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Want to know more about the artistry of drinks? Join us in our fun, informative and we hope, entertaining cocktail (almost) hour where we sample the best new bottles, highlight our pick of books to add to your drinks library, shine a light on the bars to have on your radar and check in with some of the biggest names in the drinks business for their top tips for making quality cocktails
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The Cocktail Lovers The Cocktail Lovers

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Want to know more about the artistry of drinks? Join us in our fun, informative and we hope, entertaining cocktail (almost) hour where we sample the best new bottles, highlight our pick of books to add to your drinks library, shine a light on the bars to have on your radar and check in with some of the biggest names in the drinks business for their top tips for making quality cocktails
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    London calling: counting down to London Cocktail Week

    London calling: counting down to London Cocktail Week

    Welcome back!
    London Cocktail Week kicks off on 1st October, running to 31st October (hurrah!) and to celebrate, we begin our second season by catching up with its founders, Hannah Sharman-Cox and Siobhan Payne to talk why it runs for 31 days, what's on the agenda and what they're looking forward to on the LCW calendar.
    We keep the London theme going by reviewing two product ranges created by London bartenders. The first is EasyMixt, the ultimate hack for mixing up simple and delicious cocktails at home, followed by Everleaf, a trio of non-alcoholic drinks created to deliver big-time flavour experiences.
    The Savoy Cocktail Book, from one of the oldest venues in the capital comes under the spotlight in our book review and we head to Soma, one of the newest to check out the super cool decor and try out the Indian-inspired drinks.
    What we're mixing:
    Bramble
    Created by the late, great London bartender Dick Bradsell
    Ingredients
    50ml/2 parts London Dry GIn
    25ml/1 part freshly-squeezed lemon juice
    12.5ml/1/2 part sugar syrup
    12.5ml/1/2 part creme de mure liqueur
    Method:
    Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup over ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top with more crushed ice and form into a mound. Drizzle the creme de mure over to create a streaking effect. Garnish with a blackberry and lemon slice. Serve with a small metal, paper or sustainable straw.

    The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' Watson
    For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.com
    To see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:
    EasyMixt
    Everleaf
    The Savoy Cocktail Book
    Soma
    For the full London Cocktail Week programme and to sign up for your £15 wristband to entitles you to £7 cocktails, masterclasses and events across London, visit londoncocktailweek.com

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    How to up your cocktail garnish game with Lorenzo Antinori

    How to up your cocktail garnish game with Lorenzo Antinori

    Question: How do we round up our very first (mini) season? Answer: With some incredibly tasty treats to keep your palates primed for what's coming next, that's how!
    We've got gin – not just any old gin but the gorgeous, bursting with herbaceous goodness Savoury Gin from those clever chaps at Portobello Road Distillery, and we sample the creamy but light and quite frankly, luscious Disaronno Velvet Liqueur.
    For the last bar review of our first season, we had to go pretty spesh, so we headed back to Claridge's (any excuse) and settled in for a sumptuous cocktail hour at Davies & Brook. Did you know that award-winning Chef Daniel Humm's Michelin-starred London restaurant had a dedicated bar? Well, it does and we recommend getting yourself down there pronto!
    And our chosen book for this episode is one very dear to our hearts: it's The Negroni: A gaz regan Notion by the late, very great gaz regan (lower case 'g' and 'r' intended). Filled with all kinds of nuggets and noodlings about his favourite drink, it includes variations on this most classic of cocktails from some of the best bartenders in the world. Speaking of which, we check in to the recently opened Argo at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong to talk to Lorenzo Antinori about the dos and don'ts of cocktail garnishes.
    What we're mixing:
    Breakfast Martini
    Created by the legendary Salvatore Calabrese aka the Maestro, this drink truly makes for a breakfast (or brunch) of champions. Make it at home and ask for it at Donovan's Bar at Browns Hotel.
    Ingredients:
    50ml Gin
    15ml Cointreau
    15ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice
    1 bar spoon fine cut or no peel marmalade
    Method:
    Pour all ingredients into a shaker and stir to dissolve the marmalade. Add ice, shake and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with shredded orange peel.

