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We’re offering one very lucky prizewinner the chance to win a trip around the world to take no less than five of our incredible courses with their best friend.
1st prize: The Ultimate EBS Experience
Win a two-month trip, including flights and accommodation, for you and a friend (they will owe you big time!) to jet set to four incredible global locations to take our courses, learn the art of bartending, visit inspiring cities, party in the world’s best bars and clubs and lots more.
You’ll start your adventure in the City of Dreams a.k.a. New York to take our globally-recognised International Bartender Course (4 weeks). Once you’ve got to grips with the fundamentals, you’ll take our super sought-after Mixology Course (2 days) where you’ll learn how to put unique twists on classic cocktails. Bartending aside, we’ll organise a range of events so you will get to experience the city’s legendary cocktail bars and visit its inspiring sites from the Empire State Building to Times Squares and beyond.
After getting a taste of the American dream, you’ll fly to Rome to live ‘la dolce vita’ and learn all about coffee with our Barista Course (5 days). We’ll teach you all about the art of barista so you’ll be able to impress friends with your coffee knowledge and latte art skills! There will also be lots of time for indulging in pasta, ice cream and Italian wine. As the saying goes, when in Rome!
Next stop: Barcelona to take your newly-found bartending skills to the next level with our Advanced Bartending Course (10 days). And experience all that Barcelona has to offer of course, from Gaudí’s architecture and delicious food to beachside bars and watersports.
Finally, you’ll head to over to the Scottish Highlands to experience the magical world of Scotch whisky. You’ll go behind the scenes at the legendary Glenfiddich distillery to enjoy exclusive tasting sessions and tours. You’ll even get the chance to blend your own unique whisky!
Fear not, there’ll also be plenty of time to explore the breathtaking Scottish countryside, taste local delicacies like haggis and shortbread and who knows, you might even spot the Loch Ness Monster!
We’re feeling generous so we’re also giving away our exclusive online bartending course all participants who reach a certain stage of the competition. Not only will you learn how to make some cool cocktails from home, you’ll also develop some basic bartending skills.
The big question: how can you win?
Well, it’s very simple! We’ve put together a series of small challenges for you to complete, ranging from the super simple to the slightly more challenging!
If you know a gin lover, there’s no better Christmas gift than a gin set. Tasty, high quality and beautifully packaged, they’ll have anyone feeling the festive spirit in no time. If you want to learn more about gin then check out our other articles All About Gin and What is Pink Gin. In this post we’ve hand picked a variety of gift sets to suit all budgets and tastes. From the casual G&T sipper to those with a taste for luxury, we’ll have your Christmas shopping struggles sorted quicker than you can say Gimlet.
Priced Under £25
Pink gin is flavoured with red or pink fruits like strawberries, raspberries or red currants, making it deliciously sweet.
Chase Pink Grapefruit And Pomelo Gin £24.00
This Grapefruit flavoured Pink Gin has that fresh, distinctly fruity flavour that we sometimes lack in our rosy bottles. The combination of citrus fruits makes this one of the tastiest pink gins on the market, and with TESCO’s offer only lasting until the New Year, we recommend heading to your nearest store before the fireworks start.
Classic Gin Selection £16.50
Debenhams are bringing us the goods with their Classic gin selection set. With three miniature bottles of dry gin and a tumbler glass, it’s the perfect gift for anyone dabbling in the spirit realm, without the hefty price tag.
Premium Regional Gin Selection £16.00
With a selection of four gins produced in four different distilleries, this set offers award-winning tastes at a great price. Together, they’ll bring out the zesty, peppery, spicy side of Christmas day, with each gin sourcing local ingredients.
Priced £30 – £40
Firebox Flamingo Tears Pink Grapefruit Gin £40.00
‘Flamingo Tears Gin’ by Firebox is a sparkling, shimmering bottle of possibly the most unique pink gin we’ve seen so far. The bottle has been released as a sibling to the company’s hugely successful Unicorn Tears gin, which was first praised for its presentation and then for its equally great taste. Firebox’s pink, grapefruit edition is just as delicious (if not better).
Pickering have created what could be considered the most festive of all gin sets with their 6 Gin Christmas Baubles. Each bauble is filled with 5cl of Pickering Gin and doubles as both a decoration and boozy ball of happiness. It’s gin-ius.
Sipsmith Hot Gin & Tonic Sipping Set £40.00
Nothing sounds cosier than a hot mug of gin and tonic paired with some freshly baked gingerbread and Sipsmith’s set has the first part completely covered.
Did you know that hot gin and gingerbread were first paired together back in the 18th century during London’s winter festivals, when the River Thames would freeze? Thank you, chilly Brits. May your tasty legacy live on forever.
Edinburgh Gin Liqueur Selection £35.00
This set of Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs includes a small batch gin, raspberry gin liqueur and gooseberry and elderflower gin liqueur. The elderflower really gives this collection a unique edge, packing all that we love about summer into the perfect Christmas set.
The Pinkster Christmas Cracker £47.50
Nothing screams ‘Merry Gin-Mas’ like pink gin Christmas crackers. This pack of 6 by The Pinkster is causing waves across the company’s fanbase with each cracker containing a 5 cl bottle of pink gin or small jar of Gin jam. They also come with the all-important jokes and party hats, so your table will be absolutely sorted. They’re the ultimate Christmas day distraction from your burnt turkey and under cooked pigs in blankets.
Master of Malt
Mature Your Own Gin Kit £92.95
We’ve now reached the land of gin experimentation and master-hood (perhaps not for the faint-hearted and/or lazy). With this Mature Your Own Gin Kit, you simply pour the two bottles of gin provided into the Fresh Oak barrel and wait a few months for it to mature, transforming the taste. Once the oak influence fades, the cask can still be used to mature gin or any other cocktails you fancy upgrading, barrel style.
