Cayman Islands Department Of Tourism Co-Hosts First Ever Competition

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism co-hosts first ever competition to find London Cocktail Week’s best cocktail.
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism joined forces with DrinkUp.London (the team behind the award-winning London Cocktail Week) to crown London Cocktail Week 2017’s best cocktail in the first competition of its kind held by the organisers.

Six finalists (chosen from 153 entrants) battled it out by showcasing their signature serves to four judges in the Apartment at the trendy Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch. They were assessed on the speed of their service, their innovation, the presentation of their cocktail and of course the taste of their signature serve.

Steve Georgiou from the Langham Hotel’s bar, The Wigmore was named the winner with his Blended Union cocktail. The cocktail was the Wigmore’s own Saison beer blended with Amaro di Angostura, fresh union coffee, mango and honey and the judging panel (who included Channel 4 Sunday Brunch drinks expert Sarah Kingsbury) loved the use of unusual ingredients and how refreshing the drink was.

Steve has won a place representing not only The Wigmore but London and the UK at the international Taste of Cayman mixology competition, due to be held at Grand Cayman’s newest hotel the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands at the end of January 2018. He will also have a few days to relax and unwind after the competition, enjoying time on Seven Mile Beach and exploring all the activities that Grand Cayman has to offer.

Siobhan Payne, director of London Cocktail Week said: “Although this is the eighth annual London Cocktail Week, this is the first ever time that we’ve crowned the best cocktail of the festival. The calibre of drinks submitted for the Cocktail Tours – that’s £6 cocktails served in London’s best bars throughout the duration of the festival – increases every year, and this year is no different, as demonstrated by the incredible standard we saw last night.

I am incredibly happy for Steve who really went above and beyond, but all the drinks were fantastic. I’m thrilled that thousands of consumers will have the opportunity to experience them during the festival.”

Don McDougall, regional manager for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Europe said: “Being the culinary capital of the Caribbean, it’s no surprise that the Cayman Islands has over 200 restaurants and bars across the three islands, with the majority being in Grand Cayman.

Working with DrinkUp.London on this mixology competition is a great way to showcase the destination and its importance on the global food and drink scene and we are thrilled to have been a part of finding London Cocktail Week’s best cocktail. It’s also a great precursor to Cayman cocktail week, which takes place during the last week of October. We wish Steve the very best of luck in the Taste of Cayman competition in January.”
British Airways flies to Grand Cayman four times per week from Heathrow with a short touchdown in Nassau, Bahamas. For more information see http://www.caymanluxe.co.uk
London Cocktail week takes place between 2-8 October, 2017.

For more information see https://drinkup.london/

WINNER: Bar: The Wigmore
Cocktail: Blended Union – the Wigmore’s own Saison beer blended with Amaro di Angostura, fresh union coffee, mango and honey.

Hi-Spirits Breaks Out The Brands For London Cocktail Week

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Hi-Spirits will be celebrating the capital’s booming cocktail culture by putting some of the biggest brands in its portfolio in the spotlight during London Cocktail Week.

Southern Comfort, Buffalo Trace bourbon, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the classic Italian Fratelli Branca liqueur range will all be featured, with the cocktail cognoscenti able to enjoy a range of £6 drinks at selected bars throughout LCW, which runs from October 2 – 8.

Buffalo Trace and Fratelli Branca will be offering a programme of masterclasses during the week at the Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up bar, which will be located this year at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club in Shoreditch.

VIP hosts for the classes will be Drew Mayville, Buffalo Trace master blender, and Nicola Olianas, World brand ambassador for Fratelli Branca. Along with an opportunity to taste the 2017 release of the five-strong Buffalo Taste Antique Collection, there will be a special masterclass featuring cocktails made with the Antique Collection and vintage Carpano Vermouth.

Other classes will spotlight the Pappy Van Winkle bourbons from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, and the full range of premium brands from the Fratelli Branca distillery in Italy. With limited spaces available and demand expected to be high, bar trade professionals can sign up at http://www.BuffaloTrace.co.uk/BBE

The Spitalfields Market Village cocktail hub will host the Southern Quarter, celebrating the true Spirit of New Orleans. Inspired by the city’s French Quarter, the bar will be welcoming cocktail lovers with a selection of delicious Southern Comfort cocktails paired with freshly-cooked Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka will also feature in the Spitalfields Market Village, with the Tito’s Texan Mule Cart bringing a Texan twist to the classic mule cocktail. Tito’s, the Vodka for Dog People, will be supporting the Guide Dogs Foundation, giving £1 from every cocktail purchased to the charity. MASH and Off Broadway are also giving £1 from every Tito’s drink sold to the Guide Dogs, with Tito’s matching the funds raised.

