Wild Turkey 2014 winners

Josh Reynolds from Hawksmoor Spitalfields in London will be heading to Kentucky and New York after winning Wild Turkey bourbon’s 2014 UK cocktail competition. He triumphed over 10 other finalists at Manchester’s Cane & Grain bar, creating a cocktail called The Black Feather which combined Wild Turkey 81 with Punt e Mes vermouth and a …

The Duppy Share

Details have been announced for the annual Boutique RumFest, the event for the bar and drinks trade linked to consumer show RumFest. This year, the trade-only event will be held at London’s ILEC Centre on Friday October 10 – the day before RumFest itself takes over ILEC on October 11 and 12. Run in association …

Hayman's Tom Cat Anthony Cullen

Hayman’s is celebrating the revival of one of the oldest styles of gins, Old Tom, with a series of simple cocktails using its own expression of the spirit. The style of Hayman’s Old Tom features intense botanical flavours with a hint of sweetness which delivers a more rounded and softer taste than most other gins. …

charles joly winning

Charles Joly from The Aviary in Chicago has been declared the winner of this year’s Diageo Reserve World Class bartender of the year competition. Representing the USA, he beat 47 other bartenders in a week of challenges held in Scotland and London for this year’s global final. After a series of eliminations, he made it …

employees only

The organisers of the Auchentoshan Switch competition have announced the North American bar where the winning bartender from the UK and the rest of Europe will get to work. As part of their prize, the winner will switch continents for two weeks to work in Employees Only (pictured) – the New York City bar that …

Dewars Tom Raeburn

Award-winning bartender Tom Walker of The American Bar at The Savoy in London has collaborated with Scotch whisky Dewar’s to create “heritage” recipes with a contemporary twist. He has come up with the Dewar’s True Scotch collection of cocktails for serving in the hotel bar and for other bartenders and consumers to re-create. Tom researched …

Gabriela Moncada jose cuervo tequila

In time for National Tequila Day on Thursday (July 24), Gabriela Moncada Peña (pictured), brand ambassador for Jose Cuervo, rounds up some of the best places in London and beyond to enjoy Jose Cuervo Cuervo’s Cantina at Skylounge, the stunning rooftop bar in Tower Hill, offers delicious bespoke Jose Cuervo tequila cocktails and Mexican food …

Angelica Cocktails leeds bar

A new cocktail menu has been introduced at D&D London’s restaurant and bar Angelica in Trinity Leeds for enjoying on long summer days. New additions to the menu include the fruity and sweet Crimson Velvet which combines Ketel One vodka and Xante pear liqueur with Chambord raspberry liqueur, lemon, orange bitters and raspberry puree. Another …

Buffalo Trace bartender

Bartenders are being challenged to create innovative drinks with American whiskey in a competition to win a trip to the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. The Buffalo Trace 8 Steps Competition, launched by UK distributor Hi-Spirits, will see bartenders in London and Scotland invited to create a new long or short cocktail using Buffalo Trace …

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Bartenders in the UK will have a chance to swap jobs and work in a bar in North America in the third Auchentoshan Switch. Launched today (June 30), the competition is seeking a bartender from the UK and the rest of Europe to “switch” continents, challenging them to create a new cocktail with Auchentoshan Three …