Who or what inspires you? That’s an easy one for us, the clue is in our name. We’re continually inspired by the creativity on show in the ever-inventive world of cocktails. And to prove it, we’ve devoted the whole of our first issue of 2020 to it.

However, we wouldn’t have dreamt of taking on a theme like this without a very special mention to the late, great gaz regan who passed away in November 2019. The author, bartender and all-round top gent formerly known as Gary Regan was one of the kindest, most generous and inspiring people we’ve had the pleasure to meet and the world will be just that bit duller without him. Fortunately for anyone who is even remotely interested in the joy of mixology, his words of wisdom – both written in his many books and publications, including this one, and spoken, as a mentor, judge and teacher throughout his illustrious career – will live on forever.

That said, he would have loved the thought of celebrating the people, products and places that continue to inspire today. There’s Shingo Gokan, for instance, the only person with three bars on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. He talks to us exclusively about his two exciting new ventures coming in 2020. Jane Ryan looks over the most creative cocktail menus of the past decade and Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown pick out their 10 most inspiring drinks experiences.

Above: A l’il teaser of what’s inside

Then there are the bars… Victoria Miller has visited some 20,000 in her 15 years as a drinks writer. Check out the ones she finds most inspiring. Warning: they’re probably not what you think…

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