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Rose Unwin, Silver Swift, Cotswolds - How to conquer your mental and physical wall

Sometimes I sip something at a drinks do and immediately need to meet the people behind it. This time, that cocktail was Silver Swift’s Ready to Drink Wild Rose Gin at the Spirit Show in London. It as fortuitous that Rose Unwin, the founder of Silver Swift, was the one holding the bottle. A few months later, when I could lure her into London from the wilds of the Southwest, she sat down with me to reveal her secrets. Of course Silver Swift is already a perfect Ready to Drink cocktail,...


The Inaugural Peter Spanton Cocktail Competition at Jin Bo Law, London

This week I was invited to the inaugural Peter Spanton Cocktail Competition, being held at the Jo Bin Law cocktail bar in Aldgate, London. Before anyone picked up a shaker, William Stern, the Commercial Director of Peter Spanton, sat down with me to explain why and how they conceived the competition in the first place. Four groups of two bartenders prepared and presented one cocktail to the three judges: Veronika Karola, Jarek Zawadzki and William. And they were off. I snagged them for a...


Reinhard Engel, Nürnberger Altstadthof, Nuremberg - How To Multitask And Do Everything Well

How is it possible for our next guest to do so many things at once and all well? Reinhard Engel, the owner of Nuremberg’s Altstadthof makes Beer, Whiskey, and gin from his distillery in the historic centre of this ancient city - a city that has over 26,000 kilometers of beer cellars below the street. He’s with us today to describe how he managed to revive A nuremberg beer that was almost lost forever. For this week’s Cocktail of the Week, we give you a few special beer cocktails, but you...


Tim Etherington-Judge, Healthy Hospo, Cornwall, Part 2 - How to take care of your own

If you’ve just joined us then you need to go back to the previous episode and start from the very beginning of Tim Etherington-Judge’s journey. Before he established Healthy Hospo - the foundation that provides information, advice, and support on mental & physical health for all hospitality professionals, he’d been all over the world as a bartender and brand ambassador. Now, in this episode, we find him on his way to Africa via London.. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Pea & Pine-nut...


Tim Etherington-Judge, Healthy Hospo, Cornwall, Part 1 - How to find work that takes you everywhere in the world

If you are new to the hospitality industry or even an old-timer, you should listen to the next two episodes of Lush Life. The story that unfolds over these two episodes could be your story. Our guest, Tim Etherington-Judge has literally been through it all and come out the other side with all the tools necessary to help his fellow colleagues in the hospitality industry. Thank goodness he had the bravery to tell his story and then to establish Healthy Hospo which provides information,...


Stephan Schulz, Mata Hari Bar, Nuremberg - How to take over a bar and make it the most popular in town

Providing a great experience for his punters is the driving force behind everything today’s guest does. I can tell you right now Stephan Schulz has achieved his goal because everyone who either lives in Nuremberg germany or visits knows to stop into Mata Hari Bar. He wasn’t even supposed to own a bar but it might be the perfect instance of when a dream becomes a reality. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Mai Tai - Mata Hari Bar version: Ingredients: 5cl Havana Club 3y.4cl Apricot...


Justus Hoffstaedter, Hotel Heureka, Venice - How to prepare for managing a castle in the future

I really want to make this the shortest intro of all. It’s just I don’t want to give away anything about our next guest until you hear it from him. Visit Justus Hoffstaedter at the Hotel Heureka in Venice now and I mean now because you’ll want to say you knew him when. As for his future plans, I’ll let him tell you, but it all began in Baden-Baden! Our Cocktail of the Week is the Lagoon Spritz - Ingredients: 6 cl White wine (or Prosecco)3 cl CynarDash of club sodaSlice of lemonGreen...


Sara Stode, Freelance Drinks Illustrator, London - How to draw the perfect pint

Our guest today is not a bartender, distiller, or brand ambassador - but boy, does she make what they do look good. If it weren’t for the kindness of the city’s bar staff, Sara Stode might never had stayed in London, but she did and we are the lucky ones. How did this Swede end up being the London’s most famous Drinks Illustrator, she was here to tell us. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Sgroppino from Bar Swift in London’s Soho: Ingredients: 10mlItalicus Rosolio di Bergamotto1 scoop of...


Sigi Klein, Gelbes Haus, Nuremberg - How to make the hangover-free cocktail

Our next guest spent her early years in the woods foraging for tasty treats, leaving her mother in constant fear that she might nibble on a poisonous mushroom. Happily, we can report that Sigi Klein is alive and well and using those same herbs to build her cocktails. Working as at Gelbes Haus, the oldest cocktail bar in Nuremberg, Sigi revealed how she ended up as a Chef de Bar in the first place. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Schorsch Ingredients: 5 crushed cloves4 mint leaves5 cl...


Fanny Fougerat - How to be a revolutionary and innovator in the world of cognac

Our guest today is a revolutionary and an innovator in the fIeld of Cognac. Even though her family have been making cognac for four generations before her, Fanny Fougerat came late to the party. She joins us today to tell us how she is making up for lost time. Creating the first of many mind-blowing cognacs which are making bartenders sit back and rethink everything they knew about the spirit. Our Cocktail of the Week is Ingredients: 50ml Fanny Fougerat Petite CigueCawston Rhubarb &...