Garden Of Unusual Wonders Gin & Tea Cup Gift Set £43.00
Bringing one of our favourite G&Tea puns to life, Hendricks’s have finally released this gorgeous set, complete with their famous cucumber and Bulgarian rose-infused gin and teacup. You’ll be feeling like a Mad hatter on Christmas day anyway, so you might as well dress for the occasion.
Want to learn more about spirits? Why not check out our exclusive spirit trips to Scotland or Mexico with some of the industries leading names, CLICK HERE to find out more.
We all know that getting a bartending job with no previous experience is pretty much impossible. For this reason, our talented education team have been hard at work developing an intensive one-week Basic Bartending Course to equip you with the essential bartending skills to go out there and land entry level positions in bars, pubs, events and festivals straight away.
This practical course is the perfect option if you want to take your first steps in the competitive bartending business, get a taste of the industry, give your CV a boost or you simply want to learn the basics of bartending to impress your friends. Plus, you’ll enjoy a truly unique experience filled with fun events, new friends and lots of laughs along the way.
If you want to start working in cocktail in cocktail bars, restaurants and high-end venues around the world as a cocktail bartender however, our globally-recognised International Bartender Course is the one for you. In four weeks, you’ll gain the equivalent of six months experience behind the bar so you’ll be able to step behind any bar and look like you’ve been doing it for years. Find out more about the International Bartender Course here.
Want to see if the Basic Bartender Course is for you? Read on to find out more about the Basic Bartender Course experience…
Get your foot in the door
Finding a job in the bartending industry is a catch-22 situation because you are unable get a job without any industry experience but you are unable to get any experience because you aren’t able to start working. This course will provide you with the fundamental bartending knowledge and practical experience to show employers that you will be able to work behind the busy bar with a level of confidence. You will obtain a basic bartending foundation that you can build on as you embark on your career.
Please bear in mind that this course doesn’t include access to EBS Matchstaff, our exclusive online job platform which connects EBS students with top bars, restaurants and hotels around the world. Take our International Bartender Course if you want enjoy lifelong access to EBS Matchstaff and find the best bartending jobs.
Earn some money while studying
This course will give you the equivalent of two months experience working behind a bar in one week, so after the course, you’ll be able to start working in a variety of pubs and bars which serve basic cocktails. This is a great option if you want to earn some extra money working in a local bar while studying. Plus, as it’s only one week, it won’t take up too much time in your busy schedule.
Get a taste of the bartending industry
Want to see whether bartending is for you? Our Basic Bartender Course will give you a fantastic insight into the fast-past, fun-filled industry through hands-on training in an authentic bar environment so you can decide whether it’s a career path you want to pursue. Our highly-trained instructors, who all have plenty of experience in the industry, will share all their industry expertise with you.
Have a fun experience
At EBS, we’re all about the experience. Sure, you’ll learn some fantastic new skills to add to your CV, but you’ll also have tonnes of fun while doing so. During class, you’ll be playing games, mixing drinks and working with your fellow classmates. Outside of school hours, you’ll get to take part in lots of fun activities and events. You’ll end the week with a bang and celebrate your new-found skills at the final graduation party.
How the Basic Bartender Course works:
During one jam-packed week, you’ll enjoy hands-on training behind our purpose-built bar stations. You’ll have five hours of instructor-led training per day with combination of theory sessions, workshops, drink tests and practical training. We’ll teach you as many as 18 classic cocktails including mojitos, whiskey sours, espresso martinis and plenty more. From how to set up the bar and basic pouring techniques to using equipment and making simple garnishes, we’ll teach you the basics to get you started behind the bar.
Please note that flair training is not included in this course. If you are interested in learning the art of flair bartending and want a more comprehensive programme, our International Bartender Course is your best bet.
Excited by the thought of this one-week course? Want to start your bartending journey now? Visit our website to learn more!
It may be hard and painful to imagine, but there was once a time not so long ago when the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcohol was completely banned across the whole of the United States for the 13-year period known as Prohibition.
The Prohibition Era is an extremely interesting period of history to delve into as it has shaped the cocktail industry and bar scene as we know them today. Here is everything you need to know about Prohibition, how and why it came about, what life was like under such restrictive alcohol laws and why it ended.
What was Prohibition?
Prohibition was the period between 1920 and 1933 when the United States enforced a constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcohol and intoxicating beverages. This law was outlined by the 18th Amendment to the constitution, ratified in 1919. The aim was to completely eradicate the consumption of alcohol by cutting it off at its source, in other words making producing, importing and selling alcohol illegal rather than simply banning drinking alcohol altogether. In fact, there was nothing at all in the law that prohibited drinking alcohol, which is why some very wealthy families bought alcohol in bulk before Prohibition was enforced and were able to carry on drinking legally in their homes throughout the era.
How and why did Prohibition come about?
While Prohibition officially began in 1920, the wheels were already in motion decades earlier. The seeds for the Prohibition Era were laid as early as the 18th century when the temperance movement began to form, fully blossoming in the 1820s. The temperance movement crusaded against the culture of pervasive heavy drinking. They weren’t just buzzkills trying to spoil everyone’s fun – excessive drinking actually was turning into a huge problem. Yearly alcohol consumption peaked at 7.1 gallons in 1830, compared to the mere 2 gallons that is consumed every year in America nowadays. In 1827, the state of Maine alone, that had a population of only 350,000, manufactured and sold a staggering 1,333,160 gallons of liquor. For many, alcohol consumption became synonymous with moral depravity and was viewed as the fundamental ill from which stemmed a whole host of social issues like crime, violence and poverty.
