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Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup Launches In London And Barcelona

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American Beverage Marketers, leading specialists in the cocktail ingredient category, have worked with drinks industry expert Giuseppe Gallo to create Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup. Launching to the on-trade from mid-April, and with listings in high profile accounts, the tonic syrup allows bartenders to experiment with the fundamental flavour profile of tonic water. Under development for almost two years, and inspired by the original formula of the Dutch West India Company, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup can be used as a base for homemade tonic waters or added to cocktails to create an elegant bitterness.

Capitalising on the worldwide trend for the Gin & Tonic, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup has been developed in response to demand from bartenders for a cocktail ingredient that allows them to consistently make their own tonic water. After researching original tonic recipes dating back to the 1600s, Bon Vivant is made using natural quinine from cinchona bark of the highest quality, sourced from the Congo, and lemons from California and Argentina. The citrus oils provide a refreshing, crisp flavour, whilst the quinine rounds off the syrup with a bitter finish at the end. Transparent in colour with a light golden hue, it is less sweet than pre-made tonic waters, and the natural flavourings allow the flavour profile of the gin or spirit it is paired with to shine through.

Giuseppe Gallo comments, “We are very excited to be launching Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup to the on-trade, especially at a time when we have seen a trend for lower-ABV cocktails gain traction, as well as a more considered approach to alcohol-free offerings. Customers’ palates are also becoming more sophisticated with a return to classic cocktails such as the negroni and bitter aperitivo style drinks, and the gin boom doesn’t show any signs of slowing. We have designed Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup in the hope that bartenders will be able to offer a more unique, authentic tonic water option, as well as opening up new flavour profile opportunities in mixed drinks.”

In a Gin & Tonic, Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup works particularly well with London Dry gins that have a strong juniper note, however the amount can be adjusted to accommodate different botanical profiles across the gin category. It also works well with different spirits and liqueurs, with recommended serves including Amaro & Tonic, Vermouth & Tonic and Italicus & Tonic. As a cocktail ingredient it can be used in sour classics such as an Aviation or White Lady instead of sugar, and there is the opportunity for bartenders to experiment with their own infusions and serves.

On the launch, leading bartender and UKBG president Luca Cordiglieri comments, “Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup is a great addition to the market with its floral and herbal flavour, and a sweetness that is not overpowering. I find it’s great for making your own Gin and Tonic, or as a cocktail ingredient.” Noting its usefulness as a cocktail ingredient, Simone Caporale also comments, “Whereas before you might have had to use lots of different elements to create a drink, the use of Bon Vivant Tonic Syrup creates an interesting complexity using just one ingredient, opening up avenues of creativity for bartenders to explore.”

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Bulleit Frontier Whiskey At London Beer Week 2017

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This year, Bulleit Bourbon will once again be the frontier whiskey of choice for beer enthusiasts as it pops up at bars and locations around the capital throughout London Beer Week 2017.

Over the course of London’s largest celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders, a selection of top bars will be serving limited edition Bulleit cocktails, all of which include beer as a key ingredient. At Hopscotch on Brick Lane, a spicy Ginger Bulleit will be on offer, comprised of Bulleit, Hop House 13, ginger, lemon and malt, as well as a shorter, headier concoction of Bulleit Hop House 13 Syrup and Campari in the Beer-vardier at Found. In addition, East London hotspot, Peg + Patriot will be serving up an unusual mixture of Bulleit, Hop House 13, Campari and Wermurtlich, finished off with a clarified banana syrup. These limited edition cocktails with Bulleit and Hop House 13 lager at their centre, showcase the complimentary tasting notes of spicy Bulleit when combined with the flavoursome maltiness of premium beer.

