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News, reviews and how-tos for cocktail lovers and the cocktail curious

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Latest Episode9/22/2022

Big time hospitality with Anna Sebastian

Season 4, Ep. 2
Boy, do we have some good stuff for you. In this episode we bring you two delicious products: an Eau de Vie from Capreolus Distillery in the Cotswolds and Old Duff Genever, from an Irishman based in New York.Our library pick is a must-read for hosts at every level – André Darlington's fabulous 'Bar Menu – 100+ drinking food recipes for cocktail hours at home', a brand new book which does exactly what it says on the tin.From New Orleans, it's all about the delights of the stunning Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons hotel, and for a hotel closer to home, we speak to this week's guest, Anna Sebastian. Tune in to hear what she's done to breathe new life into the historic American Bar and its sassy younger sister, the Beaufort Bar and hear her thoughts on what you can do to bring some five-star hospitality into your own home.What we're mixing:White Negroni30ml gin30ml Lillet Blanc30ml SuzeLemon zest to garnishMethod:Fill a Rocks glass with ice and stir ingredients over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Anna SebastianBar Menu – 100+ drinking food recipes for cocktail hours at homeCapreolus DistilleryChandelier Bar at the Four Seasons hotelOld Duff GeneverThe American and Beaufort Bars at The SavoyThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
9/22/2022

Big time hospitality with Anna Sebastian

Season 4, Ep. 2
Boy, do we have some good stuff for you. In this episode we bring you two delicious products: an Eau de Vie from Capreolus Distillery in the Cotswolds and Old Duff Genever, from an Irishman based in New York.Our library pick is a must-read for hosts at every level – André Darlington's fabulous 'Bar Menu – 100+ drinking food recipes for cocktail hours at home', a brand new book which does exactly what it says on the tin.From New Orleans, it's all about the delights of the stunning Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons hotel, and for a hotel closer to home, we speak to this week's guest, Anna Sebastian. Tune in to hear what she's done to breathe new life into the historic American Bar and its sassy younger sister, the Beaufort Bar and hear her thoughts on what you can do to bring some five-star hospitality into your own home.What we're mixing:White Negroni30ml gin30ml Lillet Blanc30ml SuzeLemon zest to garnishMethod:Fill a Rocks glass with ice and stir ingredients over ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Anna SebastianBar Menu – 100+ drinking food recipes for cocktail hours at homeCapreolus DistilleryChandelier Bar at the Four Seasons hotelOld Duff GeneverThe American and Beaufort Bars at The SavoyThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
9/8/2022

New season, new drinks discoveries

Season 4, Ep. 1
We're back and while we've been away, we're thrilled to say that The Cocktail Lovers podcast picked up Best Broadcast, Podcast or Online Video Series at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans – whoop-la!So what are we coming back with? Only the good stuff… Our drinks reviews take in Beesou, a honey-based aperitif from Britain and Ki No Bi, a big-hitting gin from Japan. Our library pick also puts Japan in the spotlight with Julia Momose’s award-winning book The Way of The Cocktail.Closer to home, we head over to Little Mercies in London’s Crouch End for good vibes, top-notch drinks and an array of simply delicious bar bites. Then it's over to Paris where we catch up with Alex Francis from Little Red Door to talk about what’s in season, the importance of local and why their fabulous menu embraces farm to glass drinking.What we're mixing:Millionaires Martini40ml gin40ml dry vermouth20ml Champagne or sparkling wineMethod:Stir the first two ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Pour into chilled Coupe glasses and top with Champagne or sparkling wine.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Beesou Bitter Honey AperitifKi No Bi GinLittle MerciesLittle Red DoorThe Way of The Cocktail – Japanese Traditions, Techniques & RecipesThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
6/30/2022

A taste of summer

Season 3, Ep. 10
In the last episode in this current season, it's all about the summery feels…Our product reviews takes our tastebuds to sunny Mexico as we sample Nixta De Elote, an intriguing corn liqueur, and Vida De Muertos, a new expression from Del Maguey Mezcal. Bar-wise, we keep things a little closer to home as we head up to the terrace at The Nest at The Treehouse Hotel to soak up the sublime views and taste the delicious seasonal cocktails. Then on to our book choice, which is all about the man who brought rays of light to the London bar scene: Mr Dick Bradsell, in the hot-off-the-press 'Dick Tales – Thank Yous and Sluggings' edited by Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown.Lastly, we couldn't reference summer drinks without talking tiki, and we couldn't talk tiki without catching up with Sly Augustin, owner of Trailer Happiness. Tune in to find out how he brings the sunshine vibes to his basement bar in London's Notting Hill.What we're mixing:White Port & Tonic50ml Graham's Blend No5 White PortTonicLemon wheel and mint sprig to garnishMethod:Pour the Graham's Blend No5 into a Highball or wine glass with plenty of ice. Top up with tonic and garnish with fresh mint and a lemon slice.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, visit thecocktaillovers.comFor the products featured in this episode, see websites below:Del Maguey Vida De MuertosDick Tales – Thank Yous and SluggingsNixta De EloteThe NestTrailer HappinessThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
6/16/2022

