Two Bartenders, One Cocktail!

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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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The results are in…

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Following the Bank Holiday we spent Wednesday, 4th May, in Liverpool for the Bobby’s Collins Cocktail Competition final. Hidden down a back street, in a fabulous basement bar was where all the action took place – Jenny’s Bar.

So just to re-cap – in the run-up to the final we selected 12 lucky finalists from a long list of entries who would battle it out on the day to win a trip to the Bobby’s Gin Distillery in the Netherlands.

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The competition kick started at 2 o’clock with each of our finalists making and presenting their cocktail to our panel of esteemed judges, who were looking for an original interpretation of the classic, Tom Collins Cocktail, the only rule being the use of 35ml of Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin. Cocktails were judged on taste, presentation and originality. Everyone brought their A game and the competition was on!

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Once each contestant had presented their cocktails to the judges it was decision time. Who would be the one to wow us all with their Tom Collins? After a lot of back and forth the judges agreed and all that was left to do was to announce who’d won.

So without further ado, the winner of the 2016 Bobby’s Collins Cocktail Competition was Will Meredith from The Black Cat Cocktail Bar at El Gato Negro, Manchester. He stole the show with his 15 Hour Collins Cocktail, made with Bobby’s Gin (of course), cubeb pepper infused lemon juice, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Jerry Thomas Bitters and homemade orange and lemongrass soda. Spot on!

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I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the competition and also to our 4 judges, job well done. Special thanks also goes to Jenny’s Bar for letting us take over your bar and for being such brilliant hosts. What a fantastic day!

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Cocktails in the City

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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Reawakening the spirit of Scotland’s rugged North Shore

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Just over 2 weeks ago we saw the arrival of our new agency whisky, Wolfburn. This was a very exciting time for us, not only to have this wonderful whisky added to our portfolio but also because it’s a brand new single malt whisky, fresh to the market. This doesn’t happen a lot in the whisky world, so you can imagine how ecstatic we were to be given the honour of distributing Wolfburn throughout the UK.

So here’s a bit of background for you:

In 2011 the founders of Wolfburn Single Malt Whisky travelled to Thurso in Caithness, in search of the old Wolfburn distillery. All that remained was the flow of water that once fed the mash tun and stills many years ago. The team were convinced that if the water was still there, then the whisky could be too. In May 2012, the purchase of the land was finalised. By January 2013 the new Wolfburn distillery was complete and on Burns Night, a cask of Wolfburn Whisky – the first for nearly 150 years – was laid down in Thurso.

 

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Using unpeated malt, master distiller Shane Fraser and his team have crafted the latest incarnation of Wolfburn Whisky from a blank canvas by pot still distillation, the old way; no automation, no rush and a lot of care. Aged in Spanish and American oak casks, Wolfburn Single Malt Whisky is wonderfully unique in flavour. It’s light and fragrant with aromas of fruit, malt and a hint of peat. It’s sweet and nutty on the pallet, leaving a pleasant flavour of smoke in the mouth.

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As well as the Single Malt bottle there is also the Inaugural release. Crafted from the very first casks from the new Wolfburn distillery, it’s truly something for collectors and connoisseurs. Limited in number to 875 bottles (100 for the UK market), each individually numbered and engraved, and presented in a hand-made oak box.

The whisky inside was selected by Shane Fraser specifically to become Wolfburn’s first. Using long fermentation, long slow distillation, and matured in hand-selected casks, it is genuinely something very very special.


 

Since its release on the 14th March, Wolfburn Whisky has already taken the market by storm and is fast becoming a whisky that everyone is talking about. From articles in Harpers Food & Drink Magazine to fantastic reviews from the likes of Dave Broom, a very well-known writer in the whisky world. Scoring it an 8/10 and branding it ‘one to watch’, Broom adds ‘I’ve been impressed with Wolfburn’s quality from the word go and this doesn’t disappoint.’

To read the full review, please visit bit.ly/wolfburn.

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If you require anymore information on any of the two products, please visit our website or pop in to your nearest Amathus store.

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Easy Spring Cocktail Ideas

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It’s Spring time, the sun is out (well kind of) and it’s definitely the start of better times to come. As we leave the dark and miserable winter weather behind us, we can start to emerge from our hibernation and begin spending more time outside.

When the sun’s out, there’s only one thing that springs to mind.. a BBQ! So if you haven’t whipped out the barbie already, I’m sure you’re checking your diary as we speak. With BBQ’s in mind, it’s time to turn your attentions away from the heavy reds and go for something that’s a bit lighter, fresher and crispier to drink. What else could be more fitting than a couple of cocktails?

So get your shakers at the ready, your cocktail making lessons start right here:


 

Elderflower Daiquiri

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Spice up your life!

Ingredients

35ml of Ron Barceló Gran Anejo
20ml of Joseph Cartron Elderflower Liqueur
5ml of Joseph Cartron Orange Curacao Liqueur
2-3 drops of pimento extract (or Tabasco)
15 ml of fresh lime juice
1/2 a bar spoon of white sugar
Pulp of 1/2 a passion fruit

Simply shake all the ingredients together then filter into a cocktail glass with a strainer. Decorate with half a passion fruit sprinkled with pimento. It’s fresh and fruity with a definite kick!


 

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GREEN NIGHTS
Cocktail making made easy!

Ingredients

35ml of Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin
20ml of Joseph Cartron Elderflower Liqueur
15ml of fresh lemon juice
2 slices of cucumber
3 basil leaves
1/2 a bar spoon of white sugar

Again shake all the ingredients together.. but be careful with this one, we don’t want to crush the ingredients. Once shaken filter into a rock glass with ice and garnish with a basil leaf and a couple of slices of cucumber.

Served with or without food, this cocktail is a great all-rounder, helping with that transition from Winter to Spring to Summer.


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MADEMOISELLE
Oh yes please!

Ingredients 

30 ml of Château du Breuil Calvados VSOP
20 ml of  Joseph Cartron N°7 Liqueur
20 ml of fresh lemon juice
20 ml of Teisseire Gomme Syrup
1 egg white

First of all don’t be alarmed by the egg, you don’t need to be a bartender to use them in a cocktail. So with this one, the same as the ones above, pour all the ingredients into a shaker. Shake then filter twice before pouring into a chilled cocktail glass. This is where your artistic skills come in, garnish it with a fan of green apples.


 

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One of your 5-a-day!

Ingredients

4 white Grapes
40ml of Joseph Cartron Eau-de-Vie de Poire Williams
20ml of  Joseph Cartron Crème de Pêche de Vigne
20ml of lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
2 coffee spoons of Madagascar Vanilla sugar

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous then this is the cocktail for you! Start by crushing the grapes in a shaker, add the rest of the ingredients, shake then pour into a large glass. Fill up the glass with crushed ice and garnish with a fresh vanilla pod and a skewer of white grapes.

For the best flavour, make sure you serve it immediately.


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PE PLUM
Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhum Agricole!

Ingredients

40 ml of Rhum J.M XO
15 ml of Joseph Cartron Crème de Mirabelle
20 ml of fresh lime juice
10 ml of barley water

Rum lovers, if you haven’t already, you need to try this Pe Plum cocktail. It’s fresh, lively and will certainly get everyone’s taste buds tingling! Once more, it’s easy to make and tastes fantastic. Simply pour all the ingredients over some crushed ice and for that added effect serve it in a Tiki style glass, like the one above. To garnish, you’ll need a bunch of mint, a slice of lime and a sprinkle of almonds. Delish!


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Think Gin 2016

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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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