Additionally, Bulleit will continue to champion the iconic Boilermaker serve at the The Beer Edit directly in the epicentre of London Beer Week 2017. Running across three days from the 16th-18th March, The Drink Up Bar will be playing host to a selection of whiskies, giving guests the opportunity to upgrade any of the beers on offer to a Boilermaker serve. Due to its unusually high rye content, Bulleit is the perfect match for the distinctive flavours of the various craft beers on offer, which include Southwark Brewing Co, Cotswold Cider Co, Umbrella Brewing, Canopy Beer Co, Badger Beer, Courage SE1, Renegade Brewery and Gosnells London Mead, all at £3, with a boilermaker upgrade for £2, exclusively to LBW wristband holders.

London Beer Week is a true celebration of beers, ales, lagers and ciders alike, set against the backdrop of the capital. Running from 13th-19th March, the festival provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy Bulleit Frontier Whiskey alongside some of the world’s best beers.

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St Lucia Distillers Set to Travel Around the UK

Distillers-Final-LogoThis March and April, UK distributor Emporia Brands have put together a calendar of events involving its award-winning St Lucia Distillers range, after the initial success of last year’s programme.

Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland and the Emporia Brands team will be touring fifteen cities as they bring together the Chairman’s Reserve range, which includes Gold, Spiced, White Label and Forgotten Cask, the Admiral Rodney, and an edition of premium expression 1931, plus a selection of the distillates from which they are blended.

In 1931, the Barnard family founded a distillery at Dennery, St Lucia. Now based on the other side of the island at Roseau, the distillery has been considerably modernized and new technologies and improvements constantly incorporated. The installation of pot stills in 1998 added considerably to the variety of rums being produced in this highly regarded distillery which received the accolade of Individual Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge, one of six trophies received in six years – a unique achievement.

With the premise of a flavour experience, the tour sees an approach to the range that offers bartenders and key industry figures invited to not only learn about St Lucia, but ideas on how to embrace the versatility of St Lucia Distillers, from the Spiced variety to the rare 1931.

Cities on the tour include Manchester, London, Leeds, Brighton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Reading, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow, with Emporia Brands looking to strengthen their campaign as they look ahead to the next instalment of the ‘Chairman’s XI’ with their ever-expanding sales team seeking out some of the UK’s best and brightest to follow in the footsteps of some of the industries key figures, including Lyndon Higginson of The Liars Club in Manchester, Danny Murphy of Aloha in Liverpool and Adam Binnersley of the MOJO Group.

Places are limited for each session, due to the rarity of gaining the exclusive 1931 and distillates for the tasting’s. To secure your place, please contact Dave Marsland at dave@emporiabrands.com, stating the session you wish to attend from the list below.

Manchester       Mojo’s, 9th March, 1:30pm

London                 Burlock, 15th March, 2pm

Leeds                    Mojo’s, 15th March, 1:30pm

Brighton              Oki Nami, 21st March, 1pm

Liverpool             Maya, 23rd March, 1:30pm

Birmingham       Island Bar, 4th April, 2pm

Nottingham       Brass Monkey, 5th April, 3pm

Leicester             The Queen of Bradgate, 6th April, 2pm

Newcastle          Alvino’s, 11th April, 1pm

Edinburgh           Reekie Tiki, 16th April, 4pm

Cardiff                  The Dead Canary, 21st April, 2pm

Aberdeen           Bos’n, 23rd April, 3pm

Dundee                 Draffens, 24th April, 4pm

Reading                               Milk, 26th April, 2pm

Glasgow              Distill, 26th April, 4pm

 

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Dandelyan At Mondrian London Wins UK’s Best Bar At The Return Of The CLASS Bar Awards

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On Tuesday February 21st, CLASS magazine announced its highly anticipated CLASS Bar Awards 2017.

The awards, which debuted in 2003 have returned under new owners Agile Media – founders of The World’s 50 Best Bars – reassuming their place as the premiere UK bar industry celebration.

Representatives from the UK’s leading bars attended the Awards yesterday (February 21st) at One Marylebone in London, along with internationally renowned personalities. Judged by industry experts from across the country, the CLASS Bar Awards recognises the talent, achievements and diversity of the UK bar scene.

Dandelyan at Mondrian London, by Iain Griffiths and Ryan Chetiyawardana, was the overwhelming choice of the CLASS collective (the 85 expert judges that voted), with the bar picking up gongs for Best Bar in the UK, Best Hotel Bar and Best Drinks Menu.

