What’s coming up in 2017…

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Cuvelier Los Andes Masterclass – 3rd May, 2017

Not to be missed! Join us next Wednesday at our Soho shop for a very special Cuvelier Los Andes masterclass, hosted by Baptiste Cuvelier himself.

The origins of the Cuvelier family’s wine exploits began in Bordeaux, in the early 20th century, with the purchase of Château le Crock in St. Estèphe in 1903.

In the 1990’s, the family spread their wings, as they turned their attention to Mendoza in Argentina, working first with Michel Rolland on his Clos de la Siete project. But, by 1999, they had begun to plant their own vineyards – Cuvelier los Andes – and produced their first wine under this estate in 2003. Truly outstanding!


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Carramimbre Masterclass – 26th April, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, 26th April at Amathus Shoreditch for our Carramimbre masterclass.

Carramimbre, or ‘wicker path’ in ancient Spanish, is the name of one of the vineyards owned by Bodegas Pignon in the Ribera del Duero; situated at the bottom of a short hill, where an ancient castle still stands. Some of the vines here are as old as 50 years old.

The vineyards sit on the ‘Golden Mile’ of the Ribera del Duero (which is, in fact, 15km long) stretching along the Duero valley from the town of Peñafiel, down to Tudela de Duero. Here, the Bodegas rubs shoulders with many prestigious and iconic neighbours (Alion, Vega Sicilia etc).



Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge – Deadline 15th May, 2017

It’s that time of year again… 2 bartenders + 1 cocktail = The Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2017.

Choose your partner, submit your recipe and win a trip to Athens to compete in the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge final!

Deadline for entries is the 15th May, apply now at www.myskinos.com/mcc.


London Wine Week here we come…


London Wine Week will take over our city in a matter of days for its 3rd year running; kick starting on the 23rd May until the 29th May.  The whole week will be jam packed full of all kinds of wine tastings, events, masterclasses, as everyone, including us, wants in on the action.

This year, similar to last, we will be hosting an array of masterclasses, throughout the week, in all four of our stores. From sparkling’s to Australian favourites, we’ve got a masterclass to suit all.

So lets see what’s happening when and where…


24th May – Knightsbridge – 6.30pm-8pm

Burgundy vs. The New World 

 Wines from a number of Burgundy’s most famous villages will go head-to-head in this tasting against some of the top Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the New World.


25th May – Soho – 6.30pm-8pm

Sparklers of the World 

A top line-up of exciting, new wave, traditional method sparkling wines from around the world will take on the king of this category, Champagne, in a battle for supremacy.


26th May – City – 6.30pm-8pm

An Australian Odyssey with Woodstock Wines 

 Woodstock has for decades been one of the leading players in the Australian wine region of McLaren Vale. This tasting will feature a diverse selection of wines from the Woodstock portfolio –white, red, sweet and fortified, not to mention their limited release flagship ‘The Stocks’ Shiraz produced from 110 year old vines!


27th May – Shoreditch – 6.30pm-8pm

Chardonnay: A Journey of Rediscovery 

Chardonnay is undoubtedly one of the greatest wine grapes on planet earth. But is it also the most misunderstood? This tasting will provide an opportunity to rediscover the versatility and magnificence of this noble grape by featuring six Chardonnays from iconic regions such as Champagne, Chablis and California.

All masterclasses are free for LWW wristband holders to attend and a charge of £15  will occur to anyone who doesn’t have a wristband.  If you haven’t got your wristband already, there’s still time. Visit the London Wine Fair website & register now.

To reserve your place RSVP to Alex Down – alex@amathusdrinks.com.

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Two Bartenders, One Cocktail!


The Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 (MCC) has officially begun! For the 6th year running MCC, the biggest international bartenders’ competition with a Mediterranean theme is back and this year it is being hosted and organised by Skinos Mastiha Spirit, the leading Greek/Mediterranean spirit.

The concept of this year’s competition is “Team Challenge”, where bartenders are invited to participate in teams of two. Bartenders from all over the world, including Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the UK are to find a fellow teammate and create a unique Mediterranean recipe, inspired by the ingredients, flavours and aromas of the region!

Each team is asked to submit their recipe (www.myskinos.com/mcc), which will be presented to the MCC jury during the semi-finals in each region. The winners of the semi-finals, from each region will then travel to Athens for the final. The winning team of the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 will then win a trip to Berlin and the BCB (Bar Convent Berlin) to present their winning Skinos cocktail. The judging panel consists of two of the best known Greek bartenders: Dimitris Kiakos, owner of the legendary The Gin Joint and Alexander Sourmpatis, award winning bartender and bar manager of Spinte Bar in Thessaloniki.

Participation in the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge is for teams of 2 bartenders only. To register, please submit your recipe online by visiting www.myskinos.com/mcc. Deadline for entries is the 31st May 2016.

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Cocktails in the City



We recently spent the evening at Bird of Smithfield for an exclusive, invitation only, cocktail launch. Set out over 5 floors of an old Georgian townhouse, Bird of Smithfield caters for all. Whether it’s a leisurely breakfast or lunch you’re after or al fresco cocktails & dinner followed by rooftop drinking, then Bird of Smithfield is spot on.


