Cocktail Stories: Cry me the Moon

Cry me the Moon was originally a truffle-infused twist on the Martini. It has since become an aromatic cocktail packed with fruity and savoury flavours. “I am a minimalist when it comes to cocktails,” says Suwincha Singsuwan, head bartender at Bangkok’s Rabbit Hole. “With Cry me the Moon I was trying to create something elegant but simple.” Singsuwan describes the Cry me the Moon as being “dry with the aroma of truffle” and explains how…

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The week in pictures

Scotch whisky brand Talisker kicked off this year’s Atlantic rowing challenge with a school for rowers and a gathering of explorers and ocean enthusiasts. The Talisker Atlantic Challenge will see more than 100 rowers travel 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. At the starting line of this year’s expedition, Talisker hosted a gathering of outdoor adventurers, explorers, rowers and ocean enthusiasts including British adventurer James Aiken, actor Matt Smith and endurance athlete Ross…

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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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The week in pictures

Reyka Vodka this week opened the doors to the “world’s first” glacier bar, popping up at the Langjökull Glacier in Iceland. Open until 20 October, the Reyka Vodka Glacier Bar welcomed intrepid adventurers for signature Reyka Vodka cocktails including the Puffin Collins. Armed with only the bar’s co-ordinates, Reyka challenged adventurous vodka fans to locate the bar, where they would be rewarded with a warm welcome, cocktails and a chance to explore the brand’s Icelandic…

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Innovation and classic cocktails drive vermouth’s revival

Vermouth is enjoying a resurgence, and Italian producers have banded together to ensure quality remains paramount. The Spirits Business looks at how a perfect storm of consumer trends means the time is ripe for the category to truly take of. *This feature was originally published in the July 2019 issue of The Spirits Business There’s a ‘national’ day to toast every spirit and cocktail you could imagine – and there’s even a World Cucumber Day,…

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