Drink, Lifestyle

Crap Classics

This piece was written by Julian for Imbibe.com, featuring Opinion section. ‘You’re a bartender?’ ‘Yeah…’ ‘What you having?’ ‘Not sure… What do you recommend?’ … Wait for it… There it is. The bartender’s handshake. I’m not talking about a shot of Fernet, nor tequila, I’m not taking about an actual beautifully intricate secret handshake that’s taken years […]

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Be Gorgeous, Drink, Lifestyle

Small Town, Big Ideas

Recently I was in the beautiful city of Gdańsk, where I had been asked by Better Bar Show to do a presentation on what I actually do for a living. The specifics were left up to me, so I spent a while pondering what I was going to talk about exactly… drinks technique? A room […]

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Drink

Bigger, Better Batching

I have a friend, an industry stalwart, who had the mixed blessing of living in the heart of Soho when it was still cool. He had some of the best bars in the world on his doorstep, but the price he paid was constantly dealing with all sorts of unsavouries and living in particularly cramped […]

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Drink

Tiki and Speakeasy: Bar Swings and Roundabouts

“Swings and roundabouts” my hairdresser used to say during my yearly moan-fest, also known as getting my hair cut. I’d bitch about the year’s greatest injustices, friends and enemies, and my haircut. “It’ll grow out” he’d whisper, inspecting his handiwork whilst I peered myopically at the mirror. We all know that trends are just that: […]

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Drink

Cocktail Garnishes: Less is More

This was a contribution by JdF as part of an article appearing in this month’s Imbibe Magazine UK on getting garnishes right. Less Is More Generally I’m a fan of simplicity. I try to focus primarily on low-maintenance garnishes that are pretty, without needing too much in terms of cost and preparation time. A typical […]

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