Vijay’s Lounge - Sandy Koar & Mario Romano recreate a love story in a cocktail

Our guests today are the guardians of Lady Charlotte Fitzrovia’s daring love story. It was up to Sandy Koar and Mario Romano to recreate the world of Lady Charlotte and her lover at Vijay’s Lounge in London’s busy centre of town. How did they even start? I’ll let them tell you all the details. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Ananda Brew created by mixologist Topesh Chatterjee who hails from New Delhi. Ingredients 1 Masala Tea Bag60ml Vodka50ml Egg white20 ml Lime juice20 ml Sugar syrup...


Valentine Warner - How to make gin from plants outside your very door

The family of our guest today views the world by what is edible and what is not edible. It’s not a shock that Valentine Warner would end up as one of the most well known chefs in the UK. Working hand in hand with Mother nature, Valentine’s first foray into the spirit would produced award winning Hepple Gin. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Hepple Martini. Ingredients 10 Parts Hepple Gin1 Part Dry Vermouth Method Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice.Stir slowly 30 times....


Peter O’Connor, Roe & Co - How to honor an Irish Whiskey legend

Our next guest was born for the role of brand ambassador with his love of the chat, his eagerness to teach, and his lively and generous spirit. I finally pinned down my friend Peter O’Connor, the European Brand Ambassador for the Irish Whiskey Roe and Co, and got him to start from the very beginning. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Roe & Co Peaches and Cream Ingredients 50ml Roe & Co30ml Fresh peach25ml Lemon juice1 Barspoon of lavender infused honey25ml Egg whitesCinnamon...


David Wallwork, Freya - How to make a spirit from birch water

When our guest today, David Wallwork, was naming his birch spirit - only Freya would do. Sustainably sourced and distilled from wild birch tree sap and named for the Norse Goddess of love, life & beauty! If anyone knows anything about the Norse Goddess Freya, they know she has the reputation of being the ‘party girl” of Asgard. She can’t help it if she’s the goddess of nature and fertility. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Freya Spritz: Ingredients 10ml Elderflower cordial25ml Freya...


Tales on Tour - How to learn as much as you can about drinks in a really short time

This episode is a little different from the previous ones. Last weekend I was in Edinburgh for Tales on Tour, three days of event, including lectures, bar takeovers, tastings and overall fun and festivities held all over Scotland's capital city. Instead of meeting just one person, you’ll meet a whole slew of people in the drinks industry who, while creating new brands, are also hoping to change the world for the better. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Tricentennial Old Fashioned: .25 oz...


How to make rum that tells the story of Colombia in one sip

Our cocktail of the week the Banana Old Fashioned or Banana Republic is a yummy mix of rum and one of Colombia’s main exports - the banana. Apart from coffee and flowers, bananas are one of Colombia’s main exports. The Riascos family used to cultivate bananas before moving into ageing fine Colombian rum. This cocktail showcases the family’s heritage in a smooth, fruity classic. Ingredients: 60ml / 2oz La Hechicera20ml / 2/3oz Banane liquor3 drops Angostura Aromatic BittersIf possible,...


How to find your calling in a bottle of tequila

Two brothers from different parents, that’s what my guests call themselves. Friends from birth, born almost on the same day and with the same entrepreneurial spirit, Robin Clough and Max Davies-Gilbert join me today to talk Tequila Enemigo and how they are convincing the inconvincible that tequila is not just for shots any more. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Mineral 89: Ingredients 50ml of Enemigo 89175ml of Sparkling Mineral Water *With a Calcium concentration of over 150 *Or a...


How to be a mixologist and a balloon driver at the same time

Our guest today hails from Heidelberg Germany originally and he knew, for sure, he could never sit at a desk all day. Good thing a friend asked him to join him on a trip to Brazil that would change his life. Noah Dorian Matthies had the luck to be at the beginning of the El Barón movement to bring the cocktail scene to Cartagena. Our Cocktail of the Week is the Geóloga Galáctica Ingredients: 300 ml - Bulleit Bourbon150 ml - Johnnie Walker Double Black230 ml - Caramel Syrup300 ml - Lime...


How to Make an Espresso Martini Colombia-style

Julian and Nikol have combined the classic Espresso Martini and the Carajillo Cocktail to make their own Carajillo Epoca. You too can make at home as long as you have Aguardiente, the Colombian national spirit - like grappa with a slight anise flavour to it. It’s our Cocktail of the Week. Ingredients: 1½ oz of Aguardiente1 oz espresso1 oz Sugar cane syrup1 oz Acacia1 tablespoon coffee parchment Mix all the ingredients in a shaker full of ice and stir. Smoke the glass with coffee...


How to create a concerto in your cocktail glass

Plunked down in the UK from Hong Kong at the age of 17, wanting a little pocket money, our guest found work in a pub. Thank goodness, Starbucks was a little too slow to call him up or we wouldn’t be here today with Timothy Ching, the Global Champion of Beefeater‘s international MIXLDN competition 2017. The Cocktail of the week is “ Please Sir, I want some more “ recipe : 40ml Beefeater 2410ml Kamm & Sons10ml Chamomile tea Syrup10ml Homemade Lemon & Grapefruit Shrub3 Dashes Tea Pot...