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Putting Pen to Shaker: A Bartenders Cocktail Competition 2014

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Putting Pen to Shaker: A Bartenders Cocktail Competition

“A European bartender cocktail competition inspired by British eccentricity, with a literary twist”

Last year I was happy to get along to the finals of the first Putting Pen to Shaker competition which was being held at Salvatore's Bar at Playboy.  It’s not often I attend a cocktail competition where the drinks can be made from more than one spirit category, in fact it’s a requirement of entry as the competition sponsors (The Poshmakers) have rum, gin and vodka in their portfolio.  The inaugural winner was David Hamilton-Boyd and his prize was a fabulous all-expenses paid trip to Madrid, along with his self-penned story featured in Bar Magazine for continued fame and maximum exposure!
 
The good news is that the competition is back for 2014, bigger than before and with more at stake in terms of prizes!
 
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Bacardi Rum and Tiki Take Over Quiz

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Bacardi Tiki Take Over 2014

Quiz Time!  

As part of the test in recruiting the very best of the UK Tiki Bartenders to take on the American team in Miami in April this year, the judges required all those competing to complete the following twenty question test.  So many people asked about it, that we thought it would be fun to run the same test here so you all can find out how you’d do.
 
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Bacardi Tiki Take Over 2014 UK Team Confirmed

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Bacardi Tiki Take Over 2014

And It's As Tiki As F*ck!  

Being asked to be a judge at a Tiki competition is one of the best things that can happen to anyone!  Front and centre with the best view in the house for catching all the antics.  Rum competitions tend to be livelier than most other spirit categories, but Tiki tops everything in terms of madcap acting, fire breathing, and amazing cocktails.  Having survived the regional rounds with both eyebrows and perhaps more importantly - my dignity intact – I’m now happy to confirm the team that will be heading to Miami to defend an unbeaten record in the Tiki Take Over!
 
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Tickets For RumFest 2014 Now On Sale

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The UK RumFest

The UK RumFest Returns in October with a Fresh Look and a New Venue  

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th October 2014
New venue - London's ILEC
 
It was only a few weeks ago when the one and only Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell and I were sitting in a bar chatting excitedly about this year’s RumFest.  This year marks the 8th outing for the largest rum festival in the world, and whilst I may have bitched a bit before about the rudeness of some of those heading along just to get drunk, I genuinely felt RumFest 2013 was a positive step forward in tackling some of these issues.  I guess a hard truth of success is that the bigger a show gets, the scope for a few growing pains to develop creeps in.  This year the balance seems to be tilting further in favour of the ‘real rum fan’ and so I’m happy to share all the details as we know them.
 
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Time for a Clément Rhum Ti’Punch or Two?

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Rhum Clément Twisted Ti’Punch competition - Thè Pour Deux (Tea for Two)

Nicely Twisted Of Course…  

A little while ago, I got along to the London Heats of the Rhum Clément Twisted Ti’Punch competition being held at Rum and Sugar in Canary Wharf.  There really were some excellent cocktails being served up and the very best was by Mike Foster whom works at 69 Colebrooke Road (a bar with no name) in Islington, London.  If you’re up for the challenge, you can try your hand at recreating this cocktail yourselves using the recipe Mike shared with us.
 
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Rum and Pancakes

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Appleton Rum and Pancakes!

A Match Made In Pancake Heaven?  

If you celebrate Shrove or Shrovetide Tuesday, Pancake Day (or however you call it) as a prelude to Lent then today you could well be clearing your cupboard of all those temptations that will test your resolve in the coming days!  Even if you don't there’s a good chance that pancakes will feature and if you (like us) are rum fans, then you’ll love the Appleton Rum Butter Pancakes recipe we’d got to share with you.
 

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