Offering innovative drinks centred on the theme of Modern Botany, immaculate service and views of the Thames, Dandelyan won four of the five categories it was shortlisted for.
Aidan Bowie, Head Bartender at Dandelyan and a past winner of Diageo World Class, topped the Bartender of the Year vote, ahead of James Bowker of The Edgbaston in Birmingham and Marcis Dzelzainis of Sager + Wilde, Bethnal Green, London.

Edmund Weil and Rosie Stimpson, owners of London music and cocktail venues Nightjar and Oriole, also saw a number of their team win supporting awards. Oriole’s Ivana Popovic was named Front of House Star of the Year and the bar’s Ivano Filippi took Bar Back Star. A third award for Oriole came in the form of Bar Food Menu of the Year, with its South American-Asian inspired menu edging ahead of that of Liverpool’s Filter + Fox and Oskar’s Bar of London. While Nightjar won Best Social Media Initiative.

Weil and Stimpson also celebrated with their partners at Swift, Bobby Hiddleston and Mia Johansson, after the venue took New Bar of the Year, ahead of Bath’s The Dark Horse and London’s Black Rock. Bobby Hiddleston too won an individual award, taking home Bar Manager of the Year for his work with Callooh Callay in 2016 and latterly as a co-creator of Swift.

The Emerging Bartender of the Year category was won by Dominic Whisson of the American Bar, London, ahead of Joe Wild from El Bandito in Liverpool and Daniele Bresciani of The Churchill Bar & Terrace, London.

Cocktail of the Year, also contended by Dandelyan’s Concrete Sazerac, was won by Robusto Negroni at Bar Termini. Devised by Tony Conligiaro’s Drink Factory for the Soho bar, the Robusto Negroni uses the sous-vide technique to achieve a mellow and elegant Negroni.
Specialist Bar of the Year went to whisky venue Black Rock, owned by Tom Aske and Tristan Stephenson, taking the gong ahead of Manchester’s tequila and pizza venue Crazy Pedro’s and, Italian station-themed coffee and cocktail spot, Bar Termini.
Restaurant Bar of the Year was awarded to London’s Hawksmoor Spitalfields, beating off capital competition in the form of The Blind Pig and Edinburgh’s Bon Vivant.

Ending the night was the Lifetime Achievement award, which went to Jake Burger from bars The Distillery and Portobello Road. With venues in Leeds and London, a gin museum and gin brand, Jake Burger has spent 20 years at the forefront of the drinks business.

CLASS Bar Awards 2017 shortlists and winners

Awards voted for by the CLASS Collective (85 nationwide industry experts): 

Bartender of the Year 
– Aidan Bowie, Dandelyan, London
– James Bowker, The Edgbaston, Birmingham
– Marcis Dzelzainis, Sager + Wilde, Bethnal Green, London

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Bar of the Year 
– Dandelyan, London
– Bramble, Edinburgh
– Satan’s Whiskers, London

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New Bar of the Year

– Swift, London
– Black Rock, London
– The Dark Horse, Bath
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Hotel Bar of the Year 

– Dandelyan at Mondrian London
– Connaught Bar at The Connaught, London
– American Bar at The Savoy Hotel, London
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Drinks Menu of the Year
– Dandelyan, Modern Botany 3rd Edition London
– Callooh Callay, Street Art Tour, London
– American Bar, London Menu, London
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Specialist Bar of the Year

– Black Rock, London
– Crazy Pedro’s, Manchester
– Bar Termini, London
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Bar Food Menu of the Year 

– Oriole, London
– Filter + Fox, Liverpool
– Oskar’s Bar, London.

