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Sheffield Lad Goes All Victorian Down Under

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

You may or may not have heard of Jason Crawley, the Sheffield born lad who has achieved wonderful things within the global drinks industry. Without spending an age listing his entire life’s work, it is suffice to say that over the last twenty years he has been involved in a very diverse range of international bar operations, has worked for the likes of (ex)drinks giant Maxxium and has pioneered award winning bartender training programs across Europe, the US and Asia. Since 2000, he has resided in Australia (the lucky devil) and is now a very successful entrepreneur with a host of awards and accolades (not Adelaide!) .

His latest endeavor involves a 200 year old Victorian drawing of a cocktail shaker machine entitled “The Imperial Cocktail Shaker” (functional as opposed to imaginative!). These records were found in some form of antiquated document and it has been Jason’s “lifelong aspiration to finally get the shaker ready to view and sell”.

The machine is simple to operate, users crank the handle on the front of the device and pistons get the four shakers attached to the top move up and down and side to side to mix your cocktail ingredients together. These contraptions are pretty intimidating,  six-foot tall in stature and constructed from powder-coated cast iron with solid brass fittings. The astute amongst you may have connected the dots and realised the materials used are strongly linked to Crawley’s Sheffield heritage – his Grandfather used to work in the steel plants of yesteryear.

Jason describes the shakers as the “finest in elegant Victorian antiquity, craftsmanship and high-end luxurious addition for those who choose the fine and rare things in life“. A bold statement but one that is probably justifiable! If you class yourself as someone who “likes to drink in the fanciest way possible”, again Jason’s words, please don’t get too excited just yet! Only twelve have been produced and they have already been sold (except one which has been donated to the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans).

However, we are following this closely and will be reporting on any further developments. All this talk of cocktails has given us all a dry mouth and, what with World Margarita Day on the 22nd of Feb, we have devised something very special for all you cocktail aficionados out there. It is with the enthusiasm of Mr. Crawley that I present to you our brand new range of Complete Cocktail Kits!

These are easy one click bundles that provide you with all the alcohol required to create a delicious cocktail. What’s even better is that all these kits are offered to you at a discount when compared to buying the products individually – convenience and value for money all in one neat little bundle!

We decided to launch the new range with a selection of margarita recipes;

Classic Margarita

Catalina Margarita

Highland Margarita

Melon Margarita

Please click through and have a look at what each kit contains – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

The King Is Dead, Long Live The King

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The cocktail resurgence is blooming at an exponential rate in the UK with an estimated 6% of all spirits purchased being drank in a cocktail. Although a great many classic cocktails are vodka based (Cosmopolitan, Bloody Mary), you would be forgiven for trampling this spirit underfoot as you clamber forward to marvel at one of the of  the gin/rum based infusions that are dominating the scene. It seems that the old stalwart has fallen by the wayside and is it any wonder? If you mix it with coke then you taste coke, if you mix it with red bull ….. you get the idea! By its very nature, gins production offers lots of scope to introduce different flavours through the use of botanicals  and rum has seen an explosion in popularity amongst the young and trendy, spawning and influx of sweet, spiced and flavoured varieties. So, that’s it then, vodka is dead and buried.

I wouldn’t count on it! Vodka has an amazing knack of adapting to new trends – just look at a few of the new flavoured vodka products that have been released recently;

Square One Cucumber Vodka Organic

Belvedere Blood Mary Vodka

Absolut Berri Acai Vodka

Skyy Infusions Raspberry Vodka

This is just the tip of an ever expanding list of vodkas that are adapting to their fluid climate like a chameleon; those lizards have been around for millions of years! Of the 171 new vodkas that were released last year, 122 of them were flavoured or blended. That is certainly a telling sign that this spirit has reacted to its more flavoursome cousins and has re-positioned itself accordingly. If you look over the pond to our American cousins then you will see that the vodka industry has experienced growth for the 17th consecutive year – that is pretty impressive considering the global recession! The US has also spawned a trend of savoury flavoured vodkas – bacon being amongst the most bizarre! Whilst this is not yet en trend here in the UK, don’t be surprised if we end up following suit, even if it is in a more typically reserved British fashion. A case in point would be Black Cow Vodka. The brain child of Jason Barber, a dairy farmer from Dorset, this full strength vodka is made from milk of all things! To some that may sounds like a stomach churning drink (it did to me to begin with) but I can assure you it is very smooth, creamy and delicious!

I’m not saying by any means that you should be discounting gin, rum or any other spirit. There are some wonderful innovations occurring across the board, many driven by the cocktail boom, that are worthy of your attention. Just do not make the mistake of thinking that vodka is a thing of the past, as it is constantly changing to meet the needs of today’s market. After all, their is no better blank canvas to create the cocktails from – the Cosmopolitan and its ilk are called classics for a reason you know!


Cinnamon Liqeur – Smirnoff Gold

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
New Smirnoff Liquer
Summer Blues or Winter Warm Up


Summer is fading to a distant memory but you can hang on to that Summery feeling with this tall drink made from Smirnoff’s new liqueur. With a hint of warming cinnamon however, this liqueur is also useful for warming up when the cold inevitably hits!

Apple Bite Gold:

Mix Smirnoff Gold with apple juice and lemonade and serve in a tall glass with ice = Instant Summer Feeling!

Buy Smirnoff Gold Here

Christmas Wine & Spirits Show 2011

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

We are holding a tasting of over 150 different wines, whisky, rums, liqueurs and other spirits.
A tasting not to be missed:

Thursday, November 3rd 6.30pm -9pm

The Falmouth Beach Hotel
Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Tickets £10 per person*
Refundable when you place an order for £40 or more on the night.

Entrance by ticket only.

Tickets available on 01326340226

Mozart Chocolate Bitters.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Mozart Distillerie, a family run business, has produced traditional Austrian spirits in Salzburg since 1954. For the past 30 years they have specialised in the production of chocolate spirits and have come to be recognised as the experts in this field.

’Nick Gillett, Mangrove, comments:”Mozart has always been synonymous with amazing chocolate based products. Mozart Chocolate Bitters is no exception with a strong dark chocolate flavour prevalent. It is an excellent addition to an already outstanding range.”
Mozart Chocolate Bitters were created by the Mozart Distillerie during an elaborate and very creative session with bartenders, trade professionals and their own in-house master distiller, Mr. Dietmar Fadinger. With the single aim of creating ‘the first chocolate bitters that tastes like real chocolate.’
Mozart Chocolate Bitters
Mozart Chocolate Bitters use barrel aged cocoa macerate as the base for the product. The distinct taste of chocolate is completed by natural aroma extracts from spices such as nutmeg (only natural ingredients are used). The special storage of the concentrate emphasises the intense taste of all ingredients. The alcohol base is a fine sugar cane distillate.