There was a strong desire for social reform in the air which continued to grow; just as the anti-slavery movement and women’s rights movement gained momentum, so too did the temperance, or ‘dry’ movement. It increasingly won the support of powerful individuals and politicians, giving the movement legitimacy and authority. In 1815 for example, respected physician and former Continental Congress Chairman Benjamin Rush published ‘An Inquiry into the Effects of Ardent Spirits upon the Human Body and Mind’, which gained a lot of traction and was the basis for lots of the ‘dry’ propaganda that appeared subsequently. By 1835, over 8,000 temperance societies across the nation had formed, and well over a million Americans were enrolled members.
Founded in 1893, the Anti-Saloon League became a powerful organisation with branches nationwide whose main focus was to instate Prohibition, and was very successful in applying pressure on those with the power to do so. Their success began with enacting local prohibition laws in different states, and by 1916, over half of them had put statutes in place that prohibited alcohol. The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified in 1919 and the Volstead Act was passed later the same year. The Volstead Act and 18th Amendment went hand in hand, as the Volstead Act served to clarify that a beverage with over 0,5% ABV counted as alcohol and that owning any equipment to manufacture alcohol was illegal. It also set out the punishments, fines and prison sentences for violating the laws of Prohibition. A year after the signing of the 18th Amendment marked the official start of the Prohibition Era, on the 17th January 1920.
What was life like under Prohibition?
It may all sound fairly bleak at the moment, and a world without drinks and cocktails certainly sounds bland and boring to us. Avid 18th Amendment supporters were so devoted to the cause that they even tried to have the Bible rewritten to remove all references to alcohol. But the Prohibition Era wasn’t all doom and gloom and in fact the strict law didn’t stop this decade from being that of the Roaring Twenties and actually a time when the cocktail industry flourished. People worked around the law in various ways, some did so completely legally and others had to get creative.
People took advantage of a number of loopholes in the law so that they could carry on enjoying a drink legally. Since the Amendment took a year to enforce, lots of people stocked up enough to see them through years of Prohibition. For those who didn’t have the means to do so found other loopholes, like the fact that doctors were allowed to prescribe whisky, distilled spirits and wine, or that the manufacturing of wine to be used for sacramental or religious purposes was legal, which brought about a suspicious rise in the number of rabbis and priests.
While none of those practises stuck, and drinking alcohol is sadly no longer used as prescribed medicine, there are a few legacies of the Prohibition Era that are still present today, like booze cruises. Nowadays, booze cruises are a fun way to hang out with friends on a boat over a few drinks and soak up the sun and sea views. But when they first appeared during Prohibition, booze cruises were a great way to skirt around the law and sail to international waters so that alcohol could be served legally. They were also referred to as ‘cruises to nowhere’ as there was no final destination, and the ships would most often just sail around in circles while passengers enjoyed a cocktail or two.
The emergence of speakeasies is another key legacy of Prohibition and has shaped the bar scene as we know it today. Unlike booze cruises, speakeasies were completely illegal, but this didn’t stop them from being extremely widespread. Speakeasies get their name from their secretive and hidden nature; you would have had to know or have been told of the exact location and then gone to what looked like any other door, knocked and whispered a codeword to be let in. It is estimated that there were up to as many 100,000 speakeasies in New York City alone.
Some of the original speakeasies are still around today, like 21 Club in Manhattan. 21 Club opened its secret doors in January 1930, and after a raid, the owners had an architect design a system of camouflaged doors, invisible chutes, quick-release bar shelves and a hidden wine cellar, which were pretty common features in speakeasies in case of a raid. It worked for 21 Club as they were never caught again. Today they are able to thrive out in the open and serve as a fascinating window into this time of underground bar culture. Even bars that weren’t speakeasies during Prohibition seek to emulate the mystery and secrecy of speakeasies, and this has become a popular trend in the bar industry the world over.
Gangsters and their illegal empire
The only way that speakeasies were able to exist was through illegal activities to stock their bars. One way that speakeasies would do this was through the huge network of organised crime that grew under Prohibition. Organised crime became an entire empire and meant big bucks; it’s estimated that $2,000 million worth of business was transferred from the brewing industry and bars to bootleggers and gangsters during Prohibition. This illegal network wasn’t just made up of gangsters, but also involved the cooperation of Prohibition Bureau agents, police, judges and politicians who would receive monthly bribes of up to $300,000 a month to keep quiet. You may have heard of some of the biggest gangsters that ran significant operations, like Al ‘Scarface’ Capone who supposedly raked in a staggering $60 million in alcohol sales in 1927 alone.
The alcohol itself either came from illegal smuggling, which was a $3 billion industry by 1930, or by illegal brewing. Homemade wine was a popular alcohol to make, and the consumption of wine from 1925-29 was actually triple the amount that Americans drank in the 5 years before Prohibition. Brewing bathtub gin also became a popular way to make alcohol at home. This homemade spirit was called bathtub gin because the bottles were too big to be topped up using a normal size sink, so they had to use bath taps, but it was also sometimes brewed in the bathtub itself using cheap grain alcohol.
It comes as no surprise that bathtub gin was pretty undrinkable. The thought of bathtub gin might make gin lovers wince, but the cocktail industry actually owes the disgusting taste of this illegal spirit a lot; because drinking it on its own was completely out of the question, bartenders had to get creative with cocktails and flavours that would take the edge off the gin and transform it into a delicious drink. The Bee’s Knees cocktail is a great example of this, using the strong flavours of honey, lemon juice and orange juice to mask the gin. Some other classic cocktails were born of the Prohibition Era, like the Mary Pickford, French 75, the Sidecar and the Old Fashioned. While these are all delicious cocktails, homebrewing wasn’t all peachy, and drinking tainted bootleg liquor or potential substitutes like filtered antifreeze caused paralysis, blindness and even the deaths of 10,000 people.
So what happened to Prohibition?