Music and Martinis

Season 3, Ep. 9
With World Martini Day on 18th June and World Music Day on 21st June, we have Martinis, we have music and a whole lot more…We start with our two product reviews: Gin D'Azur from sunny Provence and Birch Botanical Spirit from bonny Scotland, before heading over to London's longest serving bar, the American Bar at the Savoy to check out its brand new menu.Then it's music, first in our featured book, Booze and Vinyl – A spirited guide to great music and mixed drink by André and Tenaya Darlington, followed by our interview with Jon Nickoll, resident pianist at the American Bar. Listen in to hear to hear about his journey in music, duets with Amy Winehouse and Paul McCartney and special performances live from his piano.What we're mixing…Dry Martini (of course)Ingredients:3 parts gin (we used Beefeater London Dry)1 part dry vermouth (we used Martini Bianco)Lemon twistMethod:Stir ingredients over ice in a chilled mixing glass. Pour into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lemon zest.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:American Bar at the SavoyBirch Botanical SpiritsBooze and Vinyl – A spirited guide to great music and mixed drinkGin D'AzurJon NickollThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
6/2/2022

Celebratory drinks for the Platinum Jubilee

Season 3, Ep. 8
Bunting at the ready people, this week's episode is a right royal celebration of Her Majesty The Queen.We taste two drinks created specially for the Platinum Jubilee. For £20, we have Foxdenton Jubilee Summer Pudding Gin Liqueur; add a few more noughts and you can buy the second product that we're tasting, the exceedingly regal Royal Salute Platinum Jubilee Edition, a snip at $20,000.Having created cocktails for Her Majesty The Queen during his tenure at the American Bar at the Savoy, we thought it was only fitting to highlight the drinks of Joe Gilmore in his book Joe Gilmore And His Cocktails, and lastly, we head over to The Goring, a firm Royal favourite since it opened in 1910 to talk to its General Manager Michael Voigt, Bar Manager Tiago Mira and sample its Platinum Jubilee cocktails.What we're mixing:Dubonnet Cocktail1 part gin2 parts DubonnetLemon twistMethod:Stir ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Pour into a chilled Nick & Nora garnish and garnish with a lemon zest.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Foxdenton Jubilee Summer Pudding Gin LiqueurJoe Gilmore And His CocktailsRoyal Salute Platinum Jubilee EditionThe Goring HotelThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
5/19/2022

Taking a sip on the dark side

Season 3, Ep. 7
May 21st is World Whisky Day, so taking as our inspiration, we're keeping things suitably dark and tasty.We kick things off with our two product reviews: the first, The Wiseman Bourbon – new to the UK; the other, one of our favourites, Takamaka Rum, bringing its St. André Series all the way from the Seychelles.Shochu Lounge in Fitzrovia keeps the dark and sexy vibe going strong and as for (mostly) dark, contemplative – read 'classic' drinks to make at home, we're picking out 'Old Man Drinks' by Robert Schnakenberg.Where does the whisky come in? That's down to this week's guest, Thomas Aske. co-founder of our favourite whisky bar Black Rock. Tune in to hear how he went from bar back to bar owner and, drum roll please, winning over the hard nuts in Dragons Den to amplify his monthly subscription service, Whisky Me.What we're mixing:Whisky Highball (serves one)50ml blended whisky (we used Johnnie Walker Black Label)100-150 ml soda waterLemon peel to garnishMethod:Fill a chilled Highball glass with ice. Add whisky (preferably from the freezer) and top up will chilled soda water. No need to stir. Garnish with lemon peel twist.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Black Rock BarOld Man DrinksShochu LoungeTakamaka RumThe Wiseman BourbonWhisky MeThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
5/5/2022

Summer sips, an Edinburgh trip & cocktails in Mexico City

Season 3, Ep. 6
There’s no particular theme to this week’s episode, just plenty of the good stuff we think you should have on your radar.Starting with our two featured products: Acqua Bianca Liqueur from the Maestro Salvatore Calabrese and the nifty, very natty Crafty Little Rye from The Oxford Artisan Distillery – both great tipples to keep in mind for the warmer days ahead.Rather than a standard bar review, we’ve gone large, talking about the cool experiences and fab drinks offering at Edinburgh’s latest visitor attraction, the state-of-the-art Johnnie Walker Princes Street in Edinburgh. As for our book, it’s an oldie but goodie packed with great recipes and ideas, it’s the excellent Good Things To Drink With Mr Lyan & Friends.Then it’s over to Eric Van Beek from Handshake in Mexico City. With four bars in the World’s 50 Best Bars List, Mexico City and its bars are definitely on our must-visit list. Read more about them in the latest issue of The Cocktail Lovers magazine, available now. And did we mention that we’re proud winners of the Best Food & Drink Podcast in the Publisher Podcast Awards? Time for a cocktail to celebrate:The Dandy (serves 2)25ml cognac12.5ml Dom Benedictine Liqueur12.5ml Luxardo Liqueur12.5ml sugar syrupChilled Brut Champagne to topSeasonal berries to garnishMethod:Add first four ingredients to a mixing glass, stir to combine. Pour into chilled Coupes and top with Champagne. Garnish with seasonal berries. For a Punch, double the measures of the first four ingredients and add to a punch bowl. Pour the contents of a chilled bottle of Champagne into the bowl and garnish as above.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our brand new digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.comTo see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:Acqua BiancaCrafty Little RyeGood Things To Drink With Mr Lyan & FriendsHandshake BarJohnnie Walker Princes StreetThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox