The London Sessions Have Been Busy


… But in a good way. Yesterday they held their 13th session, the fourth in New York, with Monkey Shoulder and Dale DeGroff. They almost thought about skipping straight to 14 incase it was unlucky, but it turned out to be one of the best yet. They were there, and they still watched it online after. You can too, right here.

1caa6cd9-9a8b-48a6-a38c-e254110c53bcTuesday they presented with ‘the nicest man in the business’ Mr Lyan, photos here, and a couple of weeks back they were graced with the presence of the formidable Simon Ford with Fords Gin. Click for photos.

Wednesday they were at Dead Rabbit for the launch of their new menu. And if you wanna know how Sean, Jack, Jillian and Richard create a menu – from the ideas, illustrations, design and drinks, then stay tuned – we’ve asked them a lot of questions and we’re writing it up for Difford’s Guide. Their next session is TBA real soon. As always, keep an eye on their social media for more news!

Sean Muldoon And Jack McGarry Of Dead Rabbit To Host The First London Sessions

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Joining us for Session #1, all the way from New York, New York (so good they named it twice) are the much decorated and highly lauded Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry of world famous Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog. Between the two of them, Sean & Jack have won eight Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards, including World’s Best Bartender (of which Jack was the youngest ever recipient), Best American Cocktail Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu, an award won by our hosts Callooh Callay the year prior, and Dead Rabbit was last year rated the second Best Bar in the World by Drinks International 50 Best Bars. 

Sean and Jack are visiting London specifically for this event and we couldn’t be more honoured or excited to have them launching The London Sessions. So basically, if you wanna see them whilst they’re here, this is your only opportunity to do so.

The first London Session is being held in association with Jameson Irish Whiskey and Fever Tree Premium Mixers at Callooh Callay on July 6th from 1pm – 3pm. Tickets are free and include a glass of Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee, which we happen to think is the best Irish Coffee, ever.

Sean & Jack are loading their suitcases with their award winning menus and will be holding a menu signing following the sessions. Menus will be available (signed) at the heavily reduced price of £20, cash only.

Please note that whilst we are happy to be announcing our speakers, we are not yet taking RSVPs – stay tuned for more info, coming soon.

Dead Rabbit v Artesian: Martini & Rossi World Cocktail Bar Championship

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In May 2014 the 2 best bars in the world from the 2 cocktail capitals in the UK and USA, Artesian bar at the Langham Hotel from London and Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog from New York, went head-to-head to battle for the illustrious title of the Martini & Rossi World Cocktail Bar Champion. Sponsored by world-famous vermouth, Martini, the innovative contest took place in New York’s financial district and included 3 fighting rounds of cocktail creation and fiercely competitive barmanship.


Carrying the pride of their country on their shoulders, Artesian was represented by award-winning mixologists Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale, who went mix-to-mix and shaker-to-shaker in cocktail combat against Jack McGarry and Bobby Hiddleston from Dead Rabbit.

Fuelling the across-the-pond rivalry, both teams had the audience and judges captivated throughout the energetic competition with entertainment including firecrackers and cabaret outfits. A unique mix of ingredients was also used in combat, including everything from Palma ham, Pessione cedarwood syrup to Orinoco bitters.


Round 1 involved the full team from both bars creating a punch inspired by Jerry P Thomas’ famous vermouth cocktail. Serving 60, Artesian created the standout BUGS BUNNY WAITING TO BECOME DEAD RABBIT, while Dead Rabbit served an exceptional BUNNY PUNCH, both which were judged on originality, presentation and refreshment.
Round 2 featured a speed challenge with 1 bartender from each team undertaking some of the trade’s most complex and iconic cocktails including the Americano, Negroni Sbagliato, Bobby Burns, Tipperary and Floridita #3. With a composite list of ingredients and definitive process, extra points were gained for observance of the original recipe, depth of flavour and time.

Finally, the concluding round was creativity. Contenders were challenged to create an aperitif that was judged on its originality, taste, refreshment, presentation and of course, creativity.


Although it was close, the exceptional ability and creativity of Kratena and Caporale, Artesian earned them the title of crowned the Martini & Rossi World Cocktail Bar Champion. However this acclaimed accolade was only narrowly missed out on by hosting Dead Rabbit bartenders McGarry and Hiddleston and there is already talk of a rematch.

Giuseppe Gallo, MARTINI Global Brand Ambassador and one for the 4 judges commented, “MARTINI is all about innovation, excellence and style, and all three things were seen in excess during this competition. I have never been to a competition with quite as much raw talent on show. Watching the best mixologists in the world entertain the crowd, mix phenomenal concoctions and have so much fun is a priceless experience!”