Prohibition came to an end after 13 years, when it was finally repealed on the 5th December 1933, making thousands of Christmas wishes come true and also making the 18th Amendment the only constitutional amendment ever to be repealed. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt was relieved to see the end of Prohibition, famously saying, ‘’What America needs now is a drink.’’ It’s a fairly unanimous opinion that Prohibition didn’t work, and is remembered as a national experiment gone wrong.
Drinking never stopped, it was just pushed underground and into a vast illegal network of crime, corruption and gangsters. Prohibition was extremely costly, difficult to enforce, and ultimately wasn’t proving to be a solution to any of the issues that it sought to resolve, and was in fact generating a whole host of new problems. This being said, we are grateful for the mark that Prohibition made on the cocktail and bar industries, giving us some of our favourite drinks, speakeasies, booze cruises and a great appreciation for our freedom to enjoy all of these finer things in life completely legally.
The Roaring Twenties was the age of jazz, changing attitudes towards women and the decade that saw cocktails and bar culture come into their own, which is probably why many bars today seek to emulate the 20s in America – spirits may have been harder to come across but spirit certainly wasn’t.
There’s something about the sunshine that brings a smile to our faces. It’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends, chill out and cool down over some refreshing cocktails!
The perfect way to relax after a hard day’s work or to start the weekend is with a cool drink and good company. After all, if there’s one thing you need in the scorching heat, it’s a refreshing summer drink.
Always the first for trends, Instagram is the go-to place to see what the drink du jour has been this summer, with some surprising results.
Using data from Instagram, the latest Summer Drinks Report, commissioned by Celebrity Cruises has uncovered some interesting truths about global drink trends over the past few weeks.
Despite the popularity of prosecco, it is in fact champagne that remains the number one drink worldwide. Interestingly, France was beaten by USA, UK and Australia, in terms of its posting popularity.
Proving that good taste never goes out of fashion, there were over 618,161 posts of bubbly photos over the summer months. As an all-year round drink, champagne is often featured at the top of Instagram’s drinks lists. What’s more surprising is the drinks that peak during the summer months….
For 2018, this has been the orangey-red delight of Aperol Spritz, which has seen a 154% increase in popularity. As such “Aperol Spritz can also make a strong claim as the world’s drink of the summer” claims the report. This easy summer drink is a favourite in Italy has enjoyed somewhat of a comeback over the past few years thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign by its owner Campari.
The Right Spirit
Beating vodka and gin, the most celebrated spirit this summer has in fact been whisky.
The full list of Instagrammed Summer Drinks is below:
Champagne – 618,151 posts
Whisky – 454,258 posts
Craft Beer – 453,920 posts
Tequila – 240,879 posts
Prosecco – 152,195 posts
Margaritas – 149,182 posts
Martinis – 111,548 posts
Sangria – 97,278 posts
Aperol Spritz – 90,796 posts
Mojitos – 88,235 posts
No longer the poor friend of white wine, rosé wine is finally being taken seriously too, proven by its popularity in leading wine-producing countries, USA and Australia where it has been photographed the most.
European Top Tippes
Fun summer drinks have been popular across Europe, with bubbles taking centre stage. Champagne, prosecco and Aperol Spritz are our top three favourite drinks according to the report.
It also found that national drinks were a hit in their respective countries. Guinness was most photographed in Ireland, Sangria in Spain and Ouzo in Greece!
In the UK, we also lived up to stereotypes, with whisky coming out top in Scotland and Northern Ireland, ale leading in northern cities such as Leeds and Sheffield and champagne enjoyed most in the capital.
But we still can’t get enough of prosecco, with the sparkling drink taking the number one spot as the most instagrammed drink in our country.
Always a popular choice the world over, beer continues to hold a strong position. Craft beer has been dominating Europe, particularly in Northern countries such as Iceland, Denmark and Sweden. While in USA, states that have home-grown beer such as California, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, boast beer as their number one photographed drink too.
Another emerging American trend is the rise in tequila drinking, most popular in Texas and Iowa.
Finally, if you’re looking for a destination to visit with the best classic holiday cocktails on the menu, look no further than Hawaii. These archipelago islands know how to have a good time with Mai Tai cocktails as the most instagrammed drink in their country.
So now you know what to order when the sun goes down.
In historic Scotland, Aberdeen is a city home to so many beautiful sights as well as fantastic cocktail bars. You will definitely feel at home once you visit these bars and it’ll be hard to match their vibe in any other city!
Home to some of Aberdeen’s best cocktails, Orchid is a classy and elegant venue that draws in crowds of people. They raise the standards for the whole cocktail experience with their decor, libations and staff. It may be hard to find at first because of its dark and inconspicuous exterior but once you get inside you will be amazed by all of the delicious drinks that they have to offer. The environment here is relaxing and friendly, created with the help of the attentive bar staff and the comfortable leather chairs.
It is no surprise that Orchid has won various awards for their drinks. The cocktail menu is extensive and has a wide range of flavours. It changes each season, so you can return a few months later and find all new delicious drinks to try out and fall in love with. You can choose something light, tropical, herbaceous or even try out one of their unlikely combinations of flavours. There are no limits here at the Orchid. The bartenders create their own infusions for spirits creating a new vibe for the drinks. A cocktail that you must try is their famous “Orchid” drink which is the only cocktail they have had on their menu since opening in 2009. It is a sweet and fruity drink with vanilla vodka, black raspberry liqueur, cranberry, lime, sugar and egg whites!
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51 Langstane Pl, Aberdeen AB11 6EN, UK
+ 61 2 8006 8833
This popular cocktail bar creates its own infusions, giving their cocktails a distinctive flavour that can only be found here at 99 Bar. Their menu is fun, playful and full of life! Not only will there be a list of cocktails that you have never heard of, but there will also be a list of ingredients within a cocktail that you never thought would work well together until you try it. For instance, one of their creative drinks includes the Tequila Mockingbird, an inspiring infusion that includes Lapsang Souchong Infused Arette tequila, Aperol, paprika infused agave syrup, fresh strawberries, mint, basil and citrus juice.
