Cocktail Stories: Reine de Fer

How do you create a cocktail that honours one of the world’s most famous landmarks? That’s the challenge Paris bar Le Syndicat set itself with the Reine de Fer. “We created the Reine de Fer for the launch of our Monumental Menu, which represents the most iconic monuments and places of Paris,” says Giovanni Allario, co-director of Le Syndicat bar in Paris. The cocktail, which has been on the bar’s menu since May 2018, was…

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UK industry body launches to oversee tipping practices

A new association has been created to monitor and accredit tipping practices in the UK after research found that just 31% of businesses share 100% of gratuities with staff. Hospitality company EP Business in Hospitality has partnered with tip distribution agent WMT Troncmaster Services to create the industry body, which will monitor practices for service charges and tipping across the hospitality industry. The body aims to create an industry-recognised accreditation scheme that provides “greater clarity”…

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Trash Tiki founders open first bar

Bartenders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths, the duo behind travelling waste-reducing pop-up Trash Tiki, have opened their first permanent bar – Supernova Ballroom. Since 2016, Ramage and Griffiths have been travelling the world teaching bartenders to “make drinks like they give a damn”. The pair are now living in Toronto, where they have opened their first bar – Supernova Ballroom. Opening in a 1920s-style building in downtown Toronto, Supernova Ballroom promises a “dazzling disco party”…

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Hyde & Co creates cocktails inspired by Bristol’s bars

Bristol bar Hyde & Co has launched a new cocktail menu featuring drinks inspired by the city’s “infamous drinking dens”. Hyde & Co’s new Dens menu, which launched earlier this month, was developed to create a “cocktail tour” of the city and features drinks influenced by Bristol’s “pubs, clubs, coffee houses, chocolate houses and live music venues”. Organised by flavour, from “light and delicate” to “punchy and robust”, the new menu features 21 cocktails and…

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Low-alcohol pub pop-up to open in London

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s plans to open the UK’s ‘first no- and low- alcohol pub’ in London later this month. The Clean Vic pub will open its doors on New Oxford Street on 24 and 25 July, serving a range of beers, wines and cocktails – all with an abv of 0.5% or less. Guests at the London pub will be able to sample alcohol-free ‘spirits’ such as Seedlip, Cedar’s and Everleaf, as well as non-alcoholic…

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