Short Reads


London Cocktail Week

It’s London Cocktail Week time again – and we have a feeling that this year is going to be one for the books. Want to know why and where to find us? Read on…


Scientific Cherries

When Darcy O’Neil popped this recipe for real homemade maraschino cocktail cherries, we were all over it like felines on excessively-warmed metallic roofing.


Unlike London Bar Guide

Often we’re asked where one can find London’s top cocktails and finest barkeeps. Here, in a short video is the answer and some of our favourite drinkeries in this fair city.


WSJ: The Peat Racer

Here’s a simple two-part recipe from the WSJ to start our Boilermaker recipes rolling: a smokey beaut that balances the peaty strength of Laphroig with a bitter IPA.


Crown Maple Syrup

Tell me you don’t just want to pour this (in cinematic slow motion) all over a stack of fluffy pancakes, scattered with fresh seasonal fruits – or bacon, if that’s your thang…



We’ve been hunting lately for a new wine read, and this hefty hardback tome from the chaps at Tong Magazine seems to fit the bill pretty much perfectly.


Speakeasy iPad Book

The world of cocktail literature moves on strange tides. PDT’s Jim Meehan and Little Branch’s Joseph Schwartz have released a new tome for bartenders. And it’s entirely digital.


The Whistling Shop Emporium

Forget the old idea of history as a land of textbooks. Instead, picture a small room, good for about eight guests, where The History of Rum comes alive. And dives into a glass…

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Now, this is something we hope to see much more of: design brands, pairing up with alcoholic craftsmen to yield a product that glows right from packaging through to the liquid within.


Absolut x Gareth Pugh

Sometimes brand collaborations get it right. And sometimes they absolutely don’t. Which, then, is this new bat-ish Absolut pair-up with fashion designer Gareth Pugh?


Backporch Cold Brewed

Sidestepping the slight illusory sense of scale in this image, the growing trend for pre-bottled cold-brewed coffee has just gained another hero in our books.


Sharp and Dapper

For the active gentleman, with all that cocktail-shaking, hound-walking and other such rigorous gentlemanly pursuits, what is a chap to do to help keep one’s shirttails in place?


More School, More Booze

Warning: this post might get a little academic. But that’s okay because it will probably also get more drunk. You see, the higher your level of education the more you spend on booze.


Gucci Rubber Moccasins

Gucci. Rubber. Loafers. Yes, you read that right. But for working on an apocalyptic Friday behind the stick or cycling in this summer of rain, are these the best shoes ever?


A Case Study for the Panama Hat

As though it needed one, the Get Kempt boys have worked through a brief how-to on wearing a traditional Panama for the modern gentleman. Even in non-tropical climes.


Absolut Milk

On the whole, the new Absolut Blank campaign had us. But then the lovely cats over at Fubiz flagged Düsseldorf-based artist, Jørn. And Absolut just dropped a creative notch.


Shoe Town to Brew Town

Staunch advocates of alcohol’s positive social role, Shoe Town to Brew Town is an excellent example, combining economics and ecology with the craft beer trend. And all held in a brewery too.


Data Viz: World Class 2011

It’s hard to convey the sheer scale of Diageo’s World Class – or, at least it was. Created by designer Ben McQueen, take a peek at just what goes into finding the best bartender in the world.



This is the Martell Trunk. It’s designed by Pinel & Pinel. It’s absolutely beautiful. And we want one.


Mahiki Coconut Rum

There are times when anything less than an enormous Piña Colada, served in a hollowed out pineapple, would be frankly rude. Which is where Papa Jules’ new Mahiki Coconut Rum enters the game.


Campari x Romero Britto

The fourth bottle in Campari’s 150th anniversary limited edition label run, sees Romero Britto follow in the footsteps of AVAF, Tobias Rehberger and Vanessa Beacroft.


Lucky Peach

You know all about David Chang’s much hyped Lucky Peach quarterly already – but forget the hype. Tomorrow is June 22nd… and you know what that means.