It’s a great place for those who not only appreciate cocktails, but music too as there are live music gigs during the weekdays and a DJ that plays upbeat party music at the weekends. The bar is decorated with eclectic old fashioned art and has candlelit tables, creating a gothic and dark atmosphere. There are plenty of comfy sofas and an upstairs area to hang out with friends.
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1 Back Wynd, Aberdeen AB10 1JN, UK
+44 1224 631640
This cocktail list wouldn’t be complete without a speakeasy bar, and The Tippling House wins hands down. Hidden away in a basement, this bar offers their guests a delicious menu with a variety of drinks. Their creative menu includes cocktails such as the Surf & Lilyturf, a distinct and refreshing beverage made up of Monkey Shoulder, Matcha Green Tea cordial and lemongrass oil. If their drinks are not enough to satisfy you then you can ask for a personal cocktail to be made. The Tippling House specialises in whiskey and has an extensive list of malts. Their bartenders are professional, skilled and have even won awards, so there is no doubt that you’re in the best hands.
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4 Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JE, UK
This award winning speakeasy bar oozes style and decadence. Aptly named, Dusk Bar is a great place to hang out in the evenings and they have a lot of classic cocktails to offer as well as top quality spirits. The decor in this bar is timeless and the staff are smartly dressed. Dusk Bar is full of charm and is a great place to come for a celebration! The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are welcoming and easy to talk to, ensuring your chance of an unforgettable bar experience in Aberdeen.
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45 Langstane Pl, Aberdeen AB11 6EN, UK
+44 1224 594430
Appropriately named Soul, this bar is located in an old church with all of its original features. The stained glass windows and black marble bar are memorable points of the bar which muddle in together to create an unforgettable bar experience. This is a great place to come for a lively night and a delicious drink.
Whatever your taste in cocktails is, Soul Bar will definitely be able to match it. This bar puts a lot of work into their cocktails and offers such a wide variety of tasty flavours that it’s tough to pick just one to kick your night off. They offer a range of traditional cocktails as well as some of their own creative ones which showcase the staff’s skills and knowledge.
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333 Union St, Aberdeen AB11 6BS, UK
+44 1224 211150
There’s nothing more inspiring than sundowners over sunset, a crisp glass of wine looking out to rolling fields and cocktails overlooking a bustling city below. When the view is as important as the company, or the drink itself, only the most exclusive bars will do.
Whether you’re traveling on business, looking for a venue to impress clients, or seeking the perfect venue for a special night out, we’ve uncovered some of the most awe-inspiring destinations throughout Europe’s top capitals, for a drink with a view.
Best Sweeping City Views
Sky Pod Bar, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF
Tourists flock to The Shard, Londoners head to the Sky Garden! This high-rise rooftop bar in the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building commands some of the best views across the city from its giant greenhouse. Located within the sumptuous Sky Garden, the Pod Bar serves refreshing cocktails with a familiar theme. Try a Garden Spritz or maybe a Floral Ice Tea for a refreshing pick-me-up. At 160 meters high, it’s literally one of the top spots for enjoying a thirst-quenching drink with the London skyline as a backdrop.
For a Touch of Oh La La!
Monsieur Mouche, Bateaux Mouche, Port de la Conférence, Pont de l’Alma, 75008 Paris
As the sun sets over The Seine and the Eiffel Tower glows from the deck of the Bateaux Mouche, you would expect a crowd of loved-up couples. Non, say the French! The latest Parisian hotspot, Monsieur Mouche, instead attracts a lively crowd, with great tunes and creative cocktails to keep the party in full swing all night long! Literally translated at Mr Fly, you can see why this bustling rooftop bar has ‘taken off’.
Culture and Cocktails!
Bar 360, Ifaistou 2, Athens
It seems that every inch of Athens offers breathtaking glimpses of its ancient ruins. But none are more magnificent than the view from Bar 360. Overlooking the Acropolis, this is one of the most ‘instagrammable’ spots in the city, especially when day turns to night. Come here for its impressive wine list, for cocktails in tiki heads, and most of all – for good times.
Grandeur and Glamour
Ararat Park Hyatt, Neglinnaya St, 4, Moskva, Russia, 109012
It was hard not to be dazzled by the majesty and grandeur of Russia’s architecture this summer, when images of the city were beamed into our homes during the World Cup. Head to the Conservatory Lounge and Bar Terrace in the heart of Moscow for some of the best views of the Kremlin and to see where the city’s most influential people rub shoulders. It’s also the place to come for Vodka cocktails and ice-cream delights. Na zdorovie, as the Russians say!
For Quirky and Cool!
REM Eiland, Haparandadam 45-2, 1013 AK Amsterdam, Houthavens
Looking for something a bit unusual, quirky, cool? Hop on over to REM Eiland in Amsterdam for dinner and drinks in a setting like no other. This former commercial broadcast station is suspended in the water, offering unique views from a tranquil setting. You’d be wise to book in advance for lunch, dinner or drinks.
To Infinity Pools and Beyond
Soho House, Torstraße 1 Berlin,
The team at Soho House always get it right, and their Berlin venture is one that any self-respecting member should add to their list. Towering above the Berlin skyline, its rooftop bar boasts panoramic views, best soaked up from its heated rooftop infinity pool. There’s nowhere quite as chic to enjoy a Soho Mule in the city.
Head in the Clouds
Tower Park Praha, Mahlerovy sady 1, Prague, Czech Republic
An imposing structure in the Prague skyline and standing proud at 216 metres tall, the Žižkov Television Tower has become the city’s latest drink and dinner hot spot. With a Michelin-star restaurant and teetering observation tower, it’s worth a visit to both en-route to the Garden Bar. Here you’ll find draft beers, cocktails and a worthy wine list to enjoy from swinging hammocks, just don’t look down if you’re scared of heights!
