Double Dutch – A Perfect Twin for Your Spirit

For countless times I have stressed how important it is to use good quality mixers with spirits. What is the point of buying a top quality spirits when a poor mixer will ruin the tasting experience? If ¾ of the drink is the mixer you should make sure you use premium soft drinks. When Dutch […]

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Bepi Tosolini – For the Love of Grappa and Family

After my first experiences in 2015 I had a chance to visit another grappa distillery in the heart of the Friulian foothills – the distillery Bepi Tosolini. Since the first trip in this region my interest increased further towards the production of grappa, which takes place in such a short, intense window each year. Grappa is such a […]

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Grappa Production in Pictures

The grappa harvest takes place as soon as the grapes have become ripe enough, in order to obtain fresh vinaccia. The freshness of the vinaccia is the key of making a top quality grappa. The grapes are then destemmed and softly pressed, in order to separate the must (this is used to make wine) from […]

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Six Drinks to Keep You Warm

rosemary winter drink

Summer is over and instead of sipping refreshing drinks on the beach, we will soon be shivering at home looking longingly at those holiday brochures. Somehow drinking Aperol Spritz or fruity Pimm’s Cup during these colder months doesn’t seem quite right. Our brains seem to connect these drinks with sunshine and summer, but what do […]

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Ciao! Greetings from Italy – Malfy Gin

As soon as I see a bottle of Malfy Gin I instantly start dreaming of the perfect Italian holiday: sunshine, colourful buildings, gelatos, flowers and lemon trees. In fact, the turquoise colour on the Malfy bottle actually represents the Mediterranean Sea, and the bright yellow, the beautiful Italian lemon trees. Not many people are aware […]

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Sanremo: Aperitivos and Seaside Cycling

Last month I visited the Italian Riviera and I was very much looking forward to it as I’m a massive fan of Italy. Truth be told, the Riviera left me slightly disappointed. I felt some of the Italian charm was missing and I also felt it was very overpriced; you just didn’t get value for […]

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Bimber Distillery’s Oak-Aged Vodka

This new London-based distillery has started with a bang – and even in a crowded market, they are offering something new, something different! I am a big fan of all their delicious products, but it is the award-winning oak-aged vodka that’s the perfect drink to keep you warm during these cold autumn months.  Serve it […]

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Tips for Drinking Around the World

Sharing a few drinks is a great way to get to know people as it can help to break down the language barriers or just calm the nerves when you first set foot in a new country. However, as easily as you can make friends, you can make enemies when it comes to drinking etiquette […]

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The Gin Day – Milano

Yesterday I took part in Italy’s only gin fair known as The Gin Day. The event is held in Milan over two days and is organised by Bartenders.it. Unlike many other events, the fair is conveniently held on a Sunday and Monday when most bartenders will be enjoying a well-deserved day off. The Gin Day started […]

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