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

October

November 4, 2013

So what have the Mixology Group been up to? It's not everyday you can say you've been sipping cocktails at your desk whilst working, however thats exactly what i have had the pleasure of doing!! The Mixology school has been non-stop this month, demonstrating the growth in interest from the public for spectacular cocktails. The Mixology Group word has spread across the water, with course attendees coming to the school from as far as America and the Philippines to be taught by one of the biggest names in molecular mixology in the UK Myles Cunliffe. So the ... read more

Brighton and Hove food and drink festival, mojito bar, mixology group, cocktails,

September has been a busy month for the mixology group..

September 23, 2013

Hi everybody!! My name is Rebekah, I am the Mixology Groups new intern, and I will be providing all you cocktail lovers a behind the scenes insight into the life and events of the Mixology Group and school. So what have we been up to? Brighton and hove food & drink festival … Brighton and hove food & drink festival is a not-for-profit event that celebrates and supports local producers and businesses, aswell as providing the public with the opportunity to have access to an amazing range of food and drink! We pitched two stalls for two weekends of the festival ... read more