'Mindful drinking' has become a thing, with the first ever Mindful Drinking Festival playing host to an array of low-alcohol producers. Bars can ill-afford to ignore the growing number of abstainers – whatever their reasons may be.
Edmund Weil is the owner of London’s award-winning bar Nightjar, Oriole and Swift. Here, he talks about how Cognac has always been a crucial ingredient in cocktails.
We talk to Jim Beveridge, Johnnie Walker's master whisky blender, about the whisky landscape, the craft of blending, and the secret behind the success of Johnnie Walker Black Label.
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.