Four Pillars Welcome Joe Worthington To The Team

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One from the desk of Four Pillars gin;

Four Pillars is delighted to welcome Joe Worthington to our gin distilling family as our first Trade Relations Manager – UK and Europe.

Joe will be based in London and joins us from his most recent role as General Manager of the Portobello Road Distillery in Notting Hill.

Joe is well known to us at Four Pillars from his five years in Australia where he was Group Bars Manager for the Applejack Hospitality Group – owners of great Sydney bars including Della Hyde, So-Cal, Bondi Hardware and The Butler.

While at Applejack, Joe was a great supporter of Four Pillars and we became good mates – in fact he helped us run one of our first ever cocktail competitions. When Joe, originally from Leeds, decided to return to the UK in early 2016 we stayed in touch and drank together regularly on our trips to London.

When we decided to appoint our first Trade Relations Manager in the UK we hoped he might be interested and here we are with him in place.

Joe’s remit will be to work on all facets of our business in the UK – training retail and bar staff, working with our UK distributor Love Drinks on commercial arrangements, spreading the love of Australian gin and helping us develop markets inside mainland Europe. Joe will be the face of Four Pillars at consumer and trade events alike and we expect he will become a well-known figure in the UK drinks scene.

Four Pillars burst onto the global gin scene in early 2014 when our Rare Dry Gin collected the first of two Double Gold medals at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. We have since gone on to become one of the most awarded craft gins in Australia and maybe even the world.  

Four Pillars has been available in the UK and Europe since 2015. In late 2016 we appointed Love Drinks to be our UK-based distributor. We are also available in Denmark, Sweden and Holland, with limited availability in several other nations. Four Pillars hopes to sell around 2000, 6-packs of gin across Europe in 2017.  All the main Four Pillars variants are available in the UK and Europe including Rare Dry, Navy Strength, Spiced Negroni and Bloody Shiraz Gin.

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Samantha Burke Joins Love Drinks as Head of Sales and Marketing

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Love Drinks, the distributor of El Dorado Rum, Goslings Rum and Hayman’s Gin has appointed Samantha Burke in the newly created role of Head of Sales and Marketing. Samantha began her role at the beginning of December.

Samantha has over 20 years of experience within the premium drinks industry, working with established brands such as Appleton, Campari and Wray and Nephew as well as with start-up brands such as Polstar Vodka, Solidarnosc Vodka and Hendricks Gin. Her roles over the years have encompassed trade marketing, sales, brand management and creating strategic events and activations.

She will be responsible for leading the sales and marketing teams in their delivery of Love Drinks’s bold growth ambitions. She will report into Kirsty Loveday, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Drinks.

Speaking of Samantha’s appointment, Kirsty commented: “Samantha has extensive cross category knowledge and brand launch experience. Through her professionalism, Samantha has earned the respect of her peers, has excellent contacts throughout the UK and has built and maintained key relationships. Her expert knowledge is key to her ability in identifying trends and ensuring a proactive approach to an ever-changing market. We are delighted that Samantha is joining us and know that her passion and work ethic will match perfectly with that of our team.”

Samantha said; “I’ve always admired Kirsty as a business woman and what she has achieved over the years, so it’s with genuine excitement that I join the Love Drinks team. They’ve got some of the best brands in the business and I look forward to developing them further.”

Four Pillars Gin Appoints Love Drinks As Its Exclusive UK Distributor

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Four Pillars Gin, the Yarra Valley-based Australian distillery, is delighted to announce the appointment of Love Drinks as its exclusive UK-based importer and distributor.

Four Pillars has been distributed by Liberty Wines since May 2015 and co-founder Stuart Gregor thanked Liberty for its efforts in establishing a strong foothold for the brand in Great Britain and Ireland.

“We have had a terrific start to our sales life in the UK thanks to David Gleave and his team at Liberty and we want to thank them for all their efforts,” Gregor said.

“The time has come for us to work closely with a group like Love Drinks that is single-minded in its focus on great spirits, great relationships and growing high quality craft brands so we are delighted that we’ve been able to come to an agreement with Kirsty and her team.

“We love their portfolio and we’ve been keeping a close eye on the success of our Aussie mate Mr Black and we hope we can really turn up the volume on our sales over the next few years.”

