Cocktail Stories: Singapore Sling

The Long Bar at Raffles Singapore is renowned for creating the Singapore Sling, so when renovations were announced, the cocktail was refreshed too. “Having been created at the Long Bar in 1915 by Raffles bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, the iconic Singapore Sling is an extremely important part of the bar,” says Frederic Serol, executive assistant manager of food and beverage at Raffles Singapore. The gin‐based classic cocktail has been served up in the Long Bar…

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A drink with… Brendan Buckley, Irish Distillers

The international marketing director talks about building the world’s leading Irish whiskey brand, personal passion projects and preparing for the future. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business How did you start working in the Irish whiskey industry? I started working in a sales and marketing capacity with a start‐up in the early ’90s that was building Irish bars around the world. I then lived and worked in…

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Corallo on bringing Italian hospitality to Artesian

He worked in his parents’ nightclub when he was 12, but now Marco Corallo is leading one of the world’s best bars – Artesian. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Marco Corallo has just emerged from the bowels of London’s Langham Hotel where he has been working in Artesian’s lab, learning the finer details of the bar’s A Minimalist Menu. Having joined the venue as head bartender…

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Hospitality sector unites in face of pandemic

The drinks industry has acutely felt the impact of covid-19 on its workforce. But while these are undeniably testing and troublesome times for thousands of industry members, acts of kindness and camaraderie have spilled out across our brilliant sector. The speed at which the coronavirus pandemic has evolved has hit everyone hard. Countries have been forced into lockdowns, job losses have sky rocketed and in the most tragic cases, death tolls are rising. There is…

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Aquavit poised to become major spirits category

For some time, aquavit producers have been working to bring the Scandi spirit to markets around the world. Now, as interest in niche drinks grows, it looks like its time may have finally come. *This feature was originally published in the December 2019 issue of The Spirits Business It feels as though aquavit is on the cusp of greatness. Traditionally hailing from Scandinavia, this little‐known spirit has attracted growing attention of late – spurred, most…

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