The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 48



The best bars in the world – official: new podcast!

ByThe Cocktail Lovers


Want to know which bar has been voted the best in the world? Of course you so but you’ll have to wait until the end of this episode…

But before that we have our two product reviews: Abasolo El Whisky de Mexico which takes us to the cornfields of sunny Mexico, followed by The Fords Gin Co Sloe gin which blends sloes from the UK and France.

We’re also in Venice for this week’s chosen venue – the Art’s Bar at the stunning St. Regis hotel. And our book choice is 60-Second Cocktail – Amazing drinks to make at home in a minute’ by Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley.

This week’s guest is Mark Sansom, Director of Content at The World’s 50 Best Bars, 50 Best Restaurants and 50 Best Discovery. Here we speak to him about the nuts and bolts of The World’s 50 Best Bars awards ceremony which he hosted in Barcelona earlier this week and share details of who made that much-coveted top spot, and other highlights from the list.

The Cocktail Lovers podcast, Episode 3, Season 4 – listen here!

What we’re mixing:

X Muse Fresh-Spiration
Created by Denis Broci, Bars Manager, Claridges Hotel

50ml X Muse Scottish Barley Vodka
10ml Italicus
75ml soda water
Pink grapefruit and mint to garnish

Pour the first two ingredients over ice in Rocks glass. Top up with soda water and stir gently to combine. ‘Clap’ mint sprig in your hands to release the oils and aromas before placing on the inside of the glass with the pink grapefruit wedge.

Fresh-Spiration served in Waterford Crystal

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

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

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

Getting the lowdown on The World’s 50 Best Bars with Mark Sansom

The World’s 50 Best Bars, Director of Content, Mark Sansom

From the library…

What we’re tasting…

Where we’ve been…

Delicious drinks served in bespoke glassware inspired by works from Salvador Dali (left) and Banksy (right) at the Arts Bar, The St. Regis, Venice

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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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