Speaking about working with Four Pillars Gin and distributing throughout the UK, Kirsty Loveday, CEO and Founder of Love Drinks said;

“When starting Love Drinks almost ten years ago, I wanted to work with brands that were credible, innovative, award-winning and authentic – oh, and they had to taste good too! Four Pillars has all of these elements in spades.

As we all know, gin is an extremely crowded market, but at Love Drinks we are working with gins that have USPs that cut through the chatter of other gins; gins that have got a long-term plan and are investing in the UK market.

Four Pillars Gin complements the fantastic heritage and classic Britishness of Hayman’s Gins with their new world innovation and Modern Australian attitude.

For starters they have this uncanny knack of creating simply world class gins; their Rare Dry and Navy Strength have won more gold medals combined than the Aussies did in Rio and the distillery continues to deliver serious new gins with a twist – their Bloody Shiraz Gin, a typically Australian riff on Sloe and the new Spiced Negroni Gin both show what they can do when let loose…

Their whole ethos, from the gins they make, to their host of activities at their distillery in Yarra Valley just makes me smile; they make marmalade from the oranges that go into the botanical basket and feed their own litter of rare breed pigs on the spent botanicals for goodness sake! We know that there will be a real appetite for Four Pillars Gin and we’re looking forward to working with the team.”

Four Pillars burst onto the global gin scene in early 2014 when its Rare Dry Gin collected the first of its two Double Gold medals at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. The Rare Dry gin (41.8% ABV) is the cornerstone of its expanding portfolio of unique and at times idiosyncratic gins.

The Rare Dry is a modern New World style of gin – plenty of juniper supported by some indigenous Australian botanicals including lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepper berries as well as the addition of whole fresh oranges in the Carl-still botanical basket.
Sitting alongside the Rare Dry gin in the Four Pillars portfolio will be the Navy Strength – an explosive gin coming in at 58.8% ABV with native finger limes, turmeric and ginger added in the botanical basket.

The Navy Strength has finished top of the World Gin Masters Navy Strength class in both 2015 and 2016 and has won multiple accolades in the UK and around the world.

Also becoming available in the UK for the first time will be the Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin (43.8% ABV) – a hugely spicy gin that has been augmented with the addition of African, Indonesian and Chinese peppers and spices to be a gin specifically made to stand up and be noticed in that king of drinks, the Negroni.

Four Pillars also has something of a phenomenon on its hands with an Aussie riff on a Sloe Gin; a sweet, purple elixir that they call Bloody Shiraz Gin. Steeped for eight weeks with freshly picked shiraz grapes, this near full strength gin (37.8% abv) is sweet and luscious and unlike anything on the world gin market. In Australia, the entire production sold out in two months and some small quantities are arriving in the UK this November, with most already pre-sold.

Four Pillars will be joining the Love Drinks portfolio from December 1, 2016.

Abelha Organic Cachaça Announces Winner of Limited Edition Label

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Brazilian designer and illustrator, Daniel Vincent Gomes, has won Abelha Organic Cachaça’s international competition to design a limited edition label for its Silver Cachaça! Daniel’s design will go onto an initial run of 600 bottles of Abelha Organic Cachaça – Silver which will be available from August.

The label will be officially unveiled at a celebration at Barrio Shoreditch on Tuesday 28th June where Daniel’s artwork and bottle, along with the works of another nine international artists who also entered the competition, will be exhibited.

Speaking about the competition, Daniel who is 26 and lives in Sao Paulo said: “I thought the Abelha competition was the perfect project for me. I’m a huge fan of cachaça and I love the Bahia state where Abelha is created. The climate, lifestyle, it’s vibrancy and colours are like nothing else you’ve experienced before. It’s like a state of mind.”

Inspired by the area where Abelha is made, Daniel also took inspiration musically. He said: “I define my work as musical and I seem to connect melodies to my creations. This time, I sat at my desk and listened to Dorival Caymmi, one of Bahia and Brazil’s most inspired composers and musicians and began to draw. As soon as the music flowed – so did my inspiration.”

The winning artwork was chosen by a panel of judges which included Brazilian urban artist Ananda Nahu, commissioned to design the 2015 Limited Edition Summer Label; Lívia Rezende, professor of History of Design at the Royal College of Art; Jonathan Chadwick, Illustrator, Designer and the artist responsible for creating Abelha’s label.