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Restaurant Bar of the Year
– Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London
– Bon Vivant, Edinburgh
– The Blind Pig at the Social Eating House, London
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Cocktail of the Year 

– Negroni Robusto, Bar Termini, London
– Pickering Place, American Bar, London
– Concrete Sazerac, Dandelyan, London
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Lifetime Achievement
Jake Burger


Special Recognition Awards (entered on application and judged by a panel of 10 industry experts):

Bar Manager of the Year 

– Bobby Hiddleston, Callooh Callay / Swift, London
– Declan McGurk, American Bar, London
– Eve Vasileiadou, The Churchill Bar & Terrace, London
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Emerging Bartender of the Year

– Dominic Whisson, American Bar, London
– Joe Wild, El Bandito, Liverpool
– Daniele Bresciani, The Churchill Bar & Terrace, London
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Bar Back Star of the Year 

– Ivano Filippi, Oriole, London
– Habtom Temesgem, The Churchill Bar & Terrace, London
– Timoteo Martao, Oblix, London
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Front of House Star of the Year

– Ivana Popovic, Oriole, London
– Harry Kladis, The Churchill Bar & Terrace, London
– Emily Shuttleworth, London Cocktail Club, Bethnal Green, London
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Social Media Initiative of the Year
– Nightjar, London

– Bar Termini, London
– Aqua Shard, London
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Glenfiddich IPA Experiment Launches In UK On-Trade With Young’s Exclusive

glenfiddich-ipa-and-serveGlenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt whisky, officially launches the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment in the UK on-trade starting with 85 Young’s pubs across London.

The Glenfiddich IPA Experiment is the world’s first single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks. A collaboration between Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and Speyside craft brewer, Seb Jones, they worked together to pioneer a new single malt Scotch whisky imbued with zesty citrus and tangy hops from the oak casks that had previously held a bold Speyside IPA.

According to Glenfiddich Senior Brand Manager, Sarah Harding, “Since the Glenfiddich IPA Experiment launched in September 2016 in the off-trade, we have been overwhelmed by the interest from consumers and whisky connoisseurs nationwide due to the unique qualities of this experimental liquid. We are so pleased to be officially launching the Glenfiddich IPA in the UK on-trade with Young’s so more consumers can experience this collaboration between brewer, Seb Jones, and Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman.”

Gillian McLaren, Director of Marketing said “At Young’s we aim to go above and beyond when offering our consumers a range of unique drinks and experiences. We are seeing a growing demand for whisky and as Glenfiddich is one of the most innovative whisky brands in the world, we’re thrilled to be the first managed outlet to stock Glenfiddich IPA across 85 of our pubs. We hope it will appeal to our current whisky drinkers and look forward to educating more consumers on the wonderful world of whisky through our variety of consumer tasting events.”

Young’s will be hosting a number of Glenfiddich IPA Experiment whisky tasting events for customers which will run from 17th January until 17th March 2017. These include:
– January 18th (7pm-9pm): GLENFIDDICH IPA MASTERCLASS @ WHITE BEAR, KENNINGTON
– February 23rd (7pm-9pm): GLENFIDDICH DECONSTRUCTED @ DOG & FOX, WIMBLEDON

To find more information about the events and Young’s Whisky Tide campaign, visit http://www.youngs.co.uk/.

Glenfiddich IPA is part of Glenfiddich’s innovative Experimental Series, a new range that combines the brand’s passion for pushing Scotch whisky boundaries and its collaborations with trailblazers from the whisky world and beyond.

The Limited-Edition Fever54 at The Savoy

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The Future Laboratory, World Class Future of Cocktails Report has revealed that as consumers are increasingly exploring their emotions and looking for more interesting emotional stimulation, restaurants and bars are thinking of new and creative ways to offer experiences which resonate with their feelings.

Future-facing bars are using scent to enhance the sensory experience of the cocktail, and to activate a deeper, emotional connection through the sense of smell and taste.