    The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' Watson
    For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.com
    To see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:
    Argo
    Davies & Brook
    Disaronno
    Donovan Bar at Brown's Hotel
    The Negroni: A gaz regan Notion (currently out of print but have a check on Google)
    Portobello Road Savoury Gin
    Season two of The Cocktail Lovers podcast is coming late September. Be warned: it's going to be super cool. Expect more fab insights from movers and shakers from around the globe, more bar reviews (hopefully, Covid will ease up so we can bring you our pick of locations from our travels), more fabulous products and, oh yes indeedy, plenty more episodes. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 50 min
    Flying the flag for British drinks, plus glassware in focus with Remy Savage

    Flying the flag for British drinks, plus glassware in focus with Remy Savage

    This week we're flying the flag for Britain. Not in a jingoistic way, far from it. We're merely celebrating a few of the many fab people, places and products that are currently on our radar. It just so happens that they are made or conceived in GB. Like Filey Bay Single Malt Whisky, the first (and only?) whisky made, matured, bottled and batched in good old Yorkshire and The Cocktail Society, a drinks subscription service based in Oxford.
    As far as reading material goes, we pick out the 15th edition of Difford's Guide To Cocktails, created by UK-based Simon Difford. Packed with 600 new and 900 revised cocktail recipes, it's essential reading for cocktail lovers everywhere. Meanwhile, our bar review takes us to Christina's, a brand new bar shining a light on the best of British ingredients, aperitivo style.
    Lastly, we check in with Remy Savage at Bauhaus in London to talk all things glassware – from the beautiful range of glassware he's formulated for design company Nude, to how different styles of glasses affect the overall drinking experience. Fascinating stuff.
    What we're mixing:
    Dark 'N' Stormy
    50ml / 2 parts dark rum
    25ml / 1 part fresh lime juice
    10ml / sugar syrup
    2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
    Ginger beer
    Fresh lime to garnish
    Method:
    Mix all ingredients, except ginger beer, in a Collins glass. Stir and fill glass with cubed ice. Top with the ginger beer, stir again and garnish with a wedge of lime.

    The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' Watson
    For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.com
    To see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:

    Bauhaus Bar
    Christina's
    Difford's Guide To Cocktails
    Filey Bay Single Malt Whisky
    Nude x Remy Savage Glassware
    The Cocktail Society

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    • 54 min
    Getting the lowdown on tequila and mezcal with Ivy Mix

    Getting the lowdown on tequila and mezcal with Ivy Mix

    We continue the summer drinking vibes with some fab products to have on your radar. Such as Sipsmith Chilli & Lime Gin from their limited-edition Sipping Series, and Equiano Light, a new white(ish) rum dedicated to one of the most fascinating men in history, Odulah Equiano. From our groaning cocktail library we pick out 'The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need To Know To Think Like A Master Mixologist', a fabulous guide packed with top tips and 500 recipes from King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff.
    Our bar review sees us soaking up the bright, brilliant and beautiful decidedly summery drinks created by Tato Giovanni at recently opened Sucre and Abajo and we gen up on all things tequila and mezcal with the queen of agave spirits, Ivy Mix.
    What we're mixing: Piña Colada
    50ml Equiano Light Rum (or white rum)
    25ml Coco Re'al Cream of Coconut
    25ml fresh pineapple juice
    5ml fresh lime juice
    Method:
    Blend all ingredients together over crushed ice. Garnish with a dusting of nutmeg and three pineapple leaves.

