5 Minutes of RUM!

5 Minutes of Rum

If you love rum you need to listen to “5 Minutes of Rum” – which is notes of rum, 5 minutes at a time. It`s a great podcast that is just starting out and episode 5 is just out. You can find it on the web – here – and then you can also find it on itunes if type in “5 minutes of rum”.

It`s made by Kevin Upthegrove aka heylownine and it´s a great podcast and who doesn´t have five minutes for rum?

The five episodes are these and talks about:

Episode 1 - 

Barbados (wikipedia) Plantation rum -  Plantation Grande Reserve 5 years  - Ministry of Rum

OXO citrus squeezer - Beachbum Berry - Grog Log - Beachbum Berry Remixed


Episode 2 - 

Regional variations of rum - Don Q Cristal - Syrup bottles (Cost Plus)

Google search for history of the Daiquiri


Episode 3 - 

Regional variations of rum - Solera - Coruba rum - Coruba Dark Jamaican rum: Ministry of Rum –

A Mountain of Crushed Ice passion fruit recipe - BG Reynolds passion fruit syrup

- Monin passion fruit syrup - Beachbum Berry Remixed - Trader Vic’s Tiki Party


Episode 4 - 

Microdistillery (wikipedia) - Portland’s Distillery Row - House Spirits

Photos of House Spirits (Flickr) - Smuggler’s Cove Triumverate Rum

Old Fashioned Glass (wikipedia) - Aeration of wine


Episode 5 - 

Rhum Agricole (wikipedia) - Rhum Agricole - Martinique (wikipedia)

Martinique AOC specification - Rhum JM - ‘Ti Punch @ RumDood.com


So go and check it out! it only takes 5 minutes per episode! and you learn a lot plus there´s recipes on the website.

2013 Tales of The Cocktail Nominations! is here!


2013 Tales of The Cocktail Nominations! is here!

Tales of The Cocktail is America’s largest annual cocktail festival that brings together the best in the industry from all over the world for a week-long conference, celebration, and gathering. The 11th Annual Tales of The Cocktail and Spirited Awards take place in New Orleans, July 17-21, 2013.

Here are the nominations:

Best Cocktail Writing – Author

  • Dan Priseman
  • Derek Brown
  • Gary Regan
  • Geoff Kleinman (Drink Spirits)
  • Ian Cameron
  • Jenny Adams
  • Naren Young
  • Paul Clarke
  • Philip Duff
  • Robert Simonson

American Bartender of the Year

  • Charles Joly-The Aviary-Chicago, Illinois
  • Eric Alperin-The Varnish-Los Angeles, California
  • Erick Castro-Polite Provisions-San Diego, California
  • Ivy Mix-Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
  • Jack McGarry- The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York
  • John Lermayer-Regent Cocktail Club-Miami, Florida
  • Leo Robitschek-The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York
  • Naren Young-Saxon + Parole, The Daily-New York, New York
  • Sean Kenyon-Williams & Graham-Denver, Colorado
  • Steve Schneider-Employees Only-New York, New York

Best American Brand Ambassador

  • Amanda Boccato- Lillet
  • Diego Loret de Mola-Barsol Pisco
  • Elayne Duff-Diageo Portfolio
  • Gardner Dunn-Yamazaki
  • Gaston Martinez-Milagro Tequila
  • Jackie Patterson-Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • Jamie Gordon-Absolut Vodka
  • Neyah White-Yamazaki
  • Nick van Tiel-Beefeater Gin and Plymouth Gin
  • Todd Richman- Sidney Frank Portfolio

Best American Cocktail Bar

  • Anvil-Houston, Texas
  • Booker and Dax-New York, New York
  • canon: whiskey and bitters emporium- Seattle, Washington
  • Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
  • Cure-New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Prizefighter-Emeryville, California
  • The Barrelhouse Flat-Chicago, Illinois
  • The Broken Shaker-Miami, Florida
  • The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts
  • William & Graham-Denver, Colorado

Best Bar Mentor

  • Bridget Albert-Chicago, Illinois
  • Charlotte Voisey- New York, New York
  • Dushan Zaric-Los Angeles, California
  • Francesco Lafranconi-Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jackson Cannon-Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jason Crawley-Sydney, Australia
  • Julie Reiner-Brooklyn, New York
  • Julio Bermejo-San Francisco, California
  • Sven Almenning-Sydney, Australia
  • Wayne Collins-London, United Kingdom

