Don’t leave it to your iPod shuffle to dictate the mood of your soirée, take time to curate your own playlist. We asked lounge loving DJ Johnny Vercoutre to pick out his top ten tracks to sip cocktails to.
On the record
Johnny says: “Nothing gets your cocktail party going more than creating the right atmosphere. Pick up a vintage record player cheaply on eBay.”
On the drinks front
Obviously we don’t advocate pairing each record to the suggested drink, that would be irresponsible madness – these are purely suggestions for what you could serve during your party.
If you missed Speed Rack UK last year, promise us you won’t make that rookie error again. Why would you want to miss out on the biggest, best and pardon us for being lewd, the boobiest party in town?
Check this: not only does your ticket guarantee you banging tunes, complimentary cocktails and a selection of punch all evening (yes, really and they’re good ones too), you’ll get to see some of the fastest, freshest, feistiest female bar tending talent in the UK as they show off their skills making cocktails against the clock.
Great drinks, nail-biting rounds, pumping soundtrack, a fantastic crowd – all-in-all it’s onehelluva event. And here’s the clincher: every penny of your ticket price goes to support The Haven, our favouritest breast cancer charity in the whole wide world.
Speed Rack UK takes place 7-10pm on Monday 23 June at Oval Space, Bethnal Green. Tickets are £15 in advance, £20 at the door. Seriously, that’s the cost of two cocktails – what are you waiting for?
With big thanks to sponsors St. Germain, Belvedere, Four Roses, Auchentoshan, Bacardi, Excellia Tequila, G’Vine, Luxardo, Martini and Rossi, Del Maguey, Courvoisier, Galliano, Koko Kanu, June Liqueur, Le Quintinye Vermouth Royal, Peter F. Heering Company, Cointreau – you guys rock!
“Don’t think outside the box, think curious”. That was Charlie
Harry Francis’ advice to the 14 bartenders competing in this
year’s Bombay Sapphire World’s Most Imaginative Bartender
global finals. Which would have been easy to dismiss if Harris
wasn’t the affable, very inspiring, top-hat toting curious mind
behind experimental food company, Lick Me I’m Delicious.
Not that our finalists needed much help in the imagination department. Each of them had already proved they were more right-side brain creative thinkers than logical left-side brain types by securing their places in the finals. Like Charlie went on to say, curiosity unlocks creativity – which was a characteristic we witnessed in spades during the five-day competition.
Licor 43 has been on our radar for a little while now but nipping over to its beautiful home in sunny Alicante taught us one or two more things, well 33 things actually, about the liqueur originally known as “Mirabilis” (see No 2)…Continue reading →
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