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.
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.
Drinking Gin By Moonlight With Hendrick's Lunar
While you might think of the effect of moonlight as being subtle, it is now believed that its rays penetrate the soil and affect plant life, from germination to harvest.
With the release of its limited-edition Lunar Gin, Hendrick's Gin believes this same effect can be seen in the gin that you drink. To understand this better.
We talked to Hendrick's Gin, Master Distiller, Lesley Gracie about moonlight botanicals, floral gins, and celestial contemplation.
Distilling British Rum From Scratch
When you think of rum, you often think of warm tropical locations in the Caribbean, but one brand has set the rum world on its head by distilling in the UK.
In a world we normally associate with gin, Scratch distilling has forged a place and won the accolades of fellow rum nerds with their unique take on the spirit.
We talk to Scratch founders and distillers, Doug Miller and Ellie Taverner about ageing in a cold climate, botanicals in rum and how English rum should be drunk.
Camus Cognac Takes You To The Village Of Saint-Aulaye
French cognac brand, Camus, has long been known for their desire to explore fascinating and inventive new takes on cognac tradition.
Their latest release takes connoisseurs of the spirit to the small village of Saint-Aulaye, located in the Périgueux district of Dordogne.
We speak to Pier Paolo Catucci, the global brand manager of Camus, about this very special, limited release expression, why it was created, and how it should be drunk.
Make Your Aperitif A Gem With Rhubi Mistelle
When you think of aperitifs, it's a fair bet that Mistelle is not one that you've come across very often. A type of fortified aperitif, Mistelle originated in France where grape juice and other fruits, are mixed with some sort of locally made spirit.
While this style of drink has a long history in the grape-growing regions, today, we are looking at a Mistelle created by award-winning Australian bar, Bulletin Place. Adapting the style, while adding some good old Australian irreverence, the team created Rhubi Mistelle.
To understand more about this aperitif, we talked to award-winning bartender and Bulletin Place's own, Tim Phillips, about history, taking a product to market and the cocktails you can make with it.
The Lost Explorer & The Treasure Of Mezcal
Seen by many as the darling of the spirit space, Mezcal's popularity is forging ahead by leaps and bounds. But with this newfound popularity has come regulations to protect the spirit, notably the craftsmanship, but also the land.
One brand that is embracing the spirit's heritage and biodiversity as well as delving into what the spirit really has to offer is The Lost Explorer.
We talked to two of the brand's ambassadors, Joseph Mortera based in Mexico City and Deano Moncreiffe based in London about the importance of the land, what distinguishes their brand, and how their Mezcal should be drunk.