European bars to visit in 2020

Europe has long-been home to some of the best bars in the world. Tireless innovation keeps the region’s watering holes fresh, exciting and relevant. Once again, London has treated the world to a huge raft of new bars in 2019 – from chic hotel spots to dreamy drinking dens, the city has it all. Highlights from this year’s crop include Vestal Vodka owner William Borrell’s Camden‐based Ladies & Gentlemen, Homeboy from Irish duo Aaron Wall…

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Alessandro Palazzi: ‘Hospitality is like military service’

Having started his bartending career in the 1970s, Alessandro Palazzi has worked his way up to become the duke of Dukes, the London hotel where he has forged a reputation for making some of the world’s best Martinis. *This feature was originally published in the August 2019 issue of The Spirits Business Tucked away in a cul‐de‐sac in London’s affluent St James’s neighbourhood, Dukes hotel has long been serving what are widely considered the capital’s…

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Top 10 spirits marketing moves in October

Last month’s top marketing moves included a video highlighting 155 years of Smirnoff vodka, a Wild Turkey digital interview series hosted by Matthew McConaughey and John Dewar & Sons’ Amazon whisky tasting. In October, Balcones lent its support to singer-songwriter Jarod Dickenson on his UK tour, and blended Scotch brand The Famous Grouse put its Smoky Black expression in the spotlight in a new ad. Wild Turkey Bourbon “explored conviction” in a new digital interview…

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Creative freedom gives Canadian whisky competitive edge

Enjoying looser regulations than their US counterparts means Canada’s whisky distillers are able to experiment more in production, allowing the category to enter a new era of respectability. SB speaks to producers to discover the new wave of innovation washing over the category. After having been disparaged for years, Canadian whisky’s reputation is on the upswing. While spirits fans have long extolled the virtues of Scotch, Irish and American whisk(e)y, Canadian whisky has been left…

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Cocktail Stories: The Fogcutter

Invented by one of the tiki movement’s founding fathers, Trader Vic, The Fogcutter has been shaken into the 21st century by Chicago’s Lost Lake. When you’re talking tiki, two names come to mind – Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. The two American bartenders are widely credited with bringing the Polynesian-themed tiki style to the masses. Although there is debate about who should be named the father of tiki, there are few who would doubt…

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