Joao Pinteiro, director of Abelha Organic Cachaça, said: “Daniel’s wonderfully playful label encapsulated the Bahian spirit of Abelha and although standards were high it was a clear winner across our panel. We look forward to exhibiting Daniel’s design, together with another nine entrants and celebrating in Barrio with a caipirinha! We also warmly thank all artists who took part in this great experiment.”

Love Drinks Introduces Lowlander Beers

LOWLANDER_BOTTLE LINE UPLove Drinks, the premium spirits and beer distributor, has introduced Lowlander Beers, a brand new beer range, into their portfolio – beers brewed with botanicals.

The range will be available to taste at the Boutique Bar Show in Manchester on Wednesday 18th May.

The first Lowlander Beers were first bottled in December 2015 in their home country, the Netherlands (The name ‘Netherlands’ is derived from the Dutch word ‘Neder’ meaning ‘Low’). It took 18 long months of trial and error to perfect the recipes but Lowlander eventually ended up with three distinct flavours, all of which boast their own personality.
Lowlander Beer is inspired by the rich history of Dutch brewing combined with a passion for distilling. The Golden Age saw Dutch explorers travel the globe and return home with cargos brimming with precious herbs and spices. These botanicals soon made their way into Dutch beer, adding extra flavour.

Lowlander’s “Chief Botanical Officer”, Frederik Kampman, worked for years, both at home and abroad, in breweries and gin and genever distilleries. He says, “I entered the world of distilling and fell in love with botanicals. As a beer-lover I grew curious about what kind of characters these special flavours could give to beer.”

And so the idea for Lowlander Beer was born: beer brewed with botanicals.

Lowlander White Ale – 5% ABV: With its refreshing fruity notes, the drink is a tribute to the restless and rugged spirit of renowned Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz. An attempt to navigate the Northeast passage saw his crew fight twin terrors; polar bears and frozen beer. The White Ale, a beer style typical to the Lowlands, receives an appealing twist by spiking it with curacao orange, elderflower and chamomile giving it a fragrant fruity finish.

Lowlander I.P.A. – 6% ABV: Dutch seafarers returning from the East would often bring back monkeys, which they would sell to tavern-keepers to pay off drinking debts. Lowlander’s I.P.A., with its hints of botanicals and spice, is a tribute to those sailors’ spirit of adventure and quick thinking. Indonesian as opposed to Indian, Lowlander uses coriander and white tea to give it a citrusy, fruity and bitter taste.

Lowlander Poorter – 5% ABV: Traditionally men known as ‘poorter’s’ would haul sacks filled with herbs and spices from tradesmen’s ships to the gates of cities. This tradition has led some to argue that the ‘Porter’ style beer claimed by the British is in fact Dutch. Either way, Lowlander has brewed a typically Dutch beer with liquorice root and vanilla that delivers a robust, sweet and surprisingly drinkable Poorter.

All three Lowlander Beers have bespoke food pairings and have endless beer-tail possibilities. Lowlander White Ale can be paired with seafood, salads or spicy food. The I.P.A. works wonderfully with Asian cuisine and the Poorter can be drunk alongside roasted or grilled meats and (chocolate) desserts.

Top Tipples For Dad

Sipping and aged rums, beers brewed 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and a cocktail seasoning to gee up a Gin & Tonic, these are just some of the top tipples we recommend for gifts for Father’s Day (or any day or relative for that matter!).

Transport Dad to the Caribbean with one sip of El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum, often voted the world’s best rum. Made with sugar cane grown on the banks of the Demerara River in Guyana, South America, El Dorado 12 Year Old is rich amber in colour with a super attractive nose, packed with aromas of sugar, honey, banana, toffee, raisins and sultanas.  The ripe, rich and balanced flavours deliver a sweetness after which the finish is delightful, elegant and dry.  A real stand-out on the drinks shelf. 

El Dorado 12 Year Old can be served on its own, with or without ice, or mixed into luxurious cocktails.  Why not use El Dorado in classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned or the Sazerac for alternative twist.