We’ve all seen those tempting cocktail recipes that use flavoured vodka on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. From a cucumber-infused Bloody Mary to a classic vanilla vodka and coke, there are tonnes of ways to add a tasty twist to the popular spirit. So why not infuse vodka at home and make these delicious drinks yourself? This starter’s guide will help you learn how to infuse vodka with ingredients you probably already have lying around the kitchen! It provides answers to questions like “what can you infuse vodka with?” and “how long does infused vodka last?”
Infused vodka picks up the flavours of its ingredients. This creation of flavours doesn’t require a top-shelf, expensive spirit. Generally, an 80-proof, plain vodka like Seagram’s or Absolut is good for extracting flavors and making a smooth final product. The best part about homemade infused vodka is that after the initial infusion process, it can last for years.
Tools and Know-How
Infusing vodka is a surprisingly easy process. The equipment isn’t technical at all and can be found in the average kitchen. The first thing you’ll need is a chopping board and knife for preparing the ingredients. The other essentials are a 1-quart container with a lid, a mesh strainer, a small funnel, a large bowl (big enough to fit at least 4 cups of liquid) and bottles with caps or seals for the finished infusion. Of course, you’ll need to choose what infusers you want to use too. Generally, 2 cups of chopped fruit or vegetables are necessary for a fruit infusion. As a nice addition, 2-3 sprigs of fresh herbs are will add a great, mellow flavour. Although not necessary, a cheesecloth will make the process much easier. It helps to catch any small fruit seeds or herb pieces that the strainer might miss.
The hardest part about making homemade infused vodka is the waiting. Properly infusing flavours into vodka takes about 5 days. You can get away with 3 days but it really is worth waiting if you want the best results. A quick general guide for infusion is included here along with a brief summary of each step. This is the ultimate DIY project so let your creative juices flow and experiment with flavours!
1. Prepare the Infusers:
Wash and dry whatever ingredient you’re using. Fruits can have peels left on or removed. Vodka infused with peel-on fruit will be richer in colour and flavour but won’t be quite as sweet as vodka infused with peeled fruit. Dice large fruit into 2 cups of small chunks but leave any herbs as whole sprigs. Small fruit like berries can be left whole.
2. Combine Ingredients:
Transfer the prepared infuser into your container with a lid. Pour 2-3 cups of vodka in. The fruit should be covered and the container almost full. Seal your concoction tightly and store it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
Now it’s the waiting game. It takes anywhere from 3-5 days to get infused vodka. Make sure to shake your container every day. Start tasting it on the third day. When you’re happy with the flavour, it’s good to go!
4. Strain the Liquid:
Pour your infused spirit through the mesh strainer into the large bowl. For berries or other ingredients with small seeds, you can line your strainer with a cheesecloth and catch any extra debris. After you’re finished straining, discard the fruit, herbs or vegetables.
Using the small funnel, carefully pour the infused vodka into the storage bottles. It’s okay if they aren’t full but they definitely need to be sealed. A good seal prevents your vodka from evaporating! Store them out of direct sunlight.
The flavour combinations that are possible with infused vodka really are endless. There are some popular basic flavours as well as more complex flavour combinations that are commonly used. The ingredients listed below are all best used fresh.
Rosemary Lavender Infusion – 1 sprig fresh rosemary, 2 sprigs fresh lavender. Add a herb infusion to classics like a vodka martini, vodka tonic or even add unexpected depth to a classic cosmo.
Blueberry Lemon Infusion – 1 cup blueberries, 1 lemon sliced in half, juiced and zested. The key to this infusion is muddling the berries slightly before pouring vodka over the fruit. Take a spoon and smash some of the blueberries. Zest adds an extra layer of citrus flavour. A splash of this in some iced tea on a hot summer’s day is a winner.
Basil Ginger Infusion – 1 knob fresh grated ginger, 8-10 fresh basil leaves. A spicy herby concoction great for adding an extra kick to fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Jalapeno Pepper and Watermelon Infusion – 1 sliced fresh jalapeno, 2 cups fresh diced watermelon. This is a really popular flavour combo at the moment. Beat the summer heat with a sweet and spicy vodka cocktail!
Bacon Infusion – 2 tbsp bacon drippings, added to vodka and infused just like other ingredients. Add a meaty, smoky flavour to that traditional Bloody Mary with this weird and wonderful vodka.
Pineapple Infusion – 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple plus its juice. Use this to give extra flavour to a Bay Breeze or add a tropical twist to a classic screwdriver!
Caramel Infusion – 8-10 soft caramel sweets. Enjoy an apple pie martini or shots with this sweet, decadent treat!
The world of DIY infused vodka is huge. This simple guide is a great starting point for anyone who wants to make something easy and delicious. Flavoured vodkas are versatile and add an interesting take on lots of classic drinks. Try mixing and matching a variety of flavours into your favorite cocktails or simply have a nice homemade blend on the rocks. The results are sure to impress your friends and scratch your creative itch. If you can wait 3-5 days for your infusions, you’ll have something special to enjoy. With simple ingredients and equipment, there’s no reason to delay any longer! Get artfully crafted, hand-picked vodka flavours straight from your own kitchen.
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Are You Looking to become a 5-Star Gin Cocktail Maker with a strong knowledge base on what it takes to make it? If the answer is a resounding YES, then Here’s What You Need To Know About That Popular Spirit, Gin!
Whether that cocktail of choice is a Martini consisting of gin — not Vodka — gin and tonic, or another cocktail that has quickly gained a niche following or international buzz, there is plenty to know about this spirit. Before you decide to step up your cocktail game, there are many flavours, styles, and trendy brands to keep in mind.