In the run-up to the launch, Chief Mixologist at Birds of Smithfield, Stan  Andruskevic, had been secretly concocting a brand new cocktail menu. Experimenting with smoke, burning herbs and preparing delicious candied fruits…along with introducing some new vodkas, gins & mezcals. What better way to celebrate the new menu than with a cocktail party for bloggers, social media fanatics, spirit brands and friends.. and we were lucky enough to be part of the crowd!

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Cocktails on the menu included Lost Treasure, Smooth Operator, Caged Heart & LDN. One of our favourites was Lost Treasure, made with Knob Creek BourbonAmaro Meletti, apple juice and homemade apple & lime tequila liqueur. Amazing!


Open Monday to Saturday, Birds of Smithfield is definitely somewhere we’ll be visiting again soon. If you haven’t done so already, make sure you check it out for yourself!

Lastly, a big thank you to Bird of Smithfield for inviting us along, we can’t wait to see what’s more to come from you guys.

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It’s Competition Time!

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It’s cocktail competition time! Join us on Wednesday, 4th May at Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool for an afternoon watching some of the most skilled bartenders, from Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Halifax & Nottingham, shake it out in front of a panel of judges to be crowned champion of this year’s Collins Cocktail Competition.

The deadline for entries was the 20th April and since then we’ve narrowed it down to 12 lucky finalists who will be mixing up on the day. Our finalists include:

Ehren Khoo-Steel from the Brass Monkey, Nottingham
Jack Daniels from Elixir, Manchester
Thomas White from Maray, Liverpool
Will Meredith from the Black Cat Cocktail Bar, Manchester
Gethin Jones from Cottonopolis, Manchester
James Brown from Lost in Tokyo, Manchester
Lawrence Woodrow-Smith from Pintura Kitchen, Leeds
Alex Morton from Pintura Kitchen, Leeds
Tom Kinley from Jenny’s Bar, Liverpool
James Woolard from 53 Degrees North, Halifax
Chris Edwards from Filter + Fox, Liverpool
David Nagy from Tariff & Dale, Manchester

The competition will kick start at 2pm and the aim of the game, for each of our finalists, is to create their own interpretation of the timeless Tom Collins (a simple mix of gin, lemon and sugar syrup, shaken over ice). The only rule that applies is the use of 35ml of Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin.

What we’re looking for is an original interpretation of the classic that really showcases Bobby’s Gin in all in its glory. Cocktails will be judged on taste as well as presentation and originality. The winner will be announced on the day.

If you can’t join us on the day, keep up to date with all the action by following us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook@AmathusDrinks.


About Bobby’s Gin

Jacobus Alfons, or Bobby to his family and friends, was born in Indonesia but migrated to the Netherlands in 1950. Bobby loved Dutch Genever, but missed the taste of home, so started infusing it with Indonesian spices and herbs, unknowingly creating his own gin and laying down the foundation for Bobby’s Gin.

In 2012 Bobby’s grandson Sebastiaan discovered an old bottle of the gin in his mother’s house. Inspired by his grandfather’s story he travelled to Schiedam, the city where Gin originated and started work on creating a unique gin, blending the tradition of Schiedam Genever with the best Indonesian botanicals and spices. After almost two years of distilling, developing and refining, Bobby’s Gin Schiedam Dry Gin was born.

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Think Gin 2016

Think Gin Invite

After a hugely successful launch last year, Think Gin returned to The Hospital Club on the 1st March for another day jam packed full of debates, workshops, masterclasses and tastings, all dedicated to the wonderful world of gin!

This year, we decided not to miss out on any of the gin action, so we spent the day at Think Gin showcasing some of our fabulous agency gin brands; Ferdinand’s, Bobby’s and Rives. Keeping us company and helping us out was Sebastiaan from Bobby’s and Denis from Ferdinand’s.

To make the day even better, we were shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Gin Wholesaler award at the Think Gin 2016 Awards. Unfortunately we didn’t win but it still felt amazing to be nominated… A big thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Although we didn’t win an award we still got our time in the spotlight, presenting the award for Best Gin Bar (Independent) to Merchant House… Congratulations guys, a well-deserved win!

Here’s a sneaky peak of what else we got up to!

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Overall, a great day, great company and amazing gin… What more could you want?!

Roll on next year!

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It shouldn’t just be eggs you’re cracking open this Easter!


Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch, late lunch, early dinner or just a night in front of the tele, eating copious amounts of chocolate, one thing’s for sure: you’ll need an alcoholic beverage or 2 to go with!

Now that Spring has sprung and Easter is in sight it’s time to get the ball rolling and start planning ahead. When I think of Easter I think of three things: lots of family time, Easter eggs and delicious Spring lamb. So with these in mind we’ve rounded up a list of wines to help you find the perfect Easter time tipple!

So here goes:

If you prefer your dark to your white or like keeping it traditional with a milk chocolate Easter egg, then fear not, we’ve chosen a wine that will go with all of your chocolaty treats!

2013 Woodstock Little Miss Collett Moscato

With white chocolate you need to go for something light, fizzy and refreshing like this Woodstock Little Miss Collette Moscato 2013. Its tropical fruit character and zingy, lemon sherbet finish balance out the rich, creamy taste of white chocolate.

