Bar Chat & Trends
The latest buzz in the cocktail industry and features to enhance your conversations with your peers and your guests
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR CUSTOMER
Winning the hearts and minds of guests at your place isn’t a matter of life and death for bartenders or servers, I can assure you: it’s much more serious than that. It’s everything.
MEASURING THE INTANGIBLES – BEYOND FOOD & DRINK
Far too often businesses measure too many things and forget to measure the things that determine success or failure. Sean Finter from Barmetrix outlines key ‘unseen’ factors management should be paying attention to at the back of house to ensure success for their venue.
GIN IT TO WIN IT: 250 YEARS OF GORDON’S
To celebrate 250 years of Gordon’s gin, we reflect on a quarter century of gin excellence – we trace the beginnings of the genever spirit in mainland Europe through to the rumblings of a juniper-led revolution in London.
LOW ABV COCKTAILS
Bars and restaurants around the world are incorporating more low or no-alcohol options on to their menus. Tim Philips-Johansson looks at the changing cocktail culture and asks: just how low will we go?
THE STORY OF THE MARGARITA
If Pina Coladas are about getting caught in the rain, then Margaritas are for lazing about on a hot terrain – preferably somewhere in Northern Mexico.
TAKE BEER COCKTAILS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
With St. Patrick’s Day almost upon us, beer sales will be ramping up in a big way. More guests than ever are clamoring for the new and novel, so there’s an amazing opportunity to elevate beer to the level of craft cocktail creation. And by bringing premium spirits into the mix, you’ll be elevating your profits, too.
MAKING THE MOST OF SEASONAL INGREDIENTS WITH LAUREN MOTE
After 20 years behind the bar, Diageo’s Global Cocktailian and co-owner of Bittered Sling is well experienced when it comes to sourcing ingredients and she takes us through her favourite ways to squeeze the most out of seasonal ingredients.
OSCAR NIGHT COCKTAILS FOR RAVE REVIEWS
When it comes to celebration, nobody does it like the Academy Awards. From pre-Oscar dinners to post-ceremony galas, the season is replete with glitz, glamour and glory.
BEHIND THE GATES OF THE GUINNESS OPEN HOUSE BREWERY
With interest in craft beer growing every year, brewer Aisling Ryan gives us a look behind the scenes at the creative world of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery. From coming up with new and innovative craft beers to what she sees as the next trend in beer, join us as we step behind the gates of this experimental brewery in the heart of Dublin.
A former pastry chef and owner/ chief drink slinger at Queen’s Park in Alabama, Laura Newman is just about the perfect person you’d want to fix you a drink after dinner. We caught up with Laura to get her top tips on how to create the perfect digestifs to delight your customers.
FINDING THE BALANCE: BARTENDER REFLECTIONS ON 2018
With the new year around the corner, there’s no better time to contemplate on how the past year went down and to consider what’s ahead in 2019 on a professional and personal level.
HOT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLD-WEATHER COCKTAILS
With chilly temperatures and sweater weather comes the demand for warming, comforting cocktails.