Best Cocktail Writing – Publication

  • Australian Bartender Magazine
  • Bar Magazine Digital
  • BarChick
  • Barlife UK
  • DiffordsGuide.com
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
  • Imbibe Magazine
  • Sauce Magazine
  • ShakeStir.com
  • The Cocktail Lovers Magazine

Best High Volume Cocktail Bar

  • Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
  • Flatiron Lounge-New York, New York
  • Harvard and Stone-Los Angeles, California
  • Macao Trading Co.-New York, New York
  • Polite Provisions-San Diego, California
  • Sable Kitchen and Bar-Chicago, Illinois
  • Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York
  • Vesper Bar-Las Vegas, Nevada

Best International Brand Ambassador

  • Claire Smith-Belvedere Vodka
  • Colin Asare-Appiah-Bacardi Portfolio
  • David Cordoba-Bacardi Portfolio
  • Dean Monkey Callan-Monkey Shoulder Whisky
  • Giuseppe Gallo-Martini
  • Ian Burrell-Rum Ambassador
  • Jacob Briars-Bacardi Portfolio
  • Max Warner-Chivas Regal
  • Raj Nagra-Bombay Gins
  • Stephen Myers-Illegal Mezcal

Best New Book (Cocktail/Bartending)

  • 1806 Cocktails:  World History as Seen Through the Bottom of a Glass by Nick Reed
  • Craft Cocktails by Brian Van Flandern
  • Diffordsguide Gin book by DiffordsGuide.com
  • Drinks by Tony Conigliaro
  • Edible Cocktails:  Garden to Glass by Natalie Bovis
  • Gin:  A Global History by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
  • Sanctuaria, The Dive Bar of Cocktails by Matt Seiter
  • The Tequila Ambassador by Tomas Estes
  • To Have and Have Another:  A Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Philip Greene
  • Vodka Distilled by Tony Abou-Ganim

Best New Product

  • Bartender’s Choice iPhone App
  • Cana Brava Rum
  • Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters
  • Dorothy Parker Gin
  • Filthy Black Cherry
  • Fords Gin
  • H by Hine VSOP
  • Imbue Petal and Thorn
  • Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • Tequila Cabeza

Best Restaurant Bar

  • Gwynnett St-Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Imperial by Chef Vitaly Paley-Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Island Creek Oyster Bar-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen- San Francisco, California, USA
  • No. 9 Park-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Oak at fourteenth-Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Oven & Shaker-Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York, USA
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York, USA
  • The Roosevelt-Sydney, Australia

International Bartender of the Year

  • Andrea Montague-Callooh Callay-London, United Kingdom
  • Carina Soto Velasquez-Candelaria-Paris, France
  • Hidetsugu Ueno-Bar High Five- Tokyo, Japan
  • Jack McGarry-The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • Jamie Bourdreau-cannon:  whiskey and bitter-Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Marian Beke-The Nightjar-London, United Kingdom
  • Misty Kalkofen-Brick & Mortar-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Naren Young- Saxon + Parole, The Daily-New York, New York, USA
  • Simone Caporale-Artesian Bar at the Langham-London, United Kingdom
  • Zdenek Kastanek-28 Hong Kong Street- Singapore

World’s Best Cocktail Bar

  • 28 Hong Kong Street-Singapore
  • Black Pearl-Melbourne, Australia
  • Callooh Callay-London, United Kingdom
  • Candelaria-Paris, France
  • Clover Club-New York, New York, USA
  • Death and Co.-New York, New York, USA
  • Drink-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Milk and Honey-New York, New York, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The Varnish-Los Angeles, California, USA

World’s Best Cocktail Menu

  • 28 Hong Kong Street-Singapore
  • 69 Colebrooke Row-London, United Kingdom
  • American Bar at the Savoy-London, United Kingdom
  • Black Pearl-Melbourne, Australia
  • cannon:  whiskey and bitters emporium-Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Pouring Ribbons-New York, New York, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • The Nightjar-London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Drink Selection

  • cannon:  whiskey and bitters emporium-Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Cure-New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • DaddyO-New York, New York, USA
  • Eau de Vie-Melbourne, Australia, USA
  • Mayahuel-New York, New York, USA
  • Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York, USA
  • Seven Grand-Los Angeles, California, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Whistling Shop-London, United Kingdom

