The Bloody Mary
The beauty of the Bloody Mary is that it’ll bend to your every whim. Want something hot? Then add a few more dashes of Tabasco. Craving something salty? Then stir it in with the stick of celery. How you have it is entirely up to you.
Alex Walker is currently tending bar at the critically acclaimed and award-winning Beaufort Bar in the Savoy, and recently won the UK Beefeater MIXLDN 7 Cocktail Competition. Here he tells us what he loves about gin and gives an insight on the concept behind his award-winning drink.
Lucky Number 8
Agave spirits are booming, so we caught up with one of the most important distillers in the category, Carlos Camarena, creator of Ocho Tequila, to learn more about single vintage and sustainable tequila.
While Joanne Moore describes herself as an ‘accidental’ distiller, it is more accurate to accentuate the 'master' in her job title. When it comes to gin, the creative force behind G&J Distillers has a portfolio of stunning gins to live up to that title.
Put the Ketel on
Dutch vodka Ketel One has long been first on the team sheet for bartenders, and here the 11th generation Master Distiller Bob Nolet tells us why it’s such a stalwart, makes its way on to the best bar menus and remains crucial in everything from Martini to Bloody Mary’s.
Seven twists on classic aperitivo cocktails courtesy of Davide Arcucci, Giovanni Qualino's head bartender. They are simple but multi-layered in flavour, he says, every bit as clear and harmonious as you would hope for.
We think of Irish whiskey as soft, sweet and smooth, but as you would expect, there is mastery in distillation and wood management that presents us with a wide array of styles and flavours...
Best of British
Vodka from a cow? Pull the udder one. And as for that pun, how very dairy we… Ahem. But seriously, Black Cow vodka is produced from cow’s milk, so this is an actual thing and far from a novelty – as you'll see for yourself.