The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48



Countdown to World Whisky Day – new podcast!

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


Plus new products, a brand new bar and great chat from Colin Dunn

Yes, it’s World Whisky Day on 20th May but this episode isn’t completely whisk(e)y flavoured. We’re sampling a new non-alc botanical spirit! A brand new gin! A fabulous new bar in Hackney! And a few more bits besides.

We kick things off by mixing up a Black Manhattan. No, we hadn’t heard of it either but now that we’ve tried the delicious rye and amaro based cocktail, we’re definitely keeping it in our repertoire. It sets us up nicely for our two tastings – the first of which is Botivo, a bitter and herbaceous non-alcoholic aperitif, the second is Renais, a gin distilled in England but inspired by Burgundy.

Our bar review sees us heading East to the recently opened, oh-so fabulous Equal Parts in Hackney and as for our library pick, well, that takes us to the US for ‘Bourbon: The Story of Kentucky Whiskey’ , Clay Risen’s beautiful box set.

Then it’s time to talk whisky without the ‘e’, with our very special guest, Colin Dunn, Whisky Ambassador at Diageo. Listen in for some fun facts, down-to-earth tips and the most engaging anecdotes from one of our favourite self-confessed whisky geeks of all time. (And, yes, that is him in the photo at the top of this post!)

The Cocktail Lovers podcast, Episode 7, Season 5 – listen here!

What we’re mixing:

Black Manhattan

50ml rye whiskey
25ml amaro
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Maraschino cherry garnish

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled Coupe glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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

Talking with Colin Dunn, Diageo Whisky Ambassador

Colin Dunn, Diageo Whisky Ambassador

From the library…

What we’re tasting…

Botivo, available from
Renais gin, by Alex and Emma Watson, available from

Where we’re going…

Super delicious Alpine Vesper and Flor at Equal Parts

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