Where to buy: RRP: £38.54, Spirited Wines –http://www.spiritedwines.co.uk/el-dorado-12-year-old-rum.html

Where to try: For an El Dorado Old Fashioned, try Mojo Bars in either Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.  For an original drink inspired by a Sazerac and an Old Fashioned, head down to NOLA in London’s Shoreditch to try the VEP Rinse. Created by Katie Darling whilst she was working at Bellocq in New Orleans, the VEP Rinse uses El Dorado 12 Year Old, stirred down with sweet vermouth and bitters before being served on a Chartreuse VEP rinsed ice cubes and finished with a hint of lemon oil.  It’s a rich drink with a light sweetness and subtle herbal overtones. 

Staying on the rum front but moving up towards Bermuda, the home of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, a family secret has been revealed.   Kept under lock and key for over 155 years, Gosling’s deep dark secret is the Family Reserve Old Rum.  Crafted to the same exacting standards as Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, a key ingredient in the Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail, the Family Reserve Old Rum is left aging in once-used oak bourbon barrels until it has acquired an extra luscious, nuanced complexity, much like a rare Scotch or Cognac.

The bottle, which houses the Family Reserve Old Rum, pays homage to the champagne bottles that were salvaged from the British officers’ mess when the rum was first available.   They were sealed with black sealing wax and soon, people were asking for more of the ‘black seal rum’.  Today, each bottle is lovingly hand labelled, numbered, dipped in wax and placed in a straw-filled wooden box, reminiscent of days past.

Where to buy: RRP £54.35, The Whisky Exchange –http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-4483.aspx

Where to try: Home to the world’s most premium rum and gin offering assembled under one roof, the Merchant House which is tucked away on Well Court just off Bow Lane, is the place to sample the Gosling’s Family Reserve. Nate, Lewis and their knowledgeable team will be able to recommend the best way to enjoy this excellent rum.

Einstök Icelandic Pale Ale is brewed just 60miles south of the Arctic Circle in Akureyi in Iceland and was created by the first Icelander in fifty years to study on the prestigious brewing program at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. 

Fresh from being awarded two gold medals at the Los Angeles International Beer Competition and the San Diego Beer Competition, Einstök Icelandic Pale Ale is the best of American and Bavarian craft beer traditions joined together with the finest Icelandic water to create this Viking version of the Pale Ale, where robust hoppiness meets smooth malty undertones. Cascade hops give it the American character, while Northern Brewer hops add just enough bitterness to make this ale refreshingly Icelandic.

Where to buy: 6 x330ml bottles of Einstök Pale Ale is £13.99 from Majestic Wine, or you can buy two cases for £10.99 each http://www.majestic.co.uk/Einstoek-Pale-Ale-zid28474;pgid=p55Cu3.ZrPlSRpdgt0CuBIWd0000M_oCKeFC;sid=avfS_2GAc9Th_jTQDSXZ_VGK8hMUavlkrGJEURdh?tracking=|searchterm:Einstok

Where to try: Ever fancied a beer cocktail?  Pop down to Oskar’s Bar in Dabbous in Fitzrovia where Oskar Kinberg has created The Drink With No Name combines Woodford Reserve bourbon, greengage ginger ale, lemon and Einstök Pale Ale, all in one delicious drink.

With summer just around the corner, give Dad the tools to make the ultimate gin and tonic or vodka and tonic. Like adding salt and pepper to a meal to enhance food, the equivalent in the drinks world is a dash of cocktail bitters, which are made from aromatic oils, herbs and spices.  The Bitter Truth are committed to sourcing the very best ingredients in the world to create these tinctures which add depth of flavour, balance and aroma to drinks. 

The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters are easy to use and are a great and simple way to pep up a drink; just drop two dashes into your drink.  It’s especially good if your lime or lemon is looking a bit desperate, as the Tonic Bitters gives the drink a lovely sherbety taste.

Made with natural ingredients, Tonic bitters are made using Grapefruit, Sicilian lemon, lime and Seville oranges These leading flavours are backed up with herbal notes from juniper berries, coriander seeds  and spices such as mace creating a grassy-fresh bouquet like that of Japanese green tea.

Another bitter within the Bitter Truth range that is great for the home bar isThe Bitter Truth Orange Bitters. It provides an essential ingredient for classic cocktails such as the Martinez and the Manhattan and is also super with a few dashes dropped into a gin and tonic to bring out the citrus botanicals.

