The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 49



Celebrating Black voices in drinks – new podcast!

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


In honour of Juneteenth

June 19th, or Juneteenth as it’s known, is a recognised holiday in the US, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. With that in mind, we’re focusing on some of the many talented Black voices and stories in the drinks world – past and present, home and away – that we feel people need to know more about.

Such as our two chosen products: Uncle Nearest and its 1884 Small Batch Whiskey from Tennessee and One True Maverick, a triple-distilled, premium vodka from south London. And our book choice, which sees us rewinding back to the past and delving into the first first cocktail book written by a Black bartender: The Ideal Bartender, first published in 1917 and written by Tom Bullock. As for black-owned bars we’ve gone more contemporary, heading to Sly Augustin’s award-winning Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill.

Last but by no means least, our interviewee is Tamika Hall, author of Black Mixcellence, a book that celebrates the movers and shakers of Black bartending. Hear about the stories she was most inspired by, the bartenders whose recipes are featured and the importance of Juneteenth.

The Cocktail Lovers podcast, Episode 9, Season 5 – listen here!

What we’re mixing:

V & Tease

44ml dry vermouth*
44ml bianco vermouth*
60ml good quality dry tonic water
Lemon sorbet
Sprig rosemary
Chile oil (optional)

Pour both vermouths into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes and top with the tonic water. Use a melon baller or teaspoon to add one scoop of lemon sorbet. Stir once. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary. And optionally add a drop of chilli oil on top of the sorbet.

*ms franky’s tip: herbaceous vermouths work best for this recipe, especially for the bianco.

Recipe by ms. franky marshall, modern bartender and educator, New York

Catch up with all previous episodes of The Cocktail Lovers Podcasts:

The Cocktail Lovers Podcast Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

The Cocktail Lovers theme music is by Travis ‘T-Bone’ Watson

Catching up with Tamika Hall

From the library…

What we’re tasting…

Uncle Nearest 1884 available from
One True Maverick available from

Where we’re going…

Trailer Happiness, Portobello Road, London

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