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Category: Cocktails

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The Nightcap: 25 May

Happy Friday, team! It’s a wrap on the week that was, which means we have another edition of The Nightcap for you! Read on for news of distillery developments, brilliant new bars, and intriguing product developments…

It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday… (you’re welcome for the earworm). It’s time to down tools for the weekend and reflect on another seven days in drinks.

Before we crack on with The Nightcap proper, let’s recall another stellar week on the blog. On Monday we got set for the Chelsea Flower Show with Annie’s round-up of deliciously floral whiskies – whether plants are your thing or not, it’s a sublime list of sunny-day sippers. Then on Tuesday we were VERY excited. We got to share a sneak peek inside Macallan’s new distillery following our secret visit back in April. It’s definitely one to add to the bucket list!
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Categories : Cocktails, Competitions, Gin, Irish Whiskey, News, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila
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The Nightcap: 18 May

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here – and with it we’ve got another edition of The Nightcap! Read on for your handy digest of the week’s biggest booze news, all in one useful place!

It’s Friday, folks! Congratulations on making it through another week. It’s been a busy one in the world of all things sippable, so we suggest you get comfy, pour yourself a dram/G&T/anything else that takes your fancy, and join us as we recall another busy seven days in drinks.
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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Toast the royal wedding! We reimagine the Royal Family as cocktails

Charge your glasses and ready your bunting, folks – the royal wedding is officially upon us! To mark the occasion in the only way we know how, we’ve reimagined 10 of the royal family as cocktail serves. Enjoy!

For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention (and apologies if you’ve been hiding from it all), tomorrow Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and Meghan Markle, actor and activist, will wed at Windsor Castle in what promises to be one of the most quintessentially British shindigs of the entire year.

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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Vermouth, Vodka, Whisky
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Science your way to a heavenly whisky Highball

Whisky Highball

No matter how devoted to the dram, pragmatic drinkers will admit there’s little joy in warm whisky on a baking hot day. Let London’s top bartenders equip you with expert tips and tricks to finesse your summer BBQ staple: the whisky Highball.

As the mercury rises in the UK, our thoughts turn to park picnics, beach BBQs and other sun-kissed gatherings. Straight whisky and searing heat do not happy bedfellows make, so honing your Highball technique is imperative.

The good news? You don’t need loads of fancy kit to craft this super-simple apéritif. “You can make a Highball anywhere, from your own kitchen to the fanciest bar you can imagine,” says Sean Fennelly, head of Fitz’s bar at The Principal hotel. “It should be as satisfying in your local pub as it would be from the American Bar at The Savoy.”
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Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Japanese Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 11 May

Folks, it’s Friday! And it’s been another busy one in the world of drinks. Thank goodness then for The Nightcap, a handy round-up of boozy goings on in one easily sippable digestif!

This week we have news of a rather exciting Game of Thrones/whisky tie-up, awards galore from Spirit of Speyside, a bold new bottle design and a Tabasco sauce update. Oh yes!

But first, we must recap the week that was, and for us on the UK it was a short one after the Early May Bank Holiday! So after a Monday snooze, on Tuesday we caught up with Cara Laing, director of whisky at independent bottler Douglas Laing, as the family-owned company marks its 70th anniversary. Then it was all about The Glenlivet on Wednesday, as the Speyside distillery revealed the results of a dabbling in Cognac cask finishing. We also checked in with the team at Scarfes Bar, London – the new recent history-inspired menu is sure to be a hit.
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Categories : American Whiskey, Beer, Cocktails, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Caricatures and cocktails: Scarfes Bar shakes it up with new menu

Scarfes Bar

Master of Malt travelled to Scarfes Bar to speak to bar manager Martin Siska and head bartender Greg Almeida about how they and their dynamic bar team brought together mixology magic and mischievous artwork to create this year’s menu…

What’s better than art? Art that incorporates alcohol – that’s what. Which is precisely what inspired the team at Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood Hotel, London when developing the 2018 cocktail menu.

