The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 47



Episode 9, Season 2: to drink or not to drink?

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


As far as we’re concerned, the question isn’t whether you’ve decided to go Dry or not this January, it’s about your relationship with alcohol going forward. Obviously, as Cocktail Lovers, we’ll be drinking cocktails, at home and in the bar, but the key word for us in 2022 is ‘balance’.

The Cocktail Lovers podcast, Episode 9, Season 2 – listen here!

We start with our two product reviews which take in a non-alcoholic and an alcoholic drink, both packed with flavour and their own distinct style. The first is Sprigster, a complex and tasty n/a shrub infusion, the other is Engine, an organic sage-infused gin packing 42% abv inside in its playful motor oil-inspired can.

Lyaness on the South Bank is our pick of one of the best spots in London to enjoy both imaginative and downright tasty no, low and full-on alcohol packed cocktails of every description, while we look to Katana Kitten in New York for our cocktail book porn, delving into the decidedly gorgeous, hugely inspiring ‘The Japanese Art of the Cocktail’ by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig.

Everyone needs a bit of Claire Warner in their lives and we’ve made it our duty to share her wisdom with you. In this week’s episode, the former Head of Spirit Creation at Belvedere Vodka and co-founder of Æcorn Aperitifs talks about finding and maintaining a realistic approach to drinking and why abstinence isn’t always the answer.

What we’re mixing:

Bobby Burns

2 parts blended Scotch Whisky
2 parts sweet vermouth
1 part Benedictine
Lemon garnish

Stir all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled Cocktail glass. Twist lemon zest over the drink and discard.

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

Episode 1, Season 2; Episode 2, Season 2; Episode 3, Season 2; Episode 4, Season 2; Episode 5, Season 2; Episode 6, Season 2; Episode 7, Season 2; Episode 8, Season 2

The Cocktail Lovers Podcast Season 1

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

Drinking or not drinking with Claire Warner

This week’s special guest, Claire Warner

From the library…

What we’re tasting…

Where we’ve been…

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For more insights from Claire Warner, follow her on Instagram @helloclairewarner

The Cocktail Lovers

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The Cocktail Lovers are Mr G and Ms S, a man and a woman who share a passion for cocktails. (We also happen to be married, so we’re cocktail lovers in more ways than one…)


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