1. London Cocktail Week - A Short but Sweet Shopping List

    Last week London was taken over (even more so than usual) by bartenders, brands and booze fans alike (N.B admiral alliteration.) Cocktail Week invaded all areas of London to entice and share mixology tips, garnish art and even chicken infused Mezcal (I kid you not); essentially there was something for everyone.

    The schedule was jam packed, brimming with both commercial brands and independent distillers eager to impress the lushes of London. Wednesday evening, in a half empty Shoreditch Town Hall - bottles and brand ambassadors lured trade and the public in, to try various liquers and spirits, and amongst the many vodkas, tequillas etc there were three particular brands that stood out, and not because their advertising budgets impressed, but because their spirits were enjoyable and most importantly memorable. So here they are, three to add to the liquor cabinet.

    1.) Sipsmith Barley Vodka - One of the first new Vodka distillers in London (a modest home in Hammersmith) in almost 200 years, the notes on this spirt are sweet and well rounded, and nothing close to the low budget vodka you might experience if you were there. www.sipsmith.co.uk

    2.) Chase Marmalade Vodka - Although a rather respectable brand in it’s own right, to celebrate their 2nd anniversary of the Chase Original Vodka, this pretty much sold out specialty vodka has been marinaded with marmalade, and then infused with extra oranges to give this a delightful and rather moreish taste. www.chasedistillery.co.uk

     3.) Bloom Gin - Marketed for the ladies, and not as mascara thinner as Dylan Moran might believe, notes of violet and juniper come through beautifully; notice the lack of burn on the back of the throat, to be enjoyed with tonic, or without… www.bloomgin.com