With any kind of creative endeavour, there’s always a temptation to say you’ve created something for the simple pleasure of having created it – art for art’s sake, if you will – but while that’s true to some extent, it would be ever so slightly misleading of me to suggest that all the drinks I [...]
I never realised cocktail competitions could go to overtime. I’ve been involved with a couple of tiebreakers over the years but quadruple overtime was a new one. I was almost glad I wasn’t involved. Our host, 42 Below brand ambassador Metinee Kongsrivilai, had revealed that two out of three places on the team to represent [...]
I’ve previously written about my participation in Bacardi’s annual Legacy Cocktail Competition; despite qualifying for the regional finals twice, I never really managed any great success in it. Luckily for anyone who’s interested in how things go beyond the initial stages, Metinee Kongsrivilai, head bartender at the Bon Vivant up here in Edinburgh, not only [...]
There are lot of cocktail competitions throughout the year and sometimes when you submit an entry, you don’t really think about it too much after you hit the “submit” button. For me, that was the case with the Bols Genever Classic Competition – I sent in a drink called the Stuyvesant and didn’t hear anything [...]
Scotland – and it’s likely that I’m not the first person to notice – has a long history of distilling. The obvious product of that history is whisky – single malt or blended – but like any country with that kind of tradition, it’s not uncommon for producers to branch out into other spirits. Up [...]
After an absence of a couple of years, cocktail competition leagues are back with a vengeance in Edinburgh. The newly minted Scottish Society for Professional Bartenders have a four-round league starting later this month, while Tonic‘s modestly named Champions League (in association with Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands) kicked off last month. So far, we’ve had two [...]
Nothing focuses the mind quite like a deadline and deadlines don’t care about royal weddings or bank holidays. On top of that, they can be sneaky little buggers and so it turns out that the entry deadline for Bols Genever’s Classic Cocktail competition passes on 1st May (UK only, I think) and while I’ve dabbled [...]
In which the Company undertakes an excursion to the Capital and returns with a new understanding of molecular mixology, and a surprise.
In which the Company reflects upon competitions past and present, and offers a drink for the 2010 Finlandia Vodka Cup.
In which the Company celebrates a significant birthday. With whiskey.
In which the Company once again opens its big box of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff.
In which the Company tries Broker’s Gin and thinks a little on where gin’s going.
“You have to remember,” says Ron Cooper, “in 1995, there were three liquor companies on the Internet.” It goes some way to explaining why he gives his web address as mezcal.com. But we’re not here to talk about registering domains in the pre-Bubble era. Ron’s been importing a range of single village mezcals since 1995 [...]
There’s one phrase you can guarantee that you’ll hear at a cocktail competition. It’s the one that starts, “This drink is a twist on…” The concept of modifying an existing recipe and presenting it as a new drink isn’t new – look at the sheer volume of gin/vermouth/bitters recipes in the Savoy Cocktail Book, for [...]
In which the Company goes a’travelling.
In which the Company recognizes the contribution made to the world of rum by the Spanish crown.
In which the Company is afforded the opportunity to cowboy together a swizzle.
In which the Company examines an unusual combination and fails to apply it within the strictures of competition.
In which the Company explores the difference between commercial and competition cocktails.
In which representatives of the Company are unsuccessful in progressing in the Cocktail World Cup, but still come away with a great recipe.