do their rounds of the Caribbean too.
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You see every second person blowing snot bubbles, cos of the never ending colds and flu everyone gets throughout the long, cold, wet, dark, dreary, grey, miserable UK winter.
There is nothing worse than a cold in a hot climate.
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There is nothing worse than a cold in a hot climate.
A lot would disagree and say there is nothing worse than a cold in a cold climate.
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A lot would disagree and say there is nothing worse than a cold in a cold climate.
Is not Sherlock (from temperate Victoria) being sarcastic (blah blah) ref almost tropical Brisbane and tropical Caribbean.
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Is not Sherlock (from temperate Victoria) being sarcastic (blah blah) ref almost tropical Brisbane and tropical Caribbean.
I have always taken Blah Blah to mean boredom not sarcasm so I didn't reach the same conclusion as to the grammatical mood of the piece as your good self.
However, if that is the way you took it I happily concede your point.
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No one believes that people get colds and flu in warmer climates as much as they do here in freezing cold Blighty, we get them year round with the summers, if you can call them that, being warmish and then cold and miserable, I suppose someone will try to convince us that they do get it as much living in the sun, but I don't believe it for one minute.
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Is not Sherlock (from temperate Victoria) being sarcastic (blah blah) ref almost tropical Brisbane and tropical Caribbean.
I wasn't being sarcastic as it happens. More below.

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No one believes that people get colds and flu in warmer climates as much as they do here in freezing cold Blighty, we get them year round with the summers, if you can call them that, being warmish and then cold and miserable, I suppose someone will try to convince us that they do get it as much living in the sun, but I don't believe it for one minute.
FACT: Milder winters allow germs to thrive much better and longer. Another FACT: If you have a cold and it's 40 degrees, that does get a bit difficult.

I'm sorry old chum but you have such a shock waiting for you when you get here and find that your paradise suddenly isn't.

FWIW I like it here, I'm glad that I came and I will be staying. On balance, for me it's better than the U.K. but it is NOT undiluted paradise. Do you yet beleive that Perth can go down to 3 degrees in winter?
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Still not buying it, cheers for trying to convince me anyway.
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