Partner bars around London will be offering exclusive £6 cocktails throughout the week. Buffalo Trace will be at Vaults of Soho, Fat Bear, Benares, Four Sisters, Four Sisters Town House, Barbecoa, and Basement Sate; Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be at Mash and Off Broadway; and Southern Comfort cocktails will feature at Hoxley & Porter, Quaglinos, Bermondsey Yard Café, Salvador and Amanda, Kansas Smitty’s, Stillwater and Bobo Social.

For those looking to chill out between cocktails, Our/London Vodka is taking up residence at Blixen in Spitalfields village, offering respite as well as free coffee, snacks and WiFi access for trade wristband holders. There will also be an opportunity to try the newly launched range of Our/London Infusions.

Dan Bolton, managing director of Hi-Spirits, said: “London is one of the world’s great cocktail cities, and we’re delighted to be featuring some of the iconic brands from our portfolio during London Cocktail Week.

“It’s especially exciting to be bringing Buffalo Trace and Fratelli Branca, two of the world’s greatest distilleries, together at the Buffalo Bourbon Empire, which will be a great opportunity for bar professionals to learn more about the heritage and skills of both.

“With cocktail sales booming in UK pubs and bars, London Cocktail Week is a great showcase for our national cocktail culture, and so we’re delighted to be right at the heart of the action again this year.”

Next Stop Paris For MONIN Cup UK Champion

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Peter Nguyen from Mr Fogg’s Residence in London is heading for Paris to compete against mixologists from around the world, following a resounding victory at the MONIN Cup UK Final.

The thrilling event was the culmination of MONIN’s biennial search for the country’s most exciting new bartending stars. Following regional heats across the UK , seven talented young mixologists shook, muddled and stirred their way through the competition at the Marriot County Hall on 4 October during London Cocktail Week.

Peter blew away the judges with an assured presentation and a sophisticated balance of flavours, scooping the top prize for his two MONIN signature serves Hootenanny and Caramel and Popcorn. He will now represent the UK at the International MONIN Cup Final on 5 December in Paris , competing against more than 40 MONIN Cup winners from across the globe.

Both Peter’s drinks were inspired by childhood memories; his cocktail Hootenanny featured MONIN Butterscotch syrup, Bourbon, pineapple juice and Fernet Blanc, capturing the fun of a family get-together. His non-alcoholic Caramel and Popcorn brought back memories of trips to the cinema, showcasing MONIN Popcorn and Salted Caramel syrups and Le Fruit de MONIN Raspberry complemented by a mixture of fruit juices.

Charley Carrington from Boilermaker in Nottingham took second place, with third place going to Matyas Busek, also from Mr Fogg’s.

Each finalist mixed and presented their signature MONIN cocktail and mocktail to technical judge – and UK Bartenders’ Guild chairman – Michael Sweetman, who awarded points for technique, performance and interaction. Each drink was then blind tasted for balance, visual presentation and originality by panel of bar industry experts including Luca Cordiglieri, Remi Santoni-Bena and MONIN brand ambassador Daniel Davis. The only stipulation was that each cocktail must contain at least 20ml of product from MONIN’s extensive range of more than 140 syrups, fruit mixes and liqueurs.

Judge Luca Cordiglieri said: “The competition produced some fantastic drinks which showed flair and innovation but Peter was the clear winner. His signature MONIN serves were of the highest quality, demonstrating an impressive range of skills and perfectly-balanced flavours. I look forward to seeing Peter take on the world at the International MONIN Cup Final in December.”

Peter said: “All the other finalists were amazing so I’m really proud to have won – to be honest it’s still sinking in! The MONIN Cup UK has been a fantastic experience and I have learnt so much but there is still a lot to learn. I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to represent the UK at the international final and I can’t wait to get to Paris !”

The MONIN Cup UK was supported by Bulldog Gin, Tabasco , Hamilton Beach , Jägermeister and the UK Bartenders’ Guild.

Hi-Spirits Shakes Up London Cocktail Week

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Southern Comfort, Buffalo Trace Bourbon and Langley’s Gin will all have a high profile during London Cocktail Week 2016, with unique drinks and a diverse offer from distributor Hi-Spirits.

