Oxley Gin Announces First UK On-Trade Competition In Search Of The Country’s Most Inventive Gimlet

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OXLEY®, the unbelievably cold distilled gin, announces its inaugural cocktail competition open to the UK on-trade centred around one of the world’s most classic cocktails – the Gimlet. Accounts across Edinburgh, Manchester and London are being challenged to invent their unique twist on the Gimlet serve, a drink traditionally made with only two ingredients – lime cordial and gin. The use of sub-zero distillation in a quest to keep the botanicals in OXLEY gin faithful to nature, combined with using only fresh-frozen citrus, the Gimlet showcases this bright and flavourful gin – essential in controlling and balancing the essential cordial element. With the Gimlet’s current revival and dividing of opinions, almost as much as the martini, OXLEY gin will tour the three cities from February through May in search of the unexpected, inventive expression of this serve.

CORDIALLY INVITED
With many different takes on the Gimlet featuring across the UK’s top on-trade accounts – 12% of bars polled the serve in their top 10 cocktails* – from Mint Gun Club’s staple three versions, each prebatched and kept in the freezer and served in frozen liqueur glasses, to Scarfes Bar’s twist using a home-made cordial infused with zara lebu skin, lemongrass, shiso and kaffir lime leaves, OXLEY gin is inviting bartenders to experiment and create their own cordial that will complement the thirst for flavour and unmistakable taste of OXLEY gin. Each bartender will be gifted an OXLEY Cocktail Kit to support their own innovative interpretation of the Gimlet with the winner walking away with their own bespoke, co-branded fridge.

The winning recipe will be selected by Karine Tillard, Brand Ambassador for OXLEY gin, along with a special guest, who will visit the competing bars before crowning the most inventive bartender in each region.

Florent Demars, UK Brand Manager – OXLEY gin comments “Since the invention of OXLEY, we have continued to champion flavour and freezing nature in its tracks. We are excited to see how bartenders across the UK can create a truly adventurous take on the Gimlet, a cocktail that has been gaining popularity and momentum rising 26% in the last year alone as one of the world’s best-selling classic cocktails.”

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Celebrate International Margarita Day with Patrón Tequila

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This year marks the 80th year of the Margarita, according to many. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Patrón Tequila invites you to raise a Perfect Patrón Margarita on International Margarita Day (Friday 22nd February) at some of the best bars nationwide.

In conjunction with DrinkUp.London, Patrón has 360 complimentary Margaritas on offer for you and a friend to help you celebrate this amazing day. To receive your Simply Perfect Patrón Margarita sign up here (https://drinkup.london/margarita-day) and receive your Margaritas at any of the below bars. Link will be going live on Wednesday 20th at 3pm.

If you miss out on the DrinkUp.London promotion this International Margarita Day, head to any of the below accounts between 18th-25th February where you can enjoy their own limited-edition twists on the Perfect Patrón Margarita:

Pachamama East, Shoreditch: a unique Margarita menu designed especially for International Margarita Day to pair perfectly with Pachamama’s delicious food

London Cocktail Club, Oxford Circus: Two-day Patrón takeover in their studio on 22nd February. Choose the Patrón Mango Margarita. Click here to book a table.

Coya, Angel Court, City: Special Patrón Tequila menu

Hovarda, Soho: Special Patrón Tequila menu

Red Rooster, City: a unique Margarita menu designed especially for International Margarita Day to pair perfectly with Red Rooster’s delicious food

Rumoured to have first been made at Tail O’The Cock in Los Angeles in 1939, the Margarita hasn’t left the minds of drinkers as a staple serve since. Regardless of when and where its origin was cemented; the Margarita has become a memorable serve on cocktail menus worldwide. It’s not only the traditional recipe that is known and loved, but also the unique twists concocted by bartenders and cocktail lovers alike. The foundation of any perfect Margarita however, whether it’s a classic or a twist, is always ultra-premium Patrón Tequila.