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Tawny style Ports are incredible with milk chocolate, so wash yours down with a velvety smooth glass of Cálem 10yr Tawny. There’s no greater love, than the love shared between chocolate and Port.. a match made in heaven just waiting for you to try!

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The mixture of dark chocolate and Port in the mouth has to be experienced to be believed. Ruby style Ports like Cálem LBV 2009 are amazing with high cocoa dark chocolate, so when you’re choosing which Easter egg to go for, make sure you bare this in mind!

Trust me when I say… this is a deliciously satisfying Port, perfect for those chocolaty moments we all love!

New season lamb is an Easter treat that can be prepared and served with minimal hassle. So if you’re cooking up an Easter Sunday feast, why not give this a go?

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Lamb naturally has a strong liking for Bordeaux so you can’t go wrong with our Château Crabitey Rouge Graves 2011. Its alluring smoky tobacco and black fruit aromas are perfectly balanced with a sumptuous fruit intenseness guaranteed to get everyone’s taste buds tingling! Put a bottle of this on the table and it will be gone in a flash!


People always think lamb needs a big, bold wine like a Bordeaux or a Rhone but actually more delicate Spring lamb goes beautifully with a fruit forward Pinot Noir like this Fess Parker Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2012. Give it a try, it’s a favourite of mine!

Now I know not all of you enjoy your meat, so I thought I’d add in an option to be enjoyed with fish!

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Albariño, one of Spain’s best kept secrets, is the perfect wine to pair with fish. The Galicia region, where the best Albariño is produced, is located along the north-west coastline of Spain and has a thriving seafood industry. Not surprising therefore that this crisp, dry, aromatic Albariño by Monte Pio makes the ideal companion for your Easter fish dishes.

With all these fantastic wines for you to try this Easter, this is one holiday you won’t want to miss.

Finally, we’d like to wish you a very very happy Easter, we hope it is egg-cellent!  (Sorry I couldn’t resist)

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What’s coming up in 2016..


Hop Scotch Wine Tasting – 29th November, 2016

On Tuesday the 29th November, our very own Ettore Ramazzotto will be joining forces with Hop Scotch Cafe Bar in London, to host our first, of many (we hope) wines tastings at Hop Scotch. On tasting will be a selection of our finest Old World & New World wines, with an array of nibbles to accompany.

Tickets are £15 pp. To book your place, simply email hello@hopscotchcafebar.com or call 0208 699 8998.


The Macallan Masterclass – 23rd November, 2016

Free up your diaries for our Macallan Whisky masterclass, taking place on the 23rd November at Amathus City. On tasting will be The Macallan 12yr Sherry Oak, 12yr Fine Oak, 12yr Double Oak and Rare Cask. Limited tickets available so visit our website & sign up.


Ferdinand’s Masterclass – 8th November, 2016

New month, new masterclass! Join us next Tuesday at our Soho shop for an evening with Ferdinand’s. On tasting will be the full Ferdinand’s range, including their Saar dry gin, Riesling infused vermouth, as well as, their newly released barrel aged vermouth and Riesling liqueur.

Ferdinand’s owes its name to the Prussian District Forester, Ferdinand Geltz. Carefully hand-picked Riesling grapes from the Zilliken estate and the craftsmanship of Master Distiller Andreas Vallendar, guarantees a range of top-quality products from the Saar region. To book your place, visit our website now.


Yaguara Masterclass – 27th October, 2016

Distilled from fresh sugar cane juice in traditional alambique copper stills in the heart of Brazil, Yaguara Cachaça is blended under the watchful eye of master blender Erwin Weimann. After the successful launch of the award-winning Yaguara Organic Blend Cachaça last year, Yaguara has introduced two new expressions to its portfolio: Yaguara Branca, a 100% white, unaged cachaça, and Yaguara Ouro, aged in American oak and Brazilian native wood.

On the 27th October we will be hosting a Yaguara masterclass at Amathus Soho, where you’ll get the chance to sample all three expressions. Visit our website and book now.


Aquavit Tasting – 20th & 26th October, 2016

Our very own Jon Anders has teamed up with Scandinavian Kitchen to host 2 Aquavit masterclasses on the 20th & 26th October! On tasting will be a selection of Scandinavian Aquavits, including O. P. Anderson, Hallands Fläder, Linie Aquavit and Aalborg Nordguld and Dild. Accompanying the masterclass will be a selection of canapés and allsorts of other Scandinavian treats. Tickets are £20 per person, to book your place visit: http://bit.ly/2cZ8Glm


Mezcal Los Siete Misterios Masterclass – 8th October, 2016

#LondonCocktailWeek is almost upon us and this year we’re celebrating in all Amathus stores! On Saturday, 8th October we will be hosting a Mezcal Los Siete Misterios masterclass at our Soho shop, which will be free for all LCW wristband holders to attend.To reserve your place, RSVP soho@amathusdrinks.com.

This masterclass is not only limited to London Cocktail Week wristband holders, if you want to come along and you don’t have a wristband, just visit our website and sign up.

Make sure you stay tuned as we will also be hosting an array of pod tastings across all stores, which again will be free for all LCW wristband holders to attend… let the countdown to London Cocktail Week begin!