By understanding more about this popular spirit, it can help you reach the apex of knowledge as you grow as a cocktail maker. We understand that there is a lot to digest when it comes to this delectable concoction of this juniper berry infused spirit of choice.
What is the Short History of Gin?
Although Dutch physician, Farmer John is often given credit for inventing the liquor, it’s noted origins go back to the 17th century. This liquor has evolved from its use as a herbal-based medicine to a significant player in the spirits business. Today, this juniper-based liquor falls under a broad category of styles, origins, and flavors. However, it’s lineage is based on the Dutch alcohol, jenever. The distinct flavor of this liquor comes from the Juniper berry (Juniperus communis), which a few key residents of Holland decided needed a flavor of juniper to give the concoction that unique taste.
British troops were given “Dutch Courage” in the very damp conditions that made the warming quality of the liquor quite attractive to these men during the Thirty Years War. The King of England was also a supporter of this original Dutch liquor.
Around the time that William III of England (Willam of Orange) took the throne in the late 1600s, the King enacted statutes that allowed for distilling gin and making gin. Because of the ease at which the English could go about distilling gin and making gin, the consumption of this spirit exploded in popularity due to the William III. Some of the English workers during the time of William III’s reign were paid in bottles of spirits.
What are the different types that are currently available to consume?
Depending on which liquor connoisseur you ask, some would say there are only four types, but others might argue that there is a fifth. For this example, we will try and give equal time and reverence to all five. We will start with the fifth style first since it is the newest one on the scene and an interesting style when discussing these varieties.
This newest style is considered the “New American” or “International Style.” Scotland’s own, Hendrick’s brand would fall under this new, fifth style. Hendrick’s produces a spirit that is infused with cucumber and a Bulgarian rose petal.
For a Western Dry brand like Tanqueray, it is a strong option to the juniper-infused taste and aromatics of the English or Scottish gin varieties. This new citrus flavor of Tanqueray or “Tanqueray No. Ten” provides an opportunity to enjoy a fresh taste that is not juniper based.
#1. London Dry
The London Dry is a style and option that most people who consume this spirit would consider the original. This English spirit is heavily infused with a juniper flavour, very aromatic, and light in body. The London Dry is infused with a mix of aromatic ingredients usually during the second distillation. Whether it is the classic martini, Aviation cocktail, or the gin and tonic, London Dry is requested by many as their English gin of choice, based on its reputation as a quality gin.
Drink Choice: The Perfect Martini.
The Plymouth style is a well-known variety, which hails from Plymouth, England. This style — infused with many more roots — has a flavor that is much more earthy and less dry compared to London Dry. If a dry style is what you pine for, then Plymouth (on the rocks) is a popular style to use for for martini making.
Drink Choice: Vesper. Just add Vodka, Plymouth, and Lillet Blanc and it is suitable for any 007 — shaken, not stirred.
#3. Dutch – Genever
This third style of Dutch or Genever is one that contains many different colors and tastes compared to the other styles like London Dry, and Plymouth. Made from the base of grains of malt, tasting these concoctions will leave you looking at a darker color, and tasting a flavour that is similar to a whiskey crafted suing light-bodied botanicals. Whether chilled or on the rocks, Genever and Dutch gin varieties will leave you with a new vibe, and a new taste that spirit lovers can truly savor, sip by sip.
Drink Choice: The Dutch Apple. Heat up the apple cider and mix in Genver on those damp, chilly days — stir, don’t shake.
#4. Old Tom
“Old Tom” — a reference to the Tom Collins — is a style that is considered to be a much sweeter version, compared its cousin, the London Dry. Old Tom is considered to be a fusion between the Genever and the London Dry.
Drink Choice: Tom Collins, of course.
#5. New American
The Western Dry style was popularized by big liquor brands and astute beverage marketers over the last decade to entice the dominating group of liquor drinkers — die-hard traditionalists — who only consider gin drinks carrying a Dutch and English juniper flavour.
Drink Choice: Aviation Cocktail. This sky blue cocktail includes Aviation American, Maraschino liqueur, Crème de violette and lemon juice.
How Does Distilling Work?
Known as a unique spirit, Gin is said to be neutral tasting after the distillation process, but over its history has been mixed with many botanicals to give it that distinct taste. This spirit must use some botanical to be considered the “real deal.” Botanicals are classified as fruit, roots, berries, herbs, and seeds. You can choose a combination of fruits and roots, berries and herbs, or other mix to make your own tasty batch.
Getting a strong juniper taste involves the distillation of grain mash, first, and then a pot still, second. In the mid-1600s, distillers popularized the redistilling of malt wine by adding juniper, caraway, coriander, etc.
Grain mash can also be redistilled a second or third time along with the infusion of a flavoring agent — this is also called a botanical. There are many botanicals to choose from like licorice, cloves, lime, lemon, orange peel, cassia, anise, fennel, cardamom seeds and more.
Although there are hundreds of gin botanicals available to flavor dry gin, here is a list of the two most popular ones:
Juniper Berries(Juniperus communis): Juniper is the main flavor in these spirits, and is part of the cypress family of plants. These berries are usually harvested from countries like India, Macedonia, Italy and Serbia.
Coriander Seeds: As the second most critical source for this spirit’s flavoring, the essential oil in coriander is called linalool. Linalool produces a taste of sage, lemon, and ginger. Its aromas are fragrant, spicy, and mellow. The Coriander seed comes from Russia, Bulgaria, Moldavia, Morocco, and Romania.
The two gin botanicals of Juniper berry and Coriander are important botanicals because they have provided those distinct gin flavours since the Dutch decided their medicinal tinctures. The Dutch wanted a flavor that would spark a new taste instead of the neutral taste of the concoction called jenever.
What are some of the most popular gin brands?
