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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Speed Rack to host first Hong Kong contest

All-female bartending competition Speed Rack is preparing to head to Hong Kong for the first time next month and raise vital funds for breast cancer research. Founded by bartenders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero in 2011, the Hong Kong instalment of Speed Rack will see 16 bartenders from Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, South Korea and Vietnam go head-to-head for the title of Miss Speed Rack Asia 2019. The competition is scheduled…

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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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Cocktail stories: Unlikely Negroni

New York bar Dante has turned the classic bitter gin cocktail on its head with a recipe that includes flavours from Southeast Asian cuisine. The Negroni is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019, and for New York drinking den Dante the cocktail has become a staple on its drink list. The bar offers a menu dedicated to the apéritif, featuring its classic Negroni on tap and quirkier twists such as the Negroni Bianco made with…

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Death & Co reopens with updated menu

New York speakeasy Death & Co has reopened following its first “refresh” since opening and has unveiled a new summer cocktail menu. The East Village cocktail bar closed on 15 July for “a bit of a facelift”, the first time the team have done “any updates on the interior” since Death & Co opened 13 years ago. After closing for 10 days, a “refreshed” Death & Co New York opened its doors boasting a new…

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