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February’s cocktail: the 12-bore tipple

South American tequila meets Somerset brandy in the 12-bore tipple cocktail – and there's port in there too

It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday so you’ll need some booze to wash it down won’t you?  Jake’s ’12-bore tipple’ (definitely more country than town this month) won him 3rd place in a tequila competition recently.


  • 40 mls tequila
  • 25 Somerset brandy
  • 25 ml fresh limes
  • 15 ml cinnamon syrup (you can buy it or make it: 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and boil until the sugar’s dissolved, then drop in 6 cinnamon sticks, cover and leave overnight; next day remove the cinnamon sticks)
  • 1 egg white
  • 8ml port


  • Shake all the ingredients together without the ice
  • Add ice and shake again
  • Dip the rim of a chilled martini or large port glass into the syrup and then into the sugar
  • Pour in the mixture
  • Float the port on top of the drink using the back of a spoon

And there you have it.





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