This year’s celebration of the capital’s thriving cocktail culture, running from 3 – 9 October, promises to be the biggest and most vibrant yet.

The Southern Comfort Chicken Stop will be popping up in Spitalfields, welcoming dedicated cocktail lovers with a selection of Southern Comfort cocktails and Southern Fried Chicken.  The New Orleans inspired pop-up will mark the first stop on the Southern Chicken Trail. Customers will be encouraged to continue on the trail and explore some of London’s best chicken shops, with Southern Comfort and Fried Chicken pairings on offer at all stops.

The acclaimed Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up bar also returns for 2016. Located this year at Hackney House, the Buffalo Bourbon Empire will spotlight six exclusive bourbon cocktails created by leading London venues – The Vaults of Milroy’s, Barbecoa, Basement Sate, Blessings, MASH, and Four Sisters.

Award-winning whiskeys from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky will also be on offer, including the first chance for UK aficionados to sample the 2016 release of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys.

For those interested in learning more about the heritage and culture of bourbon, the Buffalo Bourbon Empire will host a series of masterclasses throughout the week. These include sessions with Drew Mayville, the Buffalo Trace master blender, and Nicola Olianas, global brand ambassador for Antica Formula, who will explore the classic cocktail combination of vermouth and bourbon. Tickets can be booked online at www.Buffalotrace.co.uk/bourbonempire

London Cocktail Week will also feature £5 cocktails made with Langley’s No.8 Gin, the award-winning super-premium English gin brand. The exclusive cocktails will be available at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, 214 Bermondsey, Arabica, Bermondsey Yard, Merchants House and Village East.

Dan Bolton, managing director of Hi-Spirits, said: “London has always been one of the world’s great cocktail cities, and London Cocktail Week has reinvented the capital’s party spirit. We’re delighted that Southern Comfort, Buffalo Trace and Langley’s will be at the heart of the celebrations, and as always, our team is expecting a very busy week.”

The UK’S Biggest Cocktail Festival Returns To London

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Taking over the city for the seventh year running, the biggest party of its kind – London Cocktail Week – gives you access to an unrivalled celebration of the city’s award-winning bars, bartenders and cocktail culture. £10 Festival Passes are available to purchase now from DrinkUp.London.

It’s back and better than ever, with a Central London Hub and an entire Cocktail Village in the heart of Shoreditch hosting a heady explosion of 40 bespoke pop-up bars, trucks, vans and even bicycles from the biggest names in drinks including Bacardi Rum and Tia Maria. Purchasing a London Cocktail Week Festival Pass gives cocktail loving Londoners the chance to taste and try unlimited £5 cocktails from 200 of London’s very best bars, as well as week-long access to their pop ups and parties.

PAY TO PLAY

It couldn’t be easier to enjoy London’s unmissable seven-day cocktail party! Simply head to DrinkUp.London to buy your £10 Festival Pass and collect your wristband at the London Cocktail Week Hub in the heart of the glittering West End, Piccadilly Circus; where your journey will begin at the World Class House.

More a multi-story, immersive town house run by World Class bartenders than a pop-up; the World Class House will be your first London Cocktail Week calling point as you experience a new liquid journey unfolding before you, awakening your senses and exploring future trends – with a World Class cocktail in hand of course.

Participate in workshops and classes by World Class bartenders and experts, try a range of delicious World Class drinks and let London Cocktail Week’s hedonistic pop-up transport you into the unknown.

THE LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK VILLAGE

Your Festival Pass also unlocks the entirety of the festival, including the famed Cocktail Tours and entry to the amazing Cocktail Village, returning to Old Spitalfields Market for the second time.

Central to the Cocktail Village is the Drink.UpLondon Bar, serving a menu of eight classic cocktails based on an iconic serve from some of London’s best bars – £5 each to all wristband wearers.

For those with a more international palate, drinking in the taste of Miami at the tropical Bacardi Rum Bar will not disappoint; while coffee connoisseurs can experience cocktails unlike anything they’ve tasted before from expert baristas and mixologists at the Tia Maria + Coffee Project.

Festival Director Siobhan Payne says: “Having attracted more than 20,000 wristband wearers and 40,000 visitors last year, London Cocktail Week continues to be the biggest cocktail festival of its kind in the world.

We love creating the most unique and exciting opportunity for thousands of cocktail lovers to taste and learn about new drinks and visit great bars they’ve not been to before; and are thrilled to be back for the seventh year running!