In recent years, the popularity of tequila has soared to new heights which is a testament to the incredible versatility of the spirt. This year, across International Margarita Day, Patrón Tequila wants to showcase this versatility through the much-loved Margarita.

Launching on International Margarita Day, is “Margarita of the Year 2019” – a global search for the perfect twist on the classic Patrón Margarita recipe. For the fifth year, Margarita of the Year will challenge bartenders across the world to showcase their exceptional bartending skills through their own unique interpretation of the Margarita. Displaying the versatility of not only Patrón Tequila but of the Margarita too.

Representing Europe is Cristian Bugiada from Rome, Italy, with his cocktail “Margarita Amore”, a delicious take on a Margarita with Apple and Chili Pepper.

Fans can vote daily for their favourite recipe here MargaritaOfTheYear.com.

Shake Up Your Shop and Check Out A Cocktail With Kitchen Cocktail’s Supermarket Sweep Pop-Up

In the words of the late, great national treasure, Dale Winton “the next time you’re at the checkout and you hear the beep, think of the fun you could be having on Supermarket Sweep!”. This month London Cocktail Club’s world renowned bartender, JJ Goodman, will be stepping out from behind the bar to the check-out to celebrate his new step-by-step cocktail book Kitchen Cocktails, showcasing how delicious cocktails can be made using simple, supermarket ingredients.

Located on the ground floor of London Cocktail Club Shoreditch, the pop-up supermarket aisles, packed with classic everyday items from Coco Pops to bacon, will see ticket-goers race against the clock to gather the ingredients and inflatables to create their cocktail of choice and score one of the ‘cocktail-hack’ prizes. Tickets will be available from Design My Night for £30.00 per person, which includes three cocktails and an enormous amount of fun; you can book for groups of up to 20 between 12pm – 9pm daily, from Saturday 1 December 2018 – Saturday 23 February 2019.

SHOP & SWEEP
Guests will walk through the doors of the Cocktail Kitchen pop-up and meet JJ and the team with a cocktail on arrival. Once divided into teams, competitors will don their 90s-style primary colour jumpers before selecting their preferred cocktail from the Kitchen Cocktails book.

Raring to go,shopping basket in hand, they will then set off to the sound of an airhorn on a timed spin around the aisles of the Cocktail Kitchen supermarket to collect the ingredients needed for their drink of choice, battling it out to take the win. Combining elements from two of the UK’s most beloved tv shows, guests will be able to secure bonus prizes by spinning a Cocktail Wheel of Fortune and stuffing their baskets with the corresponding novelty inflatables.

CHECK OUT A COCKTAIL
Upon check out, challengers will take their shopping bags to the set-up kitchen area where LCC’s team of bartenders will be on-hand to guide budding mixologists on how to create incredible cocktails using the very simple ingredients gathered in the aisles.

Available from kitchen-cocktails.com for RRP £29.99, Kitchen Cocktails is the essential Christmas gift for cocktail lovers across the country looking to shake up winter warmers at home. As the festive party season (and supermarket shop) approaches, the time is ripe to join the revolution.

 

Double Dutch Opens ‘Speakeasy’ Pop Up Bar

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Double Dutch has created a ‘speakeasy’ bar, tucked away behind a craft-gin shop, in Westfield Stratford City. Heroing the brand’s extensive range of premium mixers, showcased in a selection of delicious mocktails and cocktails, the secret bar offers shoppers a chance to escape the busy shopping crowds and try something different this January.

As leaders in the premium mixers scene and millennials themselves, Double Dutch is at the forefront of current Gen-Z trends, which see a third of under 25’s now embracing non-alcoholic drinks. With this in mind, Double Dutch has collaborated with top bartenders Chris Dennis and Jo St Clair-Ford – formerly of Disrepute, Callooh Callay & Zettertownhouse – to create a bespoke menu of mocktails & cocktails. The drinks are infused with superfoods such as turmeric & ginger, as well as the botanical flavours of lavender, coriander and earl grey, guests can sip away completely guilt-free.

