Last Minute Christmas Cocktails!

A couple of festive cocktails to get you into the mood!

Aqua London’s Christmas Cocktail


Mince pie infused dark rum
Pinot Noir wine
Grand Marnier
Orange Juice
Cinnamon syrup
Top up with Sparkling wine

Method: Shake all ingredients, double strain into a flute, top up with sparkling wine

COST: 12.50

Bulleit Crafts the Gentleman Baristas

Established in 2014, the award-winning team at The Gentlemen Baristas believe that coffee should be well-mannered and well made. They have partnered with iconic frontier whiskey Bulleit Bourbon and Dumo Mathema at The Roastery Department to create the UK’s first bourbon barrel-aged coffee. Available in two varieties – The Trucker, a rich espresso; and The Gatsby, a smooth filter – both have a spicy finish from the Bulleit ageing process.

Served up with courtesy and a warm welcome at their coffee house in Southwark, in addition to the bourbon barrel-aged coffees The Gentleman Baristas have their core range of hand-roasted coffee that is as flavourful and considered as it is whimsically named.

The range at Harvey Nichols includes:
The Gatsby, £15; The Trucker, £14.95; The Tophat, £9.95; The Bowler, 10.95; The Pith Helmet, £10.95 and The Deerstalker, £9.95.

Gin Foundry has just launched its booze-filled countdown to Christmas and the original gin advent calendar – Ginvent.

Olivier and Emile Ward from the Gin Foundry team has created the perfect recipes using drams from the calendar to help you get your festive season off to a juniper-filled start…
RRP £124.95 from w

Dry Martini

30 ml Fifty Eight Gin
5 ml Dry Vermouth
Garnish with a grapefruit Zest

Good Gin Wenceslas

30 ml Slingsby Gin
10 ml Dry Vermouth
10 ml Suze
Garnish with a lemon peel

Winter Forest Martini

30ml Napue Gin
10ml Dry Vermouth
7ml Luxardo Maraschino
2ml Absinthe Bitters
Garnish with a rosemary sprig

Fireside Flip, from Ryan Cheityawardana’s new book Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends, published by Frances Lincoln, £20. It is available from Amazon and

1 coin of ginger
1 tablespoon honey
Just over 1 shot (30ml/1.2oz) sloe gin
1 shot (25ml/1oz) honeyed-style malt whisky (such as Highland Park 12 year old, or Aberfeldy 12 year old)
1 whole egg
Dash Angostura bitters
Cubed ice
Nutmeg, to finish
Chilled sherry glass

Crush the ginger and honey in the shaker. Add the other ingredients and shake without ice, then shake with ice and double strain into your glass.
Garnish with fresh nutmeg


Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee with Bulleit & The Gentlemen Baristas

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Iconic frontier whiskey Bulleit and enterprising coffee experts, The Gentlemen Baristas have worked together to create one of the UK’s first Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffees which will be unveiled at the London Coffee Festival, 7th – 11th April.

Two varieties of single origin coffee beans have been put through a unique and innovative roasting process to create a coffee which has the flavour notes and characteristics of a whiskey. The beans are rested in American Oak single fill Bulleit Bourbon casks all the way from Kentucky. The coffee, which is sourced from sustainable and 100% ethical coffee plantations in Colombia and El Salvador, is then roasted – picking up Bulleit’s sweet and spicy character to create two unique and exciting coffee offerings:

The Trucker – an espresso coffee which is smooth with sweet lime acidity, citrus and orange blossom floral notes. With a heavy mouth feel of rich dark chocolate, the Bulleit ageing gives a sweet zesty finish

The Gatsby – a filter coffee with a syrupy mouth feel and a balanced acidity. Boasting milk chocolate and caramel, with hints of keylime, strawberry, and green apple, the Bulleit provides a spicy note as a finish

Following its launch at the London Coffee Festival the coffee will be available for customers to buy online from World of Zing. Bulleit Brand Ambassador Andrea Montague will also be working with the bar team at award-winning Callooh Callay in Shoreditch to create a unique offering of bourbon barrel aged coffee and whiskey cocktails, including the below:

The Gentlemen’s Agreement by Andrea Montague

35ml Bulleit Bourbon
80ml The Gatsby Coffee
20ml Roasted Coconut & Nutmeg Syrup
1 drop Orange Blossom Water

Method: Throw drink

Inspired by the flavour of the coffee – the rich warm spice notes taken form the barrel are highlighted using roasted coconut and nutmeg, whislt the slight citrus lift you taste at the back of the palate is accentuate by the floral orange water.

