Our friends at Emporia have shared a fab Chairman’s Reserve Spiced rum serve that ticks all the boxes for your Christmas and New Year’s parties. The Spiced rum is based on the same high-quality spirit as the award-winning Chairman’s Reserve and has been infused with authentic Caribbean spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and local speciality bois bandé and forms a great base on which to build a cocktail.
A Tale of Two Cocktail Books
A few weeks back we found ourselves at the launch of Salvatore Calabrese’s Classic Cocktails book. Technically it was the relaunch as the book was originally released in 1997. This release has Salvatore revisiting and revising the original, adding a great deal more detail and depth to some sections. Whilst we were there, we found out from the distributor (GMC Distribution) about another book: Cuban Cocktails that sparked our interest as well. As it turns out they offer complimentary approaches to the subject of cocktails and so I thought I’d take a moment to consider both.
GinMonkey Goes Hardback…
I'm taking a moment to feature The Periodic Table of Cocktails, a book written by Emma Stokes (widely known to many as GinMonkey) who is our best-est Gin-drinking buddy. How she had time for it given the vast amount of everything else she seems to fit into her life is beyond me, neither-the-less she has still produced a book that in my opinion is a perfect starting point for those starting to explore the world of cocktails. It should be top of the list of for anyone wondering what to get for a friend or family member who loves booze this Christmas.
... And We're Feeling Better Already!
Good news for Pusser’s Painkiller fans. From this month, the world famous Painkiller will be making an appearance at Be At One venues across the country. I don’t normally post about a bar chain like Be At One adding a serve to the menu, but given it’s one of our personal fav’s it’s newsworthy in our eyes. It’s also good to know that there is a better chance of us getting a proper rummy option on our travels.
Featured Post By Richard Seale, Foursquare Distillery
I was very disappointed to read the November editorial of ‘Got Rum’ magazine by publisher Luis Ayala. It seems as though Luis is responding to hearsay rather than making a substantive commentary on the Gargano Classification of Rum. It is not about Pot v Column; it is much more nuanced than that. Luca Gargano of Velier, Italy is one of the leading independent bottlers of rum and considered one of the category’s foremost authorities. He is not “lacking in the knowledge to push the concept”. I am confident once Luis has it properly explained, he will support the initiative.
‘Amistat’ Oliver Pluck [The East Village]
It seems that a well-earned moment of rest in front of the TV inspired our fifth featured UK Bacardi Legacy Semi-Finalist to create a serve that draws on Bacardi’s troubled past and future hopes. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ‘Amistat’ by Oliver Pluck, of The East Village bar in Leeds.
‘Rooted in Santiago’ Madeline Martin [Flipside Cocktail Club]
Our fourth UK Bacardi Legacy Semi-Finalist is a relative newcomer to both the UK and the drinks industry but has created a serve that saw her win the South West Heats. Citing a personal connection in using coconut water, which has the obvious connection to ‘El Coco’ – the coconut tree that stood at the Bacardi Distillery in Cuba - Madi takes the cocktail in an interesting direction and is one I'm super keen to try.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to present for your drinking pleasure ‘Rooted in Santiago’.
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