Known for their unique flavoured mixers such as Cucumber and Watermelon, Pomegranate and Basil, and Cranberry Tonic Water, Double Dutch has used flavour profiling within the premium mixers scene since 2015, regularly launching limited edition soft drinks. Making a return at the pop-up bar is Double Dutch Spices & Oakwood, a delicious blend of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and nutmeg, balanced by sweet vanilla notes, for perfect for those who prefer something a little more warming during the colder months.

On entering the craft gin shop, guests must find the secret black door and reveal the password to experience it all, ‘Show me the Hi-vag-ide A-vag-wa-vag-ay’ – ‘hideaway’ in Double Dutch.

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During the day, the main shop area at the front will be open to the public, with Chris Dennis and Jo St Clair-Ford, on hand to help guests explore the different flavour profiles of each of the gins available and partner them with their chosen Double Dutch mixer.

“We are very excited to welcome the Double Dutch pop-up shop to Westfield Stratford City,” says Paul Buttigieg, Commercial Director Europe, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. “The next few months are a very busy time for us; it’s great to have a secret bar for everyone to relax in and unwind.”

Open from the 8th December to February 2019, Double Dutch will also be holding a host of events in the speakeasy bar, including ‘Drinks at Home Masterclasses’. From Tom Collins to Martinis, attendees will be taught everything they need to know about making cocktails at home, by an award winning bartender. More details will be found on the Double Dutch website. http://www.doubledutchdrinks.com

Westfield Stratford City, ground floor
Open Now

Double Dutch shop opening times:
10am – 10pm (Monday – Saturday)
10am – 6pm (Sunday)

Speakeasy bar opening times:
5pm – 10pm (Monday – Friday)
12pm – 10pm (Saturday)
12pm – 6pm (Sunday)

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Sager + Wilde And East London Liquor Company Teams Join Forces To Launch Independent Spirits Brand

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Three of London’s leading drinks innovators, Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis (Sager + Wilde) and Alex Wolpert (East London Liquor Company), have joined forces to launch independent spirits brand, El Destilado. Exploring the spirits of Latin America, the first El Destilado collection launches in November 2018 with a lineup of thirteen agave and sugar cane distillates from Mexico.

El Destilado was born out of the team’s time spent travelling in Latin America and a shared desire to curate a collection of spirits that express the terroir of the unique places and producers they encountered. Working directly with small, independent producers, El Destilado presents a diverse range of spirits that express the distinctive space, history, time and environment in which they are created. Produced on a small scale, with batches ranging from 70 to 420 bottles, El Destilado’s range captures the ephemeral and unique nature of each spirit, offering an ever-evolving collection of limited edition distillates.

Design is central to El Destilado’s producer-led approach, with a focus on creating a clean, transparent vessel that brings provenance, people, places and processes to the fore. Created by El Destilado’s Creative Director, Charlie McKay, the design avoids stereotypical cultural iconography, presenting a minimal aesthetic that distinguishes it in the market, making each bottle a sought-after and striking addition to the bar.

The first collection features eleven agave and two sugar cane distillates from Mexico. The agave distillates all come from mezcaleros working outside the confines of Mexico’s Mezcal Regulatory Council, using ancestral techniques to create non-D.O. spirits that are pure expressions of ancient, artisanal methods. This inaugural El Destilado collection will be priced between £35 and £120 per 500ml bottle, dependent on the spirit. The first collection is available now through Speciality Drinks and will be listed on The Whisky Exchange from December 2018. The collection includes:

Agave Distillates
(Non-D.O. mezcal)

