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Bar = raised

July 4, 2009

Edinburgh bartenders continue to rock the UK scene. Here’s Bramble’s Ryan Chetiyawardana winning the national final of Diageo’s World Class competition.

More info available at the World Class faffy flash website.

In which we aim for a BSc in vodkaology

June 21, 2009

It’s been a busy little while at ednbrg Tower, what with trying to locate those missing vowels and all. Monday, for example, saw the 42 Below Vodka University roll up to the Voodoo Rooms to launch the 2010 Cocktail World Cup. Thanks to loveable kiwis Jacob and Marty, I now know that New Zealand is home to over 40 million sheep and has been – since 1996 – one of the few countries where home distillation is legal. I also learned that some people, no matter how hard you try, are never going to like a Feijoa-flavored vodka.

I really wish I’d taken some photos of the presentation. First of all, there was vodka tasting which is rarely on my list of top five enjoyable activities. We covered Russian style vodkas (Russian Standard, in this case), Polish style vodka (Belvedere) and what they called a new world style vodka (Ketel One) – meaning Western Europe/America, I’d guess – before moving onto flavored vodka (Zubrowka) and the 42 Below range of Passionfruit, Feijoa, Manuka Honey and Kiwi. While this was going on, there was an animated backdrop projected onto a screen behind Jacob that, at points, showed a giant, laughing Boris Yeltsin head.

After the tasting, we were shown a couple of videos from previous Cocktail World Cups. 42 Below have been hosting the events in New Zealand since 2004, doing things like throwing competitors off a bridge with a bungee cord and a cocktail shaker. The World Cup was described as “the hardest, and most fun” comp ever.

The brand guys then proceeded to the bar to make a mixture of signature cocktails and drinks that had performed well at previous World Cups – including one that had been engineered to taste like a traditional warm, English ale.

All in all, it was a cracking afternoon. There are always downsides, though, and in this case, it was the fact that I had to go to work pretty sharpish after the session.

So. That was Monday.

Quality of vodka is directly proportional to level celebrity endorsement; discuss?

February 19, 2009

(Via Dowd’s Spirits Notebook.)

Drink it? Can’t even pronounce it.

February 14, 2009

Anyone else think February’s a little early for naming the World Whisky of the Year for 2009?

DC dry spell over

February 13, 2009

Alcohol is officially back in the White House – who better to break the news than home mixologist Rachel Maddow?

Record Breakers: German cocktail special

February 4, 2009

My German isn’t what it used to be, but 359 cocktails in 1 hour is still damn impressive.

Absinthe and laptops

January 31, 2009

…no longer guaranteed to end in catastrophe!

[Via The Mixoloseum]

Now in glorious Panovision

January 30, 2009

Made in Pano (opens iTunes).


January 27, 2009

Britain is known for many things – our royal family, our long and storied history of making war with the nearest major landmass and, more recently, binge-drinking. This latest scourge of our civilisation has now spread to the middle class, according to new statistics from the, uh, Office for National Statistics (PDF link). Cue up the highlights reel:

  • 37% of adults exceed the Government’s recommended guidelines for alcohol intake.
  • 43% of adults in professional and managerial households overindulge, which colours professional managers screwed.
  • 22% of adults in professional and managerial households drink on at least five days in the week.
  • When surveyed, 16,000 adults felt that public health advertising had succeeded in raising awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking.

All of which makes for pretty grim reading, really. But it’s unlikely that entire swathes of British society are not going to disappear into a booze-fueled haze. Amid the headline statistics, the ONS also notes that alcohol consumption has not significantly changed over the past decade, excepting 2006 when a new method of calculating the unit strength of alcohol lead to a “statistical glitch”. Read the rest of this entry »

I am Jack’s full-time job

December 2, 2008

[Via MeFi].