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  • London Mezcal Week, Sept 11-17th (Drinking Trends) We love Mezcal, and so should you! Why? Well besides being the most characterful, most artisanal, and most interesting spirit out there, Mezcal is a whole heap of fun. ......
  • Moscow Bar Show, 05-07 Sept, St Petersburg (Moscow Bar Show) We are the Moscow Bar Show, and we are staying in St. Petersburg. Why? We have unfinished business here. This city has a well-known magical influence on Muscovites, ......
  • The Winners of the 2017 Spirited Awards (Drinking Trends) Every year the eyes of the drinks world focus on New Orleans for Tales Of The Cocktail. Of particular interest is the Spirited Awards gala ceremony, where outstanding ......
  • Tales Of The Cocktail – The Hot Tickets To Jump On (Drinking Trends) The annual smorgasbord of fine drinking and debauchery that is Tales Of The Cocktail is well underway in New Orleans this week. As the Tales newbies gasp for their ......
  • Five Rivers Rum launches in the UK (Drinking Trends) Sanghera Rum Company is launching the UK’s first flavoured white rum using premium Punjabi sugarcane. Launched commercially this month in the UK by entrepreneur Taj Sanghera, Five Rivers ......
    London Mezcal Week, Sept 11-17th

London Mezcal Week, Sept 11-17th

(Drinking Trends) We love Mezcal, and so should you! Why? Well besides being the most characterful, most artisanal, and most interesting spirit out there, Mezcal is a whole heap of fun. And lucky Londoners find themselves blessed this week with the first London Mezcal Week. LMW is Organised by two of London’s most dedicated Mezcal enthusiasts, Thea Cumming and Melanie Symonds, the founders of  Dangerous Don and Quiquiriqui Mezcals. Melanie and Thea have been working …

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    Moscow Bar Show,  05-07 Sept, St Petersburg

Moscow Bar Show, 05-07 Sept, St Petersburg

(Moscow Bar Show) We are the Moscow Bar Show, and we are staying in St. Petersburg. Why? We have unfinished business here. This city has a well-known magical influence on Muscovites, and we were no exception. After wandering through the centuries-old streets among the trendy bars and museums of classical art, we decided to stay here for another year. Here in general they often come for the weekend, but stay for …

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    The Winners of the 2017 Spirited Awards

The Winners of the 2017 Spirited Awards

(Drinking Trends) Every year the eyes of the drinks world focus on New Orleans for Tales Of The Cocktail. Of particular interest is the Spirited Awards gala ceremony, where outstanding achievement is acknowledged. Notable winners this year include Dandelyan (London), who walked away with Best International Hotel Bar, Best International Bar Team, and the biggest gong of the night, World’s Best Bar. Interesting to note that this is the second …

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    Tales Of The Cocktail – The Hot Tickets To Jump On

Tales Of The Cocktail – The Hot Tickets To Jump On

(Drinking Trends) The annual smorgasbord of fine drinking and debauchery that is Tales Of The Cocktail is well underway in New Orleans this week. As the Tales newbies gasp for their second wind, and Tales veterans (some of whom) have the good sense to have paced themselves so far, we head into the home straight. But what are the choice seminars to attend over the next few days? Well, of course …

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    Five Rivers Rum launches in the UK

Five Rivers Rum launches in the UK

(Drinking Trends) Sanghera Rum Company is launching the UK’s first flavoured white rum using premium Punjabi sugarcane. Launched commercially this month in the UK by entrepreneur Taj Sanghera, Five Rivers is based on an old family recipe, that has been produced by the Sanghera family for over 150 years.    The namesake of this premium white flavoured rum harks back to its origins in Punjab, India, translated to mean the …

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    Imbibe Live, Olympia London July 3-4

Imbibe Live, Olympia London July 3-4

(Drinking Trends)  Imbibe Live is the innovative and interactive annual exhibition for anyone who sources, buys or serves drinks in the licensed on-trade. Join 12,000 drinks professionals at this year’s show on 3-4 July at Olympia London. From sommeliers to buyers and from managers to publicans and bartenders, this essential date in the drinks calendar will see the industry’s finest come together. Be part of Europe’s largest on-trade drinks exhibition: …

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    Cold And Blac, A Delicious Coffee Liqueur With No Processed Sugar

