At Cocktails Distilled want to help you to make cocktails at home. In this podcast, we talk to distillers and makers about particular varietals they have created - what they are, why they created them and, more importantly, in what cocktails that particular expression works best. So if there is a brand of gin, whiskey or whatever, that you've been thinking of buying, then we can help you know more about it and exactly how to use it.
Taking Life By Storm With Tromba Tequila
Tequila has come a long way from its reputation as simply a shot based spirit into a liquid that people feel equally at home drinking in a cocktail or a sipping beverage.
But tequila's popularity hasn't come without challenges, both in terms of authenticity, environmental concerns and the blending of traditional methods with innovation.
One brand that is walking the tightrope of craft tequila distilling is Tequila Tromba.
We speak to co-founder James Sherry about the agave liquid, distillation, and of course, how to best use his tequila in a cocktail.
Barking Irons Has Created A Spirit As New York as Apple Gin
Craft distilling is all about experimentation and the ability to release new flavours and tastes.
So it's not surprising that in New York, a state known for its apple production, craft distiller, Barking Irons has concentrated on apple based spirits.
But rather than just look at AppleJack variations, the brand has now released a gin made from apples. Some would say this new gin is New York to the core.
The Trick To Vodka Is All In The Blend
You probably know Chris Montana’s name in connection with Du Nord Craft Spirits and the fact that there wasn’t a single trouble from last year that did not darken the door of his distillery. From COVID closure and making hand sanitiser, to the riots and the flames that engulfed Du Nord.
But even while assessing the wreckage of his business, it was not on himself where his attentions lay but rather his community and the other makers and businesses around him.
In what was left of his warehouse space, Montana set up an impromptu food bank and conducted a fund-raising drive to help other businesses in the area owned by people of colour.
And that desire to focus on those around him has continued as he has taken up the role of Master Blender with a new vodka brand American Liquor Co.
We talk to Montana about expert distillers, grains, blends and the sort of Vodka cocktails you should be making.
For more information on American Liquor Co, go to https://www.americanliquor.com
Seeking Hope For South African Distilling
With the possibility of a fourth alcohol ban looming, leaving the South African liquor industry questioning its own survival, we talk to Lucy Beard, co-owner and distiller at Hope Distillery.
Started in 2014, Hope was the first licensed gin distillery to open in Cape Town and has since built a reputation not only for their own distillations but also the guidance they have showing to fledgling brands around the country.
We talk to Lucy about the bans, their spirits and what the future might hold.
Jaisalmer Gin - An Oasis In The Desert
Although you might think of gin as being very English, the Indian subcontinent's influence on the spirit and how it is drunk has been substantial.
From the botanicals commonly used in its production to its most popular drink, the gin and tonic, the influence of India can easily be seen. Yet it is only recently that India has produced its own interpretation of the spirit and really added its voice to the gin conversation.
One of the brands that have been leading the way is Jaisalmer, which is a luxury gin made in Northern India that showcases the flavours of its home.
To find out more, we talked to Mr Sanjeev Banga, President of International Business at the gins' parent company, Radico Khaitan about the growth of gin in India, what makes a distinctively Indian gin and what cocktails enhanced their gin.
Put a buzz in your glass with Barr Hill Gin
As spring descends in the Northern hemisphere, it's the perfect time to pay tribute to the efforts of the humble bee. Darting through fields, to acquire pollen and nectar bees are symbols of renewal and community.
Within the spirit world, their efforts and enterprise are no better represented than by the Vermont distillery Barr Hill, in the form of their floral, raw honey gin.
We talked to Ryan Christiansen Head Distiller at Caledonia spirits, the makers of Barr Hill Gin about bees, honey cocktails and why gin is your perfect spring drink.