@BulleitUk | #BarrelAgedCoffee

Jamie Jones From Fumo in Manchester Wins A Place In The UK Final Of World Class 2015

Jamie Jones

Following rounds of intense competition and exceptional creativity from all competitors Jamie Jones from Fumo in Manchester has been crowned as a WORLD CLASS semi-final winner. Having risen above 45 other regional finalists in yesterday’s heats, they will now go on to compete in the UK final of one of the industry’s biggest and most prestigious bartending competitions.

Jamie Jones from Fumo is the top bartender in Manchester and part of the first five bartenders through to the final. Mixing and shaking their way alongside him will be Luca Corradini from the American Bar at The Savoy, Tim Laferla from Red Bar at Bam-Bou, Kyle Wilkinson from The Blind Pig and Jon Hughes from Bramble Bar, as all five proceed to the next stage of the competition. This highly anticipated UK final will take place at Drummuir Castle in Scotland in June, and comprise of an additional five semi-finalists who are to be announced in April.

Here is Jamie Jones winning semi-finalist cocktail:

The Bulleivardier

40ml Bulleit Rye
20ml Campari
20ml Cinnamon, orange and coffee adam infused sweet vermouth
5ml Pedro Ximinez sherry

METHOD: All stirred with ice, poured into a high ball glass and garnished orange twist


Daniel Dove, DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Brand Ambassador commented: “WORLD CLASS is a celebration of the world’s best bartenders, the world’s best drinks and the world’s best spirits. The competition itself aims to inspire the world to drink better, and to care about what, where and how they drink in the same way they do about food. Our new semi-finalists have the skill, creativity and ambition to do just that.

“This year we have put competing bartenders through the paces more than ever, with rigorous challenges designed to test their sensory, accuracy, hosting and mixology skills. The standard has been higher than ever and we can’t wait to see our finalists compete for a place in the global final, taking place in South Africa this September.”

As well as taking the esteemed title of the UK World Class Bartender of the Year and representing his or her country in the global final in South Africa, the winner will travel the world educating and inspiring new talent. Further advancing their career, they will become a World Class judge and mentor, feature on the World Class TV show, and have the opportunity to create their own cocktail collection book to be released globally. The bar they work in will not only benefit from the prestige of working with the UK World Class Bartender of the Year, but will also be awarded a one-off £10,000 marketing fund to create their own, exclusive World Class ritual serve.

Each year WORLD CLASS™ discovers the next generation of bartending talent who set the latest mixology trends and bring these to the best bars worldwide. The bartenders are encouraged to innovate and experiment using some of the finest spirits in the world.

The competition can be followed on the World Class website , on Facebook at, on Twitter at or on

Bulleit & Beer at The Stevedores – The Alternative Romantic Combination this Valentine’s Day


For those looking to escape the annual love-fest that is Valentine’s Day, iconic frontier whiskey Bulleit and the team behind the acclaimed London Craft Beer Festival have the perfect solution with The Stevedores, a sensational six-week beer and whiskey pop-up in East London. Perfect as a fun cold weather hideaway for groups of friends, or as an alternative to the candlelit restaurant cliché for couples, the bar will host a roster of the UK’s finest craft breweries with Bulleit serving up innovative bourbon and rye cocktails inspired by and made for the beers on offer.

Alongside the drinks offering will be live music, showcasing the best of London’s blues, country and folk, and to spice things up Cura London will be altering their Pull & Punch concept and creating some amazing pulled meat creations inspired by American BBQ and English slow cooking.

2nd February – 10th March
The Stevedores Beer & Whiskey Bar, The Pickle Factory, The Oval, E2 9DT
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Opening hours: 7 days a week from 6pm – midnight
Price: Free entry