Where to buy: The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters are available from The Drink Shop.com with an RRP of £14.42 as are The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters (£13.96): http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/nlpdetail.php?prodid=13340  http://www.thedrinkshop.com/products/nlpdetail.php?prodid=5478

Where to try: Shrub and Shutter in Brixton has just launched its new cocktail menu and uses The Bitter Truth Orange bitters to bring out the fruitiness of the rums in the Citizen Kane cocktail.  The cocktail is an old fashioned style drink using St George’s Agricole & Atlantico private cask, smoked sugar and angostura.

Make Something Special For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day. What to do? Yes, you could buy the usual flowers, perfumes and chocolates but why not make her something special on Mother’s Day?  We’ve scoured the land (a little bit) to find some lovely drinks we think mums might enjoy and, hopefully, you might too!

First up is the Violet Fizz from the team at The Cocktail Trading Company which they described as ‘a light explosion of amazingness’.  We couldn’t agree more.

How to make it:

Add all ingredients into a shaker and first dry shake (shake with no ice) and then wet shake (using ice cubes). Strain in a tall glass with cubed ice. Top with soda.   Make it look super pretty with meringue, blackberry dust, a dehydrated orange wheel and edible flowers.

Next up on our travels is the Lanique Negroni made by the team at Black Leaf Events.  Yes, you read that right, a Negroni made with Lanique – a spirit liqueur made with Attar of Rose. Swap a bunch of roses with this twist on a classic.

How to make it:

  • 40ml Lanique
  • 40ml Campari
  • 40ml Sweet vermouth

Add ingredients into a cognac/balloon glass with cubed ice. Add lemon twist, but first spray and then add into glass.  Stir and then add more ice to stop the drink from diluting.

Now, here’s a drink that makes us go weak at the knees, the French 75 .  Not only does it look impressive, it has a rich history too – it was one of the first recorded recipes in The Savoy Cocktail Book which was first published in 1930.  A little factoid for mum too, the drink was ordered in the film Casablanca by Yvonne’s German boyfriend.  The French 75 made with Hayman’s London Dry Gin.

How to make it:

  • 50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup (to make sugar syrup simply add one part water to one part sugar.  Add all ingredients in a small pan and bring to the boil.  Let it cool down.  It can be kept in the fridge for up to one week.

Shake the sugar, lemon and Hayman’s London Dry Gin together and add to a large Champagne flute. Top up with Champagne and stir. Garnish with a lemon zest.

This next drink is another that’s found in The Savoy Cocktail Book, the Greyhound.  It’s a lovely, refreshing drink which is perfect for brunch or a pre-lunch drink and the good news is that its simple yet impactful with only two ingredients; U’Luvka Vodka and pink grapefruit juice.  You can use normal grapefruit juice too.

How to make it:

  • Add 50ml of U’Luvka Vodka into a tall glass with cubed ice top with 150ml of pink grapefruit juice

To give it a rummy twist, add 50ml of Gosling’s Black Seal rum instead of the vodka and top up with pink grapefruit juice.  Now you have a Salty Seal!  For a true Salty Seal experience, add a salted rim to the glass.  Like a Margarita, but not.

This next drink, Ruffles and Frills, was created by our very own Dean McGregor for a press reception launching the new home ware collection for Laura Oakes in Debenhams.  As an aside, the collection is packed with florals and digital prints and is highly covetable…

How to make it:

  • 50ml Lanique
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 40ml Pressed apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon or barspoon of apricot jam

Add all ingredients into a shaker with cubed ice. Shake and fine strain into a tall glass. Flower optional.

Ahh, the Elderflower Collins. Those small little white flowers provide such a distinctive flavour, evoking the very spirit of summer.  There’s no need to wait until June though, not with this drink. The luminous colour of The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur with its fresh, rich bouquet make this a drink that you’ll want to make time and time again.

How to make it:

Add all ingredients into a shaker with cubed ice and strain into a Collins/long drink glass filled with ice.  Add soda water and stir carefully. Garnish with lemon slice.

