Short Reads


Vodkafest: An Apology

Sigh. You know there’s something awry in the world when people can’t take a joke… Especially when they drink for a living. You all got the Vodkafest gag, right?


Celery Slipper

We’re generally against flogging cocktail recipes, but this brief, delicious-looking video from Jamie Bodreau deserves a little attention.


Bottled Aged Cocktails

For those who want to step into the world of vintage cocktails without the hard work, The Handmade Cocktail Company’s pre-bottled aged classics might be the answer.


Eating Through Your Ears

Does music affect the way you taste? Does volume change your perception of flavour? New research defines the relationship between music and our enjoyment of food.


Scientists Find Alcohol Gene

Those wise bods over at KCL and Imperial have just published some intriguing research pinning down the gene linked to how we regulate our booze intake.


The Selby: Tony C

Bare minutes after we finished interviewing Tony C for our inaugural Chaser article, the marvellous Todd Selby put this little beauty online.


How To Be A Gentleman

Mr Porter bring on board John Bridges and his inimitable collection of Gentleman’s guides, to protect the modern gent from stumbling into any of society’s innumerable etiquette pot-holes.



Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails is an all women’s classic cocktail society. Their mission: to breed, raise, and release cocktails that are endangered or even believed to be extinct.


Idler Academy

Like Central London’s fabulous School of Life – but with more of a sense of humour. The new Idler Academy ticks a few of The Boilermaker’s favourite boxes.


Suitcase Liquor Cabinet

If one of those lim-ed Perrier Jouet Dandy Bags wasn’t enough for you, then how’s this vintage Brooklyn flea market suitcase, converted into a fully-functioning back-bar?


Coffee Common

A selection of caffeine artisans have formed a collective called Coffee Common; coming together with the singular goal to proselytize the simple truths of great coffee.

Breast Milk Ice Cream

As molecular gastronomy and mixology join the standard stable of techniques, some fabulous flavours and pairing are coming to light. But none perhaps more bizarre than breast milk ice-cream.


Alcohol Minimum Pricing

There’s been a big brouhaha here in the UK over the government’s plans to enforce minimum pricing on booze. The Guardian Datablog puts the them into perspective.


Master Chart of Influence

If you’ve ever wondered what and who influences the hipsters and fashionistas drinking beside you, then take a moment to ponder this little infographic from the WSJ.


Baby Trashes Bar

We were going to come up with something suitably pithy for this fantastic trailer/viral that sees an increasingly inebriated infant take down a bar full of marionettes. But why mess with perfection?



Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. And when that fire is fuelled by a bottle or three of bubbles, this is the beast you need to reach for.


Glenmorangie Finealta

Modern Heritage hits the big whisky houses as the folks over at Glenmorangie release their latest expression: Glenmorangie Finealta.


F.A.T. Supperclub

So technically more foodie than boozy, nonetheless we have to give a wee nod to our friends over at F.A.T. and this, their inaugural supperclub.


Tokyo Bay DIY Watch

There’s no excuse for being late. And this little DIY military watch number from Tokyo Bay takes the punctual biscuit. Talk about the perfect Christmas gift coming early.


Sroop Sunar: The Golden Glassy

The lovely folks over at UAL – the University of Arts London – just popped us some info about a new exhibition launching next week of Sroop Sunar’s Anglo-Asian re-envisioning of the humble English pub sign.


Matthieu Forichon for Lillet

Sort of how we’d imagine those iconic Wallpaper* illustrations would have looked in the 1930s, Lillet’s new brand campaign by the French designer, Matthieu Forichon, are a step in the modern direction.


Grandma’s Weapon Grade Ginger

What’s better than ginger beer? Why, booze and ginger beer of course. And what’s better than booze and ginger? The natural answer must surely be: boozey ginger beer. And ‘natural’ is the right word.


What To Pack?

Whether you’re a photographer, bartender, novelist or general homme du monde, getting one’s carry-on luggage down pat, is a vital skill in today’s international age.