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

Want to know more about the artistry of drinks? Join us in our fun, informative and we hope, entertaining cocktail (almost) hour where we sample the best new bottles, highlight our pick of books to add to your drinks lib
Latest Episode1/12/2023

Fresh thinking for mindful drinking

Season 4, Ep. 10
Are you doing 'Dry' this January? If so, we've got your back. In our last episode in this season we're putting the growing non-alcoholic category very much in focus and trust us, we were very impressed.We start by tasting two new products, High Point Ruby Aperitif made in Cornwall and Savyll, a range of ready-to-drink cocktails from London.Lyaness is our bar of choice. Why? Because we love the way they put as much creativity, care and attention into their 'boozeless' concoctions as they do their boozy counterparts. And book-wise, it's all about Kingsley Amis's cocktail essays, 'Everyday Drinking'.Last but by no means, we head to Club Soda Tasting Room & Shop to talk to Laura Willoughby MBE who's on a mission to make the world a better place for people who are drinking less or not at all.What we're drinking:LLB (Lemon, Lime & Bitters)150ml lemonade/soda or lemon & lime soda15ml freshly-squeezed lime juice4-5 dashes Angostura aromatic bittersLime to garnish (optional)Method:Pour lemonade and lime into an ice-filled Collins glass. Add 4-5 dashes of bitters and garnish with lime (optional). Serve with metal straw and stir bitters into the drink.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:Club Soda Club Soda ShopEveryday Drinking by Kingsley AmisHigh Point Ruby AperitifLyanessSayvll Beverage CoThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
1/12/2023

Fresh thinking for mindful drinking

Season 4, Ep. 10
Are you doing 'Dry' this January? If so, we've got your back. In our last episode in this season we're putting the growing non-alcoholic category very much in focus and trust us, we were very impressed.We start by tasting two new products, High Point Ruby Aperitif made in Cornwall and Savyll, a range of ready-to-drink cocktails from London.Lyaness is our bar of choice. Why? Because we love the way they put as much creativity, care and attention into their 'boozeless' concoctions as they do their boozy counterparts. And book-wise, it's all about Kingsley Amis's cocktail essays, 'Everyday Drinking'.Last but by no means, we head to Club Soda Tasting Room & Shop to talk to Laura Willoughby MBE who's on a mission to make the world a better place for people who are drinking less or not at all.What we're drinking:LLB (Lemon, Lime & Bitters)150ml lemonade/soda or lemon & lime soda15ml freshly-squeezed lime juice4-5 dashes Angostura aromatic bittersLime to garnish (optional)Method:Pour lemonade and lime into an ice-filled Collins glass. Add 4-5 dashes of bitters and garnish with lime (optional). Serve with metal straw and stir bitters into the drink.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:Club Soda Club Soda ShopEveryday Drinking by Kingsley AmisHigh Point Ruby AperitifLyanessSayvll Beverage CoThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
12/1/2022

How to buy and drinks to try for the festive season

Season 4, Ep. 7
Martini anyone? Whether you're a gin or vodka fan, we've got a winning base for you. In the vodka corner we have Elit, smooth-as-you-like thanks to its signature freeze-filteration process, and representing gin we have the re-released Beefeater Crown Jewel, weighing in at a hefty 50% ABV.Martinis feature in our book choice, 'Cocktails, A Still Life', written by Christine Sismondo and James Waller and starring stunning oil paintings by Todd M. Casey, while artfully made drinks are on the menu at Line in Athens, the latest offering from Vasilis Kyritsis, Nikos Bakoulis and Dimitri Dafopoulos.In the hotseat we have Dawn Davies, Buying Director at Speciality Drinks and The Whisky Exchange. Who better to ask how to buy, what to try and what we'll be drinking in 2023.What we're mixing:The Franklin30ml dry vermouth75ml London Dry Gin1 dash Orange Bitters2 green olivesMethod:Add the vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir. Discard the vermouth, then add the gin to the ice with Orange Bitters and stir. Strain into a chilled Martini or Nick & Nora glass, add the two olives and serve.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, visit thecocktaillovers.comFor the products featured in this episode, see websites below:Beefeater Crown JewelCocktails, A Still LifeElit VodkaLine AthensSpeciality DrinksThe Whisky ExchangeThe Cognac Show – 10-11 March 2023The Rum Show – 14-15 July 2023The Whisky Show – 29 Sept-1 October 2023The Champagne Show – November 2023 dates tbcThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
11/17/2022

