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.
The Dry Side Of Vermouth di Torino With Cucielo
As the summer in the Northern hemisphere progresses, most of us will at some stage, indulge in an aperitivo hour or even afternoon with friends and family.
The perfect time to unwind, the aperitivo moments are ideal for socialising as they are light, refreshing, and come with a low ABV.
And to make the moments more special, the Cucielo brand denoted with its brilliant blue migrating cuckoo has just introduced a new expression, a dry Vermouth di Torino that embodies all the flavour and craft essential for capturing the essence of golden hour, an Italian aperitivo culture.
To find out more about this new martini orientated liquid. We talked to founder and artisan spirit CEO, Andy Holmes about herbs, Italian vermouth and the perfect aperitivo cocktails.
The Clean Taste Of New Zealand With Broken Shed Vodka
When you think of New Zealand, you probably think of extensive green hills and forests full of lush vegetation. But Mark Simmonds, one of the three founders of Broken Shed would also like you to think about the purity that can be achieved in a distilled Vodka.
Launching in 2009, Broken Shed has brought the future to Vodka drinkers around the globe and shown that with a little New Zealand ingenuity an amazing liquid can be created from only three ingredients (two of which are water).
We talk to Simmonds about the purity of water, whether whey really is the way and how difficult it has been for a New Zealand brand on the global spirits stage
Experience the wilder side of botanicals with Wilderton
When creating a distilled spirit, it is usual to start either with an established spirit type or with flavour, but when Seth O’Malley and Brad Whiting created Wilderton they approached it from a very different standpoint.
Starting instead with a layering of botanicals, that could not be easy identified as any particular flavour, the friends wanted to create a liquid that would function as a spirit without trying to be an already existing one.
The result is their two expressions, Lustre and Earthen, both of which were born out of curiosity about the depth of feeling that the botanicals used could express.
To find out more, we speak to Seth O’Malley about botanicals, distilling and what it means to live and drink wild and free.
Tasting The Purity Of Glacial Waters With Reyka
In recent years, many vodka distilleries have relied on the marketing buzzwords such as clean, crisp, and pure, but there are few that can back up these claims as fully as Reyka vodka.
Distilled on the west coast of Iceland in the shadows of the majestic Mt. Hafnarfjall. The distillery is part of a land like no other, a land of Vikings, volcanoes and crystal glacier waters.
To find out more, we talked to US brand ambassador Trevor Schneider, about stills, geothermal power and flavour in vodka.
Discover The Non-Alcoholic Ecosystems Of Everleaf
While a lot of us did drink perhaps a little more than we should have during the pandemic, the real winner from our time of isolation was the non alcoholic drinks industry.
Already picking up steam before COVID, the sale of non alcoholic beverages has skyrocketed over the last 18 months.
One relatively new brand to the market but one that has definitely been making an impact is Everleaf, a complex and captivating range of non alcoholic aperitifs based in the UK.
To find out more about the brand, what they are offering and the true nature of the appeal, we talk to Paul Mathew, the founder of Everleaf.
Mixer & Match With Cocktail & Sons
In the world of cocktails, it's usually the spirits and the liqueurs that tend to get all the love.
But as anyone who has made drinks knows, it's the syrups and mixes that are often the true stars of the show. But taking the flavour profile of your drinks up to the next level with a flavoured syrup is often more difficult than that sounds.
Going through the rigamarole of having to find the ingredients and ensure consistency means that it's simply easier to turn to a pre-made syrup.
One business that is sweetening the experience is Cocktails & Sons. Started by award-winning bartenders, and husband and wife duo, Max Messier, and Lauren Myerscough, the brand aims to bring simplicity to your bar.
To find out more, we talked to Lauren about flavours, simplifying syrups, and of course the drinks that you can make with them.