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The Humble Bartender

Feb. 7, 2012

A few months ago I was working at the Hotel Du Vin in Newcastle, and a chap came into the bar with an aura of arrogance about him. You will know the type I mean…the ones that think they know ...

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Commercial genius or commercial suicide?

Jan. 24, 2012

Once in a while a piece of drinks-related news is announced that truly does cause a stir and controversy around the globe. Last week Chivas Brothers, the premium whisky and gin division of Pernod Ricard, announced that there was going ...

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Shake instead of Sparkle?

July 18, 2011

This is a little piece I wrote for Wedding Sugar about cocktails at weddings and how they can be improved dramatically. There are not many things in the world that can instantly transport you back in time. A cocktail is ...

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A year on from Fusion

July 12, 2011

Last July Want to impress embarked on a truly monumental food & drink competition, Fusion Working in partnership with Rachel & Clare from Pzazz Events, it proved to be one of the most talked about and enjoyed events ever seen ...

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Summerfield photography

June 29, 2011

Here at Want to impress, we aspire to work with the most talented & creative people, that can bring my ideas to life. One such person is David Goldsmith from Summerfield Photography…a truly inspirational guy who has worked with me ...

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An introduction to Whisky

March 9, 2011

Whisky Whisky is such an amazing spirit, steeped in mystery and heritage. I thought that it would be only correct to try to unravel this in a really cool way. Click on the presentation below and all will be revealed. ...

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Competition Sets Out to Find the Perfect Fusion

May 5, 2010

Two North East entrepreneurs are teaming up in the hunt to find the region’s perfect fusion of food and drink with a unique new competition that promises some special evenings out for discerning diners. Fusion 2010, which will takes place ...

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Magical Molecular Cocktails - Alexis Forsyth

April 26, 2010

Liquid nitrogen, calcium chloride, sodium alginate… You probably wouldn’t associate any of these with your average tipple around town, but in the world of molecular cocktails, mixologists use these to create fabulous concoctions that are certain to wow your senses. ...

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My White Lady - Dan Warner

April 20, 2010

My White Lady The White Lady has always been a very important drink for me, both during my bartending career and during my time as Global Brand Ambassador for Beefeater Gin. It is the first gin cocktail I really liked ...

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Member of the Club? - Peter Holland

April 8, 2010

Member of the Club? We’re glad John has kindly given us the opportunity to use this fantastic website as a soapbox for a moment – if you’ll allow us, we would like to tell you about a plan we have… ...

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Bitter and Twisted Results - Noel Jackson

March 10, 2010

Bitter and Twisted Results – Noel Jackson On February 25th in Newcastle, five of the best mixologists decended to Popolo, whose sole aim was to develop the best Bitter & Twisted cocktail, using Northumberland’s very own, Jack Cains Gin. One ...

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Accent Magazine - April's Cocktail of the Month

March 3, 2010

Mahiki Vanilla Island INGREDIENTS: Mahiki white rum 1/2 lime Handful of ice cubes Ginger beer Scoop of vanilla ice cream Pinch of nutmeg METHOD Rescue the best glassware you have in your house. Pour a large measure of Mahiki White ...

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Mines a Fragrantini - Emily Williamson

Feb. 22, 2010

Emily Williamson from LOVE Drinks gives her wise words about how the drinks industry is going back to its roots. She will be coming up to Newcastle on Tuesday March 9th to host a fantastic training session about their amazing ...

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Jack Cain's 'Bitter & Twisted' Cocktail Competition

Jan. 27, 2010

Bitter and Twisted What’s it all about? Every year in March there is a Science Festival organised by those friendly people at the Centre for Life. Last year they held a ‘Botany of Gin’ evening where people learned lots about ...

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The Spirit Millionaire's Club

Jan. 25, 2010

The Drinks International Millionaires Club is an annual listing of distilled spirits brands with sales of a million 9-litre cases or more. This is a fascinating thing to look through, as it gives you a real understanding about the global ...

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