Here are ten of the most popular gin brands include Hendrick’s, Beefeater, Tanqueray No. Ten, Bombay Sapphire, Plymouth, Bols Genever, Aviation American, Martin Miller’s, Carounn Small Batch, and Dorothy Parker, and Breukelen Distilling.
Here are ten different gins to consider, research, and taste. These ten can provide unique gin flavours can leave liquor imbiber wanting more. These ten brands provide some distinct flavours like grapefruit, ginger, rosemary, and lemon (Breukelen brand), juniper, elderberries, and hibiscus (Dorothy Parker brand), or a cocktail infused with sarsaparilla, orange peel and lavender (Aviation American).
There are also the “traditional” choices like Hendrick’s. The makers of Hendrick’s touts the infusion of 12 botanicals that are infused into distilled, small batches, and are delectable for those longtime cocktail aficionados and those newbies who have arrived on the scene. The good news? There are many different gins to choose for those intuitive liquor consuming types, future bartenders, distillers, and more.
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Meet Vince. He took the EBS International Bartender Course on the stunning island of Kos, Greece in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since. Today he is the bar manager at Bar Plata, a speciality gin bar which offers 250 different types of gin, in Aarhus, Denmark. Not one for a quiet life, he opened his own online gin shop earlier this year and is currently working on plans to break the world record for the world’s largest gin tasting, which will take place in October.
We caught up with Vince to hear all about his exciting journey from feeling miserable in an office job to enjoying the fast-paced bartender lifestyle thanks to taking the EBS International Bartender Course in Greece. Read on to hear all about his fascinating story.
Goodbye Office Job, Hello Bartending in Greece
So, how did Vince’s career as a bartender begin? Well, he was working in an office in Denmark, doing your typical 9-5 job and disliking every minute of it. After a year, he decided that sitting at a desk all day was not the life for him. It was time for a change. It was time to find a job that would allow him to be young, free and travel the world.
“I was at work one day when I remembered that a few years earlier, a friend of mine asked if I’d like to do a bartender course with him. I thought it sounded like an amazing idea but at the time, I was too young. Now, it was the perfect thing to do. So I chose to do the EBS course in Kos because it seemed like a really cool destination and the school looked great.”
Vince was right! Our Kos school was the very first school in the EBS family, so we have a great relationship with the locals, who welcome EBS students with open arms. Not only does the school itself have lots of great facilities like 36 bar stations, a restaurant and study areas, but it is also in the most stunning setting, where you will feel at home straight away.
The EBS Kos Experience
When Vince arrived for his bartender course in Greece, his knowledge of cocktail making only went as far as mixing vodka and juice.Things changed quickly and by the end of his course, Vince could make a range of killer cocktails from mojitos to mai tais.
“I learnt about the ingredients, different methods, how to set up the bar and how to flair. I even learnt how to talk to customers. There are so many different aspects to working behind a bar you wouldn’t even realise.The instructors are amazing and the course is really intensive so you learn everything you need in four weeks.”
Vince’s experience at EBS Kos went beyond just bartending. After the course, he left Greece with plenty of fond memories and some lifelong friends that he is still in touch with today.
“My experience was great from the moment we arrived in Kos! I remember getting to the airport with a group of people from my own region and we were met by some really friendly EBS staff who took us to our accommodation. Kos is a really cool place with loads of great bars, which I think would be great to work in.”
There are indeed plenty of job opportunities in Greece. After completing their bartender course in Kos, lots of students stick around for the season and find work on the island’s thriving strip or in one of the many five-star hotels.
From Student to Bartending Pro
After leaving Kos, Vince returned to Denmark to start university. At the same time, he got a part-time job in a cocktail bar with over 100 different types of cocktails and a bar job in a frat house. Before long, Vince started to realise that bartending was his real passion.
“Bartending wasn’t just a job for me, it was something more. I would go to the bar after school and the time would fly by because I was having such a good time.”
Things started to move quickly for Vince from this point. He got a bartending job in a gin bar and became an instructor for Diageo and would drive around Denmark teaching people how to make cocktails. He also became project manager for a bartending app. Then in 2016, Vince landed his job as bar manager at Bar Plata, the speciality gin bar that has seen over 500 different types of gin pass through the bar over the past two years.
Currently, the team at Bar Plata are working on breaking the record for the world’s largest gin tasting, which is currently held by The Botanist across various branches in the U.K. with a whopping 796 people! Vince and his colleagues hope to beat this with 990 people at their gin tasting, which will take place on October 13 starting at 14h. The guests will have the chance to learn about and most importantly, taste different types of gin like pink gin or rhubarb-flavoured gin. If you’re in the area or just so excited by the idea of breaking this record that you’d travel to Denmark to take part, you can find all the information about the event here. In addition to this inspiring project, Vince is running his own online gin and tonic shop, which he hopes will become the leading web shop in Denmark, selling the biggest selection of gin.
“If it wasn’t for EBS, I’d probably still be working in an office doing logistics or marketing or something. EBS really did change my life!”
Living the Bartender Lifestyle
So, what’s life like as a bartender? Very chilled, says Vince. From Sunday to Wednesday, he’s doing his own thing and enjoying life. Then, on the weekend, he’s hard at work behind the bar, making sure people are having a good time.
“It’s really good! I can’t complain about my life right now. I love what I’m doing. There are so many challenges but also so many chances to learn.”
Why You Should Come to EBS Kos
According to Vince, the EBS International Bartender Course is the perfect choice for young people who have finished high school and need some time for themselves but want to gain some new skills.
“EBS is a great way to find out who you are. You will meet some amazing people from all around the world, and you’ll leave with so much more than just a certificate.”
So, what does the future hold for Vince? Aside from focusing on his blossoming bartending career, the record-breaking gin tasting on the 13th October and his online shop, he has just bought a new apartment with his girlfriend. Exciting times lie ahead for Vince and we are excited to follow his journey and see what his future holds.