The Whisky Show – 1st – 2nd October 2016

It’s almost time! If you’re heading to the the Whisky Show this weekend at Old Billingsgate, London, make sure you come and pay us a visit. We’ll be at stand number 45 with Wolfburn Whisky,  Spirit of Hven, Kings County and Michel Couvreur!


Flamenco Dancing Backstage at Sabor Iberico – 30th September, 2016

Don’t miss out on 2-4-1 Ron Barceló Rum cocktails and flamenco dancing on the 30th September at Sabor Iberico in London! There’s no need to book, just make sure you’re there for happy hour at 6 o’clock.


Spanish Wine & Tapas Pairing Masterclass – 15th September 2016

Join us next Thursday at Chupitos in Welling for an evening of Spanish wine and tapas. On tasting will be 6 wines from the outstanding Bodegas Ochoa in Navarra, Spain… what more could you want!?

To book your place call Chupitos on 020 3638 3098 or if you’re passing by the restaurant, call in to reserve your spot. Bon Appétit!


Charles Sparr Masterclass – 14th September, 2016

On Wednesday, 14th September we will be welcoming Charles Sparr into our Soho shop for our very first Charles Sparr masterclass. On tasting will be 6 wines from the collection, including 2 Gewürztraminer, 3 types of Riesling and 1 Pinot Noir.

For your chance to sample these award-winning wines from Alsace, simply visit our website and sign up now.


Whiskey Thief Masterclass – 13th & 14th September 2016

Roy Evans, founder of Whiskey Thief, introduces his revolutionary bourbon this Tuesday and Wednesday at Bird of Smithfield and Bodean’s. Unfortunately this one is for trade only; so if you’re free and work in the trade,  join us from 3pm until 4pm, on whichever day suits you best.

For Tuesday’s event, RSVP: daniela@amathusdrinks.com or for Wednesday’s, RSVP: lee@amathusdrinks.com or tarik@amathusdrinks.com.


Marolo Grapa Tasting – 13th September 2016

If you’re in the trade and have a love for grappa, then get yourself to Cafe Murano on Tuesday, 13th September for our Marolo Grappa tasting. On tasting will be 5 grappa, including the Gewürztraminer, Brunello, MoscatoMoscato Apres 5yr and the Barolo 12yr.

To reserve your place, RSVP: daniela@amathusdrinks.com.

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Ladies & Gents – 26th August – 28th August 2016

Kick start your Bank Holiday weekend with free Ron Barceló rum punch, all weekend at Ladies & Gents Bar in Kentish Town, London.

No tickets required, just turn up in your Hawaiian attire and drink away! Who’s in?


Diageo Special Release Whisky Masterclass – 20th & 21st July, 2016

What a treat we have coming up later this month! On the 20th and 21st July we will be hosting 2 whisky masterclasses – one in our City store and the other in our Knightsbridge store. On tasting will be 8 special release whiskies, including the Caol Ila 17yr, Brora 37yr , Port Ellen 32yr, Clynelish Select Reserve, Dalwhinnie 25yr, Pittyviach 25yr, Dailuaine 34yr and Caledonian 40yr.

Tickets are £60 per person and spaces are very limited. Bagsy your place now by visiting our website  and signing up. This one is not to be missed!


Werner Masterclass – 12th July, 2016

As part of our #31DaysofGermanRiesling celebrations we’re hosting a Werner masterclass, next Tuesday at our Knightsbridge store.To reserve your spot, visit our website and sign up now.


Spirit of Hven Masterclass – 7th July, 2016

For those of you who like gin, whisky, vodka & aquavit.. sign up now to our Spirit of Hven masterclass, happening next Thursday at our Soho shop.

On the island of Hven located in the strait of Öresund between Denmark and Sweden lies the Spirit of Hven Distillery.

Founded in 2008, this family owned distillery produces a diverse range of oak matured distillates including Organic Vodka, Gin, Aquavit, Summer Spirit & world acclaimed single malt whiskies. Handcrafted using only certified organic ingredients; each spirit is one of a kind with an enticing character and sensational flavour.

Don’t miss out!

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53° North Gin Tasting – 29th June, 2016

Gin lovers this one is for you! Join us on the 29th June at 53° North in Halifax for a gin tasting like no other. On tasting will be a selection of 5 gins, including Rives London Dry, Bobby’s, Ferdinand’s Saar Quince,Greenhook Ginsmith and Van Wees Three Corners Premium.

Each of the gins on tasting will be paired with a premium mixer and tailored cocktail created by 53° North’s head mixologist, James. As well as the tasting their Head Chef, Mark will also be preparing carefully selected dishes to match perfectly with each of the gins.

Tickets are £35 per person. To book your place, please call 01422 646 422.


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Pernod Ricard Whisky Masterclass – 27th June, 2016

Also happening later this month is our Pernod Ricard Whisky masterclass, taking place at our City store on Monday, 27th June. You’re in for a treat with not 1 but 8 whiskies on tasting for you to try. The whiskies you’ll be sampling include,  Green SpotRedbreast 12Powers Johns LaneMidleton Barry CrockettAberlour 12yrLongmorn Distiller’s ChoiceGlenlivet Founders Reserve and Scappa Skiren the Orcadian.