World’s Best Hotel Bar

  • Beaufort Bar at the Savoy-London, United Kingdom
  • Black Angels Bar-Prague, Czech Republic
  • Clyde Common-Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Regent Cocktail Club-Miami, Florida, USA
  • Sable Kitchen and Bar-Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York, USA
  • The Zetter Townhouse-London, United Kingdom
  • Vesper Bar-Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Widder Bar-Zurich, Switzerland

World’s Best New Cocktail Bar

  • Bar Le Coq-Paris, France
  • Broken Shaker-Miami, Florida, USA
  • Bulletin Place-Sydney, Australia
  • Experimental Cocktail Club-New York, New York, USA
  • Polite Provisions-San Diego, California, USA
  • Pouring Ribbons-New York, New York, USA
  • The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
  • The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York, USA
  • Trick Dog-San Francisco, California, USA

The Tales of The Cocktail Spirited Awards will be given out on July 20th in New Orleans.

Old English Gin

Here´s a real nice gin which i`ve had the pleasure of reviewing – the Old English Gin.

This Old English Gin is made from a 1783 recipe, distilling eleven botanicals in Angela, the oldest pot still being used in England today. And by using recycled bottles, organic sealing and silk printed labels, all as they did back in 1783, we are reinvigorating the way English Gin was made and distributed back then.


When i look at the bottle it reminds me of a bottle of champagne and the cork is sealed with black wax. The dark green glass with engraved old style beautiful writing in white instead of a paper label makes for a distinct and elegant style. It`s distilled and bottled in England by Hammer & Son Ltd.

This gin is pure old pot still and it has a deep flavor that is full bodied and round with a sharp but pleasant bite and a burst of botanical aromas backed up by that distinct gin juniper flavor without being too junipery, or at least that´s what my taste buds tell me.

I first did meet Henrik Hammer back in 2010 in New Orleans just when he had launched his first gin the Geranium gin which is a handcrafted London Dry gin with the addition of geranium which adds a delicate “flowery” aroma – and now i have in my hands here this beautiful bottle of Old English Gin.

Well, i actually tasted it already at a cocktail competition which well…worked as an appetizer…:-) but now i have it here to try out in a couple of mixed drinks and it´s nothing but a pleasure to work with.

The nose is very light with a hint of botanicals, juniper and citrus and in the mouth it has a fiery kick that comes with an explosion of flavors…but it´s not harsh, it´s smooth and very tasty.

This is quality stuff!

I made 3 drinks with it, Gin Julep,  Key Lime Martini and then i created a drink of my own which i call St Barth, with pineapple juice which btw i found to pair extremely well with the Old English Gin.

 Old English Gin Julep

2 oz (6 cl) Old English Gin

1 oz (3 cl) Curacao Liqueur (i used Ferrands Dry Curacao)

1 oz (3 cl) fresh lime juice

Large sprig of mint

Dash of club soda to top

Gently muddle mint leafs and Curacao and shake with gin. Double strain over crushed ice and top with club soda. Garnish with mint and fruits of the season.

This drink has the typical julep flavor but with the herbal aromas of the Old English gin with it´s distinct aroma, you can`t go wrong with it!

St Barth

2 oz ( (6 cl) Old English Gin

0.75 oz (2 cl) fresh lime juice

0.5 oz (1.5 cl) pineapple juice

0.5 oz (1.5 cl) St Germain

Dash sugarcane syrup

Shake together and strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a white sugar rim. Garnish with speared pineapple chunk and a small sprig of mint.

The combination of Old English gin, pineapple, lime and St Germain creates a tropical summer flavor that i found irresistible!

Key Lime Martini

1 oz (3 cl) Old English Gin

0.75 oz ( 2 cl) Grand Marnier

1 oz (3 cl) fresh lime juice (key limes if you have)

0.5 oz (1.5 cl) sugarcane syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe rimmed with dark brown molasses. Garnish with a lime peel in the glass.

This is a light summer drink with a hint of orange and the dark molasses rim adds a very pleasant and interesting aroma.

I think i got the Old English gin just right in time when the spring is here and the summer is on the way so i can make plenty of these nice summer drinks! at the same time the Old English Gin is very distinct and has enough fire to keep you warm during the fall and winter.

My conclusion is that this is an outstanding and versatile quality gin well worth adding to the bar or home bar. It def gets thumbs up from me!