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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Eric Lorincz: From bartender to bar owner

Having led the American Bar at The Savoy to glory, Erik Lorincz realised his dream of opening his own venue with Kwānt. He spoke to The Spirits Business about the emotional move from bartender to bar owner, and his future aspirations. *This feature was originally published in the July 2019 edition of The Spirits Business magazine.  “I always wanted to open my own bar,” says Erik Lorincz, as he smiles and settles back into an…

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Flying Dutchmen menu highlights cocktail evolution

Amsterdam bar Flying Dutchmen Cocktails has launched its latest menu, which aims to teach imbibers about the evolution of classic cocktails. The bar, which was opened by Amsterdam Cocktail Week founders Tess Posthumus and Timo Janse, aims to educate bartenders, hospitality experts and consumers about classic cocktails. Posthumus said: “This menu explores different ‘evolution’ paths of cocktails, showing our Dutch guests, who often don’t know a lot about cocktails yet, what the classic drinks are…

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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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