To book your ticket, please visit our website.

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Aquavit Trade Masterclass – 15th June, 2016

On Wednesday, 15th June we will be hosting an Aquavit masterclass at our Knightsbridge store, kick starting at 3.30pm. The masterclass will only be available to trade customers and on tasting will be 6 different Aquavit including, Halland Flader, OP Anderson,  Aalborg TaffelHven Aqua VitaeGammel Opland and Linie Double Cask.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to our Knightsbridge store -knights@amathusdrinks.com.

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Del Maguey Food & Mezcal Pairing – 14th June, 2016

We’ve teamed up with TDC Cardiff to host a very exciting 5 course dinner where each course will be matched with a different Del Maguey, Single Village Mezcal.

Tickets are £30 and the event starts at 7pm on Tuesday, 14th June. Visit http://bit.ly/1rl7LlC, to book your place now!


London Wine Week – 23rd May – 29th May, 2016

London Wine Week will take over our city in a matter of days; kick starting on the 23rd May until the 29th May.The whole week will be jam packed full of all kinds of wine tastings, events, masterclasses, as everyone, including us, wants in on the action.

This year, similar to last, we will be hosting an array of masterclasses, throughout the week, in all four of our stores. From sparkling’s to Australian favourites, we’ve got a masterclass to suit you all.

To find out what’s happening when and where, check out the following link: http://bit.ly/1Tlvfig.


Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 – Deadline 31st May, 2016

The Skinos Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 (MCC) has officially begun! For the 6th year running MCC, the biggest international bartenders’ competition with a Mediterranean theme is back and this year it is being hosted and organised by Skinos Mastiha Spirit, the leading Greek/Mediterranean spirit.

The concept of this year’s competition is “Team Challenge”, where bartenders are invited to participate in teams of two. Bartenders from all over the world, including Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and the UK are to find a fellow teammate and create a unique Mediterranean recipe, inspired by the ingredients, flavours and aromas of the region!

Each team is asked to submit their recipe, which will be presented to the MCC jury during the semi-finals in each region. The winning team of the Mediterranean Cocktails Challenge 2016 will travel to Berlin and the BCB (Bar Convent Berlin) to present their winning Skinos cocktail.

Deadline for entries is the 31st May 2016. Visit www.myskinos.com/mcc & sign up now.


Pernod Ricard Irish Whiskey Day Masterclass – 19th May, 2016

So if one World Whisky Day masterclass isn’t enough, we’ve now got another one happening on the 19th May at our City store.

Book your tickets now for our Pernod Ricard Irish Whiskey masterclass… on tasting will be the Redbreast 12 year oldPowers Johns LaneGreen SpotMidleton Barry Crockett. If you love your Irish whiskey this is surely for you!

Tickets are £25. To reserve your place, visit our website.


World Whisky Day Masterclass – 17th May 2016

As part of our World Whisky Day celebrations, we invite you to join us for a very special masterclass taking place at Amathus Knightsbridge on Tuesday, 17th May. On tasting will be seven of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies from across the world, including Wolfburn, Pappy Van Winkle, Michel Couvreur, The Yamazaki & Spirit of Hven.

Tickets are £50 per person. Limited spaces available so visit our website and book now.


Meletti Masterclass – 11th May, 2016

London clear your diaries and join us on the 11th May for our Meletti masterclass at Amathus Soho.

The Meletti family has been producing extraordinary handcrafted liqueurs for generations. Silvio Meletti started the company in 1870 when he endeavored to produce an anise-flavoured liqueur that would rival or surpass the best products of Italy and France.

As with any great product, the quality of the ingredients is what sets the best above the masses. Today, Silvio Meletti’s sons, Aldo and Silvio, continue to select only the finest herbs and botanicals for all of their products.

To reserve your place, please visit our website.


Meletti Masterclass & Cocktail Competition – 11th May, 2016

It’s that time again! If you think you’ve got what it takes then sign up to our Meletti masterclass & cocktail competition, next Wednesday at the fabulous cocktail and toasties bar, Loves Company.

To register, simply RSVP to Daniela@amathusdrinks.com.

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Collins Cocktail Competition – 4th May, 2016

Cocktail competition time! Bartenders if you think you’ve got what it takes, join us for our Collins cocktail competition at Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool, 4th May. You’ll be battling it out with other bartenders to make us a twist on a Tom Collins using 35ml of Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin… the rest of the ingredients are up to you!

To reserve your place, RSVP jody@amathusdrinks.com. In the meantime grab your bottle of Bobby’s & start practicing!


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Whisky Masterclass – 3rd May, 2016

On Tuesday, 3rd May we will be teaming up with Zest to host a whisky masterclass at JW3. Marlowe Harris, one of the BDE’s here at Amathus, will be hosting the masterclass where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about & sample, 3 of the newest whiskies on the market; Wolfburn Single Malt Whisky, Whiskey Thief & Kings County Bourbon. If the masterclass alone isn’t enough, there will also be a delicious Zest buffet feast for you to get stuck in to!

Tickets are £32 per person. To find out more information or to book your tickets, click here.