Sierra Negra (A. Americana)
Mezcalero: Alberto Martinez | Santa Catarina Albarradas, Oaxaca | 70 bottles
Tobaziche (A. Karwinski)
Mezcalero: Pedro Pascual Hernandez Arrellanes | Santa Catarina Minas, Oaxaca | 100 bottles
Barril – Espadin (73% Barril – 27% Espadin)
Mezcalero: Rene Parada Barriga | Zimatlan de Alvarez, Oaxaca |100 bottles
Pechuga de Ameyaltepec (Azul, Papalote Y Pizorra)
Mezcalero: Delfino Tobon | San Pablo Ameyaltepec | 100 bottles
Papalome (A. Angustifolia)
Mezcalero: Amando Alvarez | Santa Maria Ixcatlan, Oaxaca | 102 bottles
Espadilla (A. Angustifolia)
Mezcalero: Luis Sandoval Dolores | San Juan Bautista Jayacatlán, Oaxaca | 110 bottles
Madrecuixe (Madrecuixe)
Mezcalero: Atenogenes Garcia | San Isidro, Oaxaca | 180 bottles
Pichomel (A. Marmorata)
Mezcalero: Atelo Ramirez | Reyes Metzontla, Puebla | 200 bottles
Tobala (A. Potatorum)
Mezcalero: Berta Vasquez | San Baltazar, Oaxaca | 300 bottles
Bicuixe – Madrecuixe (Bicuixe Madrecuixe)
Mezcalero: Atenogenes Garcia | San Isidro, Oaxaca | 400 bottles
Pechuga de Mole Poblano (Espadilla, A. Angustifolia)
Mezcalero: Marcelo Luna | Zoyatla, Puebla | 420 bottles

 

Sugar Cane Distillates
(Aguardiente)

Aguardiente de Panela (Saccharum Officinarum)
Maestro: Delfino Cruz | San Pablo Ameyaltepec, Puebla | 160 bottles
Aguardiente de Cana (Saccharum Officinarum)
Maestro: Edgar Gonzalez | San Cristobal Lachirioag, Oaxaca | 400 bottles

National Calvados Week Returns This October

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National Calvados Week returns for the sixth time this October as UK bars and restaurants celebrate Calvados Père Magloire and Normandy’s world-renowned apple-based spirit. National Calvados Week runs from Monday 15th October until Sunday 21st October, marking the harvesting of the delicious apples for the production of Calvados.

During National Calvados Week over 100 bars, shops, supermarkets and independent retailers will have specially curated cocktail menus, Père Magloire range tastings, food pairing, and cooking with Calvados, and will be offering the classic serve of Père Magloire and tonic. To reward all pubs, bars and restaurants who participate within National Calvados Week, Emporia Brands, the UK distributor and creator of National Calvados Week, ask that Père Magloire and tonic be promoted to customers, with a complimentary case of tonic to support them.

Creativity is key too, with plenty of inspired serves needed to show off the Normandy spirit through a week-long promotional menu.

> Retailers can sign up by participating in the ‘National Calvados Week Best Retail Display’. By uploading their display to the campaign’s social media pages on Twitter or Facebook, the best display wins the retailer a bottle of the exclusive Père Magloire Memoire for their efforts.

> A bottle of Père Magloire Memoire is also on offer for the ‘NCW Most Creative Cocktail’ which is to be run on their venues’ cocktail menu throughout the week. An image of their creation is to be uploaded to the campaign’s social media pages of Twitter or Facebook where the winner will be announced at the end of the promotional week.

For more information visit http://www.emporiabrands.com/national-calvados-week

Activities already agreed include:

LONDON

> Calvados and Cigar matching at Soho Whisky Club, with Hunters and Frankau

> Special calvados drinks menus at Cocktail Trading Company, The Vault at Milroys, Frenchies, Merchant House, South Place Hotel, Trading House, Café Pacifico and others.

> In store tastings at Gerry’s and Hedonism

AROUND ENGLAND

> Special Calvados drinks menus at Milk (Reading), Wash House (Manchester), Petit Café (Liverpool), Jakes’s Bar (Leeds), Circle Lounge (Halifax), 33 Cank Street (Leicester), Wilderness (Birmingham), Boiler Maker (Nottingham), Jazz Café (Lincoln).

