I love a good cocktail competition and the Angostura Aromatic Bitters Global Cocktail Challenge is always a show case for the very best bartenders. I was pleased to be asked to be a judge last year and pleased as punch to be asked again this year too. Twelve lovely cocktails produced by some of the best bartenders in the UK – what’s not to enjoy?
A Rum Judges Perspective
The 3rd German Rum Festival in Berlin was my first experience of an alcoholic drinks show in main land Europe. For a nation that has a national image of seriousness and organisation, I always wondered how it might celebrate rum – a spirit category that seems to operate on its terms and in its own time with varying levels of seriousness. Fortunately, it turns out that German’s really do love their rum and go to great lengths to celebrate the fact.
A Mere 500 Years of Tropical Drinks…
We were pretty excited to hear about Beachbum Berry’s new book [Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them] and it’s been pretty cool reading the few samples pages that have been shared in advance of the December 10th 2013 release date. It appears to have the right balance of history, humour and detail which we love in Jeff’s work. We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy, resigned to the fact that we’ll be spending a fortune on more boozy ingredients and the ever increasing problem of how to store them all…
A Graduates Perspective…
Having just spent a wonderful week in Spain at the first ever Rum Experience University it’s not an unreasonable expectation for friends and colleagues to ask the immortal, time served question of “Well, how was it?” and the truth is that so much happened during the week, that it’s almost impossible to summarise into the quick, pithy response that “they” will want to hear.
- Ron Diplomático Launch New Single Vintage 2000 Rum
- Rones de Guatemala Awarded Geographical Indication Status
- Fourth Annual Golden Rum Barrel Awards
- Event: Trailer Happiness Rum Club with Rum Chamarel
- RumFest El Dorado News
- RumFest News 3
- RumFest News 2
- Diplomático Rum Partner with Hotel Chocolat during London Cocktail Week
- Wanderlust Competition with La Hechicera Rum
- Rum Experience University Day 2