Ricardo Dynan

A bartender competition and a new bottle design are being introduced for Absolut vodka in the UK as part of a new global campaign celebrating classic vodka cocktails. The brand is urging bartenders to explore 12 classic cocktails using Absolut as a base and challenging them to come up with their own “13th Classic” recipe. …

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Leading bartenders from across the UK are set to compete in the all-female Speed Rack competition which is returning for London Cocktail Week. It will bring together 19 competitors who will be challenged to make a round of cocktails, chosen from a list of 50 industry-standard classic recipes, in timed heats. It is a spin-off …

SodaStream Mix Ryan

Leading bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana has teamed up with SodaStream to create signature carbonated cocktails that will be showcased at London Cocktail Week. Their bar, Alchemy Lounge, will run at Old Spitalfields Market – the main hub for London Cocktail Week – from October 5 to 11, offering drinks made using the SodaStream MIX which carbonates …

Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys 2015

Drinks company Hi-Spirits is expecting strong demand for the “very limited” UK allocation of whiskeys in the annual Antique Collection from the Buffalo Trace distillery. The Kentucky distillery is releasing lower-than-expected volumes of several of the five-strong collection of bourbon and rye whiskies because of the unpredictable nature of barrel ageing. The Antique Collection will …

24hr bar build

Leading bartenders from London, New York City, Singapore and Paris will be competing to create a bar in just 24 hours as part of London Cocktail Week. Each of the four bars will represent a different spirit from Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands: Patrón tequila, Bombay Sapphire gin, Grey Goose vodka and Bacardi rum. The 24Hr Bar …

Ketel One kitchen Drake & Morgan

Diageo has unveiled details of the “drinks experiences” in its World Class hub that it will be creating for London Cocktail Week. Taking over the Vinyl Factory events space in Soho from October 5 to 11, it will have different areas dedicated to Tanqueray gin, Haig Club whisky and Ketel One vodka that will immerse …

Old Fashioned Woodford Reserve

Recipes created by some of the world’s leading bartenders will be on the menu at a pop-up bar for Woodford Reserve whiskey celebrating the Old Fashioned. Run as part of London Cocktail Week, The Art of the Old Fashioned bar will take over a railway arch in Old Street in Shoreditch from October 6 to …

monkey shoulder winner The Dead Parrot

A preview of events, pop-ups and drinks at London Cocktail Week from October 5 to 11 Across London, bartenders will be shaking and straining for the return of London Cocktail Week. Now in its sixth year, the festival features a packed programme of pop-up bars, master classes, supper clubs and many other events for consumers …

London Cocktail Week

Details have been announced for this year’s London Cocktail Week, including a bigger hub in Soho and a takeover of Old Spitalfields Market. The whole 1,200 square metres of the historic covered market in east London will become a “cocktail village” of pop-up bars, trucks, vans and bicycles serving up drinks. There will also be …

monkey shoulder winner The Dead Parrot

A team of bartenders from Sussex are set to create their own pop-up bar at London Cocktail Week after winning a competition run by Monkey Shoulder whisky. In a close-run final, finalists Andrew Harrod, Adam Manning and David White from The Dead Parrot in Horsham, West Sussex, achieved the highest votes with a circus-inspired bar …