SCOTLAND

Tasting at Blue Blazer, Edinburgh

> Meet the Maker event at Harry’s Bar

> Calvados Cup and Voodoo Rooms

> Special Calvados drinks menus in Edinburgh at Red Teapot bars, Bullard and Worth, Nightcap, La Petite Mort, Panda & Sons, Hoot the Redeemer, Blue Blazer, Nauticus, Miss Woos and others.

> Pop up menus in Edinburgh at Harry’s Bar and Kin.

> Special Calvados drinks menus in Glasgow at Five March, The Parlour and others.

> Pop up menus in Glasgow at Atlantic, Kelvingrove Café, Porter & Rye AND Finnieston.

March For Margarita!

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Following the success of Margarita Rumble, a cocktail competition that saw London’s top bars compete for the title of best Margarita, August brings another tequila-infused event to London. Jose Cuervo®, the world’s oldest and most awarded family of tequilas and pioneer of the original margarita, brings the Margarita March, a journey exploring the heritage, craft and creation of tequila and its most famed cocktail creation to eight of London’s leading bars.

With a massive growing consumer appetite for tequila and cocktails across the UK, the Margarita March is designed to celebrate one of nations favourite cocktails and premiere eight Cuervo Margaritas curated by London’s iconic bars.

Taking place on Saturday 18th August from 4pm-10pm, guests will march through the streets of London, enjoying Cuervo Margaritas along the way, all made with Jose Cuervo Tradicional 100% blue agave tequila. The tequila that founded the tequila category, Jose Cuervo Tradicional celebrates a family tradition started more than 200 years ago. 100% estate-grown, blue agave plants are slow cooked in clay ovens and then double distilled in small, artisanal stills yielding an irresistibly refined tequila of perfect clarity and crisp flavour, making it the perfect partner for the best tasting margaritas.

Guests will enjoy a margarita masterclass and tequila tasting on arrival, at WM Barker & CO. Led by Jose Cuervo’s tequila expert, they will be taken on a tequila journey from the agave fields of Mexico to the Jose Cuervo distillery (the oldest in Latin America), to learn all there is to know about the drink that’s gaining massive popularity across the UK, before a tasting led by Jose Cuervo’s tequila expert.

To celebrate, Jose Cuervo is offering TWO fans the chance to attend Margarita March for free. Check out Jose Cuervo on Facebook @JoseCuervo.UK for more information.

For tickets, visit http://www.londonmargaritamarch.com priced at £25.

For more information, please visit http://www.cuervo.com or follow @JoseCuervoUK on Instagram

You can also get in touch on josecuervo@cowpr.com or 020 7234 9150

CUERVO NETTLE MARGARITA RECIPE:

50ml Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Nettle Cordial
10ml Sugar Syrup
2.5ml Isle of Skye Sea Salt Solution (5g Salt 50g Water)

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CUERVO PASSIONFRUIT MARGARITA RECIPE:

50ml Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver
15ml Passion Fruit Puree (Funkin Puree) OR 1 Whole
Passion Fruit
25ml Fresh Lime Juice
15ml Agave Syrup

Lagunitas Beer Circus Comes To The UK

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California based Lagunitas Brewing Co is bringing its magical selection of brews paired with a whirling frenzy of freaktacular entertainment to the UK for the first time… That’s right – we’re talking about the legendary Lagunitas Beer Circus!

The Lagunitas Beer Circus is the ultimate celebration of beer and the freedom to just be whoever you want! A place to suspend reality, embrace being alive and be part of a community without worrying about what anyone else thinks.

Lagunitas’ menu is simple… Plenty of beer. Check! Mind blowing acts, from marching bands, to freak shows and even bearded ladies. Check! It sounds appetising to us, so if it’s your cup of tea too, then your dream pop-up is set to arrive in London, fresh from an extensive US tour of Petaluma, Seattle, Chicago, on Saturday 18th August.