Top tips and Thanksgiving cocktails from Leo Robitschek

Season 4, Ep. 6
It's getting chilly here in Cocktail Towers so we're gravitating towards the rum corner of our cocktail cabinet. Our first review sees us warming up with Rum Union, a new product from the Holyrood Distillery in Scotland (!), before we succumb to the tropical heat found in La Hechicera Rum, hailing from sunny Colombia.We've always liked the look and feel of velvet as a fabric but the new bar at the Corinthia Hotel in London, takes our love of Velvet to another level. Check in for live music, lush interiors and a stunning cocktail list from Salvatore 'The Maestro' Calabrese and his talented team. Then there's our book review, the clever Pour Me Another by J.M. Hirsch – we urge you to dive in to discover your new favourite drink.Lastly, we catch up with Leo Robitschek, Vice President of Food & Drinks at Sydell Group. Tune in to hear how he rose from medical student to Bar Director at Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park and Managing Partner of Food & Beverage at NoMad Hotel, as well as getting his top tips on making drinks for the Holiday season.What we're mixing:Perfect Manhattan50ml rye whiskey or bourbon25ml sweet vermouth2 dashes Angostura aromatic bittersMaraschino cherry to garnishMethod:Add ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry pierced on to a cocktail stick.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, visit thecocktaillovers.comFor the products featured in this episode, see websites below:Common Decency at NoMad London*La HechiceraPour Me Another – 250 ways to find your favourite drink by J.M. HirschRum UnionVelvet*Holiday Spectacular pop-up at Common Decency runs for six weeks from 16th November.NoMAD Eggnog Recipe (serves 20)6 eggs, separated8 oz sugar16 oz cream32 oz milk2 oz Frangelico4 oz Chivas 12 yr6 oz Michters bourbon6 oz Martell Cognac6 oz Havana Club Selecion de Maestros rum1 whole nutmegMethod Place the egg whites in a 5-quart bowl and the egg yolks in a separate 5-quart bowl. Add 6 ounces of the sugar to the bowl with egg yolks, then whisk until the yolks turn pale yellow and thicken. Whisk in the cream, followed by the milk, Frangelico, whisky, bourbon,Cognac, and rum. Grate the nutmeg over the top and whisk until combined.Add 2 ounces of sugar to the egg whites and whisk until stiff peaks form. Slowly whisk in the egg yolk–spirits mixture. Reserve in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, pour a serving into a single rocks glass and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
11/3/2022

Winter proofing – cocktail lovers style

Season 4, Ep. 5
What do we do when there's a nip in the air? We warm up with some gorgeous drinks.First out of the drinks cabinet is Stauning Smoke Whisky – our pick for Bonfire Night, or any autumn/winter night for that matter. We follow that with an indulgent but dairy-free treat, Black Lines Oatnog.Sterling in Manchester ticks all of the boxes that we look for in a bar that we want to hunker down in all winter: sexy lighting, plush leather seats, great service, good vibes, and onehelluva drinks and food list.Our book choice is just the ticket for staving off the cold, it's The Cocktail Edit – Everything you need to know about how to make all the drinks that matter by Alice Lascelles.Then ahead of the Athens Bar Show next week we talk to Thanos Prunarus, owner of Baba au Rum and In Love Again to talk about the bar scene and warming hospitality in one of our favourite capitals in the world.What we're mixing:Benny & Hot50ml Bénédictine D.O.M. liqueur50ml hot waterSqueeze of lemon juiceMethod:Stir ingredients together in a heat proof glass and serve.For more from The Cocktail Lovers, visit thecocktaillovers.comFor the products featured in this episode, see websites below:Athens Bar Show 8 & 9 November 2022Athens Rum & Whiskey Festival 9 & 10 December 2022Baba au RumBlack Lines OatnogIn Love AgainStauning Smoke WhiskySterlingThe Cocktail Edit – Everything you need to know about how to make all the drinks that matter by Alice LascellesThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox
10/20/2022

Celebrating London Cocktail Week

Season 4, Ep. 4
As born and bred Londoners, we're always chuffed when we have any opportunity to shine a light on all that's great about our beloved capital.We start with our two products: East London Liquor Company Kew Gin made in, you guessed it, East London, then take our tastebuds West to Chiswick to sample Sipsmith Cacao & Orange Gin.Our book is 'The Cocktail Cabinet – The art, science and pleasure of mixing the perfect drink' by London-based flavour expert Zoe Burgess and as London Cocktail Week is in full swing, we highlight a few of the many events taking place in every corner of the capital.Our guest this week is one of the OGs of the Cool Britannia bar scene, Nick Strangeway, who reflects on the London bar scene, past and present.What we're mixing:Shaky Pete's Ginger BrewCreated by Pete JearyIngredients50ml homemade ginger syrup*50ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice35ml London Dry Gin (we used Beefeater)100ml London Pride aleMethod:In a blender, blitz the ginger syrup, lemon juice, gin and half a cup of cubed ice for 10 seconds so ro. Strain through a coarse sieve into a frozen beer mug, so you still have a few ice chips in with the drink. Top with the London Pride and drink straight from the glass, as you would a beer.*Ginger syrup150g fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced350g caster sugar250ml waterOver a low heat, bring all the ingredients to the boil. Cool, strain, bottle, refrigerate.Recipe from Hawksmoor at HomeFor 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:East London Liquor CompanyHepple GinSipsmith Orange & Cacao GinThe Cocktail Cabinet – the art, science and pleasure of mixing the perfect drink by Zoe BurgessFor the full London Cocktail Week programme and to sign up for your £15 wristband to entitle you to £7 cocktails, masterclasses and events across London, visit londoncocktailweek.comThe Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' WatsonEdited by Christian Fox