Enter Cardrona’s Global Cocktail Competition 
A Lush Life Manual
by Susan L. Schwartz
1w ago
New Zealand’s Cardrona Distillery has today launched its second global cocktail competition! They are inviting UK bartenders to enter and 12 finalists will be given an experience of a lifetime, traveling to New Zealand to compete for the championship title in October this year. Last year’s winner was from the UK (Francesco Cercato, above) from London’s Scarfes Bar, it was his first cocktail competition! Desiree Reid, Managing Director of Cardrona Distillery said “We’re thrilled to welcome bartenders to enter The Reid Vodka Global Cocktail Competition. This competition is a celebration of the ..read more
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The Connaught Bar Book is coming!
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by Susan L. Schwartz
3w ago
Phaidon presents The Connaught Bar: Recipes and Iconic Creations, from The Connaught in Mayfair, London – a World’s 50 Best Bar for 13 consecutive years. Since opening in 2008, the Connaught Bar and its team have been celebrated the world over. Their new book will be At the creative heart of the bar is virtuoso mixologist Agostino Perrone, known as Ago. One of the most prominent figures on the global mixology scene, Perrone has led the bar for over twenty years, revolutionising the London bar scene with his unique approach to hospitality and mixology and earning numerous awards including Worl ..read more
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Don’t miss Burns Night with ABERFELDY and CRAIGELLACHIE!
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by Susan L. Schwartz
1M ago
Premium Single Malt Scotch whiskies, ABERFELDY® and CRAIGELLACHIE®, will host Burns Night experiences taking place across London on January 25. Hawksmoor Wood Wharf Celebrate Burns Night at Hawksmoor Wood Wharf with a uniquely Scottish dining experience, featuring delights like CRAIGELLACHIE-cured salmon crowdie and tatties scone, a 35-day dry-aged grass-fed and charcoal grilled grilled sirloin, and a marmalade pudding with CRAIGELLACHIE custard. Find more information and book tickets here. Nobu Hotel At Nobu Hotel, explore ..read more
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Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese Launches New Menu ‘The Quote Book”
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by Susan L. Schwartz
1M ago
The luxurious Velvet by Salvatore Calabrese in Corinthia London has launched its new menu ‘The Quote Book’, harnessing the power of AI and inspired by decades of history. Each cocktail is held within its own unique vessel, from a carbon fibre car for Elon Musk’s ‘Bored Child’, to a Strawberry helium Heart-shaped balloon floating from Banksy’s ‘Above the Clouds’, with each piece of glassware designed to evoke memory, feeling, and a sense of imagination. The menu is a fusion of history and modernity, allowing a journey through time and taste. “You taste with your eyes, nose, mouth and hands. Fe ..read more
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Berry Bros. & Rudd appoint Felix Dear as Spirits Curator
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by Susan L. Schwartz
1M ago
Stepping into an already legendary team, Felix Dear joins Britain’s oldest wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd as Spirits Curator! . With a wealth of experience as the former World Whisky & Spirits Buyer for Atom Brands, Felix brings not only passion, but a seasoned hand in the delicate art of curating whisky and the meticulous process of bottling. In his own words upon assuming this prestigious role, Felix Dear expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s a privilege to join Berry Bros. & Rudd, a company I’ve long admired. My aspiration is to continue building upon the ..read more
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Bardinet Liqueurs & Syrups Have a New Look for 2024!
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by Susan L. Schwartz
1M ago
For nearly 170 years, Bardinet Liqueurs & Syrups have been a constant companion of cocktail enthusiasts. Now that old friend has a new contemporary look, paying homage to Bardinet’s French craftsmanship and expertise! From 1857, Paul Bardinet dedicated his life to finding different flavors and tastes to wow the world. Today, fourteen distinct liqueurs and syrups, made by combining Bardinet’s innovative 19th-century and our contemporary techniques, are his legacy. The collection includes: triple sec, blue curaçao, crème de cassis de Dijon, crème de menthe, amaretto, crème de pêche, crème d ..read more
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Top Trending Cocktails on Google in 2023
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by Susan L. Schwartz
2M ago
Google has unveiled its Year in Search findings, spotlighting the most sought-after cocktails in 2023. This roster of libations represents drinks that experienced a significant surge in online searches in the United States throughout the year, compared to the preceding year. The compilation includes a mix of classic and unconventional concoctions, ranging from well-known favorites like the Gimlet and Sex on the Beach to more unique selections such as the Azalea and the Naked & Famous—the latter claiming the coveted title of the year’s most trending cocktail. Let’s dive into the list of the ..read more
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How to Make the Waterford Wild Child
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by Susan L. Schwartz
2M ago
Print Wild Child Unleash your wild side with the Wild Child cocktail created by Jon Lister featuring the distinctive Waterford Cuvée: Argot. A wonderful winter highball! Course Cocktail Cuisine Irish Keyword Wild Child cocktail Cook Time 5 minutes minutes Total Time 5 minutes minutes Servings 1 Calories 128kcal Author Susan Equipment Jigger Barspoon Highball Glass Ingredients 35 ml Waterford Cuvée: Argot 100 ml Sekforde Orange & Rosemary tonic Garnish suggestion: Rosemary sprig/orange zest Instructions Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the WaterfordCuvée: Argot and ..read more
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Best Holiday Spirits 2023
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by Susan L. Schwartz
2M ago
I have put together a list of the best Holiday spirits 2023, plus a few bitters and one alcohol-free spirit that I just couldn’t live without this season. Photo Credit: amaronostrano.com Amaro Nostrano Created by friends Russell Norman and Luca di Vita, this is Venice in a bottle! From sandbanks and marshes, palaces and waterways, the idea of Amaro Nostrano was born. Gin, artichokes, wild wormwood and marsh samphire combine with sweet and bitter citrus fragrances, saline notes from the Adriatic and juniper and rhubarb from the Dolomites. This marriage makes our amaro one of a kind: a ..read more
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Best Cocktail Books 2023
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by Susan L. Schwartz
2M ago
Lucky for us cocktail lovers, it seems that every year more and more cocktail books are published. 2023 was no different. Here is some guidance in trying to find the best one for you and your cocktail loving friends. Although technically not a cocktail book, Brutto is the last book that my friend Russell Norman published before his untimely passing. It is a tribute to his work as a food and drink lover and the ultimate restauranteur! Best Cocktail Books 2023 Brutto: A (Simple) Florentine Cookbook by Russell Norman This stunning brand-new cookbook offers outstanding recipes from Rus ..read more
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