It’s a creative take on pop culture with 18 crafty creations based on the satirical work of the bar’s namesake, renowned British artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe. Presented in the style of a beautifully vandalised copy of The Bartender’s Handbook of Fancy Cocktails & Concoctions, the new menu features drinks inspired by key cultural figures and events in recent British history from 2001 to 2018.
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The Nightcap: 27 April

A record-breaking Macallan sale, a new Islay distillery, the star bartenders of the future and… the world’s finest cucumber specimens?! It can only be The Nightcap!

We often get excited about the goings on in The Nightcap. Booze is a bustling sector and there’s always a plethora of news and views to round up the week that was. But today… well! It’s the chunkiest Nightcap yet. Best pour yourself a dram, cosy up, and we’ll get stuck in.

So what’s been going down over on the blog? We wished Benromach a happy 20th anniversary and checked out its commemorative bottling, and then hightailed it up to London to mark St George’s Day with English whisky pioneer, Bimber. On Wednesday we took an in-depth look at GlenAllachie’s first releases under Billy Walker’s stewardship, and even got the man himself on the phone to chat distillery developments. Speaking of distilleries, we also checked in with Ian Stirling, co-founder of Port of Leith Distillery, one of the three in the race to become Edinburgh’s first single malt maker in over a century. Then there was the small matter of Jameson’s first cask-strength whiskey

And as The Nightcap shows, that’s a mere drop on the ocean when it comes to booze news this week! Here we go…
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Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky
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The Nightcap: 13 April

Friday the 13th is unlucky for some, but not here at MoM Towers. We’ve got a treat of a Nightcap coming your way to round off the week!

As usual, it’s been a busy seven days in Drinks Land. Over on the blog this week we’ve brought you news of Jameson’s record-breaking year, a tour of English gin distilleries, and what could be the world’s largest Japanese whisky tasting. Plus, we announced the winner of our Esker Honey Spiced Gin ‘catshun competishunzz’ – congrats to our victor and six runners-up!

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Categories : American Whiskey, Cocktails, Cognac, News, Scotch Whisky, Vodka, Whisky
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The Nightcap: 6 April

We’ve made it, folks. Friday is here, bringing with it the weekend, and of course, this week’s Nightcap. It’s been an indulgent week in the world of booze, and we’ve got tales of travel, luxury imbibing and even a 150-year-old whisky coming right up for you.

But! The Nightcap simply cannot proceed without us casting our minds back to last Sunday. Ahhhh, Easter. A time for friends, family, chocolate, and revealing new distilleries, if you’re part of Team MoM! But the announcement was not all it seemed

After all those high jinks, we unveiled the contents of April’s Dram Club, celebrated being named Best Online Retailer by the British Bourbon Society (thanks, all!), and chatted with Andy Watts, the mastermind behind the beaut that is Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky. Oh, and we caught wind of a new collaboration between Jim Beam and Budweiser. Told you it was a big week, and we’ve not even got started on The Nightcap properly yet…
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Categories : Beer, Cocktails, Gin, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Story time at the Savoy: Snapshots with Terry O’Neill

American Bar

As new cocktail menu ‘Every Moment Tells a Story’ launches at the American Bar at the Savoy, MoM speaks to bar manager Declan McGurk to learn about its formation, and hears from Terry O’Neill, the man whose photographs inspired the drinks.

It may have been established in 1889, but the longest-surviving cocktail bar in London, The American Bar at the Savoy, has demonstrated time and time again that it’s more than simply a classic name. Voted The World’s Best Bar in 2017 and Hotel Bar of the Year at the Class Bar Awards 2018, on 3 April it will release a new cocktail menu based around the era-defining black and white images that line the bar’s walls.

These pictures are all examples of legendary British photographer Terry O’Neill’s work. A key figure in pop culture since the 1960s, the man himself was invited to the American Bar to celebrate the menu’s launch. He spent the morning, as bar manager Declan McGurk put it, ‘regaling us with some yarns’… and these really are some yarns. He’s more raconteur than photographer these days, with endless stories to tell and plenty of names to drop. Rock stars, royalty and all manner of icons from stage and screen have stood the other side of his lens.

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Categories : Cocktails, News
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