This year will see us present the most incredible London Cocktail Week to date, with our brand new West End World Class House and Shoreditch-based Cocktail Village, visitors will really can expect to immerse themselves in cocktail capital of the world’s diverse drinking scene.”

As well as the Cocktail Village and World Class House, the festival will offer the usual timetable of unmissable parties, master classes, supper clubs and the renowned self-guided Cocktail Tours which will see more than 200 of the best bars in the capital throwing open their doors to offer specially created cocktails for £5 to wristband wearers.

Drambuie Jazzes Up London Cocktail Week 2016

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Having toured Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester with an impressive line-up, the Drambuie Brass & Crimson makes its final stop in the capital city to celebrate London Cocktail Week.

Following on from Manchester where the Drambuie Brass & Crimson played host to Jon K who welcomed live performances from world-renowned DJ Gilles Peterson, alongside breakthrough duo Rocket Number Nine, the Drambuie Brass & Crimson is set to finish its tour in the heart of London.

Set in The Hoxton Hall on 6th & 7th October, Drambuie Brass & Crimson is a modern celebration of the iconic 1960’s New York scene that made Drambuie world-famous. For two days during London Cocktail Week, Drambuie will celebrate with an immersive fusion of live music and classic drinks, including the Rusty Nail™- a slow sipping favourite of the legendary Rat Pack.

In its second year, 2016’s Brass & Crimson experience will bring together iconic talent and emerging stars that fly the flag for jazz and its influence on other genres to create new musical experiences.

On 6th October, iconic Brazilian jazz-funk trio Azymuth will launch the two-day event alongside Brooklyn based musician Taylor McFerrin who will headline with an exclusive live set. Friday 7th October, Friday 7th October, listeners there will be treated to performances from iconic Jazz artists yet to be announced.

With these great headlining acts and more artists to be added to the line-up these are two dates note to be missed.

Swing by for a classic Rusty Nail™ or a refreshing Drambuie Collins, book to take part in masterclasses or drop down each evening and soak up the smoky sounds and after-hours ambience.

For a complimentary ticket at The Brass & Crimson events and to receive a free cocktail before 11pm, please visit: https://billetto.co.uk/en/users/drambuie-presents-the-brass-crimson–3a99a20c-6f40-4654-9ca0-d360b4b8cdad

Coffee Culture Meets Cocktail Hour For The Coffee Revolution

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A nation of coffee lovers are now enjoying their favourite drink from morning cup through to evening cocktail, as the UK’s love for coffee booms.

Research shows that almost half of cocktail drinkers regularly choose flavoured cocktails including those mixed with coffee (source: CGA Mixed Drinks Report 2016). From the classic Espresso Martini, to new and innovative serves like the Tia Maria Mint Frappe, coffee cocktails have never been more in demand.

Tia Maria, the UK’s favourite coffee liqueur[1], is leading this trend with a selection of new serves that unite coffee culture and cocktail hour. The Tia Maria + Coffee Project launches at London Cocktail Week 3 – 9 October, where coffee connoisseurs can sip on cocktails unlike anything they’ve ever tasted before. Serves will be crafted by renowned mixologists working alongside Square Mile Coffee Roasters’ Anette Moldvaer.

Tia Maria ambassador Rod Eslamieh says; “There’s an increasing love for coffee cocktails, which can be seen at world-class bars in London and beyond, while artisan coffee houses are now serving cocktails through the night as a café nightlife culture continues to emerge. The bartender and barista play a very similar role so it’s no surprise we’ve brought the two together to drive this new coffee revolution.”

No other liqueur can make a coffee cocktail quite like Tia Maria, an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the finest fresh Arabica coffee beans roasted to perfection, complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. Tia Maria is made using a blend of 100% Arabica coffee, among the best in the world, providing strong character, a full-bodied taste, and a sweet tendency. The beans are expertly roasted, ground and left to macerate to produce this exceptional coffee liqueur.

Oliver Turner, UK Country Director at Tia Maria, adds; “With the taste for coffee at an all-time high, coffee cocktails have never been more popular and Tia Maria is certainly happy to be leading the charge. We’re urging all coffee lovers out there to unite and join us.”

Available nationwide, RRP £15.00 – £16.00 (70cl).

For more information visit http://www.tiamaria.com/

Thrilling MONIN Cup UK Final Set For London Cocktail Week

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MONIN will showcase the country’s most exciting new bartending stars during London Cocktail Week, with the thrilling climax of its national cocktail competition.

