Trends & Inspiration
The latest buzz in the cocktail industry and features to enhance your conversations with your peers and your guests
THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF COLOMBIA’S WORLD CLASS WINNER
Winner of World Class Colombia 2018, Juan David Zapata, takes us through his fascinating story – from growing up on Comuna 13, one of the most dangerous areas of Colombia in the 1980s and 1990s, to representing his country in the 2018 World Class Bartender of the Year competition Juan David gives his top tips for pushing your career forward and making sure you reach the top just like him!
SINGLE MALTS – A WORLD TO EXPLORE
Do you use single malts in your bar? Well if not you are missing out on a world of flavour to explore in your creations. Diageo Single Malts Ambassador Donald Colville gives us a guided tour into the realm of single malts, giving top tips along the way about how to use these incredible flavours in your bar, including some special Game of Thrones recipes!
LESS IS MORE – THE ART OF SIMPLICTY IN BARS
Less is more; a philosophy increasingly gaining traction across the global bar industry, the days of ornate, overelaborate drinks and ostentatious service are being phased out for quality drinks and service with an onus on getting back to basics.
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.
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.