Trends & Inspiration
The latest buzz in the cocktail industry and features to enhance your conversations with your peers and your guests
WORLD CLASS TIPS ON COMPETITIONS, INTERVIEWS AND CAREER GROWTH
The career of the modern bartender has changed massively in the past decade. The growth of cocktail consumption and input from brands means there is now a vastly different landscape to grow careers in the industry.
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.
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.
THE STORY BEHIND THE MOJITO
A drink that has navigated the peaks and troughs of fads and trends for decades, championing flavour and fresh ingredients and introducing countless drinkers to the world of cocktails; the Mojito has earned its legendary status.
THE BE(GIN)NING OF GORDON'S
Gordon’s is the world’s number one best-selling gin but how did a Londoner with Scottish roots and impeccably high standards kick off a global gin revolution amidst London’s ‘Gin Craze’ over 250 years ago?
THE STORY BEHIND THE ESPRESSO MARTINI
With a history that’s almost as rich as the drink itself, the espresso martini is a staple on any cocktail menu worth its salt. Terry Cashman, London bartender and Project Manager at specialist drinks agency, Sweet & Chilli, dives into the story behind this modern classic and reveals his golden rules for the perfect serve.
FOLLOWING THE STORY OF DON JULIO
Master Distiller Don Julio González was the original pioneer of the tequila industry, revolutionising production and setting the standard for decades to come. We take a look at the story behind the famous name and find out why Don Julio remains the premier luxury tequila around the world.
RECIPE REVIVAL: THE ‘FORGOTTEN CLASSICS’
The list of ‘classic cocktails’ at most bars is pretty similar. You’ll find the likely candidates: Martinis, Daiquiris, Manhattans - and rightly so. But, knowing well there are plenty of more gems hidden in the history books, we tasked the curious and talented Mr. Simon Aukett from the Keefer bar in Vancouver to investigate and share his findings.
STIRRING UP LIKES: HOW TO MARKET YOUR BAR IN THE DIGITAL WORLD
It’s unusual for bars and restaurants to not be active online these days. But, with so much noise and competition in a crowded digital space, we hear from Marian Beke of The Gibson on what it takes to make your venue stand out from the crowd.
BIG SHAKES AND HOT TAKES: INDUSTRY INSIGHTS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD
Out with the old, in with the new; with another year behind us, we asked 3 leading trade figures what big topics they expect to be dominating the industry in 2019.
3 WAYS TO EXPERIMENT WITH BAILEYS THIS CHRISTMAS
Baileys and the festive season often go hand in hand… but before you start pouring this creamy liqueur over ice, let’s look at a few more creative ways to use the world’s favourite cream liqueur to elevate your cocktails and tips this festive season.