London Wine Fair – 3rd – 5th May, 2016

This year, we’re taking part in London Wine Fair on the 3rd-5th July at Olympia, London. London Wine Fair brings together around 18,000 buyers, producers & trade professionals to discover, learn and celebrate all things wine.

We will be showcasing a number of our top agency producers and their new releases, including Fess Parker, Cálem, Ochoa, Cuvelier Los Andes and Woodstock. Make sure you come and visit us in the West Hall, stand B16. See you there!

To register, please visit www.londonwinefair.com.



Malbec Wines Masterclass – 16th April, 2016

To celebrate Malbec World Day we will be hosting a Malbec masterclass at our Soho store on Saturday, 16th April. On tasting will be a selection of our fabulous Malbec wines, including Cuvelier Los Andes and Bodegas Carelli.

To reserve your place, please visit our website.



Mezcal & Coffee Pairing at Wahaca, Soho – 14th April, 2016

We’ve joined forces with 2 Broke Blokes Coffee Roasters and Wahaca to bring you an evening like no other.

Join us on Thursday, 14th April at Wahaca Soho’s Azulito Bar for a one-of-a-kind mezcal and coffee tasting session. You’ll get the opportunity to pair and taste a selection of coffees and mezcals as well as learn about the farmers who grow, harvest, and produce these delicious drinks. This evening is part of London Coffee Night, a celebration of coffee and spirits with all proceeds going to Project Waterfall, who bring clean water to coffee growing communities.

It’s an honour to be part of this amazing event, so book now and join in too!



Château de Laubade Masterclass  – 13th April, 2016

Your invitation awaits! Please join us on Wednesday, 13th April for our Château de Laubade Armagnac masterclass at our Shoreditch store.

Limited spaces available, so make book now.



Krug Champagne Masterclass – 31st March, 2016

How exciting is this? On Thursday, 31st March we will be hosting a Krug Champagne masterclass at our City store. Tickets are £25 per person.

To book, simply pop in store or visit our website.

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Teeling Masterclass- 17th March, 2016

Make your St Patrick’s Day one to remember with our free Teeling Irish Whiskey masterclass at our Soho store. From single malts, to blends, to discontinued limited edition whiskies, this is a tasting you won’t want to miss!

To book, simply email our Soho store – soho@amathusdrinks.com.



Elk Cove Masterclass – 8th March, 2016

On Tuesday, 8th March we will be holding an Elk Cove masterclass at our Soho store, which will be hosted by the VP of Sales & Marketing at Elk Cove, Shirley Brooks.

Elk Cove was founded by Joe Campbell, a Harvard graduate and ER doctor who fulfilled his lifelong ambition of becoming a winemaker by establishing Elk Cove in his native state of Oregon in 1974.

Joe and Pat’s five children all grew up working summers in the vineyards at Elk Cove – it was truly a family business. In 1999, the Campbell’s son, Adam, took over as head winemaker. Adam was aged only three when the family moved to Elk Cove, so he was in the perfect place to continue the family’s reputation as one of the leading wineries on the Oregon wine scene.

Limited spaces available so please book now.


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Mezcal Trade Tasting – 8th March, 2016

Please join us on the 8th March for a Mezcal masterclass at our Knightsbridge store. The masterclass will kick start at 3pm and will only be available to trade customers. Throughout the masterclass you’ll get chance to sample a range of mezcals from our agency brands, Del Maguey, Pierde Almas, Los Siete Misterios, Los Danzantes and Alipus.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to knights@amathusdrinks.com.


Bodegas Ochoa Masterclass – 2nd March, 2016

Join us on Wednesday, 2nd March, for a Bodegas Ochoa masterclass hosted by Beatriz Ochoa at our Shoreditch store.

Bodegas Ochoa was founded in 1845 and fast became one of Navarra’s most celebrated producers. Today, the Ochoa family tradition continues at the winery, which is now run by the fifth and sixth generations of the Ochoa family. Javier Ochoa and his two daughters, Adriana and Beatriz, produce wines from a diverse range of different grape varieties including Tempranillo, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

We’ve limited spaces available so please book now.

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Think Gin – 1st March, 2016

After a hugely successful launch last year, Think Gin is back for another year and this year it’s going to be even bigger and better! Taking place on Tuesday, 1st March at The Hospital Club in London, Think Gin (if you haven’t guessed already) is an event dedicated to the world of Gin. Throughout the day, you’ll get chance to attend  as many gin masterclasses, tastings, debates and workshops as you like.

This year, we’ll be joining in on the action and showcasing some of our fabulous Agency Gins including Ferdinand’s, Bobby’s and Rives Gin, so make sure you swing by and say hi!

Places are very limited so make sure you reserve your place by emailing Leannejohnstone@agilemedia.co.uk.


Skinos Mastiha Spirit Pod Tasting – 24th February, 2016

Next Wednesday, 24th February, we will be hosting a Skinos Mastiha Spirit pod tasting at our Shoreditch store from 6.30pm onwards.

Skinos is a Greek Mastiha spirit from the Mediterranean Island of Chios. It’s made by distilling the resin of the Mastiha tree, a Greek tree that is the source of the mastic spice, with a neutral spirit. The flavour is unique, flowery and delicately sweet. Best served over ice with a slice of lemon.

