The Urchin, Hove Opening Night

February 19, 2015

by Matt Simmons The Centurion at Sea; Disclaimer: this article contains no shellfish puns. A week ago I popped in on the guys at the site of the Urchin Pub, formerly the Bell, in Hove to see how production was coming along. For those who don’t know (and you really should by now!) the Urchin is the genius outcome of the transformation of what was yet another, very standard Hove boozer. Created by the guys behind the Brighton-famous Small Batch and Velo Café Empire, the Urchin is a craft beer pub that also happens to serve an extensive menu of reasonably priced, delicious, ... read more

The House of Rogues

February 16, 2015

Regal Rogue Tasting at the Avenue, Hove Matt Simmons - 16/02/15   As if anyone really needs an excuse to drink on a crappy Monday afternoon but to be greeted in Avenue, Hove by an Elderflower and Regal Rogue Cooler, is definitely something else. Mark “Lord” Ward is originally from Brighton and to our good fortune, has decided to bring his exciting new brand of Vermouth full circle. Ward is the founder of Regal Rogue and is completely devoted to his creation, with a superior level of thought put into every detail of the product, through the packaging to the liquid itself. And it ... read more

Corkcicle One from Corkcicle

December 18, 2014

We got really excited by this one.   We sent one of our lovely office Ladies home with a really difficult challenge. We tasked her to go home and drink wine. Obviously there was a little more to it than that.   There are three variations the Corkcicle, Corkcicle Air (both made from glass and cork) and the Corkcicle One (pictured below), which the more premium of the set and the one we are going to review. Coming in a glass freezing case, the principle of the Corkcicle is to aerate and chill wine as it is poured from the bottle, and keep it chilled ... read more

Vodka Zinger, by Zing Anything (Root7)

November 27, 2014

Zing Anything: (Root7) The Vodka Zinger   Seen in Wired Magazine. So you’ve got a dinner party coming up and you want to give your guests something a little special. Not just your standard spirit mixers; how about a home made, fresh strawberry and lime infused vodka, or a ginger and orange zest Whisky blend we prepared earlier? Now you're listening. In comes the Vodka Zinger from Zing Anything (Root7). A really easy to use, easy to clean, shakeable, spirit infuser. It has 2 sets of blades in the bottom of three compartments, and a built in fine strainer. It’s a great concept for your kitchen if ... read more

Summer Cocktail Ingredients

July 10, 2014

  We love working with new and exciting producers and we have met a fair few this year already. Our first ingredient of the summer is the lovely Isle of Wight Sunshine Tomato juice from the guys at http://www.thetomatostall.co.uk/ this really is an amazing twist on the Bloody Mary. Much lighter in flavour, great for a warm Saturday morning livener.  These guys do everything from grow the fruit to juicing and bottling. A real labour of love! Yello Mello   Ingredients

  • 50ml good quality vodka (we recommend Blackdown vodka from Sussex or Black Cow vodka from Dorset)
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash of jalapeno hot sauce (we
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Amazing Bar Kit

May 13, 2014

We were lucky enough to be sent a rather fetching box in the post. On opening said parcel I was greeted to some rather heavy weight equipment. Quite simply Bonzer have been making some of the most used bar equipment for a very long time. Their spoon is an iconic tool which I have used in pretty much every venue I have worked/ trained in for the last 15 years. The Bonzer bar kit is a one stop shop for bartenders looking to add some decent reliable kit to their collection. It comes well presented in a great looking box, inside ... read more

Sustainable Garnishes

March 25, 2014

Sustainable Garnishes This season we are looking at ways to reduce our overall fruit consumption for garnishes in our cocktails. The first way to do that is to stop using imported fruit. We are not saying that we suddenly need to turn vast tracts of Essex into orange groves. All we need to do is ask ourselves if we really do need to have a lime or lemon wedge in a G&T? Are there any other alternatives? We think there are. In 2011 the UK consumed 100 thousand tonnes of lemons and limes. That makes it the 6th largest consumer in the ... read more

We love Vermouth!

February 26, 2014

We Love Vermouth Just under a year ago Mixology Group first met the lovely Sarah Thompson from Blackdown Spirits and Lurgashall Wineries. Sarah came down to our Mixology School in Brighton with three little bottles labelled “Gin, Vodka and Vermouth”. Intrigued by her back story and her productions methods we couldn’t wait to try her wares. Her Vodka and Gin were both sublime, but it was her Vermouth that really caught our attention. Up until the release of the excellent Sacred Vermouth a while back there were no other serious contenders for the title of “English Vermouth”, so ... read more

Photo shoots are full on!

February 20, 2014

This week we have been busy getting our new Spring / Summer Bar stations photographed by the lovely Julia Claxton. I underestimated exactly how much work goes into a photo shoot! Firstly, you really need to have discussed and planned the shoot and the look you are going for to the smallest detail. Then comes the shopping, usually something I can't get enough of but whilst running around Brighton Pier in the rain on a Tuesday morning I was beginning to change my mind on this. Then comes the set up and the lighting, a process which takes 4 times longer ... read more

December is back with a bang!!

December 11, 2013

We must have been very wicked this year as there is no sign of a rest for us anytime soon or we have we been so good that Santa is rewarding us early??! We’ll let you decide!! Once again that magical month is upon us and we have some pretty amazing events already. So far, we have had bartenders in both the Sealife Centre and the Hilton Metropole, helping the guests get into the Christmas spirit. We even had a cocktail masterclass in a hair salon!! That was a definitely a first for us, but I think the staff ... read more