    The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' Watson
    For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.com
    To see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:
    Abajo/Sucre
    Equiano
    Leyenda
    Sipsmith
    The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need To Know To Think Like A Master Mixologist With 500 Recipes by Dale DeGroff
    The Spirits of Latin America – A Celebration of Culture and Cocktails, With 70 Recipes by Ivy Mix



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    • 56 min
    Summer drinks in focus with The Clumsies

    Summer drinks in focus with The Clumsies

    The sun may not have its hat on but according to our calendar, it's summer so we're choosing our drinks accordingly.
    Our product review sees us sipping the latest sunshine-centric can from the clever chaps at Empirical Spirits in Copenhagen and for when evenings draw in, we open a tip-top bottled Old Fashioned from the team at Hawksmoor London.
    We go in full summer mode with this week's book recommendation, the fabulously retro, unashamedly kitsch 'Trader Vic's Tiki Party', however, our bar review is much more serious as we head to the light-filled space upstairs at Swift in Soho.
    And it's destination Athens where we catch up with Vasillis Kyritsis and Nikos Bakoulis from the award-winning bar The Clumsies (proudly positioned at number three on the World's 50 Best Bars list if you don't mind!) Tune in for their expert tips on pimping up your G&T, using seasonal ingredients and making simple and delicious refreshing drinks.
    Summer essential: Don't miss the Luxardo Secret Piazza running in the delightful courtyard at Hush, 8 Lancashire Court, London W1S 1EY until end of September 2021. Offering a season of delicious drinks including the Colada Italiana, Piazza Spritz and Dolce Vita, as well as a sumptuous food menu, it's the place to get a taste of the Med without leaving central London.
    For bookings and further details, see hush.co.uk
    What we're drinking:
    Tom Collins
    50ml Old Tom Gin
    25ml lemon juice
    15ml sugar syrup
    Soda water
    Lemon slice and cocktail cherry to garnish
    Method:
    Add first three ingredients to a Collins glass and stir. Fill glass with ice, top with soda water and stir again. Garnish with lemon slice and cocktail cherry.
    What we'll be drinking next week…
    Piña Colada (sound track optional)
    You'll need:
    50ml white rum
    25ml Coco Reàl Cream of Coconut
    25ml fresh pineapple juice
    5ml freshly squeezed lime juice
    And a blender. Be warned: this one is going to be noisy, but it's worth it!


    The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' Watson
    For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.com
    To see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:
    The Clumsies
    Empirical Spirits Co
    Hawksmoor at Home
    Hush
    Luxardo
    Swift
    Trader Vic's Tiki Party


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    • 58 min
    Talking kitchen cocktails with JJ Goodman

    Talking kitchen cocktails with JJ Goodman

    This episode is packed with all kinds of cocktail-loving goodness – from how to be the perfect host at home to where to go for first-class hosting skills at one of our favourite London hotels.
    Our drinks cabinet reveals two products from Discarded Spirits Co – a vodka and a rum, both cleverly made with products that would have otherwise gone to waste and we try a bottled cocktail fit for a world famous spy, courtesy of the suppliers to Her Majesty The Queen.
    The wonderfully witty, packed full of handy tips, Esquire's Handbook For Hosts is our literary pick this week and we learn a whole lot of inventive ways to use store cupboard ingredients in our cocktails from JJ Goodman.
    What we're mixing:
    Paloma (in honour of National Tequila Day)
    50ml Patrón Silver Tequila
    Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Soda
    Pink grapefruit wedge to garnish
    Pink Himalayan Salt to rim your glass (optional)
    Method:
    Dampen the rim of your Collins glass with water, then gently press into a saucer filled with salt to coat the rim.
    Fill your glass with ice cubes then pour tequila in the glass and lengthen with Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Soda. With a bar spoon or chopstick, gently mix ingredients together. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge. Enjoy!
    The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis 'T-Bone' Watson

    For more from The Cocktail Lovers, including signing up for our digital and print magazine, visit our website, thecocktaillovers.com
    To see the products featured in this episode, check out our Instagram page @thecocktaillovers and see their websites below:

    Claridge's Hotel
    Discarded Spirits Co
    Esquire's Handbook For Hosts
    Fortnum & Mason
    London Cocktail Club
    Kitchen Cocktails
    Two Keys Pink Grapefruit Soda


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    • 56 min

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