Mead, the world’s oldest alcoholic drink, is making a comeback, English Heritage announced today (29 November), with the charity revealing it sells a bottle of the ancient tipple every 10 minutes. The drink is hot on the heels of its younger and hipper cousin, gin, as sales growth increased by an average of 10% year […]

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We’ve created the InSight Cocktail to mark the probe’s safe arrival on our nearest neighbour, Mars. NASA’s InSight lander which launched on an Atlas V in May has arrived at the red planet, and landed on Mars yesterday. Mission controllers at NASA-JPL have received a signal from NASA’s InSight lander on the Mars surface via MarCO […]

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On the Podcast this week we have Matt and Nick from Mover and Shaker – creators of awesome bartender pins to pimp out your bar apron. Mover and Shaker Pins Mover and Shaker started life as a passion project for Nick and Matt and lead to a cult following of bartenders collecting the awesome pins, […]

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The last cocktail from our Birmingham Hoteliers event, our longest of the bunch. Martini Ambrato, Yuzu purée from ODK and lengthened with tonic water. What is Yuzu? Citrus junos[1][2] or yuzu (from Japanese ユズ) (or more precisely, Citrus × junos [C. reticulata × C. ichangensis]) is a citrus fruit and plant in the family Rutaceae. It is called yuja (from Korean 유자) in Korean cuisine context. Both Japanese yuzu and Korean yuja are cognates of Chinese yòuzi (柚子), but the Chinese word […]

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With the current trend for lower alcohol drinks, Vermouth is a great choice for adding bundles of flavour. In our Spiced Sangria we use 1oz (30ml) of this 18% abv drink. That means the resulting 6oz spiced sangria is just 3% abv or about the same as a low strength beer, but packed with complex […]

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As mentioned on last week’s podcast, I was privileged to showcase ODK Purées and Mixers at the Library of Birmingham recently. The Kiwi Daiquiri was one of the three serves we offered on the day, and it went down great! ODK Purées are perfect for making drinks at events because their long shelf life means […]

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On this week’s show we discuss (and I RANT about) what is a Bartender’s Job? Along with our usual industry news and what’s going on at BartenderHQ this week. Drinks Industry News Elon Musk to launch Teslaquila – Trademark Registered! Johnnie Walker to open Madrid flagship store Angel’s Envy aims to connect drinkers and distillers […]

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I was convinced I’d already shared the recipe for the Ready Fire Aim cocktail while talking about our New York honeymoon when I drank it at Employees Only. I think I might have included a video in one of our posts, but not the actual recipe for this great drink. Created by the legendary Steve […]

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The Pornstar Martini is a modern staple of at least the UK cocktail scene, and the Mexican Pornstar adds some agave complexity to the formula. The original, created by Douglas Ankrah combines vodka, vanilla, passion fruit and citrus with sparkling wine. Whether the champagne or Prosecco is served on the side or poured into the […]

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Inspired by the release of the Clouds and Dirt Gary Vee K Swiss Colaboration, the Clouds and Dirt Cocktail reflects as may aspects of Gary Vaynerchuk as possible. Gary rose to prominence in the late 90’s after establishing one of the first ecommerce wine sites, WineLibrary helping his father grow the family business from $4M to $60M in […]

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