Space Matured Whisky – Now a Reality

In 2011, Scotch distillery Ardbeg collaborated with Texas-based space research company NanoRacks to examine the effects of maturation in a micro-gravity. To do so they blasted a vial of new spirit with oak chips up to the International Space Station to spend 1,045 days orbiting the Earth in zero gravity (aka micro-gravity). Naturally it’s at […]

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Insect Cocktails: The Future of Crusty Concoctions

No more is the calibre of a cocktail bartender defined by the number of recipes they can recite but rather the unique ingredients and theatre with which they deliver them. As a result terms like fat-washed, puree’d, foamed, dried, smoked, dehydrated and vacuum infused have allowed us to continually re invent our favourite recipes behind […]

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A Lego Guide to the Hipster Bartender

In the world of Lego where ‘everything is awesome’ and everyone from Gandalf to Batman are represented, I can’t help but wonder, where’s the hipster? Sitting somewhere in between a bottle of craft beer and too much facial hair is arguably one of the biggest male statements since Magnum PI pulled off the mustache and […]

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Bitters or Bust – Part 2: Bartender’s Guide to Selling Your Own Bitters

One drunken night out four months ago, I decided I’d have a crack at producing and commercialising my own range of aromatic cocktail bitters. I should have awoken with that clarity of mind only experienced the morning after. A mind which reminds you with sober brutality that it was yet another foolish idea born of […]

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Bitters or Bust: One Barman’s Mission to Sell his Homemade Bitters

This is a real-time tale of one barman and his attempt to commercialise his homemade cocktail bitters. It’s a stage most career bartenders go through. After surviving university halls and cheap shots of infused vodkas made of everything from Jelly Beans and Mars bars to rolling tobacco and pork scratchings (those were dark days), I […]

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Do Cocktail Bartenders Take Themselves Too Seriously?

As bartenders we’re exposed at least once in our career to a colleague who takes their love of mixing drinks, well – just a little too seriously. While we can all think of people who fit this description, only a few of us will be humble enough to admit that just maybe, this might be […]

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New Evidence Negroni was Invented in Africa – Sorry Italy

The Negroni – a cocktail recognised around the globe as a bartenders favorite, a champion to the Italian aperitivo hour and hero serve of global brand Campari. While a simple drink composed of three equal parts (gin, sweet vermouth, Campari), at the heart of the Negroni cocktail is a global debate for ownership that unlike […]

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New Evidence: The Real Count Camillo Negroni

Thanks to the huge reader response to my previous article, “Negroni Cocktail Actually Invented in Africa?”, a large amount of attention has been brought to a global argument surrounding the true inventor of the Negroni cocktail. Thanks to some great feedback and reader contributions, I can now say without a shadow of doubt that Count […]

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