What is a Gin?

October 6, 2020

Gin What is Gin? Gin is a clear alcoholic sprit distilled from grain, malt or now sometimes even potatoes. Gin must legally have a “predominant juniper flavour,” but there are no set guidelines as  to what other botanicals may be used, or a minimum/ maximum quantity of juniper berries that need to be added during the distilling process. What is Juniper? Juniper is one of the UK’s most threatened tress and is actually on the International Union for the Conservation of Natures endangered list. What is used is essentially a pine cone or female seed cone of a coniferous tree. This is collected ... read more

National Cachaça Day September 13th

September 9, 2020

It is the end of what seems the longest summer ever here in the UK yet there is still a glimmer of hope in National Cachaça day in Brazil which happens to fall on the 13th of September. This first month of autumn has two fantastic excuses to try out this fabulous category, with Brazilian Independence day (7th September) falling a week before. This much maligned spirit category has for a long time been consigned to the “rum shelf” (Cachaça can only be made in Brazil/ Rum can be made anywhere and finally Cachaça can only be made from fresh sugar ... read more

More Vermouth Please!

January 15, 2019

Lovely to see Vermouth hitting the news in 2019. At Mixology Group we have been delivering our Advanced Bartenders course from our training facility in Brighton for over 8 years now with a major part of that course being a focus on Vermouth, incorporating a DIY approach to how Vermouth is made as well as an extensive category tasting of over 20 samples. Over that time we have had the fortune of coming across many new and emerging Vermouth Brands from Blackdown VermouthDry Wermod to the Asterley Bros and Ferdinand’s Vermouth as ... read more

Do you run a venue with a cocktail bar, but don’t know how to make one?

August 6, 2018

With the growing trend for cocktails reaching a new high, and people now caring more about the provenance of their drink than ever before, it's important that your staff are educated in good service and the important skills in how to create and balance a great drink. If you run or own a venue with a cocktail bar, but don't know how to make one then how will you be able to tell if you're staff are creating great drinks every time? Mixology Group have designed a 1 day Introduction to Cocktails and Mixology Course to help. During this 6 hour course ... read more

New Year, New Skills.

January 4, 2018

January is upon us and I can hear a collective sigh from all the hard working staff in the service industry as silly season is over for another year, and you manage to bank a little extra sleep. You get a little more time to think about yourself, usually about your health, but how about your wealth? How about your progression in life? Where do you see yourself this time next year? Could you progress yourself with a bit of extra training? After all when has having an extra certificate or that bit of knowledge ever held anyone back?   Here at ... read more

Gifts for the Bar Professional

December 11, 2017

Over the last year I have started putting a bit more responsibility into buying the perfect present for my family members. Its all to easy to logon and add to your basket but statistics show that on average Christmas presents only get used for around 6 months after the big event. So I have started looking to the 'Experience Gift' from gig tickets to a day as a Zoo Keeper! These presents add memories and more importantly education. With this in mind we have created a gift voucher for almost all of our Mixology School courses, so if you're looking ... read more

Officially ‘Imbibe Educator of the Year 2017’

February 9, 2017

It's official, our very own Director Myles Cunliffe has been crowned 'Imbibe Educator of 2017 The glitzy award ceremony took place on 7th Feb at the beautiful Oriole Bar in Smithfields Market, London. Attended by some of the Industry's good an This year, for the 1st time saw a joint winner for the Educator of the Year. According to the Imbibe judges 'The votes had never been so close' so for the 1st time in 10 years they announced a joint winner. Both from different fields ... read more

Myles Cunliffe receives nomination for IMBIBE Educator of the Year 2017

January 23, 2017

A big date on the Industry calendar is the annual IMBIBE gathering celebrating the best in the Industry as voted for by Imbibe readers as having made the most impact on trade in the past 12 months. The glittering awards ceremony takes places on 7 Feb at the Oriole Bar in Clerkenwell. Watch this space!

Top 10 Christmas Drinks Gifts 2016

November 14, 2016

            With Christmas coming up sooner than we think now is the time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. At Mixology Group, we have the pleasure of road testing different equipment (and alcohol) from around the world. So, we decided to find and road test the best presents for the home bar enthusiast or bar professional alike. In no particular order, we feel these gadgets and provide the best value and usability and will make the perfect addition to any home or professional bar.   Best Bar Spoon Bonzer Bar Spoon The guys at Bonzer (a Sussex based company) have been producing this ... read more

The BNBA Awards 2016!

September 1, 2016

The Brighton Bartender Awards Returns!   Get down to Brighton Sunday 11th September for the 2nd annual celebration of the BNBA Awards sponsored by Bacardi! September 11th 2016 is set to be the biggest night of the year for the Brighton hospitality industry, with the Brighton Bartenders Association awards commending the best and boldest working in the Brighton! Hosted this year by the incredible bar team at Proud Cabaret Brighton the awards will be a night of cocktails, prizes and one unforgettable party with Brigthon Dj’s Sandór and Joe Cherry of Pitch Black laying down the soundtrack for the evening! This year the ... read more

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Kyoto’s Dream

August 11, 2016

Next week sees the launch of a menu which is subtly setting a new direction for drinks design and the cocktail bar experience in Brighton. Ladies and Gentlemen we present to you.   Kyoto’s Dream.   Working at Oki Nami, the renowned Brighton Sushi Restaurant, several years back, Sean DeRosa was brought back in early 2016 to take on the challenge of re-desigining the cocktail menu in the upstairs bar. Sean took this as an opportunity to create a menu that would creatively challenge and himself, and the bartenders making the drinks and enlighten the guests who would be drinking them. The end result is a 12 ... read more

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This cheery looking bus stop has sent the world crazy…

August 8, 2016

At the beginning of summer this mastermind drinks advert popped and bizarrely, it instantly started the dreaded Christmas countdown. In July. Since then Selfridges have opened up their 'Summer Christmas' shop, and unless you live in Australia that's an oxymoron if ever we've heard one. Has the panic begun? Have parents around the UK been waking up in cold sweats? Are lists to St Nick already being drafted up? Do you need a drink? Have no fear, Mixology Group is here to help. Yes, we're jumping on the bandwagon and getting in there early but we just want to give you something that you can really look forward ... read more