The Cocktail Lovers Magazine Issue 49



ByThe Cocktail Lovers


Yup, we’ve gone and joined the rest of the world and launched a bloomin’ podcast. It’s very much a work in progress, so please bear with us – we really do get better as the weeks go on (Gary is a natural in the voice department; Sandrae prefers to write!)

Listen here:

Vocals aside, it’s a cocktail (almost) hour aimed at cocktail lovers like us – consumers who appreciate the crafting of quality drinks and want to know more about them. To that end, we give our views on new and existing products – from rums and gins to non-alcoholic options and ready-to-drink pouches and cans. We pick out books that we think deserve a space in your cocktail library and share our thoughts on a featured bar of the week.

It’s not just us jibber-jabbering on to each other though, in each episode we ask an industry expert to share a cocktail hack and tips for making quality drinks at home.

For our launch episode three is the magic number as we review one in a series of three delicious rums from the Caribbean (Jung & Wulff), sample a trio of sexy new shochus from Japan (SG Shochu) and dive into a brilliant book featuring 100 gin recipes using only three ingredients (Sip – 100 Gin Cocktails With Only Three Ingredients). 

Insider know-how comes courtesy of the three top guns at the award-winning Connaught Bar in London, Ago Perrone, Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia who share their invaluable tips on everything you need to know to make the perfect Dry Martini, including when to shake, how to stir and the all-important ingredient, ice. 

And our bar review is without doubt of the poshest pop-up we’ve ever been to, Solas at the Savoy. It’s a real corker not only in the looks department but also the food and drink, courtesy of Bowmore Single Malt Islay Whisky. 

What we’re mixing: a three ingredient special (natch) – the Negroni.

Please subscribe, download, like, tell your friends – all of those things that share the love and make us feel like people are listening. Like we said, it gets sooo much better… In the next few episodes we visit A Bar With Shapes For A Name, Tayer + Elementary, Side Hustle and Claridges and speak to guests including Simone Caporale, Camille Vidal, JJ Goodman and Jim Meehan.

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Music by the super-talented, always inspiring Travis ‘T-Bone’ Watson. Always in our hearts.

For details of all products featured in this episode, see details below:

How To…

Make the perfect Dry Martini with tips from the experts at the Connaught Bar

L-R: Maura Milia, Ago Perrone and Giorgio Bargiani from the award-winning Connaught Bar
Find out more and book your table for the Connaught Bar Martini Trolley Experience at the Connaught Bar

From the drinks cabinet…

Deliciously smooth, rich and creamy, cocktail lovers approved Jung & Wulff No. 3 Barbados Rum, £41.54 from Master of Malt
Bold, modern and delicious new range of masterful shochus specially created for mixing. Find out more at The SG Shochu

From the library…

‘Sip 100 Gin Cocktails with only 3 ingredients’ – 100 cocktails, three ingredients, what’s not to like? Priced £15.99, available from Sipsmith

Where we’ve been…

When five-star hotels do pop-ups… Solas at the Savoy, in partnership with Bowmore. Closing 21 June, check for last-minute availability here


We have a sumptuous bottle of the limited edition 21-year-old Royal Salute Polo Estancia Edition to give away – happy, happy days!

This unique expression created by Royal Salute’s Master Blender Sandy Hyslop is an absolute stunner, not just in looks but taste too. Fully finished in Argentinian Malbec casks, it’s an exceptionally luxurious whisky, packed with intensely rich, fruity flavours which make every sip a voyage of discovery and delight, appealing to whisky and wine lovers alike. You can buy it for approx £165, but one lucky listener can add this beauty to their collection by simply following The Cocktail Lovers on Instagram and posting a photo of themselves enjoying a cocktail with the hashtag #thecocktailloverspodcast. The winner will be notified on 28th June.

You must be 18 or over to enter.

What we’re drinking…

Looking for Nick & Nora glasses to serve your Negronis? Get yours from, £12.99 (reduced from £15) for 6
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