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The Whiskey Sour is the jewel in the sour crown – and the obvious place to start as IGT’s cocktail czar venerates the essential cocktail genre.

IGT’s drinks man has always sworn by the Old Fashioned as the ultimate tipple – but what makes it so, and what gives any cocktail its magic?

A London exile and card-carrying carnivore finds Bristol’s answer to the “steak ‘n’ cocktails” concept. With so many successful examples in the capital, the world outside the M25 has a high standard to live up to.

Spuntino is a New York speakeasy-cum-restaurant which IGT’s Food Editor suspects might be the personal pet favourite of Polpo Group boss Russell Norman. He investigates, and hopes that the love that’s gone into the “odd Polpo out” might point to the speedy return of Mishkin’s

That sound as the ice drops into the glass from just the right height; too high and it will chip and melt …