There’s no need to book, just turn up and enjoy!


London Beer Week – 22nd February – 28th February, 2016

Get ready for a week of beer, cider and plenty of ale. London Beer Week is back and this year it promises to be even bigger and better than last. From the 22nd- 28th February, beer-lovers will be in their absolute element, surrounded by pop up bars, events, parties and tours dedicated to the wonderful world of beer!

This year, we want to get in on the action by offering all LBW wristband holders a ‘4 for the price of 3’ offer on our bottled beers and cans. Simply pop into one of our stores, choose your favourite 4 beers, show your wristband at the till and you’ll get the cheapest one free.

It’s not too late to get involved, visit www.londonbeerweek.com and order your wristband now.

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SITT Trade Tasting – 22nd February & 24th February, 2016

The SITT is a wine trade tasting event for both new and seasoned trade professionals, bringing you a wide selection of specialist importers, boutique wineries and agencies all showcasing a great range of wines.

This year, is a very exciting year for us as we will be presenting some of our newest award-winning agency wines, including Nicolo & Paradis, Tselepos, Werner, Woodstock and many more.. so please come along and join in. We’ll be in Manchester on the 22nd February and London on the 24th February. Hope to see some of you there!

For more information and to register, please visit www.sittasting.com.

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Wine and Food Pairing with Maverick Wines – 26th January, 2016

Join us at Granger & Co. for our Australia Day winemaker dinner with Ron Brown from Maverick Wines. 5 wines  and 4 courses, all for £45.

To book, please call Granger & Co. on 020 7251 9032 or email fiona@grangerandco.com.


Glenfarclas & Kilchoman Masterclass – 25th January, 2016

Please join us this Burns Night for a special whisky tasting. From 6:30pm, on the 25th January, we will be hosting a joint whisky tasting at our Shoreditch store featuring whiskies from Glenfarclas and Kilchoman, the newest distillery on Islay.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to Shoreditch@amathusdrinks.com.

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Wine and Food Pairing with Maverick Wines – 24th January, 2016

Join us on Sunday, 24th January for a meet the winemaker dinner at Maray, Liverpool. 4 delicious dishes paired beautifully with 4 Maverick Wines. All this for only £35 each.

To book, please call Maray on 0151 709 5820.

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Ginuary: Our favourite month of the year!


January is a hard month; credit card bills to pay, all the “new year, new you” rubbish including detoxes, diets and dry January. Let’s forget all that and start 2016 celebrating the best month of the year..Ginuary!

If you haven’t noticed already, lots more people are developing a new found love for gin. If they’re not talking about it, they’re looking for something new and exciting to add to their gin collection. New brands are being launched every month and bars are making sure they’ve got the latest one in.

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With so much choice out there, unless you’re an expert, how do you know which one to pick? As this month is gin month, we’re here to help by introducing you to some of the world’s best gins. From the Netherlands to Germany, Spain and America, we’ve got something for everyone!


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Meet the delightful Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin. Life is too short not to experience its fragrant and complex flavour. A balanced blend of juniper, rosehips, cloves, lemongrass and cubeb peppers amongst others, create this extremely unique gin.

Bobby’s is at its best in a Bobby & Tonic, served over ice and garnished with an orange peel and cloves.


Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin is fun, delightful to the palette and offers all spirit enthusiasts among us a product they can play with, experiment with and be proud to have added to their collection. Infused with carefully hand-picked Riesling grapes from the steep shale slopes of the Zilliken estate, on the grand Saarburger Rausch site, make this gin an impressively unique tasting experience.

Serve it with Ferdinand’s Saar Vermouth an olive and a splash of olive juice and you’ve got yourself a Dirty Martini!


Established in 1782, A.van Wees distillery de Ooievaar claims to be the last authentic distillery left in Amsterdam, producing a range of Old Dutch genevers, bitters and liqueurs. Their products are creative compositions made from pure natural raw materials; a combination of fruits, flowers, plants, roots and seeds.

This premium version of the A. van Wees de Ooievaar Three Corners Dry Gin is made with more intense, concentrated flavours whilst still remaining elegant with notes of juniper, coriander and lemon. With its prominent flavour, this Dutch gin should definitely stand out in your Ginuary cocktails and drinks!


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Established in 1880, Rives have been making their Special Gin in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain since 1980.

Rives Special Gin is a super-premium hand crafted gin, with a unique taste guaranteed to blow your mind! It’s easy to drink but still holds a powerful and complex flavour. It’s the only 100% Andalusian exclusive gin made in copper stills traditionally designed by the Master, John Dore. The perfect balance and taste of Rives Special Gin is achieved by the careful selection of 11 botanicals naturally harvested from around the world.

Greenhook American Dry Gin

Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin is definitely a favourite of mine, made from organic, New York State grown wheat, Tuscan juniper, coriander and Thai blue ginger, making it one of the boldest, most interesting gins out there.

Greenhook craft their gin using a technique called Vacuum Distillation. It allows them to distill their gin at low temperatures, which prevents the delicate aromas of their botanicals from being stewed with excessive heat during distillation. This unique process creates a beautifully fragrant gin with lifted aromas and vibrant flavours unlike any other!

So up next we have something a bit different and what a lovely surprise it is….Van Wees Amsterdamsche Old Genever!