Carl Brown From Dishoom Wins Vintage To Visionary Cocktail Competition

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Carl Brown, from Dishoom has won the Vintage to Visionary competition, a collaboration between The Bitter Truth ™ – Bitters & Liqueurs and Hayman Distillers, the English gin distiller whose family have been making gin since 1863.  The winning recipes are listed below.

The brief laid down by the team at Love Drinks, the UK distributor of the two companies and organiser of the competition, was simple– create two cocktails – one Vintage and one Visionary – using any of the products in the range.

Eight bartenders headed down to the Queen of Hoxton to compete for the £1000 prize but Carl, with his two drinks, the Senior Service Julep and Mother’s Fix, which used a homemade tangerine shrub, which was smoked and then aged, edged the judges’ decisions. 

The judges included Alexander Hauck, Co-Founder of The Bitter Truth ™ – Bitters & Liqueurs; James Hayman, Managing Director of Hayman’s and Clinton Cawood from Imbibe.

Carl Brown and Senior Service Julep
Carl Brown and Senior Service Julep

The competition was extremely close. So much so that the judges’ awarded two joint second places to Gabor Onufer from Claridges and Ami St Claire from Sohe in Newcastle. Both contestants were praised on their drinks making skills and innovative take on the brief.  Ami for her homemade cocktail candy floss and gin soaked marshmallows and Gabor for his excellently made Voyager which used Claret and was mixed in a crystal wine decanter.

Speaking about the competition, Carl Brown, whose job title Daru-wallah, literally translates into the ‘drinks guy’, said: “We use both Hayman’s gins and the Bitter Truth in our bars so for me, this was a competition that I wanted to enter and win. Making great drinks was just one element of the competition; I really enjoyed researching the two companies.  Hayman’s because of their history and heritage and The Bitter Truth because of their passion and commitment to making cocktail ingredients in order to recreate drinks that might have been lost forever were it not for them.  What really shone out for me was the commitment from both companies to using the best quality ingredients which is why I wanted to create excellent drinks for the judging panel to enjoy.”

The other competitors in the competition include; Niall McGloin from Smokestack in Leeds; Michael Mann from City of London Distillery; Tom De Santis from Electrik in Manchester; Amir Javaid from Epernay in Manchester and Lucy Horncastle from NOLA.

The recipes for Carl’s drinks are as follows:

VINTAGE  – Senior Service Julep

Glass: Indian Copper Julep Cup

Garnish: Bushel of mint and twist of grapefruit

Method: Churn ingredients with crushed ice, then cap with more ice

40ml Hayman’s Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin

20ml The Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur

15ml English honey syrup (1:1)

3 dashes The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

VISIONARY  – Mother’s Fix

Glass: Rocks

Garnish: Candied orange peel

Method: Tap off shrub from barrel over chipped ice. Add gin, bitters and soda. Stir.

100ml shrub*

30ml Hayman’s 1850 Reserve Gin

4 dashes The Bitter Truth Tonic Bitters

Dash of soda

*Shrub

Method: Combine ingredients with hickory smoke in barrel and leave for one week.

300ml tangerine juice

150ml lemon juice

25ml fresh ginger juice

100ml Hayman’s 1850 Reserve Gin

The Bitter Truth Range of Bitter and Liqueurs and Hayman’s Gins are distributed in the UK by Love Drinks.

Win With Abelha Organic Cachaça!

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To celebrate the FIFA World Cup Final in style, I’ve teamed up with Abelha Organic Cachaça to give away one bottle of their 3yr aged Gold expression, just in time to create some stunning Caipirinha’s, Brazil’s national cocktail, whilst watching the final with friends!

Abelha Organic Cachaça comes from northern Brazil where farmers grow 100% organic sugar cane. The cane is processed within 24 hours of being cut and is then fermented naturally. From here, they distill the cachaça in small batches in traditional copper stills, and keep only a small fraction (the heart or coraçao) to be rested or aged. To create the Gold expression, the rested spirit is aged for 3 years in small 250L garapeira wooden barrels.