Following a series of hotly-contested regional heats at top bars around the country, eight young bartenders – one taking part in her first ever cocktail competition – will travel from as far as Aberdeen in a bid to lift the MONIN Cup UK trophy at the Marriott County Hall on Tuesday October 4. The overall winner will represent the UK at the Global Final in Paris in December, competing against their peers from around the world.

The competition has seen some extraordinary cocktails and mocktails so far, with competitors using innovative and on-trend glassware, garnishes and flavour combinations to showcase their skills and, of course, the MONIN product range.

Daniel Davis, MONIN’s new on-trade brand ambassador, said: “The MONIN Cup is a fantastic event; it enables young mixologists to dip a toe in the crazy world of cocktail competitions in a very supportive and encouraging environment. This is my first experience and I’m completely blown away by the level of talent on display!

“We want to uncover the next generation of industry stars, and I’m confident our UK Champion will do us proud at the Global Final in Paris .”

On Monday October 3, London Cocktail Week trade attendees can also take part in an exclusive MONIN masterclass with Peter Dorelli; a unique opportunity to learn from an industry legend. The former head of The American Bar at The Savoy will dispense wisdom and advice gleaned from 50-plus years behind the bar, offering a wealth of experience to help today’s young bartenders further their own careers.

For the second year running, MONIN is headline trade sponsor for London Cocktail Week. This year MONIN has teamed up with 18 participating bars to showcase their premium quality syrups in the signature serves of venues such as The Lighterman at Kings Cross, MAP Maison in Haggerston, Le Point de la Tour, The Escapologist and more. In addition, MONIN will also be sponsoring one of DrinkUp.London Pop Up Bar’s classic cocktails, Kir Royal, which will be based on a serve of an iconic London bar using Monin Crème de Cassis liqueur.

DATES FOR YOUR LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK DIARY:

An afternoon with MONIN and Peter Dorelli
Monday October 3, noon – 3pm, London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Learn some new tricks at an exclusive masterclass with the legendary Peter Dorelli, followed by a masterclass in partnership with Jägermeister.

MONIN Cup UK Final
Tuesday October 4, noon – 6pm, London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Watch the UK Final of the prestigious MONIN Cup; a biennial cocktail competition that seeks to uncover the next generation of exciting young mixologists. Contenders from regional heats must make one cocktail and one mocktail using any flavour of MONIN syrup and their choice of spirit. The overall winner will go on to represent the UK at the MONIN Cup Global Final in Paris in December, competing against bartenders from all over the world.

For more information on London Cocktail Week or to purchase your Festival Pass , visit: https://drinkup.london/cocktailweek/.

Seven Award-Winning Bartenders To Take Over Patron Cocktail Lab For London Cocktail Week

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For this year’s London Cocktail Week, Patrón Tequila has invited seven acclaimed international bartenders from Miami to Münich and San Juan to Singapore to host a takeover of Patrón Cocktail Lab – a destination for cocktail recipes and inspiration – to create and serve cocktails inspired by their city. Taking place at Spitalfields Market, 3-9 October, the Patrón Cocktail Lab will be a unique opportunity for trade and consumers alike to learn a little about cocktail culture from those who are at the pinnacle of their career. 

In a rare occasion, a carefully curated line up of seven award-winning bartenders will come together in the heart of the market space, over seven consecutive days, showcasing their skills and devising unique city-inspired cocktails using Patrón tequila. The epic bartender line-up includes London’s very own Nathan Shearer from Callooh Callay, Jose Luis Leon from Limantour in Mexico City, Philip Bischoff of Manhattan bar in Singapore, Remy Savage from Little Red Door in Paris; Cihan Anadologlu of Circle By Cihan Anadologlu in Münich, Gui Jaroschy from Broken Shaker in Miami and Roberto Berdecia of La Factoria in San Juan.

Matthew Sykes, Director, International Marketing for Patrón Spirits International, says: “People can be intimidated by cocktail menus and are perhaps nervous to experiment. At Patrón Cocktail Lab, we are using some of the best bartenders from around the globe to help advise people on unique cocktails and how to make them at home.  We want to bring the exciting cocktail culture and experience to everyone and, more than anything, showcase how versatile tequila and of course Patrón can be.”

For those unable to attend London Cocktail Week, cocktail enthusiasts can experiment from the comfort of their own home via Patrón Cocktail Lab at http://www.cocktaillab.com

MONDAY 3 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Nathan Shearer – Callooh Callay, London

–        Cocktail: Patrón City Lights (using Patrón Reposado)

–        This light, complex and refreshing highball cocktail is the essence of summertime in London. Using British flavours and ingredients such as pears and Kamm and Sons, it is an easy drinking cocktail that can be enjoyed all year round.