 Now genever differs slightly from gin in that although it is still flavoured with juniper it is also made using malt wine, which tends to give a greater depth and complexity of malt flavour and an overall sweeter finish. Genever is actually the original style of gin from Holland.

Its light gold tones and a tender voluptuousness come from at least six months ageing in oak casks. A good starter to get acquainted with an oude (old) genever.

It’s at its best drunk straight but can also be used as a premium ingredient in luxury cocktails. Give it a try, you’ll be amazed!

With Ginuary now in full swing and all these delicious gins to try, you’ll no longer be thinking about hitting the gym!


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Contratto Masterclass and Cocktail Competition


On Monday, 9th November, we spent the afternoon at Evans and Peel to host a Contratto masterclass and cocktail competition. If that wasn’t exciting enough, we were lucky to be joined by Anja Cramer, owner, with husband Giorgio, of Contratto distillery.

Contratto was founded in 1867 by Giuseppe Contratto. The winery is known as the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Italy, in fact, the Metodo Classico 1919 Contratto Extra Brut was the first vintage sparkling wine ever made in the country.

 In 150 years of wine making, Contratto went from producing sparkling Moscato and red wine to still wines, vermouth, tonics and syrups. The winery is now owned by La Spinetta (a family run business) who acquired it in 2011. Since then they have reintroduced Contratto to the world and continued to preserve and uphold its 140-year-old tradition and top quality.


Evans and Peel isn’t like most bars you’ll find in London. It’s an underground, hidden cocktail bar located near Earl’s Court tube station.  I don’t know whether you’ve been before, but it’s not the easiest place to find. After 10 minutes walking up and down the same street looking for a big sign saying ‘Evans and Peel’, which didn’t exist, I finally had to ask someone to point me in the right direction.

I won’t spoil it for you, but this place is definitely worth a visit if you haven’t done so already! All I can say is, expect the unexpected!

So the masterclass kick started at 2 o’clock and on tasting were 3 vermouths, Bianco, Rosso and Americano Rosso, a bitter and an aperitif. The flavours were incredible, each having their own individual taste and uniqueness.

Just a few tasting notes for you, so you can see how different the ingredients are for each of the Contratto products.

Up first was the  Contratto Vermouth Bianco, which had flavours of coriander seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, bitter orange peel, sage, sweet orange peel, liquorice roots and many more….the list is endless!

Next we tried the Contratto Americano Rosso Vermouth, which had flavours of ginger, mint leaves, hibiscus and hawthorn flower, nettle leaves and bitter and sweet orange peel.

The final vermouth we tasted was the Contratto Rosso, which had flavours of hawthorn flowers, coriander seeds, marjoram leaves, chamomile leaves, aloe juice, cinnamon, mint leaves and ginger roots.

After the vermouth’s, it was on to the Contratto Bitter and Aperitif.

The original recipe for Contratto Bitter dates back to 1933 and is based on a mixture of delicately infused, premium natural herbs, spices, roots and seeds combined with Italian Brandy. Flavours include cardamon, enula bell, swertia, nettle and bitter and sweet orange peel.

Last but not least was the Contratto Aperitif, it had flavours of tangerine peel, juniper berries, rhubarb, ginger and wormwood. This complex yet well-balanced boutique aperitif is capable of turning any aperitif based cocktail into a wonderful experience.

I’d recommend that if you haven’t sampled these products before, you definitely need to now…. delicious!




Once the masterclass had finished there was just enough time for a quick break before the cocktail competition started at 3.30pm.

So, similar to other cocktail competitions we’ve hosted, each bartender had to come up with cocktails on the spot. They could enter as many drinks as they liked and were judged purely on taste alone – not presentation. To make it a bit different this time round, as well as having the use of all the Contratto products, we selected a range of additional spirits the bartenders were allowed to use. These included  a bottle of Rives Special Gin, Rhum Clément Blanc, Château de Laubade Armagnac, 1615 Acholado Pisco and Pierde Almas Mezcal.

The ones to impress and judging the competition were Nick Bell (Amathus Retail Manager), Anja Cramer (owner of Contratto distillery) and Simon Epale (Bar member at Evans and Peel). The winning prize was a trip to Italy, home of Contratto, and all runners up received a bottle from the Contratto collection. Oh and a Contratto apron too!!





The competition was extremely high making it a very tough decision for our 3 judges. After a lot of backwards and forwards and re-tasting the cocktails, a decision was made. Drum roll, please…

In third place was Csaba Toth from Oblix Restuarant. Congratulations Csaba!

In second place was Giovanni Graiadei from The Blind Pig at Social Eating House. Congratulations Giovanni!

and in, first place and the lucky winner of the trip to Italy was…….

Filippo Brunelli from Ceviche in Soho. He stole the show with his signature cocktail made up of Contratto Fernet, 1615 Pisco Acholado, lime juice, ginger ale and Angostura Bitters. 


I’d just like to say a big thank you to Anja Cramer for hosting the Contratto masterclass and judging the cocktail competition. Thank you to our 2 other judges, Nick and Simon, well done boys and finally a huge thank you to Evans and Peel for letting us host the event at your amazing bar.

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our blog.

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