If you’re still sat on the fence, but sort of intrigued by Lagunitas’ philosophy of ‘see things you can’t un-see’, then maybe the range of new beers, bizarre burlesque performers and line-up of the strangest and quirkiest bands ever might twist your arm – you can’t miss this one.

We can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t commit to a few hours of washing down a couple of beers while letting go of their inhibitions and living out their childhood dream of joining the circus. But if you do know anyone like that, you should tell ‘em that Lagunitas is dedicated to providing grants for non-for-profit community projects, supporting projects across music education, arts and animal welfare, so the IPA will be donating ALL THE profits to Wild At Heart Foundation…

Meaning that while you’re drinking, you’re helping to rehome dogs around the world. It doesn’t get much better than that!

When:
Saturday 18th August
Afternoon Session 12.30 – 17.00 or evening Session 18.30 – 23.00

Where:
Flat Iron Square (53a, Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Tickets available:
Tickets for a session are available for £15. This includes one welcome beer and one beer token. To purchase a ticket for a session, please visit this site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lagunitas-beer-circus-london-tickets-45528660449

Kraken Rum Unleashes The Beast In The East

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The Kraken® Black Spiced Rum is wrapping its tentacles around London’s East End for its latest Kraken Crawl. Capturing the spirit of the East, The Kraken has clouded the region with its iconic, dark spirit and a twist on four classic cocktails.

The cocktails have been crafted to perfectly pair with the area’s most famous hangouts, so followers of the sea creature can enjoy the darker side of life as they crawl through its streets and taste London like never before.

For one night only, rum fans can indulge their taste buds with East London inspired cocktails and be hit with trending taste notes ranging from turmeric through to black tea and cockney influenced ‘apple and pears’ cider.

Starting and finishing in E1, the Kraken Crawl will celebrate the unveiling of The Kraken Mural on Great Eastern Bear. From 16th July to 12th August, prepare to be awestruck by a giant piece of photorealistic artwork. This unique piece will incorporate 3D elements to bring the mystical beast to life and is set to turn a few heads. Providing a perfect Insta-backdrop for East Londoners and passers-by, those tagging themselves with the beast will also be in with a chance of winning a range of amazing prizes, from diving courses to mural masterclasses, as well as free cocktails to redeem at the below participating Kraken Crawl bars.

The limited-edition cocktails that have been paired specially with local Shoreditch bars include:

The Brick Lane – The Cocktail Trading Company, E1 6GQ

Pay homage to the home of British curry, The Brick Lane blends dark rum with a range of Indian spices including terrifyingly trendy turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom.

The Great Eastern Street – Road Trip and Workshop, EC1V 9EY

Another hot cocktail trend to tickle your fancy taking cold black tea from the East and swirling it around in a hurricane glass with orange liqueur, lemon juice and rum.

The Perfect Storm – Old Blue Last, EC2A 3ES

A classic for a classic. Head to the iconic Old Blue Last for the Kraken fan favourite consisting of rum, ginger ale and a wedge of lime.

The Poison Apple & Pears – Apples & Pears, E1 6TD

It doesn’t get much more East End than Cockney rhyming slang. Mixing pears with apple cider, fiery ginger, lemon and rum – catch this at Apple & Pears, where else?

Shoreditch dwellers can view the Kraken Mural being created live by the capital’s hottest artists at Great Eastern Bear. The mural will be painted from 16th July through to 19th July with the finished artwork on display until 12th August.
For more information on joining The Kraken Crawl, please visit: https://www.theleagueofdarkness.co.uk/home

London Mezcal Week Returns To Celebrate The Spirit And Mexican Culture

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In honour of the agave spirit mezcal, the second annual London Mezcal Week will give the capital a very Mexican flavour between 10th – 16th September 2018. Celebrating many lesser-known, traditionally made mezcal brands, the week-long mezcal fiesta will take the form of a series of events across London, including tastings, dinners, talks and parties, plus a host of bars serving special mezcal cocktails. There will also be several pop-up mezcalerias appearing throughout the week to give you a taste of Mexico, whether you’re new to the spirit or a mezcal aficionado. ¡Salud!