Cold And Blac, A Delicious Coffee Liqueur With No Processed Sugar

4.5 out of 5
Excellent

(Drinking Trends) Cold brew coffee is the drinking trend of the past couple of years, and with a plethora of cold brew coffee liqueurs hitting the market recently, it’s not always easy to tell the wheat from the chaff. Cold and Blac stands out from the crowd, in a number of ways. Named the most innovative coffee product of 2016 by Evening Standard and Spirits Business at launch as a …

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    Community Spirit: London Bar Community Hosts Fundraiser For Grenfell Tower Tragedy 🗓

Community Spirit: London Bar Community Hosts Fundraiser For Grenfell Tower Tragedy 🗓

(Drinking Trends) Leading bartenders from across the Capital have announced they’ll be throwing a fundraiser in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy, in the launch of a new drinks industry fundraising initiative – Community Spirit.  On Sunday 9th of July, some of the best bars in London will be coming together to shake up some incredible cocktails at a one-off fundraiser event – with 100% of revenues going to charities …

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    London Hosts Irish Gin and Tonic Fest Party, Saturday July 1st

London Hosts Irish Gin and Tonic Fest Party, Saturday July 1st

(A Drop Of Irish) Think of Irish booze and you think of whiskey and Guinness. They’ve got an ace up their sleeves though, Ireland is currently producing some of the best craft gins on the market. To celebrate this fact, the Irish Gin and Tonic Festival is bringing its closing party to London, introducing the capital to new Irish brands in a huge summertime G&T party! Food is coming BBQ style …

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    Jindea Single Estate Tea Gin

Jindea Single Estate Tea Gin

4.5 out of 5
Excellent

(Drinking Trends) Gin and tea share a long and intertwined history. Indeed the idea of a tea-infused gin is nothing new. Jindea Single Estate Tea Gin is a bit special though. It takes first flush Darjeeling and places it right at the heart of the product. Indeed a quick glance at the side of the bottle shows that the Darjeeling is the second most prominent botanical after juniper berry. Combined with cardamon, citrus …

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    Josef Cocktail Bar, Sterngasse 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Josef Cocktail Bar, Sterngasse 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria

4 out of 5
Excellent

(Drinking Trends) On a recent short stay in Vienna, I found myself with an evening to kill. Having never been to the Austrian capital before, I put a call out to my friends on social media for bar recommendations. Being blessed with a great bunch of well-travelled and better-watered pals, this is my default tactic when scoping drinking dens in a new town. And after a post-prandial Fernet or two, …

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    Dark Horse, 7A Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB

Dark Horse, 7A Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AB

4.8 out of 5
Excellent

(Drinking Trends) Down a discrete stairway off a picturesque square in the idyllic city of Bath is not the first place you might think to look for a world class bar. But then this is just the first in a number of ways in which Dark Horse lives up to its name. This enchantingly seductive cocktail bar which opened just a couple of years ago has already earned itself a glowing …

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    Review – Cocktails In The City, London

Review – Cocktails In The City, London

4.5 out of 5
Excellent

(Drinking Trends) Cocktails In The City is always a highlight of my calendar. So I was delighted to be asked to be part of the judging panel for this years CITC. Housed this year in the imposing One Marylebone venue, Cocktails In The City played host to 28 bars from the UK and Europe. Tasked with sampling one cocktail from each bar, and joined by fellow judge Paul Bradley, I set …

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    Underwhelmed by Underpoured Drinks at Simmons Bar Fitzrovia

Underwhelmed by Underpoured Drinks at Simmons Bar Fitzrovia

1.5 out of 5
Poor

(Drinking Trends) Conveniently located in central London, Simmons Bar Fitzrovia positions itself as a fun spot to get together after work and enjoy Happy Hour cocktails while you dance til the early hours. On my visit, it was a busy Saturday night and the place was certainly jumping, with a boisterous crowd inside, a few pre-booked tables, and a private party in the downstairs room. Part of a bar group …

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    Plastic Straws And How To Stop Using Them

Plastic Straws And How To Stop Using Them

(Drinking Trends) Plastic straws are the hot topic of debate in the drinks world right now. It may seem a little odd that an object so everyday and seemingly worthless has been getting folks pretty riled up. But when you think in terms of the volume of waste generated daily by these seemingly harmless straws, the scale of the problem presents itself in pretty dramatic fashion. In the U.S., we use …

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