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Honey, I Shrunk the Distillery: Micro-distillers

26-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails USA Opinions

Micro-distillers, artisan outfits, whatever you like to call them, it’s the little guys who are making some of the most interesting stuff in spirits right now, says Larry Walker

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Still Life: Dave Broom loses his sense of smell... and discovers a fresh taste perspective

22-01-2010 | Category: Whisky / Whiskey Rum & Cachaca Tea Tastings Opinions

Being struck by illness and subsequently deprived of your tasting senses for a few days can turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as an enlightened Dave Broom discovers.

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In the shaker: Getting creative with cocktails

21-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Opinions

Kummel... a criminally underused spirit

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In the shaker: Getting creative with cocktails

21-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Opinions

Gin cocktails - genever and holland gin

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The Entertainer: There's more to bartending than knocking up a Dirty Martini.. learn from the mast…

19-01-2010 | Category: Cocktails Opinions

When it comes to tending bar, an encyclopaedic cocktail knowledge and expert mixing skills are nothing without a good bit of old-fashioned showmanship, says Nick Wykes of IP Bartenders

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Some like it hot: Warm cocktails for winter

19-01-2010 | Category: Cocktails Opinions

Even the simplest of hot cocktails can bring a welcome seasonal feel and extra sales opportunities to your list. And if you can set fire to them, well, so much the better, says Alice Lascelles

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Hark the unheralded: There are plenty of brilliant bars that don't bask in the 'sleb' spotlight

19-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails England Opinions

Name-dropping may be fun, but it won’t elevate you to the bartenders’ hall of fame. Nick Wykes celebrates the mixologists whose genuine talent can be missed among the PR-fanfare of better known celebrity haunts

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Guilty pleasures: Bartenders confess to their favourite 'cheesy' brands

14-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Opinions

There are times when nothing hits the spot quite like a brand with a little bit of cheese about it. Nick Midgley asked some top mixologists to ’fess up to some secret favourites

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VIP not OAP... Sherry

14-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Opinions

Good with food, great on its own and terrific value for money, it’s time, says Peter McCombie MW, for restaurants to reclaim sherry from the pensioners

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In the shaker: Getting creative with cocktails

13-01-2010 | Category: Gin Rum & Cachaca Cocktails Purées & syrups Opinions Liqueurs

The complete-o Mojito: the last word in customised Mojitos

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20 years of 'Cocktail': A nostalgic look at the film that inspired a generation of bartenders

13-01-2010 | Category: Tequila Cocktails Purées & syrups Other mixers & soft drinks Opinions Liqueurs

The film Cocktail is 20 years young this year, and with so many kids now wearing clothes straight out of the 80s, it seemed the perfect time for Tom Sandham to re-visit the movie that has inspired a generation of bartenders

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Herbal remedy: A guide to growing herbs, essential ingredients for cocktail

13-01-2010 | Category: Gin Vodka Rum & Cachaca Tequila Cocktails Purées & syrups Other mixers & soft drinks Opinions Red only Port

Scented, flavoursome and adorned with beautiful flowers, herbs are an essential ingredient for any cocktail list this summer. Alice Lascelles digs deep...

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Still life: In these tough times, are super premium products still worth it?

13-01-2010 | Category: Whisky / Whiskey Tastings Opinions

As bling products become as popular as bankers’ bonuses, Dave Broom gives us a snapshot of which super premium products are still worthy of their hefty price tags

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Energy consumption: The new generation of 'high-performance' drinks

11-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Other mixers & soft drinks Opinions

A growing number of drinks are enhancing their recipes with ingredients reputed to make you party harder and feel better. Alice Lascelles gets to know her guarana from her ginkgo and finds out what the bartenders make of it

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Rice and easy: The complete guide to sake and shochu

07-01-2010 | Category: Spirits & Cocktails Tastings Matching Opinions Japan

From the East they came. Strange. Strong. Threatening. Made of Rice (and some other stuff). Yet were saké and shochu the monsters they first seemed? Clinton Cawood donned his cape and entered their underground lair

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