Mezcal is the lesser-known cousin of tequila and is made in Mexico from the agave plant, the heart (or piña) of which is roasted underground before being distilled. This roasting process provides a unique, striking flavour with the fresh, vegetal nature of an agave spirit but with more depth. It’s this complexity that has led to its rise in popularity amongst the bartending community and leading cocktail bars.

London Mezcal Week, which is organized by two of London’s most dedicated mezcal enthusiasts, Thea Cumming and Melanie Symonds, aims to celebrate the mezcal category and bring it to a wider audience. The week-long programme of events will showcase the diverse and numerous ways it can be enjoyed – whether on its own, in cocktails or with food. Working solely with traditional mezcal producers – some of which date back generations within the same family – the week will see many of the brands flying to the UK for the first time. In order to support the community that produces mezcal, London Mezcal Week will also be working with the charity Rebuild Oaxaca, an organization that focuses on improving the quality of life of Mexico’s poorest families by rebuilding communities through construction projects.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

The headline event of the week will be the Mezcal Festival, which will take place from Friday 14th – Saturday 15th September. Providing a full-scale agave takeover in London Bridge, festival-goers will be able to sip on some extra-special cocktails by Ojo Rojo at an al fresco bar, whilst Mexico’s trending chef Santiago Lastra will be taking care of the food offering. From 7pm on the Friday and Saturday night DJs will be providing the soundtrack and transitioning the atmosphere from day-time drinking to evening fiesta. Within the Mezcal Festival will be the Tasting Room with one of the UK’s largest selections of mezcals to date, and some producers which have never been available in the UK before. For £25 per person, festival-goers can book a 2-hour session in the Tasting Room for a unique opportunity to sample the range on offer and meet the makers.

44 Southwark Street, London, SE1 9HW
Friday 14th – Saturday 15th September, Midday – Midnight: free entry to the Mezcal Festival, £25pp to access the Tasting Room (a 2 hour session can then be booked from 1-3pm, 3-5pm, 5-7pm both days)
Tickets available from http://www.londonmezcalweek.com

Those who are after a more foodie experience will be able to attend a one-off dinner with renowned Mexican chef Santiago Lastra on Tuesday 11th September at 44 Southwark Street. Working with local producers in the UK to create Mexican-style food, guests can enjoy a four course feast paired with mezcal cocktails. With a background working at renowned venues including NOMA Mexico with René Redzepi, texture, colour and soul are at the heart of Santiago’s cooking.

44 Southwark Street, London, SE1 9HW
Tuesday 11th September, 7pm-late
£37pp, option to have mezcal pairing throughout or order drinks as you go
Tickets available from http://www.londonmezcalweek.com

Rounding off the week will be the London Mezcal Week Closing Party, sponsored by skillfully crafted mixers London Essence Co, on Sunday 16th September – complete with Micheladas and Margaritas to work off the Sunday hangover.

44 Southwark Street, London, SE1 9HW
Sunday 16th September, 1pm – Midnight
Free entry

There will be London Mezcal Week maps available throughout the week, detailing the additional events, parties, tastings and dinners, as well as a range of bars serving special mezcal cocktails for one week only. Renowned mezcal forward venues taking part include Temper Soho, Café Pacifico, and Sin Gusano whilst some of London’s best-loved Mexican eateries Santo Remedio, Breddos Tacos and Bodega Negra will be
hosting events. Leading cocktail bars Callooh Callay, Super Lyan and Cocktail Trading Co. are also amongst those flying the mezcal flag.

For a full schedule of events and venues taking part visit http://www.londonmezcalweek.com