The Fever 54 at the Beaufort Bar
Embracing this trend, renowned fragrance house The Perfumer’s Story, known for its ground-breaking scents and iconic client portfolio, has partnered with ultra premium gin Tanqueray No. TEN and The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar to create a cocktail that is inspired by the fragrance and emotions of The Perfumer’s Story’s signature perfume. The Fever 54 is often described as “provocative, confident and fun” and Kyle Wilkinson at The Beaufort Bar has replicated this effect within his cocktail:
 
Fever 54 
Tanqueray No. TEN 
Lemon juice
Sandle wood maraschino 
Banana and violet falenum 

Berry Bros. & Rudd Gets Into The Christmas Spirit

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Berry Bros. & Rudd is getting into the festive spirit, unveiling a carefully selected range of hampers, wines and spirits for the season.

Britain’s oldest family-owned wine and spirit merchant has this year, revamped its Christmas collection, with a focus on its best selling hampers, whilst shining a spotlight on its spirits offering.

For Christmas 2016, Berry Bros. & Rudd has those tricky secret Santa gifts and special stocking fillers all sewn up. A selection of miniature bottles including favourites such as The King’s Ginger 50ml (£7.50), Good Ordinary Claret 37.5cl (£5.25) and No.3 London Dry Gin 100ml (£8.50) will ensure plenty of festive cheer.

Beautifully wrapped spirits gift packs are also available, perfect for the discerning gent. The King’s Ginger Gift Set, features a bottle of the spicy, warm liquor, which goes beautifully with sparkling wine, alongside a 1.5oz hip flask (£30). Bottled when it’s ready to drink, Speyside single malt, The Glenrothes Vintage 2001, is unlike anything else he will receive and is available as a gift set, alongside two glasses (£60).

Other highlights of this year’s range include the Chef’s Pantry Hamper, designed to cater to the true gourmand. It contains White Truffle and Porcini Sauce, Sapori Truffles, Himalayan Pink Gourmet Salt, and Pommery Moutarde de Meaux, alongside Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Reserve Red, Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Reserve White and Berry Bros. & Rudd Champagne (£100). For something to really impress, the Luxury Hamper is a roll-call of indulgence: a combination of the finest wines, to carry you through the Christmas feast, sit alongside delicious culinary treats like White Truffle Oil and Soft Italian Pistachio Nougat (£475).

As ever, in store, the Berry Bros. & Rudd experts, including seven Masters of Wine are available to guide customers through their drinks selections this Christmas. The buyers have compiled a definitive list of wines to serve throughout the season, whether at drinks parties, on Christmas Day itself or to give as thoughtful gifts. Wines are available to buy as a single bottle, in cases and also in mixed cases, presented in a gift box. Pre-mixed case selections start from £30 for three bottles of Berry Bros. & Rudd’s House Collection.

With stocking fillers from £5.25 and gifts selections from £30, Berry Bros. & Rudd has Christmas all wrapped up.

Half Hitch

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Camden Lock has its part in the history of gin, seen in the mid-18oo’s as one of the significant areas in London to create, bottle and export gin. Around 20 acres were owned by the likes of W&A Gilbey Ltd, utilising the waterways and trains to ferry their cargo across the UK and beyond. Over time though, the locks were abandoned and fell into disrepair, until Mark Holdsworth stumbled upon the history, gaining his inspiration into creating a gin that would tip the hat to the forgotten era.

Half Hitch gin, born and bred in an old Victorian vault located right next to one of the biggest former gin warehouses, the Interchange Building, offers up a slice of old London, using the name of the strong rope knot that many barges used on the locks to moor up with.

To create his gin, Mark uses three different methods: copper pot distillation, vacuum distillation and hand crafted tinctures. He uses 100% British grain spirit within, and utilises botanicals such as Malawian black tea, Calabrian bergamot from Southern Italy, wood, hay and pepper.

But how does it fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Half Hitch – 40%

A sweet, floral note on the nose, followed by delicate rose and lavender. Sharp lemon rind hits the palate on first taste, with a bold, fresh lavender profile coming through. Earth notes follow alongside a striking citrus kick that leads to a long fresh finish.

A good base gin for their signature serve too –

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Twisted Martini

Half Hitch Twisted Martini

Glass – 

Tumbler

Ingredients –

50 ml Half Hitch Gin
Orange Peel

Method – 

Pour over ice in a tumbler glass and garnish with orange peel.