To create the signature Abelha Organic Cachaça based Caipirinha, just follow this simple recipe –

COCKTAIL NAME: Abelha Organic Caipirinha

GLASS: Rocks Glass

ICE: Crushed or cracked

GARNISH: None

METHOD: Muddle the lime and sugar together, add the Abelha Organic Cachaça Gold and stir.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 Lime cut into 4 segments
2 bar spoons or teaspoons of white caster sugar
50 ml Abelha Organic Cachaça Gold

To be in with a chance of winning, simply visit http://www.abelhacachaca.com and tell me which town Abelha Organic Cachaça is produced in.
Tweet your answer to @DrinksEnthusist and using the hashtag #AbelhaCachaca. Terms and Conditions apply.

Good luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By entering this competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions which can be found below.

“By entering this competition, you agree to the following terms and conditions of entry: You are of legal drinking age and entering from and resident of one of the eligible countries listed below. The competition closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 9th July. To enter the competition, you must tell me which town Abelha Organic Cachaça is produced in, tweeting your answer to @DrinksEnthusist and using the hashtag #AbelhaCachaca. One winner will be randomly selected from all complete & correct entries. One entry per person, no bulk or third party entries. The prize is one 70cl bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça Gold. There is one prize to be won, and no cash or prize alternatives. No purchase necessary. The winning entry will be drawn at random from all valid entries received before the deadline. The winner will be notified by email and no responsibility is taken for incorrectly supplied email addresses. The winner must provide sufficient legal proof of age to Love Drinks (passport, drivers licence or as otherwise notified by them) as a condition of accepting the prize; and you will personally need to accept delivery of the prize from Love Drinks. We reserve the right to check proof of age on delivery as well. You give consent for Drinks Enthusiast, Abelha Organic Cachaça and Love Drinks to use your name and photograph on Drinks Enthusiast, Abelha Organic Cachaça and Love Drinks website/social media, in association with this competition. Drinks Enthusiast reserves the right to amend, vary or withdraw the Competition at any time owing to circumstances beyond its reasonable control. This competition will be governed by laws of England & Wales. The Promoter: Drinks Enthusiast, 30 Gawsworth Close, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 7EG.

Countries eligible to enter the competition: United Kingdom only.

Competition closes on Wednesday 9th July, the winner will be selected at random and notified on Thursday 10th July, with delivery of the prize on or before Saturday 12th July.
For more Abelha Organic Cachaça recipes, visit http://www.abelhacachaca.com/recipes/

U’Luvka Vodka Appoints Love Drinks For The UK Market

U'Luvka

Love Drinks has made an addition to its portfolio of premium and hand-crafted range of spirits, liqueurs and beers with the introduction of the super-premium, luxury vodka, U’Luvka.

U’Luvka has had a presence in the UK market since 2005. However, it is the first time that the brand has appointed a sales agency to create advocacy within the bartending community as well as growing distribution and brand awareness in the on and off trade.

Over the years, U’Luvka has won over 60 awards for its distinctive, iconic packaging and its smooth, sippable and full-flavoured taste. The origins of U’Luvka can be traced back to the 16th century Polish Royal Court where a famous alchemist was commissioned to develop a vodka of the finest purity and the most exceptional quality to be enjoyed by the Royal Court. The alchemist, Sendivogius, proved his worth by delivering a spirit of legendary finesse.

The centuries old recipe was rediscovered in ancient records and has been meticulously recreated using the finest Polish rye and grain by one of Poland’s most respected master distillers, Elzbieta Goldyka to create U’Luvka.

Kirsty Loveday, Founder and Managing Director of Love Drinks said; “It’s fantastic that U’Luvka is now part of the Love Drinks portfolio and we’re delighted to be working with a brand that has so much history and heritage. One of the most important criteria for us when choosing a brand to complement our existing range is that the liquid must be of the highest quality and that’s absolutely the case with U’Luvka.

“We’ve been on the look-out for a straight vodka that would be the perfect for our portfolio for many years and we’re delighted to be working with U’Luvka. We’re looking forward to further establishing U’Luvka’s credentials as a super-premium luxury vodka and ensuring that it has its deserved place on the back bars of the best bars and on the shelves of quality retailers, both on-line and in-store.”

Nick Kirkpatrick, Co-founder of U’Luvka Vodka said: “The quality and reputation of U’Luvka speaks for itself. We are investing in the brand with renewed vigour and are confident that we have found a great partner in Love Drinks who share and understand the very essence of U’Luvka which is lovingly created and drunk with Friendship, Love and Pleasure.”