How Sly Augustin turned adversity into success

After West End clubs ostracised him and his friends, Sly Augustin took matters into his own hands and now runs his own bar, the welcoming Trailer Happiness. While today’s bars and clubs may welcome people from all walks of life, it hasn’t always been that way. For Trailer Happiness’ managing director, Sly Augustin, his first foray into the on‐trade came about in an attempt to “hack” the system and ensure he and his Black friends…

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What’s on this weekend

Whisky Fest in a Box The Whisky Lounge will host its Whisky Festival in a Box this weekend. Running from today (16 October) until Sunday (18 October), the festival will bring together brands and distillers from across the industry for a variety of live-streamed tastings and masterclasses. The festival comprises seven themed tasting sessions, covering Scotch, world, Asian, English, independent and peated whiskies. Distillers set to take part include Kavalan, Nikka, Mackmyra, The Lakes Distillery…

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Captain Morgan creates tiki-themed spirit drink

Diageo-owned spiced rum brand Captain Morgan has released a tiki-inspired spirit drink, bottled at 25% ABV. The new Captain Morgan Tiki is a tropical rum-based spirit drink, said to be “packed with pineapple and mango flavours”. It has been created to tap into the “growing trend for lighter coloured mixers, such as lemonade which has seen a 27% increase in growth over the last two years” according to Kantar figures. As such, the rum is…

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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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