“Sir Winston is quoted as saying “Glance at the vermouth bottle briefly while pouring the juniper distillate freely”. Hence, no vermouth in this Martini. This version takes one step further. No shake, no stir, just on the rocks.” source, http://www.halfhitch.london

A great gin that opens up the history of Camden Lock with a respectable brand, bringing focus on its unique blend of botanicals. Something different for your drinks cabinet.

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National Calvados Week Returns For 2016

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The Père Magloire National Calvados Week, in association with UK creator Emporia Brands, returns Monday 17th October 2016 until the Sunday 23rd October 2016, taking place bars and retailers across the UK, including London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

For some, Normandy’s lush green pastures reach their ultimate expression in the region’s famed cheeses and rich dairy butter. We all know that it’s always been about the Calvados. The magical alchemy that transforms green apples into golden nectar, it produces apple brandy as soft, fresh and pure as the beguiling French countryside from which it’s born. The week long celebration marks the harvesting of the delicious apples for the production of Calvados. During National Calvados Week over 100 bars, shops, supermarkets and independent off licenses, including London based Demon Wise & Partners, NOLA, Cocktail Trading Company, Skylon and 155 Bar & Kitchen, who are pairing their special cocktail creation ‘Apple Turnover’, perfect to be matched with their Beetroot-cured Salmon served with chicory and apple salad, or the Scallops with smoked belly of port.

Other venues and highlights for the week include such Edinburgh stalwarts as Blackbird, Heads & Tales, Voodoo Rooms, La Petite Mort and The Bon Vivant, as well as Glasgow based The Finnieston and Porter & Rye, plus Rye & Soda in Aberdeen. Manhattan in Leicester are also showcasing their serves, as well as The Edgbaston in Birmingham and Bonbar in Newcastle amongst others.

Meanwhile, participating Waitrose stores will be running an in-store price promotion for the month of October, seeing Père Magloire VSOP price reduction of £2. (Original price £22 – promotional price £20). Scotland are covered by Drinkmonger in Edinburgh and The Good Spirits Company in Glasgow, plus independent stores within the likes of Cheshire with Corks Out, The Vineyard Wine Shop in Lancashire, Starmoreboss in Yorkshire, Dorset’s Shaftesbury Wines, Kent based Chiselhurst Wines, Cornwall with North Coast Wines and Wales with Gales of Llangollen. We’ve also partnered with The Drink Shop, who are running free delivery for the month of October on all Père Magloire expressions, as well as Drinkfinder who are offering 10% off all Père Magloire products throughout October.

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Highlights of the week involve Soho Wine Supply in London, who will be hosting a Père Magloire tasting table on the 20th, with Soho Whisky Club and Brahms & Liszt hosting a Père Magloire range tasting on the 19th and 21st respectively. TimeOut London are also hosting an evening of Père Magloire on the 18th at MASH London, exclusive for their members and hosted by Brand Manager Matthew Dakers. Manchester will also see Brand Ambassador Dave Marsland showcase Père Magloire at Epernay Champagne Bar on the evening of the 19th, with support from Yelp! John Lewis on Oxford St in London are also getting in on the action, hosting a Père Magloire VSOP and Pont L’Eveque cheese tasting in the food hall, with the offer of a free glass to anyone who buys a bottle!

In addition, Fever Tree are the principle sponsors for this year’s signature serve, promoted within all participating venues across the UK, the Père Magloire and Fever Tree tonic;

50 ml Père Magloire VS
Topped with Fever Tree Tonic Water
Fresh Ice (at least 4 big cubes)
Slice of Fresh Apple

Using a large wine glass or a tall, slim glass, add the ice first then pour in the Père Magloire VS, followed by the Fever Tree Tonic Water. Cut a full slice of apple and drop into the glass.

A promotional video has also been commissioned by Emporia Brands, the exclusive UK importer of Père Magloire and National Calvados Week, which aims to see people coming together from across the UK to enjoy Calvados.

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.