 

TUESDAY 4 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Jose Luis Leon – Limantour, Mexico City

–        Cocktail: Patrón Chipotle Punch (using Patrón Silver)

–        Using the most popular chili in Mexico, the Chipotle Punch packs a proverbial punch and invokes the familiar spicy flavours of Mexico City.

 

WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Philip Bischoff – Manhattan, Singapore

–        Cocktail: Patrón Señor Sling(using Patrón Silver)

–        Bringing a taste of Singapore to London Cocktail Week, Señor Sling is refreshing but still complex, fruity take on the country’s national signature drink

THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Remy Savage – Little Red Door, Paris

–        Cocktail:Patrónomy (using Patrón Silver)

–        A simple serve in essence but has a lot of complexity. Patrónomy is refreshing, fruity and citrusy without being sour. It also as a very subtle bitterness as well as a delicate salty feel.

 

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Cihan Anadologlu – Circle By Cihan Anadologlu, Münich

–        Cocktail: Patrón Mexica(using Patrón Silver)

–        A concoction of Cherry Brandy and a variety of bitters, all the ingredients fit perfectly to make a citrusy and herbaceous autumnal cocktail.

 

SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Gui Jaroschy – Broken Shaker, Miami

–        Cocktail: Patrón Yellow Submarine (using Patrón Silver)

–        The Yellow Submarine follows the classic style of Broken Shaker cocktails; refreshing, interesting and playful like the city and the people in it. Using unexpected and fresh ingredients, the Yellow Submarine possesses earthy vegetal notes, whilst fresh lime and spicy falernum bring acidity and a touch of sweetness.

SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER

–        Bartender & Bar: Roberto Berdecia – La Factoria, San Juan

–        Cocktail: TBC

Drambuie Presents The Brass & Crimson

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Drambuie presents The Brass & Crimson – an immersive pop-up experience in the heart of London Cocktail Week action. The Brass & Crimson is set in the basement bar of ‘SMITHS’, Spitalfields from 7th- 9th October 2015.

Adopted and loved by the New York scene in the 60’s, Drambuie has a long-standing association with bar culture, music and mixology.Inspired by this, for London Cocktail Week Drambuie will both celebrate the culture that made it an icon, whilst looking forwards with an immersive fusion of live music and classic drinks including the Rusty Nail™, a slow sipping favourite of the legendary Rat Pack.

The Brass & Crimson will play host to two Drambuie Unwritten Sessions, which will feature an incredible line up of talent including iconic artists playing smoky and unexpected sounds.

Drambuie’s Unwritten Sessions at The Brass & Crimson will be a chance to chat to music legends and watch them create unique collaborations and improvisations. The week will culminate in a jaw-dropping ticketed show on Friday evening by a super-cool, much-loved act that takes their influence from the jazz world and brings it bang up to date with some soulful vocals and big beats. Watch this space for more details…

Swing by The Brass & Crimson for a classic Rusty Nail™, book to take part in our ‘From New York to London via Scotland’ masterclasses or drop down each evening and soak up the smoky sounds and after-hours ambience.

Dev Johnson, of New York’s legendary Employees Only bar and Freddy May, Global Drambuie Brand Ambassador, will co-host the ‘From New York to London via Scotland’ masterclasses.

During these intimate sessions, Dev will give his unique insight into the New York bar scene, offering tips on the best, little known bartender, haunts to visit in New York, providing an insider commentary on the local scene. Guests will also learn how to make the classic Rusty Nail™, plus two of the latest new cocktails being sipped in the bars and backrooms of NYC.

Masterclass Timings:
· Wednesday 7 October – 6.30pm-7.30pm
· Thursday 08 October – 6pm–7pm
· Friday 09 October – 6.30pm-7.30pm

The Drambuie presents The Brass & Crimson pop up will be open from Wednesday 7th October to Friday 9th October in the basement bar of SMITHS, Spitalfields.

For more information on the pop up and the masterclasses people should visit the Brass & Crimson page on the London Cocktail Week website – https://drinkup.london/cocktailweek/events/drambuie-presents-the-brass-crimson

Tickets to the Drambuie masterclasses are available to purchase in advance for £15 per person via https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/from-nyc-to-london-via-scotland